Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
Autumn 2024
One Semester (12 Weeks)
University Certificate of Study
NFQ Level 9 Minor Award
Faculty: Education and Health Sciences
Course Type: Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Department of Nursing & Midwifery
Address: Faculty of Education & Health Sciences Email: Telephone: +353 61 202271

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Brief Description

This course qualifies for 50% funding under the HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy. Check fees section for details and eligibility.   Please Note:   Applicants may only apply for and receive, one subsidised course per semester.   

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Module Description

Module Code

NFQ Level

ECTS Credits

Start Date


Advanced Assessment in Respiratory Nursing 




Sept. 2024

€800 - EU

€1,500 - Non-EU

This micro-credential represents a single module within a larger further award (eg. Certificate, Diploma, Masters). By taking this micro-credential you may be eligible to apply for a credit exemption should you progress to study for a further award.

The programmes associated with this MicroCred are: 


This module provides the student with the opportunity to develop their competence and expertise in respiratory nursing assessment. Assessment is the preliminary phase to identifying individual needs and priorities for care. This module focuses on the role of the nurse at this level in observation and examination, as well as critical evaluation and application of advanced assessment tools and diagnostic indicators in respiratory nursing.  

The module is divided into themes where the student will be given appropriate material for reading and viewing/listening.

Theme 1: Introduction &Respiratory Anatomy & Physiology

Theme 2: The role of Palliative Care in Respiratory Assessment

Theme 3: Respiratory Failure. ABG interpretation, scenarios

Theme 4: Oxygen Assessment

Theme 5: Respiratory Investigations, PFT’s · Bronchoscopy videos.

Theme 6: Respiratory History Taking, Assessment of the Acutely unwell Respiratory Patient

Theme 7: Physical Respiratory Exam skills

Theme 8: Clinical skills, Chest Auscultation sounds, Inhaler Technique

Theme 9: OSCE day

Theme 10: The role of the MDT in Respiratory assessment- SLT ·

Theme 11: The role of the Physiotherapist in Respiratory Assessment

Theme 12- The role of the ANP and CNS 

Learning Outcomes

  • Critically evaluate advanced assessment approaches and prioritise interventions in response to the needs of individuals experiencing respiratory health conditions and alterations to airway and breathing.
  • Critically apply advanced assessment techniques to the complex needs of individuals with respiratory conditions. 
  • Critically apply knowledge of pathophysiology to the nursing assessment of individuals experiencing respiratory conditions.
  • Critically discuss the challenges in leading holistic assessment in nursing individuals with altered respiratory status. ·
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the complex interrelationship between the physiological and psychosocial needs of individuals experiencing altered respiratory function.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the importance of using evidence to inform advanced nursing assessment and diagnostic practice. 
  1. A Registered Nurse on the current register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.
  2. Applicants 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.

Entry requirements are established to ensure the learner can engage with the course material and assessments, at a level suitable to their needs, and the academic requirements of the module. By applying to this micro-credential, you are confirming that you have reviewed and understand any such requirements, and that you meet the eligibility criteria for admission.

Successful completion of this module does not automatically qualify you for entry into a further award. All programme applicants must meet the entry requirements listed if applying for a further award.

€800 EU - €1,500 Non EU 

HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy - Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria can qualify for 50% funding subject to the availability of places. To clarify eligibility please go to Eligibility Criteria 

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