UCC CPD courses

National Foundation Module in Critical Care NU5098


Fact File

  • Title

    National Foundation Module in Critical Care NU5098

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    26-week duration, with intakes in each Semesters I and II

  • Teaching Mode

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

  • Fees

    €1,000. Please see details below. Funded for HSE employed nurses only currently working in ICU or for the duration of the module. See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

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

  • Closing Date


  • Course Delivery Method


  • Venue

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

  • Credits


  • Start Date



Learning Outcomes: 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

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Sean Joseph Kelleher, School of Nursing & Midwifery.

Lecturer(s): Staff, School of Nursing & Midwifery.

This module is delivered on-line/blended via on campus/clinical site workshops and lectures.

Orientation Semester I     TBC

Orientation Semester II    TBC





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.

Other Clinical simulations/scenarios); 2 x 2hr(s) Lectures; Other (Peer on-line discussions, e-activities and self-directed learning). 

Continuous Assessment: (Case Study Presentation and MCQ), Clinical Compentency Workbook.

Why Choose

Module Objective: 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.


This module is open to practicing nurses meeting the following requirements to apply:

  • Applicants must be practising nurses with evidence of current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)


  • Evidence that registration with the NMBI will be complete by the proposed commencement date of the module.
  • Applicants must provide evidence, a letter of support, that they will be working in a critical care environment (for a minimum of 19.5 hours/week).
  • Applicants must provide a letter of support from their respective Director of Nursing and confirmation of having secured a clinical facilitator/preceptor 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 funded (incl. application fee of 35e) for HSE employed nurses only who are currently working in ICU and will be working in an ICU for the duration of the module (26 weeks). Nurses in private hospitals are self-funded or may seek private funding.

All other applicants (Non-HSE employees) are subject to the module fee of €1,000.



How Do I Apply



Application Form & Supplementary Questions on links below for access: 

(All THREE Forms To Be Completed for Semester Choice I or II)

Semester I  To apply for this module: Application Form: 03 03 21 CPD Form

Form 2 Supplementary Questions Form :  NU5098 Supplementary Form

Form 3 Declaration of Understanding

(All THREE Forms To Be Completed for Semester Choice I or II) 

Semester  II  To apply for this module: Application Form: 03 03 21 CPD Form

Form 2 Supplementary Questions Form : NU5098 Supplementary Form

Form 3 Declaration of Understanding






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