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Pain Management

Professional Certificate Pain Management
The programme helps you to develop knowledge and assessment skills for managing patients with pain. The American Society Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN) has awarded international affiliate to this programme. The Irish Pain Society (Chapter IASP) has provided a scholarship for the student with the highest academic achievement.

Who is the programme for?
This professional certificate is designed for nurses/midwives who are interested in becoming knowledgeable in the study of pain, the prevention and pain and understand the complex nature of pain.

What will I learn?
We aim to expand your knowledge and skills in pain management education in the context of clinical assessment methods across the trajectory of care.

You will learn advanced knowledge on pain prevention and management and apply these skills to clinical settings. Your clinical practicum in the Department of Pain Medicine, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, will be facilitated by an expert nurse in pain.

You will be able to apply specialist skills in pain care in your clinical setting and advance your career across pain management settings.

The student body is drawn from a wide variety of clinical specialisms and organisations, enabling the sharing of learning and experience between you and your class members, as well as from the academic staff.

Programme structure
The programme is delivered over one semester (September – December) and has a clinical component. The module is entitled Pain Management (10 ECTS).

Entry requirements

•Be registered as professional nurses or midwives on a live register

•Have a primary degree or higher in nursing or a related subject, or hold an equivalent qualification

•Provide evidence of continuing professional development

•RPL can be considered for applicants who do not have a level 8 qualification

•Certificates of nursing/midwifery qualifications or validated copies of awards
•Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarized English translations where relevant
•A current photocopy of NMBI registration
•Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport
•Professional Reference Form (original form)
•Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)
•On-line completed application at


1 semester part-time.

Careers or further progression

Careers/where can I go?
This UCD accredited professional certificate will provide recipients with professional currency and credibility in the clinical setting. Students will be offered a rewarding educational experience which you can apply directly in clinical practice.

In addition, this programme (10 credits) is part of the clinical pathway for the Graduate Diploma Pain Management /MSc Advanced Pain Management /Prescriptive Authority.

Further enquiries

General Enquiries:
Bernadette Manley
Senior Executive Assistant
B213, UCD Health Sciences Centre
Tel: +353 1 716 6499

Academic Enquiries:
Prof Laserina O'Connor
B115, UCD Health Sciences Centre
Tel: +353 1 716 6460

Application date

Closing Date: 1st August 2018

Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.

Please note that all applicants are required to pay a €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

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