Higher Diploma in Nursing (Children's Nursing) From Dublin City University

Program Overview

The Higher Diploma in Children's Nursing will help you to qualify you as a Registered Children's Nurse (RCN) if you’re already a registered nurse or you’re involved with the provision of care to children but don’t have a children's nursing qualification. As a student, you’ll be equipped with the tools necessary to practice as a competent and professional registered children's nurse.

You’ll build on the knowledge and skills developed during your pre-registration and post-registration nurse education and through experience as a qualified practitioner. You’ll be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and to integrate the theory of children's nursing with practical experiences in the clinical setting.

The course aims to prepare you as nurse who is an innovative problem solver, thinks critically and creatively and has well-developed decision-making skills. With an emphasis on your personal and professional development, it also aims to foster skills for lifelong learning



  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee



IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 92


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Year 1 Core Modules:

  • Children with Healthcare Needs 1
  • Children with Healthcare Needs 2
  • Children with Complex Needs A
  • Children with Complex Needs B
  • Children with Complex Healthcare Needs C
  • Evidence Based Practice/Children's Nursing B
  • Introduction to Children's Nursing
  • Practice Module 1
  • Practice Module 2
  • Researching Child Health

General Entry Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • A registered nurse or eligible to register with Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais na hEireann (Nursing and MIdwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)) as a Registered General Nurse, a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Registered Nurse Intellectual Disability;


  • Hold a Diploma in nursing or judged equivalent.


  • Students must have at least six months post-registration clinical nursing experience.

  • Applicants who do not have a Diploma in Nursing (or judged equivalent) will have their prior certified learning assessed through a system of APEL (Approved Prior Experiential Learning) and will be advised to complete the access modules successfully. Each individual's application will be assessed by the APEL Board for evidence of prior certified learning and deficits in prior certified learning and deficits in prior certified learning to Diploma level.

Leaving Cert

  • There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.

GCE A Level

  • There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.

FET Level 5

  • No Entry Path

International Applications

  • International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

IELTS ACADEMIC    Composite score of 6.5 or above, with no less than 6.0 in any one component

TOEFL iBT    Total Score of 92

EU Status Fee

€11,300 per annum

Non EU Fee

€11,300 per annum

Career Areas

  • Education

  • Healthcare Sector

  • Occupational Health

  • Private Hospital

  • Public Health

Qualified nurses who undertake the Higher Diploma in Children's Nursing course have greater opportunities in the vast area of public and private healthcare at home and abroad. You may also opt to continue your professional education to Master’s level. You’ll find career opportunities in:

Career Tags

  • Children's Nurse

  • Community Nurse

  • Education

  • General Nurse

  • Researcher


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