L8 Certificate in Pre-Admission Nursing (10 Credits)

CertificatePre-Admission Nursing

Cork Road
12 weeks

This course will be offered again in January 2021. Applicatons will open in early November 2020

The aim of this programme is to enable graduates to provide and coordinate exceptional patient care in Pre-Admission Units in an environment where quality, respect, caring and compassion are at the centre. The programme also aims to provide a nationally recognized credential that demonstrates compliance with the highest quality standards in the nursing/midwifery profession and validates specialised knowledge and experience as a certified pre-admission nurse/midwife, providing the nurse/midwife with the theory, knowledge and core clinical skills to work effectively in the pre-admission unit and ensure the delivery of safe quality evidence informed care to patients.


Certificate in Pre-Admission Nursing (10 credits, Level 8).

Cost Funding is available from the office of Nursing and Midwifery services for students working in the HSE/HSE funded Hospitals. Applicants not currently working in a HSE funded hospital are required to pay fees of €900 at the time of application.


Includes a written assignment, MCQs’ and a competency development workbook.

Contact Details
Application queries:[email protected]  T: 051-302764

Academic queries: Program leader: Dr. Louise Bennett; E: [email protected]: T: 051 845558

In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

The module is structured in six units:

  • Unit 1 Advanced Health Assessment
  • Unit  2 Anaesthesia and Preoperative Assessment 
  • Unit  3 Pre-operative Investigations
  • Unit 4 Medication Management
  • Unit 5 Communication
  • Unit 6 Perioperative Management of Chronic Diseases

Registered General Nurses or Midwives/ NMBI registered

Students will be required to provide evidence of:

  • Approval from the applicants line manager (ADoN or above) to participate on the course:
  • Confirmation that the applicant will be employed or have access to work in the Pre-Admission Unit 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.
  • Evidence of existing Level 7 academic qualification
  • Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English. Please see our website for more details  English Requirements.
  • Nurses and Midwives from non HSE and HSE funded organizations who work in a Pre-Admission Unit may be offered a place on the course subject to meeting the course criteria and the availability of places.


Confirmation of Support Form:

  1. Please download the form here
  2. Fill in the relevant details and have it signed by your line manager
  3. Create an electronic copy of the signed form (e.g. take a pic of it with your phone) and upload the electronic copy of the signed form below.

Please complete Declaration Form

Application queries email [email protected]

On successful completion of this programme students will have attained the first stage of the Professional Development Pathway for Registered Nurses working in Pre-Admission Units in Ireland.  It is envisaged that Stage 2 will involve completing a level 9 award in Pre Admission Nursing which will offer recognition and transferability of knowledge and skills within the health service, ensuring they can become experienced at making complex decisions and evaluating practice.

Course Leader

  • Dr. Louise Bennett

    PhD, MSc, PG Dip in Ed., P/G Dip in Perioperative Nursing, Cert in Nurse-Midwife Prescribing, RGN, RNT. - Course Leader/Lecturer

    Email: [email protected]

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