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NU5086 Complementary Therapies in Healthcare

Course Fact File
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
Fees€400 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing DateClosed for applications

Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork.  Details of dates and times under 'Teaching Mode Information'.

Start DateClosed for applications


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 Semester I:  29th August 2023


Class Dates  As Below on each Wednesday afternoon from 2.20 pm to 4.30 pm

Wed 20th, 27th September 2023;


Wed 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th October 2023


Wed 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th November 2023.




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 To Apply

Closed for applications.


  • 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 will be payable on submission of your application via the same platform.

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