UCC CPD courses

Optimising health and wellness in older people NU6078

Course Fact File
DurationSeptember - October
Teaching ModePart-Time
Fees€900 See Fees and Costs for full details.

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, Cork.

Start DateOpening academic year 2025


Delivered in Gerontological Nursing (Blended - Face/On-line)

Module Objective: To integrate theoretical gerontological specialist knowledge into practice in the assessment, diagnosis and management of older people whilst applying clinical decision making and a person-centred approach/focus. To articulate their clinical practice as a professional in older people’s care and incorporate evidence into practice whilst acknowledging enablers and barriers to practice (organisational and policy-related for example).

Module Content: Psychological and social theories of ageing; national and international ageing policy; in-depth pathophysiology related to long-term conditions and ageing; evidenced-based guidelines in the older person; management of complex comorbidities across a range of common conditions; discipline specific information and knowledge primarily derived from other clinical specialties such as pharmacy that ensures a multidisciplinary approach to care; health and social determinants of health.

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

  • Critically reflect on ageing theories from bio-psychosocial perspectives and in the context of national and international policies on ageing.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a comprehensive clinical assessment that also takes psychological, social and environmental factors into consideration. 
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the underlying pathophysiology in commonly seen conditions with clear decision-making and a sound rationale for assessment findings and treatment. 
  • Demonstrate an advanced level of conceptual understanding that will allow students to critically evaluate and reflect on their clinical practice
  • Integrate discipline specific knowledge and relevant guidelines with knowledge primarily derived from other clinical specialties that allows integrated, multi-disciplinary care.
  • Synthesize information in a manner that is logical and evidenced-based and provides an application of this knowledge as applied to older person’s care.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks.  1500 word case study written assignment - 140 marks; 500-750 word written clinical assessment - 40 marks; group presentation - 20 marks.

Why Choose

Skills and Careers Information

NU6078 linked to PG Geronotolgical Nursing.


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 €900. There is also a €35 application fee. 

How To Apply

Opening academic year 2025