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Nursing - Public Health Nursing

Course Outline

This level nine programme aims to develop informed and skilled public health nurses. On successful completion of the programme, participants can apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland for registration as a Public Health Nurse (RPHN). Application Process: Please visit www.pac.ie to apply.

This is a one-year, full-time programme, usually running from September to June inclusive each year. Students undertake nine modules to the value of 60 credits. There are four blocks of placement with a registered public health nurse in the sponsoring HSE area. If your name is not registered in the Midwives Division of the NMBI Register, you will complete an NMBI approved module or unit of study on maternal and child health as part of the course. Maternity placement of five weeks as part of this module will be in Cork University Maternity Hospital. Total clinical placement accounts for over 23 weeks during the year.

Entry requirements

Open to Registered General Nurses, currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). Candidates must have a NQF level 8 qualification or demonstrate equivalence using an APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) as detailed on application materials. Candidates must have at least three years RGN post registration experience

The recruitment and sponsorship of student public health nurses is a national joint application process between the Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and the HSE. Requirements may vary slightly from year to year depending on HSE needs. Current applicants are required to be Registered General Nurses. Candidates must have a minimum of 3 years post registration experience as a registered general nurse within the past 7 years, working 39 hours per week*, or its equivalence within the last 7 years if working less hours.

* From 08/04/2009 to 30/06/2013 working a 37.5 hours per week

In addition it is necessary to have an academic level 8 (Honours Degree or Higher Diploma) course completed or provide evidence that you can perform at this level as directed on the application form. If English is not your first language, fluency must be demonstrated (IELTS 7 or higher). Admission to the course will be subject to a joint HSE/Higher Education Institution (HEI) application process.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Fitness to Practice

Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practice Policy

Duration

1 year full-time

Lectures take place Monday to Friday throughout the year. A typical day would contain 4 to 6 hours of lectures but it is expected that students would spend the remainder of the day in reading around the topic and self-directed learning. Where workshops are scheduled these may run from 9am to 5pm. Field trips and self-directed tasks in the community setting are also scheduled.

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Lloyd Philpott
lloyd.philpott@ucc.ie
+353 21 490 1509

Subjects taught

Students take modules to the value of 60 credits incorporating 300 hours of structured contact time and clinical practicum. Students take 60 credits as follows:

NU6041 Public Health Nursing: Principles and Professional Issues (10 credits)

NU6042 Children, Young People and Families (10 credits)

NU6043 Adults and Older People in the Community (5 credits)

NU6044 Health and Health Promotion: Concepts and Principles (5 credits)

NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits)

NU6047 Clinical Placement: Public Health Nursing (5 credits)

NU6054 Maternal and Child Health Nursing (10 credits)

SS6000 Public Health, Social Services and Community (5 credits)

Assessment method

A variety of assessment methods are used including continuous assessment, written examinations, presentations and completion of portfolios and clinical workbooks.

Application date

Closing dates

Closing Dates for Application

Applications for 2018 start dates will open on November 1st 2017.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught programmes (detailed below).

Some programmes have a specific closing date. Applicants are advised to consult with the postgraduate prospectus for programmes with a specific closing date.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for Postgraduate Taught courses are detailed below. However, we would advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:
For all completed applications received by January 15th 2018 Offers will be made by January 29th 2018

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2018 Offers will be made by March 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2018
Offers will be made by May 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by July 2nd 2018
Offers will be made by July 16th 2018

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date September 2018

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