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Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice for Quality Improvement in Healthcare NU6310

Course Fact File
DurationFebruary - March 2025
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
Fees€900 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date17/01/2025
Course Delivery MethodOnline

Delivered fully on-line; students do not attend workshop dates.

Start Date17/02/2025


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

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the development of evidence-based practice for quality improvement in healthcare.
  • Formulate focused research questions as a basis for searching for evidence to address a healthcare/clinical query concerning quality improvement.
  • Analyse and critically examine evidence relevant to student's practice/healthcare area.
  • Critically appraise current debates on evidence-based practice and their implications for quality improvement in healthcare.
  • Adopt a critical and reflective stance on how practitioners and healthcare providers can engage with the evidence-based practice movement for quality improvement in healthcare.
  • Examine strategies to evaluate the effects of evidence-based practice changes in practice.

Module Objective: To equip the student with a critical frame of reference with which to evaluate and apply evidence-based practice for quality improvement in healthcare.

Module Content: This module explores the development and substance of evidence-based practice in healthcare in its broadest scope. Turning healthcare and clinical queries into focused questions from which to search the evidence. Search strategies across a range of databases relevant to healthcare. Matching a research question with the most appropriate study design. Critically appraising evidence to understand its quality and implications for translation into quality improvement initiatives in healthcare. Strategies for implementing evidence and for developing an evidence-based culture for quality improvement in healthcare are explored. Evaluating the effects of evidence-based practice changes in practice.

Delivered fully on-line; students do not attend workshop dates.


Additional Teaching Mode Information

Module runs from 17th February to 28th March 2025. On-line, including orientation 

Duration: 200hr(s) Other (On-line Learning:- Discussion Board Preparation and Participation, Required Reading, Assignment Preparation and Submission, Self-Directed Learning).

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 2,000 word report on a quality improvement initiative:- 120 marks; On-line activities:- 80 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Dates are subject to slight changes



Applicants must be qualified healthcare professionals registered with the regulatory body in their country of residence. Applicants must have a primary degree, NFQ Level 8 or equivalent.

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



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 €900 will be payable on submission of your application.

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