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Clinical Education - Health Sciences

Your Course
This is the first clinical education course of its type in Ireland. It equips a range of health professionals with the knowledge and skills required for effective clinical education, and enables them to become clinical supervisors and motivators of student learning. Although much health professional education takes place in clinical settings, few clinicians receive the formal training in educational techniques and principles of adult learning provided by this course.

The courses are delivered mostly by distance-learning, with some face-to-face workshops in Galway as follows:

• PgCert: six days (two consecutive weekdays in September and four Saturdays between October and March).

• PDip: eight days (two consecutive weekdays in September and six Saturdays between October and June).

• Master's: ten days (two consecutive weekdays in each of September, October, November, February and April).

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Applicants must be registered healthcare professionals with at least two years' post-registration experience and be actively involved in clinical education. General computer literacy is essential as parts of the programme are delivered via distance-learning. In addition, for the Master's, at least 60% in the PDip in Clinical Education or equivalent is required. Selection is based on ability/opportunity to apply learning to your daily work, relevant experience and academic record.


Master's PgDip (full-time): 1 year PDip (part-time): 2 years PgCert: 6 months Stand-alone module: 6 weeks.

All are suitable for those in full-time employment (including those described as 'full-time' courses).

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Our clinical education focus leads to major changes in how you will be able to facilitate the learning and development of your students in clinical settings. You will know more about how learners learn, how to create safe and effective learning environments, how to assess learners and how to support their professional development.

Further enquiries

Dr Peter Cantillon
T: +353 91 492 262


1. These courses help you create new pedagogical approaches and improve the clinical education experience for learners.

2. Flexible learning: the combination of distance learning and face-to-face workshops allows you to engage in learning at a time and place that suits your lifestyle.

3. The course is accredited for CME, and An Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais na hEireann (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland [NMBI]). Nurse Tutor Status approval is pending.

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