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Healthcare Simulation

Our Healthcare Simulation courses are designed for current Medical Students and Professionals.

The certificate in healthcare and medical simulation will prepare the student to design, implement, evaluate and operate simulation-based education in undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare teaching environments. On completion of the certificate the student will be able to use task-based trainers, high and low- fidelity mannequins, standardised patients, virtual, and hybrid simulators.

The course is delivered as much as possible through distance learning online. This delivery method allows the student to study at a time that is convenient to them, no matter where they live. The modules are delivered using a combination of multi-media presentations, online discussion boards, and online tutorials. There will also be a need to attend two days of intensive hands – on training in using a range of simulators carried out at NUI Galway.

Entry requirements

•An honours Bachelor degree at NFQ Level 8 in a relevant healthcare discipline (e.g. medicine, nursing, speech and language therapy, pharmacy), although applicants with evidence of at least three years equivalent professional/academic experience will be considered (e.g. Emergency Medicine Technicians, simulation technicians).

•Demonstrated proficiency in English.

•Previous experience, or an academic qualification, in the education and teaching of healthcare professionals.

Duration

The course is delivered as much as possible through distance learning online.

The course will be delivered in three sequential eight-week modules during the first six months of the academic year.

Careers or further progression

In the last decade there have been large changes in: undergraduate healthcare education, postgraduate healthcare education, delivery of healthcare, and the working environment. These changes have led to a large investment in simulation centers nationally and internationally. The Certificate in Medical and Healthcare Simulation will provide the student with the expertise required to effectively deliver simulation-based education.

Subjects taught

The course will be delivered in three sequential eight-week modules during the first six months of the academic year.

Module 1. An introduction to simulation and training in healthcare.

Module 2. Simulation with manikin and task based trainers.

Module 3. Standardised patients, virtual patients, and hybrid simulation.

Assessment method

The course will be assessed by:

•Student participation and reflection on weekly discussion board activities related to the materials presented during the week of instruction.

•The completion of e-tivities, and one end of module assignment for each module.

•Participation, and reflection on, simulation-based teaching activities.

•Demonstration of competency in delivering simulation-based education.

Course fee

Cost: 2,500 Euro

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