UCC CPD courses

Complementary Therapies in Healthcare NU5086 2021/22


Fact File


Module Objective: To enable students to develop a critical understanding and knowledge of complementary therapies. To introduce students to the fundamentals of a range of complementary therapies and to examine the current debates and evidence surrounding complementary therapies.

Module Content: Principles and concepts underpinning complementary therapies. Introduction to a range of complementary therapies including any contraindications. Complementary therapies and healthcare. The power of the therapeutic relationship.

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

  • Examine the ethical, professional and intervention issues regarding the use of complementary therapies in health care practice.
  • Explore current evidence 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 effects within conventional health care systems today.
  • Examine how to source reliable evidence of complementary therapies.


Additional Teaching Mode Information

Orientation: 26th August 2021


Class Dates As Below:  

Wednesday 22nd September 2021

2.30-4.30 2 hours BHSC

Wednesday 29th  September 2021

2.30-4.30 2 hours BHSC

Wednesday 29th September 2021

BHSC 1 hour

Wednesday  6th October 2021

2.30-4.30 2 hours BHSC 

Wednesday 13th  October 2021

2.30-4.30 2 hours BHSC

Wednesday 20th October 2021

2.30-4.30 2 hours BHSC

Wednesday 27th October  2021

2.30-4.30 2 hours BHSC

Wednesday 3rd November 2021

2.30-4.30 2 hours BHSC

Wednesday 10th November 2021

2.30-4.30 2 hours BHSC

Wednesday 17th November 2021

2.30-4.30 2 hours BHSC

Wednesday 24th November 2021

2.30-4.30 2 hours BHSC

Wednesday  1st December 2021

2.30-4.30 2 hours BHSC



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 on-line learning.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks.


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: 

CPDN NU5086 Complementary Therapies in Healthcare Application form 2021/22 can be accessed in the link below:

To apply for this module: Application Form: 

03 03 21 CPD Form


  1. Download and complete the application form at the link.
  2. Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo)
  3. Pay your €35 application fee for this module via UCC’s Online Portal, noting your Application ID: Click here to proceed to UCC’s Online Portal
  4. Send your completed application form, photo and any relevant documents, including your application ID via e-mail to: cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie


CPD Co-Ordinator, CPD Centre, 

An tIonad um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leanúnaigh,

Q+1 floor, The Boole Library, Main Quad, U.C.C.

e-mail to:  cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie 




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