Childrens Nursing (H.Dip.)

NFQ Level 8
1 year full-time
15 Places


Course Overview

The course is delivered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, in association with Children’s Health Ireland. 

The aim of this programme is to educate graduates  for the award of Higher Diploma in Nursing (Registered Children’s Nursing). Students on the programme are prepared to develop skills of critical thinking, research, and reflection to become life-long learners and leaders in children’s nursing management, advanced practice, leadership research and policy development at a national and international level.

Is This Course For Me?

Applicants for this course are expected to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland as a RGN, RNID or RPN with at least six months of full-time, post-registration clinical nursing experience. You must apply through CHI and secure a place before applying to TCD.

Career Opportunities

Higher Diploma Children’s Nursing graduates can work and specialise in a number of areas in hospital and community services. Children’s nursing offers you an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and their families.

Postgraduate specialist programmes that children’s nurses can pursue are the M.Sc. in Child Health and Wellbeing, M.Sc. in Specialist and Advanced Practice and other Postgraduate Specialist programmes.

Course Structure

The post registration Higher Diploma in Children’s Nursing (Level 8) takes place over one full year (52 weeks) commencing in September. The programme consists of 12 theoretical weeks divided over three semesters, 40 weeks clinical practice experience that spans medical/surgical nursing, high dependency, specialist nursing and community experience with 4 weeks annual leave. Students undertake eight compulsory modules - five theoretical and three clinical. All modules are grounded in a body of evidence-based caring knowledge that promotes excellence in children’s nursing practice. 

The School of Nursing and Midwifery has teaching facilities in D’Olier Street, Dublin 2, and The Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, St. James’s Hospital. Children’s specific clinical skills classes are taught in the clinical laboratories and simulation suite in the Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, St. James’s Hospital. Classes are also delivered in The Centre for Learning and Development in Tallaght Hospital. Clinical practice placements take place throughout the year in varying sites that include all Children Health Ireland sites.

The programme is assessed by a variety of methods including academic assignments, coursework, OSCEs and examinations requiring the student to demonstrate application of module content. Practice placements are assessed throughout the year using the National Clinical Assessment Documentation for Higher Diploma in Children’s Nursing Students.

Course Content

Three theory modules are as follows: Fundamental Principles of Children’s Nursing and Evidence-Based Care for Children and Families, Evidence-Based Practice in Health and Altered Health in Children’s Nursing and Contemporary Issues in Child and Family Centred Nursing.

Three clinical modules are as follows: Practice Module One – Medical Nursing. Practice Module Two – Surgical Nursing. Practice Module Three – Specialist Nursing.

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Course Details


NFQ Level 8

Number of Places

15 Places

Next Intake

September 2024

Course Coordinator

Ms Thelma Begley

Closing Date

29th January 2024

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Admission Requirements

Programme applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be selected at interview by the Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) committee.
  • Be on at least one of the following divisions of the register as held by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland: General Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing and Intellectual Disability Nursing.
  • Be on the active register as held by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.
  • Have at least six months of full-time, post-registration clinical nursing experience.
  • Have relevant academic undergraduate qualifications which satisfy admission requirements.

All applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated through the English language must meet Trinity’s English language requirements.

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Course Fees

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Telephone Number

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Under the guidance of the lecturers, the course helped me develop many different skills and expand my knowledge. The expert lecturers gave me a better understanding of how to be a conscientious nurse with evidence-based knowledge, and how to research for the most up-to-date evidence. This diploma changed my outlook and understanding as a nurse and a person. I would highly recommend that any nurse undertakes this course as not everyone gains self-worth when doing the daily job. I feel privileged to be a children’s nurse.

Michelle Dillon