Nursing - Oncology

Course Outline
The Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing – Oncology is a pathway on the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing programme. Students take modules with students on the Postgraduate Nursing Diploma Nursing Oncology and a number of shared modules with other postgraduate nursing students and there is one specialist module in oncology nursing. The programme is delivered as a blended learning programme which combines online or/and web-based learning with, face-to-face delivery.

Why Choose This Course
This course will give registered general nurses, the knowledge and skills to work to meet the complex needs of providing nursing care to patients with cancer.

Entry requirements

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.


Applicants for the Postgraduate Certificate in Oncology 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 Oncology Nursing Pathway, applicants must be Registered General Nurses.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Certificate in Oncology Nursing are not required to have oncology nursing experience at the point of entry to this programme pathway.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available online.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country online.

International/non-EU applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please 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.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Assessment Info

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.

Subjects taught

Theory modules (blended learning):
NU6005 Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits)
NU6053 Professional, Ethical, and Legal Decision-making in Specialist Practice (5 credits)
NU6130 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 (5 credits)
NU6145 Foundations of Cancer Care (10 credits)


6 months Part-time online

Enrolment dates

Start Date Late August 2020

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PG Cert

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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