Nursing - Gerontological Nursing - Online
The philosophy underpinning this postgraduate course values the concept of positive ageing and the unique individual characteristics of the older person. The course seeks to validate this through the development of expert gerontological nursing to meet the complex needs of older people in a variety of care settings. This course is a Postgraduate Certificate, 30 credits of a level nine programme of the National Framework of Qualifications (National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI), 2003).
For each 10-credit module, there are an estimated 200 hours of student workload. The breakdown of these hours is:184 hours of distance online and technology learning, and 16 hours of face-to-face contact in Brookfield Health Science Complex but are subject to change from year to year. The breakdown for 5-credit theory modules will be half the hours stated above for 10-credit modules. Each 10-credit model runs for 6 weeks and each 5-credit module runs for 4 weeks. The practice modules involve direct clinical placement learning to meet Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland requirements.
September to December (16 weeks) contains 2x 10-credit modules and 1x 5-credit module, and 1x5-credit module (practice module). The student is required to attend 3 x 8 hour days and 4 x 4 hour days on campus in semester 1 for workshops, lectures and tutorials but are subject to change from year to year. The remainder of content is delivered online using our virtual learning environment Canvas. Learning strategies include module study guides, discussion boards, audio/visual resources and online assessments/activities.
Prior to commencing the course each student taking a blended module will be provided with an orientation to Canvas and training on how to use the online technology within the course. IT support will be given to students throughout the duration of the course.
PATHWAY 1: GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING
The course comprises four modules:
Theory modules (blended learning)
NU6005 Evidence-Based Practice for Health Professionals (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
NU6053 Professional, Ethical and Legal Decision-Making in Specialist practice (5 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 9)
NU6078 Ageing and Older People: Comprehensive Assessment and Management (10 credits)
Clinical Practice/Practicum module
NU6130 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 (5 credits)
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing is a part-time programme running for 6 months from the date of first registration for the programme. Applicants choose their pathway at the application stage and all of the pathways are viewable in the College Calendar.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS PATHWAY 1: GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING
Applicants for the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing should normally:
Hold active registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or be eligible for such registration as required for individual pathways. For the Gerontological Nursing Pathway, applicants must be Registered General Nurses OR Registered Intellectual Disability Nurses OR Registered Psychiatric Nurses AND
Have clinical practice experience (and support structures, if applicable) as required for individual pathways. For the Gerontological Nursing Pathway applicants must have a minimum of six months' post-registration experience (excluding courses) and at least three months' experience in the specialty pathway applied for.
For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.
In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.
The closing date for non-EU applications is 2 June 2023
How Do I Apply
1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.
For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.
2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:
Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.
3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.
Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Deferrals: Deferrals are not permitted on this course.
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:
In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.
Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.
Please provide evidence of at least 6 months post registration experience.
Please upload certification of current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
All applicants must also submit a signed Declaration Form, to be completed by the Director of Nursing/Midwifery/Equivalent Authorised Manager. This form is downloadable here: 2023 Declaration Form PGCert
Nursing Pathway programmes
A range of assessments are used throughout the programme including written assignments, online activities (E. activities) and a competency book is completed for the practice modules.
6 months part-time.
Start Date: Late August 2020
Post Course Info
Skills and Careers Information
This course will give registered general nurses, registered intellectual disability nurses and registered psychiatric nurses the knowledge and skills to work as members of the older-adult care team in a variety of gerontological settings to meet the complex needs of older people.