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GMIT Mayo Acute Medicine Nursing

Certificate in Acute Medicine Nursing

12 week course providing clinical education for nurses working in Acute Medicine Units (Level 8, 10 ECTS)

Discipline: Nursing, Health Sciences and Social Care

Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 8

Mode of Study: Flexible Learning

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Places: 12


Current fees are listed on our Fees Page

Why Study?

Acute medicine as a speciality has developed rapidly over the last number of years both nationally and internationally. It is defined as part of general (internal) medicine concerned with the immediate and early specialist management of adult patients who present to or from within hospitals as urgencies or emergencies.

The aim of the programme is to enable acute medicine nurses to develop their knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of acutely ill adults.

Given the acuity of patients who present to Acute Medical Units it is recognised that there is a need to develop additional clinical expertise among acute medicine nurses. In light of this a consortium of six Institutes of Technology has been commissioned by the Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director (ONMSD) H.S.E. to deliver a Level 8 Special Purpose Award in Acute Medicine Nursing for nurses working in Acute Medical Units.

This programme supports the commitment made by ONMSD H.S.E. in association with the National Acute Medicine Programme, to provide clinical education for nurses working in Acute Medicine Units.

Who Should Apply:

  • Registered General Nurses.
  • Currently employed in a HSE or HSE funded AMU or Emergency Department/Local Injury Unit/Acute Medical Wards (excluding rehabilitation and stroke units) for the duration of the programme.
  • Nurses from non HSE and HSE funded organisations who work in AMU’s or Emergency Departments/Local Injury Unit  or Acute Medical Wards (excluding rehabilitation and stroke units) may be offered a place on the course subject to meeting the course entry criteria and the availability of places.

Programme Modules

The course will be delivered over 12 weeks using a blended learning approach. Courses will start in January and September each year.

Students will attend college 1 day per fortnight with online work undertaken between college days.

A focus of the day in college will be skills development.


  • Holistic patient assessment and clinical decision making
  • Type 1 & 2 diabetes
  • Cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological and gastrointestinal systems
  • Tissue viability
  • Acute and chronic renal failure
  • Acute and chronic pain management
  • Fluid and electrolyte management
  • Psychological impact of illness
  • The older person presenting with delirium and dementia
  • Stress management and future development needs

Career Opportunities

The aim of the Certificate in Acute Medicine Nursing is to enable nurses working in Acute Medical Units to develop their knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of acutely ill adults.

Follow-on Studies: 

The Certificate in Acute Medicine Nursing is a Level 8 Special Purpose Award.

It is envisaged that nurses who complete this programme will have the requisite knowledge and clinical skills to undertake further studies in acute medicine nursing.

Essential Information: 

Course Duration:

The course will be delivered over 12 weeks by blended learning.


Start Date and Schedule:

The course will commence on Wednesday, 18th September 2019.

Students will be required to attend college for six days on the following dates from 9am to 5pm;

  • 18th and 25th September, 2019
  • 9th and 23rd October, 2019
  • 6th and 20th November, 2019





How to Apply:

Interested students will be required to provide evidence of:

  • Approval from the applicants line manager (ADoN or above)to participate in the course.
  • Confirmation that the applicant will be employed in an AMU (or ED/LIU as appropriate) for the duration of the programme.
  • Confirmation that a suitably qualified clinical practice supervisor is available to assess and support the applicant during the course.
  • NMBI registration.

Apply directly to Lifelong Learning, GMIT Mayo Campus, Castlebar, Co Mayo.

Closing date for acceptance of applications is Wednesday, 4th September, 2019.


Click here to download the GMIT Mayo Direct Application form (PDF, 55KB).

Click here for your checklist of items to supply (PDF, 337KB).



Current fees are listed on our Fees Page

Contact Us

John Gately
Programme Chair

Telephone: +353 (0)94 904 3247