UCC Postgraduate courses

Nursing - Oncology

About This Course

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Course Outline

This is an exciting new pathway of the MSc/ Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing programme, Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Oncology) is being offered a blended learning programme (part online and part attendance at workshops/tutorials).  It is designed to meet the needs of nurses working in oncology settings who wish to undergo a specialist oncology programme.

The philosophy underpinning oncology programmes in the School recognises the uniqueness of the individual at each stage of the cancer care trajectory. The physical and psychosocial effect of cancer creates specific needs for patients and families from diagnosis to treatment and through to survivorship.

The course provides a structured programme of study that enables the student to develop knowledge, skills and competencies in oncology nursing practice.  Blended learning approach will allow more accessibility and flexibility to students of the programme.

The postgraduate Diploma is delivered over one academic year and on successful completion of the postgraduate diploma, students can progress to the MSc in Nursing

NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits) 
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits) 
NU6070 Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits) 
NU6145 Foundations of Cancer Care (10 credits)
NU6146 Cancer Management and Supportive Cancer Care 1 (10 credits)
NU6147 Cancer Management and Supportive Cancer Care 2 (5 credits)

Clinical Practice/Practicum modules 
NU6130 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 (5 credits) 
NU6131 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 2 (5 credits)

This is a Blended Learning programme delivered mostly online with using student centered content and accessible resources.  This is complemented by attendance at workshops.  Each module will have its own study guide and content will be available online.

For each 10 credit module there is an estimated 200 hours Student Workload. This includes 184 hours distance online and technology learning, with attendance at workshops for 16 hours (2 days) in UCC. The 5 credit theory modules will be half of this.  Each 10 credit module runs for 6 weeks and each 5 credit module runs for 4 weeks. The practice modules involve learning from practice areas.

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.

Following successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, students can progress to the MSc in Nursing:

MH6014 Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits) 
NU6073 Dissertation in Nursing (20 credits)

Additional Teaching Mode Information

This programme will be taught online.

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 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.

Assessment

Postgraduate Diploma in NursingCreditsAssignments
NU6005 Research Methods 10 Academic Paper (3000 words); E-activities.
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice 5 Academic Paper (1500 words); E-activities
NU6070 Practice Enhancement 10 Academic Paper (3000 words); E-activities
NU6145 Foundations of Cancer Care 10 Academic Paper (3000 words); E-activities
NU6146 Cancer Management and Supportive Cancer Care 1 10 Academic Paper (3000 words); E-activities
NU6147 Cancer Management and Supportive Cancer Care 11 5 Academic Paper (1500 words); E-activities
NU6130 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 5 Clinical Assessment of Competencies, E-Portfolios
NU6131 Clincial Practice in Specialist Nursing 11 5 Clinical Assessment of Competencies, E-Portfolios

Who teaches this course

Dr Patricia Leahy-Warren http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/C014/patricialeahy
Dr Joan McCarthy http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/C014/joanmccarthy
Dr Margaret Landers http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/C014/margaretlanders
Ms Patricia O’Regan  http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/C014/patriciaoregan
Professor Josephine  Hegarty  http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/C014/josephinehegarty
Dr Mairin O’Mahony  http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/C014/mairinomahony
Dr Bridie McCarthy  http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/C014/bridiemccarthy
Mr Brendan Noonan Lecturer Practitioner  http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/C014/brendannoonan

Why Choose This Course

The post-graduate diploma in oncology nursing  is the only course offering a MSc/Postgraduate Diploma  in oncology nursing in the HSE Southern region. This course leads to an MSc in nursing.

The incidence of cancer is increasing steadily in our society. Therefore,it is important that nurses working in oncology practice are equipped with advanced knowledge and skills to care for patients living with a diagnosis of cancer. The curriculum will enable students to integrate specialised knowledge and technical skills to help people living with cancer and their families throughout the cancer journey

Skills and Careers Information

This programme will enable nurses practising in an oncology setting to advance their knowledge and skills to care for patients diagnosed with cancer

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 2017/18
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 .

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 .

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 Supplementaryquestionckw18 (141kB).

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