Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
Spring 2025
One Semester
University Certificate of Study
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. Applications for Spring 2025 will open in October, express your interest to be notified when the course opens for application. 

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Module Description

Module Code

NFQ Level

ECTS Credits

Start Date


Tracheostomy Care





€800 - EU

€1,500 - Non-EU


A person with a tracheostomy requires complex care involving clinicians across different healthcare specialties. The purpose of this module is to provide students with knowledge and skills to organise, lead and deliver therapeutic interventions to support adults with a tracheostomy. This module also aims to enhance students’ knowledge and practice in evidence-based tracheostomy care and to facilitate learning in assessment and therapeutic interventions within the context of tracheostomy safety and holistic care. This Module has input from a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Tracheostomy Care.
Learning will take place over one semester, with 3 full (in-person) days and an additional day for an OSCE assessment.

This module explores; Therapeutic interventions and managing tracheostomy care interventions across the lifespan, tracheostomy tube selection, maintaining airway patency, providing an optimum environment of care for people with a tracheostomy tube in critical care, general ward and community settings. Clinical interventions for optimal tracheostomy tube and stoma care, infection prevention and control, management of tracheostomy tube emergencies, weaning and decannulation.

Education interventions to facilitate patient/family/carer needs, discharge planning. Multidisciplinary care and supporting individuals with cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds, promoting effective communication, psychological support and patient advocacy. Safe eating, drinking, nutritional support, patient safety.

Learning outcomes:

  • Critically discuss one's role in planning, monitoring, coordinating and managing care of individuals with a tracheostomy within a multidisciplinary context.
  • Critically evaluate evidence based therapeutic interventions to provide safe and effective tracheostomy care.
  • Critically explore strategies that empower individuals with a tracheostomy to maximise health and wellbeing.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the need to anticipate, lead and manage tracheostomy care interventions.
  • Critically discuss the psychological impact of having a tracheostomy for the individual and their family/significant others.
  • A Registered Nurse on the current register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.
  • 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.
  • Students are required to have access to and exposure to the care of people with a tracheostomy for the duration of the module


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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