Nursing - Cancer Nursing - Colorectal

The programme is aimed at advancing the registered nurse's repertoire of knowledge and skills in the care of patients with colorectal conditions; it is particularly aimed at preparing the nurse to assume the role of clinical nurse specialist in this area.

This is a good option for nurses who have already completed a level 9 Graduate Diploma in another nursing specialty. This is a good option for nurses who have already completed a level 9 Graduate Diploma in another nursing specialty. For more information, please see RPL below.

Programme Objectives
The programme aims to develop the practitioner's capacities for caring and competent practice in Colorectal Nursing in order to prepare the nurse to provide patient-centred care within the health service.

The specific aims of the programme are:

To build upon and advance the student's repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values that were developed during the course of his/her basic training and arising out of his/her experiences in clinical practice

To provide the student with the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values for the advancement of his/her role in the care of patients with malignant and benign colorectal conditions including critical analysis, creative thinking, decision making and communication

To develop a greater understanding of the theory which underpins Colorectal Nursing practice, including theory in the social and behavioural sciences and theory in the biomedical sciences

To provide learning experiences that advance the student's professional development and personal growth and experiences that affirm the student's capacity to be a self-directed learner

To advance the student's sense of professional awareness, and commitment and a sense of professional responsibility and accountability in Colorectal Nursing

To enable the student to value learning as a continuous process and as a necessary process in the context of his/her professional role in Colorectal Nursing

What will I learn and how will I benefit ?
The curriculum is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills with respect to the holistic assessment and management of patients with colorectal conditions.

How will I benefit?
On successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Colorectal Cancer Nursing). This is a highly regarded qualification for nurses caring for patients with malignant and benign colorectal conditions in Ireland.

Information Technology
It is essential that you have access to a personal computer and an email account as communication with students is primarily undertaken by email. Lecture handouts/announcements are made available to students via Blackboard (a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning and teaching) and/or via email. Messages from the university regarding examination policy and procedures are also sent via email.

Subjects taught

Programme structure
This is a one (academic) year programme, broken down into two trimesters. Assessments are varied (assignments/short examination questions/MCQ/case presentation and clinical assessments), (Clinical Competency Assessment Tool, Clinical Learning Outcomes) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the trimesters.

Please click on the link below for a graphical representation of the Graduate Certificate Cancer Nursing Colorectal:

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a primary degree in Nursing (or equivalent in related discipline)

Applicants must be entered onto the appropriate division of the Nurses Register maintained by An Bord Altranais (be registered as an RGN)

Applicants must hold a Graduate Diploma in another specialist area of nursing or have obtained 30 ECT (credits) at Level 9 (Masters Level in both research and theoretical aspects of nursing)

Other criteria to be used in the assessment of the application include number of years of experience, and evidence of ongoing professional development.

Specific requirements
Applicants must have at least one year's experience in Colorectal Nursing at time of attendance

Applicants must be employed in a colorectal unit (focusing on caring for patients with colorectal conditions) or related specialist setting prior to commencing the course and for duration of the course

Application dates

Closing Date 30 July 2022

Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ?Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.

Please note that all applicants are required to pay a €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

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Documents to be submitted with your application
The official closing date is July 30th, however, as places on the programme are subject to clinical placements which are limited, you are advised to have all of the required documentation submitted by July 1st.

Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant
Applicants: A current photocopy of An Bord Altranais registration
Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport
Signed Declaration Form from Employer (original form)
Completed Professional Reference Form (original form)
Applicants: Completed Clinical Competence Assessor Nomination Form signed by the nominee
Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)


1 year part-time.

Post Course Info

Possessing a broad and deep understanding of the theory and skills required for caring for patients with colorectal conditions, you will be well positioned to work in a variety of settings specialising in this area both nationally and internationally. As the programme is particularly aimed at preparing nurses to assume the role of clinical nurse specialist, many nurses eventually take up CNS positions and some may undertake further study required for the role of ANP in cancer nursing. Many nurses also proceed to assume CNM/Educational/Clinical Facilitator roles.

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    Graduate Certificate

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    Part time

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