National University of Ireland, Galway
College of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences
The complex and changing nature of health care today requires nurses prepared to a minimum of a bachelors degree. In order to progress in a career as a nurse it is now recognised that a postgraduate qualification is a necessity. The Master of Health Sciences (Nursing) is designed for the nurse to address in detail matters relating to the care of patients/clients in their area of specialism. The clinical experience the nurse brings to the theoretical knowledge gained through the programme promotes the development of expert practice. The award can also be used as a stepping stone to advanced practice and teaching qualifications. The programme is part-time over two years or three years and is delivered in a blended format. Blended learning is an innovative teaching strategy which involves a combination of face-to-face and on-line learning. This means that learning/teaching is delivered on-line through Blackboard, an interactive learning system which connects directly to the University from your home computer. Face-to-face learning/teaching takes the form of 2 or 3 workshops (depending on the module) each semester. Students will therefore attend for 2 or 3 days a semester, plus and orientation day prior to the commencement of the first year.