Childrens Nursing (H.Dip.)

1 year full-time


This course aims to develop and expand knowledge, skills and attitudes in nurses towards infants, children and their parents and family, as a unit in society. Students must be registered, or be eligible to register, in one of the three disciplines in nursing- general, psychiatry, intellectual disability nursing and 6 months post registration experience since initial registration is required. Students must have a Diploma in Nursing, or a TCD access to Nursing programme or a Degree in Nursing.

Career Opportunities 

The course is designed to equip nurses to deliver primary health care, acute, rehabilitative and palliative care as required and to foster the process of continuing education and research in paediatric nursing practice. Graduates from this course have pursued employment in clinical education, management and specialist nursing roles as well as further research.

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Course Details

Next Intake

September 2023

Course Coordinator

Ms Maryanne Murphy

Closing Date

30th June 2023

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Admission Requirements

Nurses applying for the programme must satisfy the following entry criteria:

1. Be selected at interview by the Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) committee

2. 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.

3. Be on the active register as held by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

4. Have at least six months of full-time post-registration clinical nursing experience.

5. Have relevant academic qualifications which satisfy admission requirements for the programme.


All applicants to the School of Nursing and Midwifery whose first language is not English or who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:

•    IELTS: Grade 6.5 overall with a minimum of grade of 6.5 in each category

•    TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based. The test taken here should be TOEFL IBT

•    University of Cambridge:

 Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)

 Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)

•    Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59)

•    Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 110/160, dated since January 2020

•    An award certificate with a minimum II.1 overall score from Trinity's Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching's Pre-sessional Pathway Programme

Please also note that existing IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge and PET scores up to three years old (rather than two) will be accepted for 2020/21 applications in light of test centre closures.

Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting, see for further details.

Course Fees

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