UCC CPD courses

Advance Care Planning MH6016

Course Fact File
DurationThe start date is 1st February 2024 – to run up to 4th March 2024.
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
Fees€400 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date31st October 2023
Course Delivery MethodOnline

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, UCC.  Exact rooms to be confirmed.

Start Date1st February 2024 Semester II


Module Objective: Development of knowledge, understanding and skills in Advance Care Planning and Advance Directives.

Module Content: Background to Advance Care Planning, ethical and legal issues, implementing an Advance Care Planning Programme.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Critically discuss the rationale for Advance Care Planning
  • Delineate the steps involved in undertaking Advance Care Planning and completing an Advance Care Directive
  • Critically evaluate the ethical and legal issues that arise in relation to Advance Care Planning
  • Understand the process of systematically implementing Advance Care Planning models in Long Term Care settings.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1,500 word written assignment - 90 marks; E activities - 10 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Other (8hrs Lectures/Workshop; 92hrs Distance Learning; Discussion Board Preparation and Participation, Required Reading, Assignment Preparation and Submission, Self-Directed Learning).

The start date is 1st February 2024 – Finishing on 4th March 2024.



Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1,500 word written assignment - 90 marks; E activities - 10 marks).

No formal written Examination.


Open to registered health care professionals in Nursing, Midwifery, Medicine, and Clinical Therapies or other allied disciplines.

Applicants who are practising health care professionals must provide evidence of current registration with the relevant professional regulatory body (e.g. the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (active registration), the Irish Medical Council, the Health & Social Care Professions Council (or equivalent regulatory body for pharmacists, occupational therapist, podiatrists, speech and language therapists etc.)) Applicants from allied disciplines must provide evidence of professional certification. 

Applicants who are under 23 years of age must satisfy the minimum entry requirements as for the Degrees in Nursing or Midwifery, as set out here

Admission to the module(s) will be subject to internal university approval processes on the recommendation of the Head of School.

Applicants for Nursing and Midwifery CPD modules who do not hold an up-to-date IELTS certificate showing the requisite Academic Board approved CM&H scores must demonstrate evidence of appropriate work experience within an English language environment for at least the previous 2 years.

*** Applicants for MH6016 must satisfy the following:

Normally hold a Honours primary degree (minimum of a Second Class Honours Grade I): Applicants with a Second Class Honours Grade 2 will also be considered on a case by case basis.

  • in a relevant subject (e.g. nursing, medicine, pharmacy, clinical therapies, philosophy, law, theology, social sciences)
  • in any discipline and either possess a postgraduate qualification in a relevant field or show evidence of at least two years' work experience in a relevant field.

Applicants for MH6016 must be practising professionals (Nursing, Medicine, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Education or other allied disciplines) with registration with the relevant professional regulatory body. 

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 view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is €400.There is also a €35 application fee.

How To Apply

This module is due to run in Spring 2024.  Applications will open on 23rd August 2023.  If you are interested in applying for one of these modules, please register your details here: https://forms.office.com/e/eUehdG0Djk

UCC will send you a reminder e-mail on the application opening date. 

  • To apply for this module please log on to the UCC APPLY page and create an account.  
  • Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo), copy of your degree parchment if not a previous UCC graduate.
  • An application fee of €35.00 will be payable on submission of your application via the same platform.





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