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Clinical Practice - Advanced

Overview
Clinical Therapies at the University of Limerick offers a suite of Postgraduate Certificates for qualified healthcare professionals. The programmes are designed to expand existing professional knowledge and to produce high quality evidence based practitioners who are better positioned to develop their individual disciplines as well as the wider health agenda. They aim to produce graduates who are committed to life long learning. The programmes will offer participants the opportunity to critically examine and reflect on their own practice and to implement mechanisms of change to enhance current practice.

Programme Aims:
•To discuss professional issues relating to the provision of healthcare services

•To examine the different sectors of patients/clients, service providers and models of service, and their differing needs

•To source, critically appraise and synthesise the most up-to-date research

•To acquire advanced level of clinical reasoning and critical thinking

•To develop advanced level assessment and identification of service need in the students area of clinical practice

•To integrate research knowledge with clinical expertise and patient preference to establish the means of providing cost-effective, high quality clinical services.

Programme Learning Outcomes
- To enable the student to adopt an evidence based approach to clinical practice

- To provide the student with an advanced level of skill, knowledge and clinical reasoning that contributes to their practice and service.

Entry requirements

Who Can Apply
Healthcare clinicians with a professionally and academically accredited BSc Hons (Level 8 - QQI) or equivalent in a health profession.

What to Include with your Application
•Qualification transcripts and certificates
•English language qualification if English is not your first language
•Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport
•Module Preference Form

Exemptions
More information
For more information, including deadline for applying, see our websites
www.physiotherapy.ul.ie
www.occupationaltherapy.ul.ie
www.slt.ul.ie

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – composite score 7.5 and not less than 7 in any one component.
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Duration

1 Semester Full-Time (GCACPRTFBD) Or 2 Semesters Part-Time (GCACPRTPBD)

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
This programme is of interest to health and social care professionals working with a range of client groups across the life course and in varied settings. Students of the programme seek to adopt an evidence based approach to their professional practice and to develop an advanced level of skill, knowledge and clinical reasoning ability that will apply to their particular practice or service.

Further enquiries

Course Co Ordinator:
Dr Rose Galvin
Clinical Therapies
Health Sciences Building
University of Limerick
Email: ctpgcert@ul.ie
Tel: + 353 61 233721

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester:
• PY5021 Evidence Based Practice (distance learning) online (12 ECTS) OR
• OT5002 Research Methods

Elective Modules:
• PY5022 Independent Learning Module (9 ECTS)
• OT5001 Independent Learning Module (ECTS)

Spring Semester:
• PY5021 Evidence Based Practice (12 ECTS)

Elective Modules:
• PY5022 Independent Learning Module (9 ECTS)
• OT5001 Independent Learning Module (9 ECTS)

Comment

Clinical Therapies at the University of Limerick offers a suite of Postgraduate Certificates for qualified healthcare professionals. The programmes are designed to expand existing professional knowledge and to produce high quality evidence based practitioners who are better positioned to develop their individual disciplines as well as the wider health agenda.

Application date

Application Deadline: (please note that you are now applying for a Spring 2017 start).

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062
email: international@ul.ie.

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
•Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
•Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
•An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
•A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
•Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Contacts
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287
Email: postgradadmissions@ul.ie

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 23/Jan/2017.

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