UCC CPD courses

Complementary Therapies in Healthcare


Fact File

  • Title

    Complementary Therapies in Healthcare

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Teaching Mode

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

  • Fees

    €400 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    17th of June 2019

  • Venue

    Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork.  Exact Room To Be Confirmed.

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    See Additional Teaching Mode Information for dates


This module is for Healthcare Professionals who want to learn more about complementary therapies and develop their knowledge and understanding of complementary therapies in the use of complementary therapies in the current health care environment.

The module is offered over one college term and will be delivered by a multidisciplinary team of experts. It includes lectures, group discussion, group work, role play and practical workshops and directed learning. Students will also engage in online learning.

Topics included are as follows:  

  • Principles and concepts underpinning complementary therapies.
  • The power of the therapeutic relationship.
  • Aromatherapy and massage.
  • Reflexology including Traditional Chinese Medicine.
  • Medical Herbalism – All herbs to include nutrition.
  • Craniosacral Therapy.
  • Traditional Medicine –Shamanism.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Music Therapy including Imagery.
  • Yoga.
  • Homeopathy.
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage (Vodder Type).

Aim:  To enable students to develop a critical understanding of complementary therapies.

To introduce students to the fundamentals of a range of complementary therapies and to examine the current debates surrounding CAM.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Examine the ethical, professional and intervention issues regarding the use of complementary therapies in health care practice;
  • Explore relevant research on the indications for, application, effects and contraindications to complementary therapies in health care;
  • Discuss the health implications of complementary therapies
  • Discuss the strengths and limitations of complementary therapies and their use within conventional health care systems today.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Orientation: Friday 30th August 2019 09.00-18.00


Class Dates will take place over 11 consecutive weeks on a Wednesday commencing on Wed 11th September 2019. All classes 14.30-16.30 Wednesdays.

Class Dates Venue 
Sept 11th, 18th, 25th 2019 TBC

Oct 2nd, 9th, 16th 2019

Nov 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th 2019 TBC


This module will be delivered by a multidisciplinary team of experts. Teaching methods will include group discussion, group work, role play and practical workshops and directed learning. Students will also engage in online learning.


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, where appropriate.

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.

These modules will not necessarily run unless minimum recruitment targets of 10 students are achieved.


Fees and Costs

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

How Do I Apply

To apply for this module please download and complete the application form below and submit with the relevant documents to:

CPD Coordinator,

Graduate Studies Office, West Wing, Main Quad, University College Cork

OR via email at cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie


Application Form:

CPD App Form School of Nursing and Midwifery

Forward this form along with the:

  • Application fee,
  • A passport sized photograph and
  • Any other documentation requested on the form.


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