About This Course
Nursing - Emergency Nursing
2 Years - PG Diploma (Year 1, Full-time); Masters (Year 2, Part-time)
PG Dip / MSc
EU Fees 2019
€7,500 (PG Diploma, Year 1); €2,500 (Masters, Year 2)
See Fees and Costs for full details.
Non-EU Fees 2019
€15,000 (PG Diploma, Year 1); €5,000 (Masters, Year 2)
See Requirements for full details.
Applications are now closed for 2019-2020 intake
29th August 2019
The Postgraduate Diploma in Emergency Nursing course will help Emergency nurses to improve their career prospects by enhancing their professional and personal development.
It is a one-year course offered in partnership with health service providers. The course consists of 46 weeks of clinical placements in a variety of Emergency Departments as well as your own. . Within the four block weeks and seven separate days of theory in UCC, specialists from clinical practice, as well as UCC staff, will facilitate you to become a more knowledgeable and skilled practitioner within the emergency care environment. The course helps you to improve your assessment and to become proficient in implementing research-based practice in the emergency care environment. You will also have access to our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Simulation Resource Centre (CSSRC).
The Postgraduate Diploma in Emergency Nursing course incorporates two orientation days and eight course modules (three core and three specialist theoretical modules) which include 46 weeks of clinical placements(two clinical practice modules). You will complete a range of core and specialist modules that are designed to meet the overall course learning outcomes, support core transferable skills and achieve specialist knowledge, know-how and competence. This course is awarded 60 credits at Level 9 major award on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Pathway 1: Emergency Nursing
- NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
- NU6027 Emergency Nursing I (10 credits)
- NU6028 Emergency Nursing II (10 credits)
- NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 9)
- NU6070 Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 5 & 9)
- NU6126 Physical Assessment for Nursing Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across pathways 1, 2, 4 & 8)
Clinical Practice/Practicum modules:
- NU6130 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 (5 credits)
- NU6131 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 2 (5 credits)
Our teaching methods range from lectures to seminars to small group work as well as assessments and simulations conducted within the Clinical Skills Simulation Resource Centre(CSSRC). Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
You will be expected to attend lectures for four block weeks (three in semester 1 and one in semester 2) for specialist modules and seven separate days (five in semester 1 and two in semester 2) for Core modules. Lectures take place from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday on block weeks. Core modules will be delivered by ‘blended learning’ both online and direct contact. Ten-credit core modules (200 hours learning) will involve 184 hours of online learning and 16 hours of direct contact time. Five-credit core modules (100 hours learning) will involve 92 hours of online learning and eight hours of direct contact time.
Specialist modules will continue to be delivered mainly through direct contact. You will have 34 hours of direct contact on10-credit modules and 16 hours of direct contact on 5-credit modules.
Core and Specialist modules are assessed through continuous assessment. The 10-credit modules may have two separate assessments. The latter normally involves the submission of an academic assignment but can also include an in-class test or both, depending on whether the module is 10 or 5 credits.
One 10-credit module assessment involves a clinical audit and a poster presentation of the audit results. The exception is the Clinical Practicum Modules (5 credits). Assessment of clinical competence is continuous and obtained through acquisition of core competencies and reflection on clinical practice experience, all of which is recorded in the student Competency Booklet during scheduled clinical placements.
Who teaches this course?
Our UCC academic staff are experts in their field with PhDs or MScs and significant specialist clinical practice experience. Nursing staff from various healthcare providers such as Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists are also invited to deliver lectures. On occasion, these sessions take place within the healthcare provider’s own unit. Our staff are also actively engage in research, often related to emergency nursing practice, and publish in international and national journals
Why Choose This Course
The course now offers you the opportunity to experience placements in unfamiliar emergency units.
Skills and Careers Information
This course facilitates the enhancement of your assessment and the management of emergency situations.
On successful completion of this MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing – Emergency Pathway, you will have the necessary academic qualification (PG Diploma Nursing) required for Clinical Nurse Specialist posts within emergency nursing.
There are 11 clinical pathways to the degree of Masters in Nursing, all of which have an exit route available for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing. The pathways to degree of Masters including Postgraduate Diploma exit route are all available to view in the College Calendar.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS PATHWAY 1: EMERGENCY NURSING
Applicants for this MSc in Nursing, including Postgraduate Diploma exit route, should normally:
- Hold active registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or be eligible for such registration as required for individual pathways. For the Emergency Nursing Pathway, applicants must be Registered General Nurses;
- Have clinical practice experience (and support structures, if applicable) as required for individual pathways. For the Emergency Nursing Pathway, applicants must have a minimum of six months of post-registration experience (excluding courses) and at least six months experience in the speciality pathway applied for;
- Applicants must be certified in Basic Life Support (BLS);
- Applicants must provide written evidence of support from their Director of Nursing/equivalent authorised Nurse Manager stating:
(a) The applicant will be working in the relevant specialist area for the duration of the programme for a minimum of 19.5 hours a week
(b) They will be released from practice to attend the programme requirements
(c) A Clinical Preceptor and/or Clinical Facilitator can support learning in the specialist area of practice for the duration of the programme.
NOTE: In exceptional circumstances applicants who do not fulfil the entry requirements may be recommended for entry to the programme following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the programme committee. Such applicants may be invited for interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the programme. Admission of such applicants will be subject to the approval of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. 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.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €7,500 (PG Diploma, Year 1); €2,500 (Masters, Year 2).
The Non-EU fee for this course is €15,000 (PG Diploma, Year 1); €5,000 (Masters, Year 2).
If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.
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 .
The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.
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 has 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 for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
Questions on how to apply?
Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Deferrals are not permitted on this course.
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
- Please note that you will be asked to fill in the following supplementary questions on PAC as part of the application process for this programme: CKW04 Emergency Nursing Supplementary Questions
- All applicants must also submit a signed Declaration Form, to be completed by the Director of Nursing/Midwifery/Equivalent Authorised Manager. This form is downloadable here: Declaration Form Nursing Pathways.
For students who have exited this programme with the award of postgraduate diploma and wish to return to complete the Masters within 5 years, please apply for CKX13, MSc in Nursing Studies Direct Entry Year 2.Apply Now