Nursing - Gerontological Nursing (PG Cert)

University College Cork Ireland

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The award
PG Cert

How long you will study
6 Months

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How you will study
part-time, online

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About Nursing - Gerontological Nursing at University College Cork


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 nine programme of the National Framework of Qualifications (National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI), 2003).

Course Details

The course comprises of four modules

Pathway 1: Gerontological Nursing

Theory modules (blended learning):
NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 9)
NU6078 Ageing and Older People: Bio Psychosocial Perspectives (10 credits)

Clinical Practice/Practicum module:
NU6130 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 (5 credits)

For more information see our postgraduate calendar

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. 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. The remainder of content is delivered online using our virtual learning environment Blackboard. Learning strategies include module study guides, discussion boards, audio/visual resources and online assessments/activities.

Semester 2 - (16 weeks) contains 1x 5 credit module (practice module).

Students will be required to prepare and submit a E-portfolio on professional development activities relating to clinical practice placement.

Prior to commencing the course each student taking a blended module will be provided with an orientation to Blackboard 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.

Fact File

Course Code: CKU04 Part-time

Course Title: Nursing - Gerontological Nursing Online Course

College: Medicine and Health

Duration: 6 months Part-time

Course Delivery Method*: Online

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

This programme will be taught online

Qualifications: PG Cert

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU EUR 3,900 (per academic year)

2017 Entry Requirements: See detailed entry requirements

Closing Date: To Be Confirmed for 2017/2018

Next Intake: September 2017

Course Practicalities

For further information about the practicalities of this course see Course Details section aboveor contact:

Teresa Wills

Course Co-ordinator


T: +353(0) 21 490 1472


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.

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.

For full details of the application procedure click here. Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the applications process for this programme. This form is available to view from here -Supplementary Questions 2017/18 Postgraduate Cert Gerontological Nursing CKU04 (198kB)All required documentation must either uploaded to your online application or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway

Further Contact Information

Sheila Hedderman

Senior Executive Assistant


T: +353(0) 21 4901560

Study options for this course

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  • The awardPG CertHow you will studyPart-time, OnlineHow long you will study6 months
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Notes about fees for this course

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU EUR 3,900 (per academic year)

2017 Entry Requirements: See detailed entry requirements

Closing Date: To Be Confirmed for 2017/2018

Next Intake: September 2017

Entry requirements for this course

Contact University College Cork to find course entry requirements.

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