Graduate Diploma Computed Tomography
-Accredited by the Irish Institute of Radiographers and Radiation Therapists.
-Fosters individual, personal and professional development of the postgraduate radiographer
-Confers clinical competence in CT scanning on successful graduates.
-Flexible programme delivery that accommodates working professionals.
-Provides a platform for discussion of clinical and evidenced based CT practice and current technological advances.
This course builds on appropriate undergraduate study and existing clinical practice skills to enable radiographers to further develop their professional competence in CT.
The course aims to provide a solid foundation in the principles and theoretical concepts of CT imaging and an understanding of how these concepts are applied in clinical practice. The programme provides an opportunity to develop reflective, problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
Who should take this course?
This course is designed for diagnostic radiographers who want to develop the specialist CT skills necessary to provide high-quality patient care in a dynamic working environment. Applicants must have at least one year's post-qualification experience in diagnostic radiography. Applicants must have at least three months experience in CT before commencing the course and must be working in a CT department for the duration of the course.
What Will I Learn?
The Graduate Diploma in CT leads to a UCD Level 4 award (equivalent to NQAI Level 9) and takes eight months to complete. It is delivered in four modules: two technology modules and two professional practice modules.
The Technology of CT modules encompass the physical theories and technological principles underlying CT, image processing, quality control, equipment management and radiation protection thus encouraging a safer and broader spectrum of clinical operation.
The Professional Practice of CT modules encompass clinical practice, clinical placement hours, scanning protocols, optimisation of practice and facility management. This module aims to facilitate the integration of theoretical concepts and professional clinical practice in order to consolidate the learning process.
Since this Graduate Diploma confers clinical competence - and in order to gain the requisite specialist clinical skills - students must undertake a clinical placement in CT, under the guidance of a named clinical supervisor, and provide evidence of an agreement to spend a minimum of 700 hours in CT while undertaking the course.
How/Where Will I Learn?
This course is delivered using a blended learning approach that integrates class discussions, tutorials, lectures, e-learning and practical tasks. Emphasis is placed on reflection and self-directed learning. Clinical skills development is supported by undertaking a clinical placement in the students own CT department under the direct supervision of a clinical supervisor.
These teaching and learning strategies are designed to encourage autonomous personal and professional development within a supportive framework.
Am I Eligible For This Course?
Criteria for standard entry applicants
- This programme is open to any radiographer with at least one year post qualification experience and Department of Health approval to practise radiography in Ireland, or Health Professions Council approval to practise radiography in the UK and Northern Ireland.
- All candidates are required to undertake a minimum of three months of clinical experience in CT scanning prior to commencing the course and provide documented evidence of same. All candidates must arrange their own clinical placement and provide evidence of an agreement to spend a minimum of 700 hours gaining practical experience in CT over the duration of the programme.
- Candidates are required to arrange for a suitably qualified clinical supervisor to oversee their clinical experience. Details must be provided to the Academic Programme Co-ordinator during first week of course.
- A clinical hours declaration form (available below) must be signed by your Radiographic Services Manager, indicating agreement to provide the requisite number of clinical hours during the course and confirming the requisite pre-clinical hours declaration form (available below). This must be submitted together with other necessary documentation specified in the on line application process.
International applicants must:
- Hold a BSc (Honours) or equivalent in Diagnostic Radiography.
- Have attained a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (a minimum of 6 in each band) or 600 in TOEFL (250+ computer-based; 100+ iTB score; with test of written English at 475+). All test results must be less than 2 years old. This is necessary to ensure that prospective students can manage the programme's academic workload and communicate effectively within the clinical placement environment.
- Have attained at least 6 months clinical work experience in CT prior to commencing the course, and provide documented evidence supporting this on the pre-clinical hours declaration form (see form below).
- Provide an academic and clinical reference support your commitment to and ability to undertake this course.
Please note that even if the above criteria are met, the offer of a place to international students is also dependent upon the University's ability to negotiate clinical placement in a CT department of an Irish hospital over the duration of the course. It may not always be possible to confirm the outcome of these negotiations until the weeks prior to the start of the course.
This practical scanning experience during the course is critical to enable students to undertake the various course assessments and to become proficient in CT scanning.
International applicants wishing to undertake this course are advised to contact the Academic Programme Director for information regarding availability of places and eligibility.
9 months Full-time
Next Intake: September Annually