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Short Courses


A Short Course normally comprises 3 modules, which you can complete in one year as a part time course of study. On successful completion you will be awarded 60 CATs points at Level 3, and you may be eligible to progress onto our degree programmes.


Course Aim

The Short Courses in Health Studies aim to prepare you to meet the changes and challenges of health care delivery within the health service and independent sector. Modules within each Short Course are practice focused, thus helping you acquire enhanced knowledge and clinical skills appropriate to your area of practice.  In addition, you will be provided with the opportunity to advance health care knowledge and develop analytical and academic skills.
Where a clinical skills component is included, there will be a requirement for support and supervision of an experienced practitioner in the student’s clinical area.
Please note that courses are subject to a minimum registration, so it is not usually possible to run all courses each year.


The Short Courses in Health Studies can normally be completed in 3 hours’ contact time per module per week for each 12 week semester over 2 semesters.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must normally hold a professional qualification. Note: Some modules require a specific professional qualification.  Candidates must have 120 CATs points at Level 1 and 120 CATs points at Level 2 for entry to Level 3 study. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements should contact the School for advice.

How to Apply





Courses available include:


    Anaesthetic nursing over the last decade has evolved and transformed into a speciality now recognised as integral in the provision of a quality perioperative experience for those requiring anaesthesia and surgery. Anaesthetic nurses are essential to the success of this growing service and as such should demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the needs of a diverse patient population.

    Person-centred approach to safe and effective anaesthetic nursing care, anaesthetic nurse’s role in and out of the operating theatre environment, a sound knowledge base in physiology and pathobiology is addressed. The role of the anaesthetic nurse in obstetric, emergency and trauma situations, care of children and obesity and anaesthesia are studied.

    The Anaesthetic Nursing programme is designed to enable nurse practitioners in N. Ireland within the field of perioperative practice to acquire and develop those specific biological, psychological, social and professional knowledge and skills, necessary for quality, person centred care management in the peri-anaesthesia phase of both emergency and elective surgery. The programme is thus responsive to need and encompasses emphasis on the holistic aspects of therapeutic care management within anaesthetic nursing.

    As such the anaesthetic nursing short course comprising of the following modules:

    Module 1: Physiology: Homeostasis in Acute and Critical Health Care
    Module 2: Fundamental Anaesthetic Nursing Practice
    Module 3: Anaesthetic Nursing Practice: Specialty Specific


    This short course comprises three 20 credit modules:


    • Physiology: Homeostasis in Acute and Critical Healthcare (NRS3008) - Available in Semester One
    • Clinical Cardiology* (NRS3069) - Available in Semester Two
    • Cardiology Nursing* (NRS3070) - Available in Semester Two


    *Must be working in appropriate clinical area


    This short course will address the specific needs of staff working in the continually evolving area of cardiology nursing. The first module focuses on the physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and nervous system. The second module addresses clinical skills such as assessment of the cardiac patient, ECG interpretation, ABG analysis, investigative/interventional procedures and emergency care. Cardiology Nursing is designed for those working in general cardiology settings and focuses on the nursing management and rehabilitation of patients with a range of cardiac conditions.


    This course aims to adhere to NICE approved treatment using the stepped approach to care (Steps 1 and 2). You will learn about the more common mental disorders (anxiety and depression). Your CBT knowledge and skills development will begin with learning about formulation based assessment and evidence based, measurable interventions including: facilitated self-help, psychoeducation, behavioural activation, prolonged graded exposure and problem solving.


    This short course comprises three 20 credit modules:


    • Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (HSN3026)
    • Core Behavioural Strategies (HSN3027)
    • Core Cognitive Strategies (HSN3028)

    This short course comprises of the following modules:


    • Physiology: Homeostasis in Acute and Critical Healthcare (NRS3008) - Available in Semester One
    • Critical Care Nursing (HSN3149) – Taught over two semesters


    The Critical Care Nursing short course has been designed to provide nurses working in intensive care or high dependency units with an opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skills in critical care nursing. The course is delivered over one academic year and comprises of an applied physiology module and a critical care double module.  The physiology module focuses on human biology principles and the physiology of the vascular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. The critical care module focuses on the immediate assessment and evidence-based management of critically ill patients in ICU /HDU.  The course content underpins the National Standards for Critical Care Nurse Education (CC3N 2016) and the National Competency Framework for Critical Care Nurses (CC3N 2015).  The Step 2 & 3 competencies will be obtained through direct supervision and clinical support in practice.  As a result student applying to undertake the pathway must be working in either an ICU or HDU setting. 


