Older Person Rehabilitation

University College Cork

Older Person Rehabilitation

Course Outline
The Postgraduate Certificate in Older Person Rehabilitation is designed to provide students, from a range of different professional backgrounds, with interdisciplinary learning in the theory and practice of Older Person Rehabilitation.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Older Person Rehabilitation runs over one or two academic years (9-20 months) from the date of first registration for the programme. Students take taught modules to the value of 30 credits incorporating approximately 100 hours of structured contact time (approximately one day per month during the semester if taken over one academic year). Most classes are held in two-day blocks (weekdays).

Subjects taught

Taught modules

Students take a core module to the value of 10 credits as follows:
CG6009 Principles in Older Person Rehabilitation (10 credits)

Students take elective modules to the value of 20 credits from the following:
CG6002 Stroke Rehabilitation (10 credits)
CG6005 Amputee and Prosthetic Rehabilitation (5 credits)
CG6006 Falls, Mobility and Movement Disorders (10 credits)
CG6007 Independent Study (5 credits)
CG6010 Clinical Practicum in Older Person Rehabilitation (5 credits)
CG6012 Neuromuscular Disorders (10 credits)
CG6015 Understanding Cognitive Disorders and Dementia (10 credits)
CG6016 Advanced Issues in Dementia Care (10 credits)
EH6038 Applied Research for Gerontology and Rehabilitation (10 credits)
MH6014 Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits)

Entry requirements

Candidates must have the following:

A primary degree in a relevant health care discipline* or an equivalent qualification and work experience to be approved by the Programme Team;
Ideally, candidates should have practical experience in their area of qualifications of at least one-year post-registration;

In some exceptional circumstances, candidates, by virtue of their training and experience may, at the discretion of the Programme Team, be deemed suitable for entry to the programme under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Such candidates may be requested to undergo an interview.

*A relevant healthcare discipline includes but is not limited to, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, speech and hearing science, audiology, physiotherapy, psychology and social studies.

Garda Vetting
Students or applicants in receipt of an offer, on this programme will be subject to Garda Vetting. Students will be prohibited from engaging in a relevant work placement unless the vetting process has been cleared. Click here to view UCC's Student Garda Vetting Policy.

Fitness to Practise
This programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy.

Application dates

Closing Date Rolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.

Assessment Info

Please see the Book of Modules for details on assessment of modules.


1 or 2 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date 2 September 2024

Post Course Info

Progression to MSc in Older Person Rehabilitation
Following successful completion of the examinations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Older Person Rehabilitation, subject to the approval of the Programme Team, a student may opt to transfer to the MSc in Older Person Rehabilitation with exemptions granted for the modules already taken. A student previously conferred with the Postgraduate Certificate in Older Person Rehabilitation / Postgraduate Diploma in Older Person Rehabilitation (exit award from the MSc) may register for the MSc (Older Person Rehabilitation) within five years of completion, subject to the approval of the Programme Team, with exemptions granted for modules taken within the previous five years.

Skills and Careers Information
In today’s competitive workforce, higher professional qualifications are an essential part of continuous professional development and career advancement. The MSc is particularly suitable for those who want to assume a management and leadership position in the care of older people.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PG Cert

  • Qualifications

    Minor Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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