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 1 day per month during term if taken over one academic year). Most classes are held in two-day blocks (weekdays).

Why Choose This Course
Established in 2011, the Older Person Rehabilitation postgraduate programme is a unique course which will allow you to develop your skills as a leader in gerontology and rehabilitation. This interdisciplinary course is the only one of its kind in Ireland and the UK.

The flexible approach allows students to choose from a range of modules to build a course tailored to them. A student-centred focus promotes flexible timetabling and blended learning to minimise travel time. Lecturers are experienced clinicians from a range of disciplines who promote interdisciplinary learning and practise.

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)

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

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 health care 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
Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake of first-year students (including repeats), this programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy.

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

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland:
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements.

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.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Application dates

How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
Any supplementary items requested for your course.
Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.

5. Rounds
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates via Application Date Weblink below.

Questions on how to apply?
Please 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.

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

Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.

Please upload certification of current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

Please enter the names and email addresses of the two referees.

Assessment Info

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


1 or 2 years part-time.

Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 1 or 2 years.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 7 September 2020

Post Course Info

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.

On completion of this course you will:

Have gained the critical skills to evaluate rehabilitation models and settings, and the evidence base for current practices in older person rehabilitation;

Gain knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of key topics required to practice in stroke rehabilitation;

Gain the knowledge and skills required to design, undertake and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research in older person rehabilitation;

Have the skills to act as a leader and innovator in older person rehabilitation.

Progression to MSc in Older Person Rehabilitation
Following successful completion of the examinations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Older Person Rehabilitation,subject to 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 approval of the Programme Team, with exemptions granted for modules taken within the previous five years.

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar.

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    Postgraduate Certificate

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    Part time

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