The Postgraduate Diploma in Cardiac and Intensive Care Nursing course will help coronary care or intensive care nurses to improve their career prospects by enhancing their professional and personal development.
It is a one-year course offered in partnership with health service providers. Apart from the designated days in College, the course includes clinical placements in a variety of settings starting in September through to August.Students attend College for only 5 full (block) weeks (three weeks in semester 1 and two in semester 2) as well as five separate workshops (days) in semester 1 and three workshops (days) in semester 2. Specialists from clinical practice, as well as UCC staff, will facilitate you to become a more knowledgeable and skilled practitioner within critical care nursing. During some of your weeks in clinical placement, you will have the opportunity to attend extra placements. The course helps you to improve your cardiovascular assessment and to become proficient in implementing research-based practice in your critical care environment. You will also have access to our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Simulation Resource Centre (CSSRC).
The Postgraduate Diploma in Cardiac and Intensive Care Nursing course incorporates two orientation days and eight modules (three core and three specialist theoretical modules) which includes clinical placements in a variety of clinical settings (two clinical practice modules).
You will complete a range of core and specialist modules that are designed to meet the overall course learning outcomes, support core transferable skills and achieve specialist knowledge, know-how and competence. This course is awarded 60 credits at Level 9 major award on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Pathway 2: Cardiac and Intensive Care Nursing
NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
NU6030 Cardiac Care Nursing (10 credits)
NU6031 Intensive Care Nursing (10 credits)
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 9)
NU6070 Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery(10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 5 & 9)
NU6126 Physical Assessment for Nursing Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across pathways 1, 2, 4 & 8)
Clinical Practice/Practicum modules:
NU6130 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 (5 credits)
NU6131 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 2 (5 credits)
Our teaching methods range from lectures to seminars to small group work as well as cardiac assessments conducted within the Clinical Skills Simulation Resource Centre (CSSRC).
Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar
Course Code: CKW05
Course Title: Nursing - Cardiac and Intensive Care Nursing
College: Medicine and Health
Duration: All students will be registered for a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing in their First Year and will be registered for a MSc in Second Year
Teaching Mode: Full-time
All students will be registered for a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing in their First Year and will be registered for a MSc in Second Year. Students who opt to exit at the end of the first year will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing upon successful completion and passing modules to the value of 60 credits.
All postgraduate programmes contain some element of blended learning. This means that modules are delivered on campus with face-to-face contact with lectures (teaching and learning strategies include lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials) in combination with some online content delivery using our virtual learning environment Blackboard (teaching and 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 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.
Qualifications: PG Dip / MSc
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU EUR 7,500 Year 1, EUR 2,500 Year 2
2017 Entry Requirements: See detailed entry requirements
Closing Date: To Be Confirmed for 2017/2018
Next Intake: September 2017
You will be expected to attend lectures for5 full(block) weeks (three in semester 1 andtwo in semester 2) as well as five seperate workshops (days) in semester 1 and three workshops (days) in semester 2.Lectures take place from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday on block weeks. Core modules will be delivered by 'blended learning' both online and direct contact. Ten-credit core modules (200 hours learning) will involve 184 hours of online learning and 16 hours of direct contact time. Five-credit core modules (100 hours learning) will involve 92 hours of online learning and eight hours of direct contact time.
Specialist modules will continue to be delivered mainly through direct contact. You will have 34 hours of direct contact on10-credit modules and 16 hours of direct contact on 5-credit modules
Core modules are assessed through continuous assessment. Specialist modules are assessed through continuous assessment and/or an end of year examination. The 10-credit modules may have two separate assessments. The latter normally involves the submission of an academic assignment but can also include an in-class test/ end of year examination or both, depending on whether the module is 10 or 5 credits.
One 10-credit module assessment involves a clinical audit and a poster presentation of the audit results. The exception is the Clinical Practicum Modules (5 credits). Assessment of clinical competence is continuous and obtained through acquisition of core competencies and reflection on clinical practice experience, all of which is recorded in the student Competency Booklet during scheduled clinical placements.
Application for this programme is on-line atwww.pac.ie/ucc.For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.
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 SupplementaryFormCKW05 (60kB)All required documentation must either uploaded to your online application or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway.
Please note that if an applicant is successful in gaining a place, and is unable to register in that year, deferrals are not permitted. Students are, however, welcome to reapply, and the previous cancellation will not affect any subsequent UCC application.