UCC CPD courses

Amputee and Prosthetic Rehabilitation CG6005

Course Fact File
Duration2 consecutive days in early November 2023
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
Fees€520.00 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing DateUpdated Closing Date: 6th Oct 2023


Start DateSemester I


The UPDATED CLOSING DATE for applications for this Semester 1 Module is 06/10/2023

“Amputee and Prosthetic Rehabilitation” provides students from a range of different professional backgrounds with unique learning in this specialised area, including prosthesis types, assessment and goal setting, psychosocial factors, service provision. This module can be taken as a stand-alone module. Equally, it can be built upon with other modules from our range of CPD modules in the area of rehabilitation with a particular focus on older people.

This is a new and unique course, with no similar course available in Ireland or the UK. It is led by a rehabilitation consultant but is fully interdisciplinary - the specialist lecturers are from a range of disciplines and students learn with and from each other. There is a strong student-centred focus, with flexible timetabling, and blended learning to minimise work disruptions. The course combines lectures, case based learning, workshops and small group discussions. The students get to visit a specialised POLAR unit and to see first-hand amputation rehabilitation in real-life practice.

In today’s competitive workforce, continuous professional development is a key requirement of ongoing professional competency. CPD training aids career advancement and improves your confidence in treating patients.

In this module, students will gain solid understanding and skills in the rehabilitation of patients with amputations and prostheses, with a focus on older people.

Module Content:
The Person with Limb Loss; Causes of Limb Loss or Absence; Levels and types of Amputation; Types of Prostheses related to predicted activity levels; Stages of Rehabilitation; Principles of Rehabilitation using the Bio-Psycho-Social model of illness and the International Classification of Function; Assessment and Durable Outcome Measures; Roles of members of the Rehabilitation Team; Pain and Phantom phenomena; Psychosocial Factors; The Patients Perspective; Service Provision and Referral Pathways; Costs and evidence base for Rehabilitation; Amputee rehabilitation as a Specialist service.

Module descriptions are contained in the Book of Modules 2023/24.

Module Objective:
To develop an overview of amputee rehabilitation, especially in the older person with vascular co-morbidity, using a person centred decision framework and evidence-based practice.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Discuss the clinical issues leading to limb loss or amputation and the different levels of amputation.
  • Outline the stages, principles and multi-disciplinary assessments used for persons with an amputation, using an inter-disciplinary team approach.
  • Assess a patient's rehabilitation potential, rehabilitation needs and formulate appropriate, patient oriented goals.
  • Measure outcomes in amputee rehabilitation using validated outcome measures.
  • Identify pain, phantom phenomena and psycho-social factors as a consequence of limb loss and evaluate their management.  Appraise the evidence base and cost-effectiveness of amputee rehabilitation as a Specialist service.

You can take up to 20 credits as CPD in any one year and then, if and when you decide to undertake the Postgraduate Cert or Masters, you will get exemptions for the CPD modules that you have already completed.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Teaching Method(s): 25 x 1hr(s) Lectures (Includes Field Trips, Workshops and Directed Study); 100 x 1hr(s) Other (Self-Directed Study and Coursework).

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,500 Word Essay. 

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Please note : There is a possibility that this module may be cancelled due to Covid because of the Patient interaction element contained in it but updates will be posted herewith.

Class Dates:  Commencement date 07/11/2022.

Date 06/11/2023 




Face to Face Contact Day 

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Date 07/11/2023 



Face to Face Contact Day

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2 x full day sessions November includes a full day in the Prosthetic, Orthotic and Limb Amputation Rehabilitation clinic at Mercy University Hospital . These contact days consist of lectures, workshops, group discussion and directed study. The remainder of the learning is self directed, based on the students own learning goals, such as topics introduced in the lectures that the student can explore in more depth, and background reading for the written assignment.

This module is assessed by a written assignment (1500 word essay on a topic chosen by the student from a list of available topic). The assignment is submitted a few weeks after the last contact day for the module.


A primary degree or an equivalent experience in a relevant health care discipline*; proof of current registration or eligibility for registration with the appropriate professional healthcare registration body in Ireland; practical experience in their area of qualifications of at least one year post-registration. See also Detailed Entry requirements.  Late applications welcomed.

Candidates must have:

  • A primary degree in a relevant health care discipline* or an equivalent academic qualification and professional experience to be approved by the Programme Team;
  • Ideally candidates should have at least one year's practical experience in their area of qualifications post-registration.
  • Applicants who do not meet the normal academic or experience requirements may also be considered following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the Programme Team.

*A relevant health care discipline includes but is not limited to medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, audiology, physiotherapy, psychology and social studies.

All applicants are required to complete an application form and provide evidence of current professional registration.

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is €520.00. There is also a €35 application fee. 

How To Apply


 To apply for this module please log on to the UCC APPLY page and create an account.  

  • Gather any additional documents required.
  • An application fee of €35 is payable for this module via the UCC Apply portal.

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