Coronary Care Nursing

Nursing and midwifery

Course details

The Postgraduate Diploma in Coronary Care Nursing programme is designed to equip students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to provide evidenced-based, quality care in today's challenging healthcare environment.  

This fully accredited one-year part-time programme – delivered in partnership with Beaumont Hospital – is designed to allow students explore a range of clinical and theoretical issues, aiming to produce knowledgeable skilled and reflective nurses with the ability to function as team leaders and act as a clinical resource to peers.

Learning outcomes

This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to critically: 

  • Discuss the epidemiology/pathophysiology of chronic heart failure and the development of the clinical nurse specialist role. 
  • Evaluate and demonstrate the holistic assessment of the patient, presenting with heart failure. 
  • Explore the physiologic adaptive responses of patients to critical illness. 
  • Evaluate the relationship between cardiac disease and other body systems. 
  • Discuss the cardiac anatomy and physiology and explore the aetiology and pathophysiology of CVD, epidemiology and associated risk factors of CVD. 
  • Evaluate and demonstrate the holistic assessment of the patient, presenting with CVD. 


A blended learning approach is utilised in this programme, to promote lifelong learning and professional development for all nursing staff caring for cardiology patients.

The first three modules are delivered in RCSI with the remaining three modules and clinical component delivered in Beaumont Hospital.;

The programme modules are:

Module name Credits Assessment method
Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment
Advanced Leadership - Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment
Clinical Practicum - Advanced Reflection and Competence 10 Assignment and clinical portfolio
 Fundamental Concepts of Coronary Care Nursing 10 Assignment
Cardiovascular Disease and Cardiology Interventions 10 Examination
Holistic Management of the Heart Failure Patient and Family 10 Assignment