The philosophy underpinning this 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 programme is a Postgraduate Diploma, 60 credits of a level nine programme of the National Framework of Qualifications (National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI), 2003).
Pathway 3: Gerontological Nursing
For further information see our postgraduate calendar.
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. 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- January to May (16 weeks) contains 2x 10 credit module and 1x 5 credit module. The student is required to attend 4 x 8 hours days and 2 x 4 hours days on campus in semester 2 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, teleconferencing and online assessments.
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.
Course Code: CKW06 Full-time & Part-time
Course Title: Nursing - Gerontological Nursing Online Course
College: Medicine and Health
Duration: Year 1 Full-time; Year 2 Part-time
Course Delivery Method*: Online
Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time
This programme will be taught online.
All Students will be initially registered for the postgraduate diploma in nursing full time. If a student wishes to progress to the masters they will be registered for the 2nd year part time.
Qualifications: PG Dip / MSc
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU FEES EUR 7,000 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
For information on the practicalities of this course contact, see also course details:
Dr Teresa Wills
T: 00 353 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 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 application process for this programme. This form is available to viewSupplementary questions 17/18 Postgraduate Diploma Gerontological Nursing CKW06 (199kB)
All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway.
Further Contact Information
T: +353(0) 21 490 1560
T:+ 353(0) 21 490 1555