UCC Postgraduate courses

Nursing - Gerontological Nursing

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Nursing - Gerontological Nursing

  • Code

    Part-time

  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    6 months Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time

  • Qualifications

    PG Cert

  • EU Fees 2020

    90-100% subsidies available for eligible applicants.
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    27 November 2020

  • Start Date

    14 December 2020

Course Outline

The philosophy underpinning this postgraduate course values the concept of positive ageing and the unique individual characteristics of the older person. The course seeks to validate this through the development of expert gerontological nursing to meet the complex needs of older people in a variety of care settings. This course is a Postgraduate Certificate, 30 credits of a level 9 programme of the National Framework of Qualifications.

PATHWAY 1: GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING

The course comprises of four modules:

Theory modules (blended learning):

  • NU6005 Evidence Based practice for Health Professionals (10 credits) 
  • NU6053 Professional, Ethical and Legal Decision-Making in Specialist practice (5 credits) 
  • NU6078 Ageing and Older People: Comprehensive Assessment and Management (10 credits)

Clinical Practice/Practicum module:

  • NU6130 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 (5 credits)

Course Practicalities

For each 10 credit module there is an estimated 200 hours Student Workload. The breakdown of these hours is: 184 hours distance online and technology learning, and 16 hours of face-to-face contact in Brookfield Health Science Complex but are subject to change from year to year. The breakdown for 5 credit theory modules will be half the hours stated above for 10 credit modules. Each 10 credit model runs for 6 weeks and each 5 credit module runs for 4 weeks. The practice modules involve direct clinical placement learning to meet Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland requirements.

Semester 1

September to December (16 weeks) contains 2x 10 credit modules and 1x 5 credit module, and 1x5 credit module (practice module). The student is required to attend 3 x 8 hour days and 4 x 4 hour days on campus in semester 1 for workshops, lectures and tutorials but are subject to change from year to year. The remainder of content is delivered online using our virtual learning environment Canvas. Learning strategies include module study guides, discussion boards, audio/visual resources and online assessments/activities.  

Prior to commencing the course each student taking a blended module will be provided with an orientation to Canvas and training on how to use the online technology within the course.  IT support will be given to students throughout the duration of the course.  

Assessment

A range of assessments are used throughout the programme including written assignments, online activities (E. activities) and a competency book is completed for the practice modules. 

Who teaches this course? 

Why Choose This Course

With the rapidly growing older-adult population and the changing healthcare services of today, it is vital that nurses working in older-adult settings are competent to provide the highest quality of nursing care and maintain professional standards of care. The curriculum encourages you to develop an enquiring and creative approach to both the theory and practice of gerontological nursing.

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing to the value of 30 credits will be granted exemptions for these modules in the relevant MSc/Postgraduate Diploma exit pathway within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at UCC.

Skills and Careers Information

This course will give registered general nurses, registered intellectual disability nurses and registered psychiatric nurses the knowledge and skills to work as members of the older-adult care team in a variety of gerontological settings to meet the complex needs of older people.

Requirements

The Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing is a part-time programme running for 6 months from the date of first registration for the programme. Applicants choose their pathway at the application stage and all of the pathways are viewable in the College Calendar.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS PATHWAY 1: GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING

Applicants for the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing should normally:

  1. Hold active registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or be eligible for such registration as required for individual pathways. For the Gerontological Nursing Pathway, applicants must be Registered General Nurses OR Registered Intellectual Disability Nurses OR Registered Psychiatric Nurses AND
  2. Have clinical practice experience (and support structures, if applicable) as required for individual pathways. For the Gerontological Nursing Pathway applicants must have a minimum of six months' post-registration experience (excluding courses) and at least three months experience in the speciality pathway applied for.

Fees and Costs

Under the Government's new Postgraduate Skills Provision initiative, fees are subsidised by 90-100%.

Standard Fee: €3,900.  

Subsidised Fee: 90%: €390 payable by the applicant following acceptance of a course offer.

Subsidised Fee: 100% available for those currently unemployed or returning to work.  Such participants must remain available for employment while attending the course.  Please contact ace@ucc.ie to receive a discount code for the 100% fee subsidy.

How Do I Apply

Applications for this course are processed via UCC's application portal.

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact

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