Nursing - Psychological Impact of Chronic Illness

Psycho Oncology and the psychological impact of chronic illness

The programme is aimed at advancing the student's repertoire of knowledge and skills in Psycho-Oncology and the psychological impact of living with a chronic disease. Applicants are welcome from all healthcare professionals and usually students come from a variety of backgrounds and areas of work. Previous students have come from the disciplines of nursing, psychology, psychotherapy, therapeutic radiography and social work.

This module aims to provide the student with a comprehensive theoretical background to facilitate understanding of distress in people with chronic illness such as cancer and their families
Using a framework that includes assessment and management, students will explore the challenge of chronic illness including the stress of diagnosis, the consequences of treatment including pain, disfigurement and fatigue, existential issues, difficulties with sexuality and communication. The importance and challenge of survivorship and palliative care as they relate to or impact on the individual and his or her family will be examined. While the main focus of the module will be on the individual with the chronic illness or cancer and his or her family, reference to the impact on the professional care giver will be included.

Subjects taught

This is a Spring Trimester module commencing each year in February.

Sem 2 NMHS42880 Psycho Impact Chronic Illness

Entry requirements

Primary degree or Recognition of Prior Learning consideration if no degree.

Application dates

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.

The following documents are required:

Degree transcript unless ex UCD

Birth certificate or copy of personal page of passport unless ex UCD

Professional Reference Form


1 trimester part-time

Post Course Info

Possessing a broad and deep understanding of the theory and skills required for caring for patients with cancer or other chronic conditions, you will be well positioned to work in a variety of settings specialising in this area both nationally and internationally.

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  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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