UCC CPD courses

National Foundation Module in Critical Care


Fact File

  • Title

    National Foundation Module in Critical Care

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    26-week duration, with 2 intakes per year

  • Teaching Mode

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

  • Fees

    €1,000. Application fee of €35. Please see details below. See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Currently open to practising nurses only. See full entry requirements below. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    6th of December

  • Venue

    School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brookfield Health Sciences, Univesity College Cork.

  • Credits



The Foundations in Critical Care Nursing module aims to build upon and advance the repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values in the promotion of competence in the nurses’ clinical practice in critical care nursing. The goal of the module is that students will be able to safely and competently care for critically ill patients in the critical care environment in which they are employed.

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of normal anatomy and physiology and its application to disordered function.
  • Critically evaluate and apply available knowledge to guide the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of evidence based nursing care.
  • Perform and review a comprehensive and systematic assessment of a critically ill patient using an appropriate framework.
  • Interpret and critically examine assessment results and data using supportive research to determine normal values and underlying pathophysiology for critically ill patients.
  • Evaluate clinical significance and nursing implications of assessment data.
  • Demonstrate and maintain therapeutic and professional relationships by delivering systematic and comprehensive patient care.
  • Integrate research and reflection into clinical practice.
  • Promote continuity of care by contributing to multidisciplinary collaboration across the health care continuum.

The online theoretical module consists of six units of study.

  • Unit 1: Care of the patient with altered respiratory function
  • Unit 2. Care of the patient with altered cardiovascular function
  • Unit 3: Care of the patient with altered renal function and fluids & electrolyte balance
  • Unit 4: Care of the patient with altered gastrointestinal and endocrine function
  • Unit 5: Care of the patient with altered neurological function
  • Unit 6: Care of the patient with multisystem Disorders.

Individual units will be made available to students on a fortnightly basis, and each unit will require approximately 4 hours to complete with opportunities for application, assessment and decision making. Students will be able to check their understanding with formative clinical case study reviews, formative online quizzes and summative clinical case study assignment and MCQ examination.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Orientation Date: 6th February 2020 Full Day

Class Dates:

Class Dates Vanue 

March 13th


June 11th



The Module will be assessed by means of a formal MCQ, a case study presentation and attainment of clinical competencies as evidenced in the students’ clinical competency booklet.

The MCQ and the Case study presentation will be online. Attainment of clinical competencies is achieved while in clinical practice.


This module is open to practicing nurses with:

  • Evidence of current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) OR evidence that registration with the NMBI will be complete by the proposed commencement date of the module.
  • A letter of support from his/her respective Director of Nursing providing evidence that he/she will be working in a critical care environment for the duration of the module and for a minimum of 19.5 hours a week.
  • Confirmation of having secured a Clinical Preceptor and/or Clinical Facilitator for the duration of the module.

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

Applicants for Nursing and Midwifery CPD modules whose main language is not English and 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.

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 €1,000. 

NU5098 module is free (incl application fee) for HSE employed nurses only who are currently working in ICU or will be working in an ICU for the duration of the module (26 weeks).

All other applicants (Non-HSE employees) are subject to the module fee of €1000 and the application fee of €35.


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 & Supplementary Questions:

CPD App Form School of Nursing and Midwifery

NU5098 Supplementary Questions 2019-20

Forward this form & completed questions along with the:

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

Applications for this module will open on Friday 6th of December 2019.

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