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UCC CPD courses

Authority to Refer for Radiological Procedures NU6169

Course Fact File
DurationAugust to October
Teaching ModePart-Time
Fees€1,100 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date09/08/2024
Start DateAugust 2024


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

Standalone module (Min. 15 people)(Blended - Face/On-line)

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.


Module dates are subject to change

  • Week commencing 26th Auguest 2024 - Unit 1 (asynchronous)
  • Week commencing 9th Sept 2024 - Unit 2 (asynchronous)
  • Week commencing 23rd Sept 2024 - Unit *asynchronous)
  • Week commencing 7th Oct 2024 - Unit 4 asynchronous
  • Live Synchronous Session 21st October - 09.30am-18.00 online - Units 5 & 6 

 Dates are subject to slight changes.

Why Choose

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


Module Name Module Code Requirement 1 Requirement 2 Requirement 3 Requirement 4

Authority to Refer for Radiological Procedures

NU6169 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. 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 €1,100 which includes the €35.00 application fee.

How To Apply

To apply for this module click the Apply Now button.  Once you have created your profile you can start your application by selecting the option below:

  • Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo), copy of your degree parchment if not a previous UCC graduate.
  • The full module fee of €1,100 will be payable on submission of your application.

Note: FORM is required to be completed.  Site Declaration Form: NU6169 Site Declaration Form

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