About This Course
Public Health Nursing
1 year Full-time
EU Fees 2018
See Fees and Costs for full details.
See Requirements for full details.
Now closed for 2018 applications
3rd September 2018
Applications for 2018 will open Wednesday afternoon, 2nd May 2018 for 2 weeks and will close at 5pm, Wednesday 16th May 2018 at 5pm. Applications can be made here.
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 PAC 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.
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)
Fitness to Practice
Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practice Policy - full details may be found here
Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.
**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year.
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.
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.
A variety of assessment methods are used including continuous assessment, written examinations, presentations and completion of portfolios and clinical workbooks
Who teaches this course
|Dr Helen Mulcahy||College Lecturer|
|Dr Patricia Leahy-Warren||Senior College Lecturer|
|Mr Lloyd Philpott||Programme Coordinator|
|Claire Dorrity||College Lecturer, Department of Applied Social Studies|
|Pat Leahy||College Lecturer, Department of Applied Social Studies|
- 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.
- 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.
* From 08/04/2009 to 30/06/2013 working a 37.5 hours per week
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 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 .
Fees and Costs
The fee for this course is €7,250 .
If your course is offered full time and part time, the fee for part time courses is half the full time fee.
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment:
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment:
Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.
How can I pay?
By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at firstname.lastname@example.org .
How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.
2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which as a €100 application fee.
3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary forms requested for your course.
Please log into PAC for more details.
4. Application processing timeline
Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.
Questions on how to apply?
EU students contact email@example.com
International students contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please see the following link for important information regarding the application and recruitment policy http://www.hse.ie/eng/staff/Jobs/Job_Search/Nursing/PHNSponsorship/.