About This Course
Nursing - Gerontological Nursing
2 Years - PG Diploma (Year 1); Masters (Year 2)
Full-time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
PG Dip / MSc
€7,130 (PG Diploma, Year 1); €2,630 (Masters, Year 2)
See Fees and Costs for full details.
€14,400 (PG Diploma, Year 1); €5,000 (Masters, Year 2)
See Requirements for full details.
3 June 2022
29 August 2022
The Postgraduate Diploma/Masters in Gerontological Nursing, offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery at University College Cork, is a pathway of the MSc/Postgraduate Nursing Diploma.
Our Gerontological Nursing programme advances the development of expert gerontological nursing in order to meet the complex needs of older people in a variety of care settings.
Our philosophy underpinning this course values the concept of positive ageing and the unique individual characteristics of the older person. The course seeks to validate this through the development of expert gerontological nursing to meet the complex needs of older people in a variety of care settings.
There are 7 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. Gerontological Nursing is Pathway 3 and comprises theory modules and clinical practice modules as follows:
Gerontological Nursing (Pathway 3)
Year 1 (60 credits)
Core Theory modules (blended learning)
- NU6005 Evidence-Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits)
- NU6053 Professional, Ethical, and Legal Decision-making in Specialist Practice (5 credits)
- NU6070 Clinical Leadership in Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits)
- NU6078 Ageing and Older People: Comprehensive Assessment and Management (10 credits)
- NU6079 Promoting Positive Ageing and Planning for End of Life (5 credits)
- NU6117 Contemporary Approaches to Dementia, Stroke, and Mental health in Later Life (10 credits)
Clinical Practice/Practicum modules
- NU6130 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 (5 credits)
- NU6131 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 2 (5 credits)
If you successfully complete 60 credits in Year 1 you can register for the Masters programme in Year 2 (30 credits).
See the Academic Calendar (PG Diploma/Masters in Nursing) for more information.
Note: Students who have successfully completed 30 credits from the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing (Gerontological Nursing) and transfer into the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Programme must take theory modules to the value of 25 credits from above (NU6070, NU6079, NU6117) and one Clinical Practice/Practicum module to the value of 5 credits (NU6131).
On successful completion of this programme, Gerontological Nursing students should be able to:
- Understand and critically evaluate the complex theories and concepts underpinning gerontological nursing practice;
- Identify and critically evaluate ethical issues in order to challenge assumptions and question values, beliefs, and policies underpinning care;
- Develop and apply a critical awareness of the knowledge and skills required to promote the holistic development of a patient-centered approach to the care of the older person incorporating the patient's individual needs, beliefs and values;
- Develop a collaborative, empowering, and advocacy approach in working with older adults;
- Exercise accountability within the clinical, ethical, and professional boundaries of the role of gerontological nursing;
- Critically appraise, evaluate and apply current research evidence and best practice when nursing older people;
- Critically appraise and apply assessment strategies, which are appropriate and sensitive to the older adult;
- Act as a means of professional support, educator, and role model for the provision of lifelong learning to ensure ongoing professional development.
Additional Teaching Mode Information
Some of this programme is taught online. All students will be initially registered for the postgraduate Diploma in Nursing full-time. If a student wishes to progress to the Masters they will be registered for the 2nd year on a part-time basis.
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.
Workload: For each 10-credit module, there is an estimated 200 hours of student workload. The breakdown of these hours is 184 hours distance online and technology learning and approximately 16 hours of face-to-face contact in the Brookfield Health Science Complex, but is subject to change year-on-year. The breakdown for 5-credit theory modules will be half the hours stated above for 10-credit modules. Each 10-credit model runs for 6 weeks and each 5-credit module runs for 4 weeks. The practice modules involve direct clinical placement learning to meet Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland requirements.
Semester 1 - September to December (16 weeks) contains 2 x 10-credit modules and 1 x 5-credit module. The student is required to attend 3 x 8-hour days and 4 x 4-hour days on campus in Semester 1 for workshops, lectures, and tutorials but is subject to change year-on-year. The remainder of the content is delivered online using our virtual learning environment Canvas. Learning strategies include module study guides, discussion boards, audio/visual resources, and online assessments/activities.
Semester 2 - January to May (16 weeks) contains 2 x 10-credit modules and 1 x 5-credit module. The student is required to attend 4 x 8-hour days and 2 x 4-hour days on campus in Semester 2 for workshops, lectures, and tutorials but subject to change year-on-year. The remainder of the content is delivered online using our virtual learning environment Canvas. Learning strategies include module study guides, discussion boards, teleconferencing, and online assessments.
Students will be required to prepare and submit an E-portfolio on professional development and change management and Quality Improvement activities relating to clinical practice placement.
Prior to commencing the course each student taking a blended module will be provided with an orientation to Canvas and training on how to use the online technology within the course. IT support will be given to students throughout the duration of the course.
A range of assessments are used throughout the programme including written assignments, seminar presentations, online activities, and a Competency book is completed for the practice modules.
Who teaches this course
- Professor Corina Naughton
- Ms Patricia Fehin
- Dr Teresa Wills
- Dr Serena Fitzgerald
- Dr Nicola Cornally
- Dr Margaret Landers
- Dr Joan McCarthy
- Dr Irene Hartigan
- Dr Caroline Kilty
Why Choose This Course
With the rapidly growing older-adult population and the rapidly changing healthcare services of today, it is vital that nurses working in older-adult settings are competent to provide the highest quality of nursing care, and maintain professional standards of care. The curriculum encourages you to develop an enquiring and creative approach to both the theory and practice of gerontological nursing.
Top 50 Nursing School in the World
The School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, has been ranked within the top 50 nursing schools in the world, according to the QS global subject rankings. The school provides a world-class environment for cutting-edge research to prepare tomorrow’s nurses to shape and advance health care practices through research and education. Within UCC’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, researchers are addressing global challenges, including the growing burden of diseases, nurse workforce requirements, population aging, and sustainable approaches to healthcare and health promotion and our teaching staff are at the forefront of these developments.
Skills and Careers Information
This course will provide registered general nurses, registered intellectual disability nurses, and registered psychiatric nurses, the knowledge and skills to work as a member of an older-adult team in a variety of gerontological settings – enabling them to meet the complex needs of older people.
There are 7 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 the degree of Masters including the Postgraduate Diploma exit route are all available to view in the College Calendar.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Pathway 3 - Gerontological Nursing
Applicants for this MSc in Nursing, including the 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 Gerontological Nursing pathway, applicants must be Registered General Nurses Or Registered Intellectual Disability Nurses Or Registered Psychiatric Nurses;
- Have clinical practice experience (and support structures, if applicable) as required for individual pathways. For the Gerontological 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 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 fulfill the entry requirements may be recommended for entry to the programme under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 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.
Note: Prospective students who do not fulfil the clinical practice experience entry requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Gerontological Nursing may be eligible to apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing programme (30 credits).
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 €7,130 (PG Diploma, Year 1); €2,630 (Masters, Year 2) .
The Non-EU fee for this course is €14,400 (PG Diploma, Year 1); €5,000 (Masters, Year 2).
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
International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.
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1. Choose Course
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Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Professional Master of Education (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.
Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.
3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal 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 items requested for your course.
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4. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
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Questions on how to apply?
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Deferrals: Deferrals are not permitted on this course.
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:
- In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning, and professional training relevant to this programme.
- Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.
- Please provide evidence of at least 6 months post-registration experience.
- Please upload certification of current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
- All applicants must also submit a signed Declaration Form 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.