UCC CPD courses

Authority to Refer for Radiological Procedures NU6169


Fact File

  • Title

    Authority to Refer for Radiological Procedures NU6169

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Teaching Mode


  • Fees

    €1,100 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    The Continuing Professional Development modules in Nursing and Midwifery are open to registered health care professionals in Nursing, Midwifery, Medicine, and Clinical Therapies or other allied disciplines. Some modules are open to registered nurses/midwives only. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    30th June 2021 Sem I : 31st October 2021 Sem II

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    23 August Sem I 21/22 : 10 January Sem II 21/22


Module Objective: To enable students to safely and appropriately make referrals for radiological procedures within his/her scope of practice.

Module Content: The indicative content of this module will include:
Professional accountability and responsibility and the associated legal and ethical aspects encompassing the Professional responsibilities of the nurse referrer when requesting an x-ray for adults/children; the roles and responsibilities of each of the groups involved in the use of ionising radiation; and legislation, guidelines, codes of practice and local rules.
Ionising radiation and protection; the nature of radiation and its biological effects; the relative dangers of radiation; the three principles of justification, optimisation and diagnostic reference levels.
Principles of the referral process for radiological procedures; the current guidelines on making the best use of the department of clinical radiology and referral guidelines; scope of practice; working in a multi-disciplinary team to refer for radiological procedures; common referral pathways; and justification of x-rays.

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

  • Demonstrate a systematic and practical understanding of the regulatory framework associated with authority to refer for radiological procedures, including the legislation and professional guidelines supporting safe practice.
  • Critically and practically utilise evidence-based knowledge and the skill of patient/service user assessment and consultation to achieve a holistic approach to patient/service user care in referring for radiological procedures in adults/children.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of radiological sciences in relation to radiological procedures in adults/children and its implication for patient/service user safety in adults/children.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and knowledge of multi-disciplinary management in the safe and appropriate use of radiological procedures in adults/children.
  • Apply clinical decision making skills in relation to referring for radiological procedures in adults/children within her/his scope of practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to refer for justified radiological procedures in adults/children as part of a multi-disciplinary team.


Orientation Semester I 26th August 2021

Orientation Semester II 3rd January 2022

There is a clinical element to this module.

Semester  1 2021-2022

Week Commencing 23rd August  - Asynchronous

Week Commencing 6th September- Asynchronous

Week Commencing 20th September - Asynchronous

Week Commencing 4th October - Asynchronous

Live online Synchronous session 1st November - Synchronous

Week Commencing 1st November 2021 Clinical Practicum

Semester 2 2021-2022

Week Commencing 10th January - Asynchronous

Week Commencing 24th January - Asynchronous

Week Commencing 7th February - Asynchronous

Week Commencing 14th February - Asynchronous

Live online Synchronous session 14th March - Synchronous

Week Commencing 14th March Clinical Practicum


Why Choose

To enable students to safely and appropriately prescribe ionizing radiation (x-ray) within his/her scope of practice.


The Continuing Professional Development modules in Nursing and Midwifery are open to registered health care professionals in Nursing, Midwifery, Medicine, and Clinical Therapies or other allied disciplines. Some modules are open to registered nurses/midwives only (indicated below beside individual modules).

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.

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.

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 NU6I69 must in addition satisfy the following: 

  • Have completed a module in patient physical assessment
  • Have a minimum of 1 year’s recent post registration clinical experience in nursing within the last 3 years
  • Provide evidence from an employer by way of a completed site declaration form, signed by the Director of Nursing / Authorised Nurse Manager, the nominated Clinical Supervisor (Medical Practitioner) and the Head of Radiology (Consultant Radiologist). This must contain confirmation of a designated Medical Practitioner who will act as a Clinical Supervisor providing supervision, support and learning opportunities, including opportunities to practice under supervision to gain the required competencies and clinical competence in authority to refer for radiological procedures.

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is É1,100.; There is also an application fee of É35.00

How Do I Apply

To apply for this module please complete the application form below and also the Site Declaration Form:

Note TWO forms required when forwarding your application for School Review by email. 

(1) Authority to Refer for Radiological Procedures 

03 03 21 CPD Form

(2) Declaration Form

Site Declaration Form NU6169

Application Details:

  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 forms, photo and any relevant documents, including your application ID via e-mail to cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie

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