UCC CPD courses

Evidenced Based Cervical Screening NU6158


Fact File

  • Title

    Evidenced Based Cervical Screening NU6158

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    January 2023 - August 2023

  • Teaching Mode

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

  • Fees

    €550 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    30th October 2022

  • Venue

    Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork.

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    Semester II


This module aims to give health professionals the knowledge, skills and confidence to practice as competent and safe smeartakers.

Module Content:

  • Background to Cervical Screening.
  • Cervical Screening Programme and Register.
  • Anatomy and Physiology of female reproductive organs.
  • Natural history of cervical cancer.
  • Legal Issues.
  • Clinical Audit. 
  • Clinical skill and competence in undertaking cervical screening.

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

  • Recognise the importance of the criteria for early detection of cervical cancer while understanding the reasoning behind cervical screening
  • Understand the anatomy, physiology and cytopathology of the cervix
  • Demonstrate competence in performing cervical smear tests
  • Demonstrate the ability to produce and document, with appropriate history, a quality laboratory sample and dispatch it appropriately
  • Interpret laboratory smear test results accurately and apply screening recommendations as appropriate to each situation
  • Describe treatment options available for women who return abnormal smears or who have cervical cancer
  • Maintain client comfort, safety and confidentiality
  • Initiate and develop effective communication skills to facilitate relationships with both clients and colleagues
  • Develop support and counselling skills in relation to client needs
  • Demonstrate knowledge of The National Cervical Screening Programme.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Teaching Method(s): Other (200 hours; blended learning; on-line and face-to-face contact sessions (workshops/lecture), independent learning, peer on-line discussion & e-tivities, clinical visits).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Serena Fitzgerald, School of Nursing & Midwifery.

Lecturer(s): Staff, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Guest Lecturer(s) Cervical Check-National Cervical Screening Programme.

Orientation Semester II 3rd January 2023 On-line asyn

Class dates for 2022/23

Class Date 


January 30th Monday 2023 09.00-17.00 


January 31st Tuesday 2023 09.00-17.00

February 2023: Assignment Submission:  Exact date to be confirmed

March 2023 to August 2023 Clinical Work







Assessment: Total Marks 200

  • Continuous Assessment 200 Marks
    • E-tivities - Discussion Board(s) ; Critical Reflection(s) (40 Marks)
    • Assignment - MCQ (160 Marks)
  • Clinical Assessment (Pass/Fail)
    • Clinical Assessment - Submission of Cervical Screening Education Programme Clinical Workbook. (Pass/Fail)

These modules will not necessarily run unless minimum recruitment targets of 8 students are achieved. Students will be encouraged to take one or two modules per annum to a maximum of 15 credits.

Those who complete this module may be eligible to apply for exemptions from other programmes if similar or relevant to existing modules on other programmes, if taken within a five year time frame, if judged relevant and to a maximum of 15 credits.

The intake for this module is limited to 40 places in total.


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.

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 €550. There is also a €35 application fee. 

How Do I Apply

Applications for this module open 1st August 2022

Applicants must also complete this additional form and forward to Cervical Check: Supervision Agreement Form

You will be able to apply circa 1st August when the Semester II modules will be put on the UCC Apply platform and thus open for applications from this date.

  • 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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