UCC CPD courses

Advanced Nursing Practice NU6116


Fact File

  • Title

    Advanced Nursing Practice NU6116

  • Code


  • Duration

    Completion of clinical practice hours over at least 35 weeks and completion of learning record and competency assessment booklet.

  • Teaching Mode

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

  • Fees

    €900 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants must have a minimum of 7 years post-registration experience. The required experience must have been gained within the past 8 years with at least 5 years in the area in which advanced nursing or midwifery practice is being pursued. Module by special request. See below more details. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    24th July 2021 - Sem. I / Sem. II - 30 Oct. 2021

  • Course Delivery Method


  • Venue

    Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork.  Exact rooms to be confirmed.

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    Semester I / Semester II


Module Objective: To allow students to pursue in-depth, directed and supported learning in advanced nursing practice applicable to their practice area. To facilitate the development of the students' clinical knowledge and practice competence towards practicing at an advanced level within their area of practice. Specific focus will be on gaining competence in the core competencies for advanced nursing practice i.e. autonomy in clinical practice, expert practice, professional and clinical leadership and research as well as gaining the identified clinical competence to practice in their own specific practice area at an advanced level.

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

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to assess patients/clients, identify their health and social issues/needs and manage identified issues/needs at an advanced level within their practice area or identified scope of practice.
  • Demonstrate autonomy in nursing practice at an advanced level within their practice area.
  • Demonstrate expert practice in the domains of nursing as set out in the record and assessment of competency booklet.
  • Exercise professional and clinical leadership in advanced nursing practice.
  • Engage in knowledge translation through research and scholarly activities for advanced nursing practice.

Module Content: Knowledge, competencies and clinical skills for advanced practice in nursing relevant to the specific practice area of the student. Specific knowledge and skills requirements will be negotiated on an individual practice area basis with the student their mentor and their employer/nurse manager within the framework and structure of the course record and assessment booklet. The major element of the programme will be substantial hours on clinical placement (1000 hrs) with significant amounts of time outside of the student's own practice area as required to fulfill the attainment of the objective of the module elements (as agreed under the site declaration form).


Additional Teaching Mode Information

Teaching Method(s): Other (Practice based identified lectures, tutorials, seminars, clinical placements involving observation of expert practice and instruction on clinical skills. Negotiated self-directed learning and guided clinical practice placements (1000 hrs)).

Module may be offered in both semester one and two. This module is by special request only.

Assessment: Completion of clinical practice hours (1000), documentation of theoretical and clinical learning and sign off of competencies within the learning record and competency assessment booklet by mentor, preceptors and course co-ordinator. The record and competency booklet will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Compulsory Elements: Completion of clinical practice hours over at least 35 weeks and completion of learning record and competency assessment booklet.


Application by Special Request in Advance to the Module Leader Patrick Cotter -  Patrick.cotter@ucc.ie 

NU6116 Advanced Practice in Nursing (10 Credits) - specific entry criteria:

Applicants must have a minimum of 7 years post-registration experience. The required experience must have been gained within the past 8 years with at least 5 years in the area in which advanced nursing practice is being pursued. In addition, applicants must: (i) demonstrate continuous professional development and have completed a Master's degree; (ii) provide evidence of support from their employer and a completed Site Self-Declaration Form, signed by the Director of Nursing/Midwifery/Public Health/ authorised Nurse Manager; (iii) provide nomination and confirmation of a designated medical practitioner mentor/and or Advanced Nurse Practitioner mentor (completed Site Self-Declaration Form, signed by the Medical Practitioner/Advanced Nurse Practitioner Mentor) who will provide the student with supervision, support and learning opportunities including opportunities to practice under supervision to gain the required competencies and clinical competence to practice at an advanced level in nursing. Applicants must contact their Director of Nursing/Midwifery/Public Health/authorised Nurse Manager to discuss the identified need for advanced nursing practice in his/her practice area/organisation.

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 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.

Prior to applying for this module please contact:  Dr. Patrick  Cotter, Patrick.cotter@ucc.ie

Supplementary questions are required to be completed during the online application and a Hospital Declaration Form also.

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. 

Students, or applicants in receipt of an offer, taking certain modules will be subject to Garda Vetting as relevant. Students will be prohibited from engaging in a relevant work placement unless the vetting process has been cleared. Click here to view UCC's Student Garda Vetting Policy.

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is €900. There is also a €35 application fee. 

How Do I Apply

How to apply for the module:   

  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 email to cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie

03 03 21 CPD Form

Prior to applying for this module please contact:  Dr. Patrick Cotter, Patrick.cotter@ucc.ie

Then, after consulting with Dr. Patrick Cotter, please apply by completing this application form 03 03 21 CPD Form along with these two forms NU6116 Supplementary Questions 2020 21 and this Site Declaration Form NU6116 ; Three forms for completion in total.


CPD Co-Ordinator, CPD Centre, 

An tIonad um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leanúnaigh,

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

e-mail cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie