Nursing - Oncology
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University College Cork

Nursing - Oncology

The Postgraduate Certificate in Oncology Nursing, offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, is a pathway on the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing programme at University College Cork.

The PG Certificate in Nursing is a part-time course running for six months from the date of first registration for the programme. The Certificate has four pathways and applicants choose their pathway at the application stage. The current pathways are as follows:

Pathway 1: Gerontological Nursing
Pathway 3: Medical and Surgical Nursing
Pathway 5: Nurse/Midwife Prescribing
Pathway 7: Oncology Nursing

Our Postgraduate Oncology Certificate (Pathway 7) students take modules alongside students of the Postgraduate Nursing Diploma (Oncology) programme and a number of shared modules with other Postgraduate nursing students. This course is delivered as a blended learning programme that combines online or/and web-based learning with, face-to-face delivery.

The Oncology Pathway comprises four core modules totalling 30 credits as follows:

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

The modules include Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing which is a 5-credit Clinical Practice module involving the practice of specialist skills in nursing and the participation in the clinical environment with supervision and guidance.

Course Practicalities
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.

Teaching staff on the course inclide staff from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, and clinical setting.

Subjects taught

Please see the Academic Calendar (PG Certificate in Nursing) for more information on this programme.

Modules

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.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

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 the current pathways are viewable in the Academic Calendar (PG Certificate in Nursing).

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Pathway 7 - Oncology

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

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.

International/Non-EU Applicants
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.

Application dates

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.

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:

You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.

Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.

In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning, and professional training relevant to this programme.

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

Deferrals: Deferrals are not permitted on this course.

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.

Duration

6 months part-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 4 September 2023

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PG Cert

  • Qualifications

    Minor Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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