Palliative Care

GradCert Palliative Care
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)

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.

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

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 Mgt 10.00
Spring Trimester NMHS42820 Psychosoc & Spiritual Issues 10.00

Stage 1 - Core
Palliative Care,Philosophy,Concepts and DebatesNMHS42370
Palliative Approaches to Symptom ManagementNMHS42540
Psychosocial, Spiritual and Therapeutic Issues in Palliative CareNMHS42820

How will I learn?
- 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

Entry 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

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

Documents Required
- Transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant

- A current photocopy of NMBI registration

- Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport

- Professional Reference Form(original form)

- Signed Declaration Form from employer (original form)

- Completed Clinical Competence Assessor Nomination Form signed by the nominee

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

Application dates

How to Apply?
The following entry routes are available:

Grad Cert Palliative Care PT (X733)
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.


1 year part-time. Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

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

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