Taught course

Nursing (Respiratory Care)

University of Limerick · Faculty of Education and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

  1. A registered nurse on the current register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
  2. Be engaged in practice as a registered nurse for at least one year
  3. Students would normally possess a primary degree( Minimum 2.2) or show evidence of recognized prior learning (RPL) as outlined in the ( RPL) policy of the University and Department of Nursing and Midwifery
  4. Students are required to be working in a relevant practice setting for the duration of the programmeApplicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet criteria identified in the English Language qualifications set by the University of Limerick

The MSc in Nursing (Respiratory Care) will be offered as a full time programme but taken on a part time basis over two years with the option of an exit award on completion of year 1 (Graduate Diploma). Students can also opt to progress to year two for the MSc award having attained a minimum QCA of 2.00 at the end of year one.

Standard Degree Applicants/ Include with your application

  • Full degree transcript and certificates/awards (including English translation if applicable)
  • English language qualifications (Taken in the last 2 years, if English is not your first language)
  • Copy of current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland registration certificate
  • Copy of birth certificate (Long Document)
  • Clinical Practice Environment Self-Assessment Audit Declaration

Recognized Prior Learning Applicants / Who do not meet standard entry requirements / Include with your application

Months of entry


Course content

A key goal of this programme is to prepare practitioners for the challenges of leading and delivering specialist/ advanced level respiratory care across a variety of settings. To achieve this goal, programme content focuses on providing practitioners with the theoretical underpinnings, clinical exposure and competence for the development of knowledge and skills in areas of assessment and therapeutic interventions for persons with a respiratory condition.

On successful completion of the programme students will be able to:

  • Critically explore current advanced assessment strategies used in respiratory nursing practice.
  • Critically examine best practice in meeting the respiratory care needs of patients and their families.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of therapeutic interventions used in the treatment and management of respiratory conditions.
  • Apply critical thinking skills and ethical decision making required for advancing practice.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in written, verbal, and digital communication skills, at individual and collaborative levels.
  • Critically examine the value of multidisciplinary collaboration in the provision of quality evidenced based respiratory care.
  • Critically review current innovations and developments in leading and managing change in practice.
  • Demonstrate commitment to life-long learning while fostering self-development and self-evaluation.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for personal and professional development in advancing respiratory care.
  • Apply critical thinking and reflective skills in promoting and advancing respiratory care practice.
  • Appreciate the contribution of research in informing and advancing practice within a respiratory care setting.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Owen Doody
00 353 61 213367, Mobile: 00 353 86 8379781