UCC CPD courses

Coagulation Management for Healthcare Professionals PF6504


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  • Title

    Coagulation Management for Healthcare Professionals PF6504

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    2 day workshop and associated clinical visit/workshop and 50 hours directed study

  • Teaching Mode

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

  • Fees

    €450 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Closed for applications in the Academic Year 2020/21

  • Venue

    School of Pharmacy, exact rooms to be confirmed.

  • Credits

    5 Credits

  • Start Date

    Closed for applications the Academic Year 2020/21


To introduce the principles of coagulation; clinical indications, formulations, quality and safety issues related to coagulation therapy. To enable autonomous practice in dealing with fundamental and more complex problems of oral anticoagulation management.

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

  • Discuss the theory underpinning anticoagulation management.
  • Explain the pharmacology of vitamin K antagonists, their side effects, antidotes, interactions and dosing schedules.
  • Describe in detail how patients should be initiated and managed on warfarin therapy for a range of indications.
  • Discuss the common co-morbidities and co-medications which may affect the patient's INR.
  • List the steps to be taken when a patient presents with an INR which is out of range. These steps should demonstrate knowledge of the management of anticoagulation and prevention of complications on the basis of current guidelines and existing research evidence.
  • Discuss the roles of the multidisciplinary team in the safe management of anticoagulation.
  • Compile an audit plan for an anticoagulation clinic (including but not limited to: external and internal quality control, performance criteria of the clinic, assessment of the way the service is provided etc.
  • Discuss the place of new therapies in the management of coagulopathies.

The course will provide its students with the management skills required to operate and oversee the running of an oral anticoagulant clinic. Key features of the learning will include; the coagulation cascade; the means by which warfarin inhibits this cascade; typical drug and food interactions encountered with warfarin; how to predict typical warfarin dosages and how to understand the rationale behind a patient's International Normalised Ratio (INR); mechanisms of action, indication and drug-drug/drug disease interactions associated with coagulation; the place of low molecular weight heparins in anticoagulation; new therapeutic options available.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

2 x 8hr(s) Lectures; 1 x 4hr(s) Other (Clinical visit/workshop); 50hr(s) Directed Study.


Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Assignment/exercises case scenarios 60 marks; MCQ 20 marks; Logbook case studies 20 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. Completion of logbook, clinical visit/workshop, Attendance at lectures.


Applicants must be registered with the relevant professional accreditation authority and must provide proof of this registration (via professional registration number which can be verified) and a birth certificate or valid passport in order to register.

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 €450. There is also a €35 application fee. 

How Do I Apply

Closed for applications in the Academic Year 2020/21

Full details will be outlined when the module is open for applications.

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