Nursing - Palliative Care

The Graduate Certificate Palliative Care is an interdisciplinary programme designed to enhance your existing knowledge and skills in caring for patients with life limiting illness. The programme will enable you to become a valuable member of the multidisciplinary team providing palliative care and further enhance the care provided to patients in your current area of practice who have a range of complex symptoms that need impeccable assessment and management.

This course is aimed at advancing the health care professionals' repertoire of knowledge and skills for professional practice in the care of persons with life limiting illness.

The Graduate Certificate Palliative Care course aims to build upon and advance the repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values, in order to promote competence and confidence in the practitioner's work. The course aims to prepare individuals to enhance the care provided to patients and their families facing physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems associated with life limiting illness.

The Graduate Certificate Palliative Care programme is aimed at advancing the health professionals' repertoire of knowledge and skills for palliative care of people who have life limiting illness within a variety of care settings and contexts.

How will I benefit?
On successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care from the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. The programme is recognised nationally and is a highly regarded qualification for health care professionals caring for patients with life limiting illness who require palliative care.

Subjects taught

All modules are offered using a Blended Learning Approach utilising a range of teaching methods including lectures, workshops and seminars

Learning is facilitated by a multidisciplinary teaching team with particular emphasis on assisting students in applying theory to practice

This is a one (academic) year programme, broken down into two trimesters. Assessments are varied (assignments/ MCQ/case studies) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the trimesters.

Autumn Trimester NMHS42370 Pall Care,Phil,Concept 10.00

Autumn Trimester NMHS42540 Palliative Approaches Symp Mgt10.00

Spring Trimester NMHS42820 Psychosoc & Spiritual Issues10.00

Entry requirements

Specific requirements:

All applicants must have a minimum of two years post-registration experience

Applicants must have exposure to either Level 2 or Level 3 Palliative Care, as indicated in the Report of the National Advisory Committee on Palliative Care (2001), for the duration of the course for a minimum of 75 hours per month.

Non-clinicians need to demonstrate the application of their discipline to palliative care practice

Ability to demonstrate an understanding of research in practice is desirable

Evidence of recent study is desirable

General Requirements:

Have a Graduate Diploma/Masters Degree (NQAI Level 9) in a health related discipline

Nurse applicants must be registered on the live register maintained by An Bord Altranais

Other health care professionals must be registered with a recognised professional body

Application dates

Closing Date: 30 July 2022 - Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and programmes will close once they are filled. We advise you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.


Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant

Nurse applicants: A current photocopy of An Bord Altranais registration

Other health care professionals: A current photocopy of registration with professional registration body

Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport

Signed Declaration Form from Employer (original form)

Completed Professional Reference Form (original form)

Nurse applicants: Completed Clinical Competence Assessor Nomination Form signed by the nominee

Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)

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.


1 year part-time

Post Course Info

The Graduate Certificate Palliative Care will provide you with knowledge and skills required for caring for patients with life limiting illness who require palliative care.

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    Graduate Certificate

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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