    This short comprises one 40 credit module and one 20 credit module:


    • Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Nursing (double module)* (HSN3141) - Taught over two semesters
    • Respiratory and Urological Endoscopy Nursing* (HSN3142) - Available in Semester Two


    *Must be working in an appropriate clinical area


    This course will prepare nurses at an advanced level with knowledge, skills and attitudes to manage and care for patients undergoing endoscopic procedures and surgery, whilst addressing the spectrum of endoscopy as a diagnostic evaluation tool, and as a therapeutic treatment intervention. The content will include related anatomy and physiology; pathophysiology; clinical diagnosis; pre and post-operative nursing care; evidence based therapeutic interventions related to a variety of endoscopy procedures such as percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP); endoscopic investigations and treatment options for upper and lower gastro-intestinal tract. Related legal and professional issues will also be covered.


    This short course comprises one 40 credit module and one 20 credit module:


    • Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation (double module) (NRS3077) - Available in Semester One
    • Clinical Skills in Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation (NRS3078) - Available in Semester Two


    With the incidence of haematological malignancies steadily increasing in the western world, this short course has been designed to help the nurse meet the challenges of understanding the range of haematological conditions presenting and the complex treatment regimes they require, through a programme of theoretical and practice focused modules.


    This short course comprises three 20 credit modules:


    • Aetiology and Pathophysiology of Neonatal Illness (MID3015) - Available in Semester One
    • Principles and Practice of Intensive and High Dependency Care of the New-born (MID3015) - Available in Semester Two
    • Principles and Practice of Special Care of the New-born (MID3015) - Available in Semester Two


    *Must be working in a neonatal unit.


    This short course will facilitate the further development of an enquiring and creative approach to the study of neonatal care and related issues in a reflective and critically aware manner. Nurses and midwives involved in the care of sick infants are confronted daily by their medical problems. In order to provide quality care in the intensive and special care environment, they must have an in-depth understanding, not only of foetal and neonatal physiology, growth and development, but also the pathological processes concerned with neonatal illness. The course will focus on the needs of the sick new-born infant requiring Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 nursing care. Students will be encouraged to develop their knowledge and skills in the planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care for the sick new-born infant, and to reflect on approaches to nursing care that are individualised, family-centred and underpinned by evidence-based practice.


    This short course comprises three 20 credit modules:


    • Physiology: Homeostasis in Acute and Critical Healthcare (NRS3008) - Available in Semester One
    • Care of the Critically Ill Child (HSN3040) - Available in Semester Two
    • Practice to Theory (HSN3054) - Taught over both semesters


    This short course is intended to enable registered nurses to extend and develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes towards achieving evidence based standards for the care of the critically ill child and family. A successful outcome for the critically ill child depends on the quality of care received. This starts from the initial presentation of illness or injury, and includes timely diagnosis and treatment interventions. The ability to recognise the child with the potential to deteriorate rapidly challenges clinical expertise and decision making skills. The course will foster an active process of learning and will endeavour to enhance student’s enthusiasm and sustained commitment through lectures, tutorials, seminars, exposure to e-learning and to practical applications using simulated conditions.


    This short course comprises three 20 credit modules:

    • Fracture Trauma Nursing (HSN3152) - Available in Semester 1
    • Orthopaedic Nursing (HSN3151) - Available in Semester 2 
    • Musculoskeletal Care: Skills and Principles (HSN3153) - Taught over both semester

    This short course addresses the needs of the patient across the life span presenting with either an orthopaedic condition or fracture trauma injury. It aims to provide the registered nurse (adult and child field) with the opportunity to develop and apply the specific evidence based knowledge and skills necessary to provide high quality holistic care to all patient types within all healthcare settings.


    This short course comprises three 20 credit modules

    • Nephrology Introductory Module (HSN3076)
    • Renal Nursing (HSN3074) 
    • Renal Replacement Therapies (HSN3075)

    The aim of this short course is to facilitate registered nurses in developing the practical skills necessary to function effectively in any adult renal care setting and to underpin their practice with an in-depth knowledge of current evidence based care management principles. The emphasis throughout the course will be on developing a knowledgeable and clinically competent nurse, who can care for renal patients and their families in a holistic manner within the context of a multidisciplinary team approach to care. The course addresses issues in relation to general nephrology nursing, peritoneal dialysis and transplantation and issues relevant to effective management of both acute and maintenance haemodialysis.


    This short course comprises three 20 credit modules:

    • Models of Dementia Care (HSN3031) - Available in Semester One
    • Issues in Dementia Care (HSN3032) - Available in Semester Two
    • Therapeutic Interventions: Communicating with People who have Dementia (HSN3033) - Available in Semester Two


    The aim of this short course is to facilitate registered nurses in developing the practical skills necessary to function effectively when caring for people with dementia and to appreciate the underpinning principles of practice alongside a detailed awareness of current evidence based care.