UCC Postgraduate courses

Nursing - Gerontological Nursing

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Nursing - Gerontological Nursing

  • Code

    CKW06 Full-time & Part-time

  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    Year 1 Full-time (PG Diploma); Year 2 Part-time (Masters)

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications

    PG Dip / MSc

  • EU Fees 2017

    €7,000 (PG Diploma, Year 1); €2,500 (MSc, Year 2)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    6th June 2018

  • Course Delivery Method

    Online

  • Start Date

    September 2018

Course Outline

The 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. This programme is a Postgraduate Diploma, 60 credits of a level nine programme of the National Framework of Qualifications (National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI), 2003).

Pathway 3: Gerontological Nursing

COURSE CONTENT

NU6005

Research Methods

10 credit

NU6053

Ethics for Specialist Practice

5 credit

NU6070

Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery

10 credit

NU6078

Ageing and Older People: Bio Psychosocial Perspectives

10 credit

NU6117

Contemporary Approaches to Dementia Across the Continuum of Care

10 credit

NU6079

Contemporary Issues in Gerontological Nursing

5 credit

NU6130

Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1

5 credit

NU6131

Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 2

5 credit

For further information see our postgraduate calendar.

For each 10 credit module there is an estimated 200 hours Student Workload. The breakdown of these hours is: 184 hours distance online and technology learning, and 16 hours of face-to-face contact in Brookfield Health Science Complex. 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 2x 10 credit modules and 1x 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. The remainder of content is delivered online using our virtual learning environment Blackboard. Learning strategies include module study guides, discussion boards, audio/visual resources and online assessments/activities.  

Semester 2 - January to May (16 weeks) contains 2x 10 credit module and 1x 5 credit module.  The student is required to attend 4 x 8 hours days and 2 x 4 hours days on campus in semester 2 for workshops, lectures and tutorials. The remainder of content is delivered online using our virtual learning environment Blackboard. Learning strategies include module study guides, discussion boards, teleconferencing and online assessments.

Students will be required to prepare and submit a E-portfolio on professional development activities relating to clinical practice placement.   

Prior to commencing the course each student taking a blended module will be provided with an orientation to Blackboard 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.  

Additional Teaching Mode Information

This programme will be 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 part time.

Non-EU Applications

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. 

Course Practicalities

For information on the practicalities of this course contact, see also course details:

Course Coordinator

Dr Teresa Wills

E: t.wills@ucc.ie

T: 00 353 21 490 1472

Assessment

A range of assessments are used throughout the programme including written assignments, online activities (E.activities) and a Competency book is completed for the practice modules

Who teaches this course

Dr Patricia Leahy-Warren http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/C014/patricialeahy
Dr Alice Coffey http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/C014/alicecoffey
Dr Joan McCarthy http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/C014/joanmccarthy
Dr Margaret Landers  http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/C014/margaretlanders
Dr Mary Rose Day http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/C014/mrday
Ms Patricia Fehin http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/C014/patriciafehin
Dr Teresa Wills http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/C014/teresawills

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.

Skills and Careers Information

This course will give registered general nurses, registered intellectual disability nurses and registered psychiatric nurses knowledge and skills to work as a member of the older-adult team in a variety of gerontological settings to meet the complex needs of older people.

Requirements

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 are as follows:

Pathway 1: Emergency Nursing
Pathway 2: Cardiac and Intensive Care Nursing 
Pathway 3: Gerontological Nursing 
Pathway 4: Peri-operative Nursing - Not on offer for 2018/19
Pathway 5: Recovery Focused Mental Health Nursing
Pathway 6: Neonatology Nursing 
Pathway 7: Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Disabilities - Not on offer for 2018/19
Pathway 8: Medical Surgical Nursing
Pathway 9: Nursing in the Community - Not on offer for 2018/19
Pathway 10: Orthopaedic Nursing  - Not on offer for 2018/19
Pathway 11: Oncology Nursing

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Applicants for the MSc in Nursing, including Postgraduate Diploma exit route, should normally:

(a) 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:

  • Pathways 1, 2, 8, 10 and 11: Applicants must be Registered General Nurses
  • Pathway 3: Applicants must be Registered General Nurses or Registered Intellectual Disability Nurses or Registered Psychiatric Nurses
  • Pathway 4: Applicants must be Registered General Nurses or Registered Midwives
  • Pathway 5: Applicants must be Registered Psychiatric Nurses
  • Pathway 6: Applicants must be Registered General Nurses or Registered Midwives
  • Pathway 7: Applicants must be Registered Nurses in Intellectual Disability or Registered General Nurses/Registered Children's Nurses/Registered Psychiatric Nurses currently working in an intellectual disability setting
  • Pathway 9: Applicants must be either Registered General Nurses or Registered Intellectual Disability Nurses or Registered Children's Nurses or Registered Psychiatric Nurses or Registered Midwives

(b) have clinical practice experience (and support structures, if applicable) as required for individual pathways:

  • Pathways 1, 2 and 4: 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. In addition applicants must be certified in Basic Life Support (BLS).
  • Pathways 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 11: 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.
  • Pathway 7: Applicants who are Registered Nurses in Intellectual Disability must have a minimum of six months of post registration experience (excluding courses) and at least six months experience in intellectual disability nursing OR if a Registered General/Children's/Psychiatric nurse must have a minimum of four years post-registration experience (excluding courses) in intellectual disability nursing.
  • Pathway 10: No experience required but must work in orthopaedic speciality area.

Note: For Pathways 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 prospective students who do not fulfil the clinical practice experience entry requirements may be eligible to apply for registration to the relevant pathway in the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing programme (30 credits).

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.

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.

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

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 €7,000 (PG Diploma, Year 1); €2,500 (MSc, Year 2) .

Part-time students:

If your course is offered full time and part time, the fee for part time courses is half the full time fee.

Deposits:

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.

Questions?

If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

€2,500 Year 2

Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Postgraduate Fees Schedule 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.

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 graduatestudies@ucc.ie

International students contact internationaloffice@ucc.ie

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the application process for this programme. This form is available to view here Supplementary questions 17/18 Postgraduate Diploma Gerontological Nursing CKW06 (199kB)

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