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Nursing - Gerontological Nursing - Online

The philosophy underpinning this postgraduate course values the concept of positive ageing and the unique individual characteristics of the older person. The course seeks to validate this through the development of expert gerontological nursing to meet the complex needs of older people in a variety of care settings. This course is a Postgraduate Certificate, 30 credits of a level nine programme of the National Framework of Qualifications (National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI), 2003).

Why Choose This Course
With the rapidly growing older-adult population and the changing healthcare services of today, it is vital that nurses working in older-adult settings are competent to provide the highest quality of nursing care and maintain professional standards of care. The curriculum encourages you to develop an enquiring and creative approach to both the theory and practice of gerontological nursing.

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing to the value of 30 credits will be granted exemptions for these modules in the relevant MSc/Postgraduate Diploma exit pathway within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at UCC.

Entry requirements

The Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing is a part-time programme running for 6 months from the date of first registration for the programme. Applicants choose their pathway at the application stage and all of the pathways are viewable in the College Calendar.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS PATHWAY 1: GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING
Applicants for the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing should normally:
1.Hold active registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or be eligible for such registration as required for individual pathways. For the Gerontological Nursing Pathway, applicants must be Registered General Nurses OR Registered Intellectual Disability Nurses OR Registered Psychiatric Nurses AND
2. Have clinical practice experience (and support structures, if applicable) as required for individual pathways. For the Gerontological Nursing Pathway applicants must have a minimum of six months' post-registration experience (excluding courses) and at least three months experience in the speciality pathway applied for.

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

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country online.

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.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Duration

6 months part time online

Careers or further progression

This course will give registered general nurses, registered intellectual disability nurses and registered psychiatric nurses the knowledge and skills to work as members of the older-adult care team in a variety of gerontological settings to meet the complex needs of older people.

Further enquiries

Patricia Fehin
E: P.fehin@ucc.ie
T: 021 4901625
http://www.ucc.ie/en/nursingmidwifery/

Sheila Hedderman
E: s.hedderman@ucc.ie
T: +353(0) 21 4901560

Subjects taught

PATHWAY 1: GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING

The course comprises of four modules:
Theory modules (blended learning):
- NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
- NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 9)
- NU6078 Ageing and Older People: Bio Psychosocial Perspectives (10 credits)

Clinical Practice/Practicum module:
- NU6130 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 (5 credits)

For more information see the College Calendar.

Modules
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.

Comment

Course Practicalities
For each 10 credit module there is an estimated 200 hours Student Workload. The breakdown of these hours is: 184 hours distance online and technology learning, and 16 hours of face-to-face contact in Brookfield Health Science Complex. The breakdown for 5 credit theory modules will be half the hours stated above for 10 credit modules. Each 10 credit model runs for 6 weeks and each 5 credit module runs for 4 weeks. The practice modules involve direct clinical placement learning to meet Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland requirements.

Semester 1

September to December (16 weeks) contains 2x 10 credit modules and 1x 5 credit module, and 1x5 credit module (practice module). The student is required to attend 3 x 8 hour days and 4 x 4 hour days on campus in semester 1 for workshops, lectures and tutorials. The remainder of content is delivered online using our virtual learning environment Blackboard. Learning strategies include module study guides, discussion boards, audio/visual resources and online assessments/activities.

Semester 2

January - May (16 weeks) contains 1x 5 credit module (practice module).

Students will be required to prepare and submit a E-portfolio on professional development activities relating to clinical practice placement.

Prior to commencing the course each student taking a blended module will be provided with an orientation to Blackboard and training on how to use the online technology within the course. IT support will be given to students throughout the duration of the course.

Assessment method

A range of assessments are used throughout the programme including written assignments, online activities (E. activities) and a competency book is completed for the practice modules.

Application date

Closing Date: 10 June 2020

Non-EU Closing Date: Not currently open to Non EU applicants

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: Late August 2020

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