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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 Medical Wards (Level 8, 10 ECTS). We are now accepting applications for the January 2022 intake.

Discipline: Nursing Health Sciences and Social Care

Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: 12 Weeks

Mode of Study: Flexible Learning

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Credits: 10

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 engaged in a HSE or HSE funded Acute Medicine Unit/Emergency/General Medical Department for the duration of the programme.
  • Nurses from non HSE and non HSE funded organisations who work in Acute Medicine Unit/Emergency/General Medical Department 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 next intake will take place in January 2022.

Students will be required to attend college for six days, from 9am to 5pm, dates to be confirmed.


Information required when applying:

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 Acute Medicine Unit/Emergency/General Medical Department 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.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5pm on Friday, 17th December 2021.


How to Apply

***Applications can be made online at, using application type L8***

This user guide contains step by step instructions on how to create and submit an online application.

If you have any queries, please email 


Acute Medicine Nursing Checklist

Click here for the Certificate in Acute Medicine Nursing checklist. It is an essential requirement that this checklist is completed.



Current fees are listed on our Fees Page


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Contact Us

John Gately
Programme Chair

Telephone: +353 (0)94 904 3247