The Postgraduate Diploma in Practice Nursing will be delivered in blended learning format over two academic years. The aim of this programme is to challenge nurses to think critically and creatively about practice nursing and to enable students to develop their knowledge and skills in order to keep pace with developments in the field of primary care. On completion of this programme students will be equipped with the necessary theory, practical and policy knowledge required for the professional development of the practice nurse in primary care. This Postgraduate Diploma in Practice Nursing offers healthcare professionals a flexible option to study while they continue to work and validate their professional experience. Students who enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma in Practice Nursing will do so for their career progression, research capacity building, higher specialist training, and general interest in practice nursing.
The overall aim of this blended learning Postgraduate Diploma in Practice Nursing is to offer professionals a flexible option to study while they continue to work and in many cases to validate their professional experience. This postgraduate diploma will be delivered in blended learning format over two academic years, with 30 credits being delivered each year. All students commencing will be required to comply with the Fitness to Practise Policy and meet the relevant Fitness to Practise standards in order to progress to the next year of their programme.
PG Diploma in Practice Nursing Core Modules (Year 1)
Students complete modules to the value of 30 credits
- GP6003 PRINCIPLES & CONTEXT OF PRIMARY CARE AND GENERAL PRACTICE (5 CREDITS)
- NU6155 CLINICAL GENERAL PRACTICE NURSING 1 (5 CREDITS)
- NU6157 CHILD GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT (5 CREDITS)
- NU6070 PRACTICE ENHANCEMENT FOR NURSING AND MIDWIFERY (10 CREDITS)
+ One elective module to be chosen to the value of 5 credits.
Elective options (Year 1, Semester 1):
- NU6053 ETHICS FOR SPECIALIST PRACTICE (5 CREDITS)
- GP6005 WOMEN'S HEALTH IN GENREAL PRACTICE (5 CREDITS)
- NU5087 PRACTICE AND PRINCIPLES OF HEALTH PROMOTION (5 CREDITS)
PG Diploma in Practice Nursing Core Modules (Year 2)
Students complete modules to the value of 30 credits
- NU6005 RESEARCH METHODS (10 CREDITS)
- NU6156 CLINICAL GENERAL PRACTICE NURSING 2 (5 CREDITS)
- GP6004 CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT IN GENERAL PRACTICE (5 CREDITS)
+Two elective module to be chosen to a total value of 10 credits i.e. 2 x 5 credit or 1 x 10 credits
Elective options (Year 2, Semester 2):
- NU6085 WOUND CARE FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS (5 CREDITS)
- NU6158 EVIDENCE BASED CERVICAL SCREENING (10 CREDITS)
- NU5077 DIABETES MANAGEMENT (5 CREDITS)
- GP5100 DIABETES IN PRIMARY CARE (10 CREDITS)
- MH5085 OBESITY MANAGEMENT & PREVENTION TRAINING FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS (5 CREDITS)
There will be a choice of elective modules to choose from in the area of wound care; health promotion; women's health; ethics; cervical screening; diabetes; and obesity management and prevention. Students will be closely supported by the programme coordinator, staff involved in each module, and the online learning technologist within the School of Nursing. Academic writing skills, Blackboard training, and library tours will also be made available to all students. Each student will have a clinical preceptor who will receive training from the School of Nursing and Midwifery to support their clinical experience.
Course Code: CKW22
Course Title: Nursing - Practice Nursing
College: Medicine and Health
Duration: 2 years Part-time
Teaching Mode: Part-Time
Blended learning over 2 academic years
Qualifications: PG Dip
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: Irish/EU fee for 2016/2017 EUR 7,000 (EUR 3,500 per annum). 2017/2018 fees to be confirmed
2017 Entry Requirements: Applicants must be Registered General Nurses with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). Applicants must have a minimum of twelve months post-registration experience (excluding courses). See also detailed Entry Requirements.
Closing Date: To Be Confirmed for 2017/2018
Next Intake: September 2017
For each 10 credit blended learning 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 University College Cork (lectures, workshops).
The breakdown for 5 credit theory modules will be half the hours stated above for 10 credit modules.
A blended approach to assessment will involve both e-tivities and traditional approaches. Each assessment is alignment to the module learning outcomes. A range of continuous assessments are used across the modules. These may include a literature review, academic essays, case studies, online presentations, poster presentation, online discussion forums, quizzes, accumulative report writing, reflective journals, clinical workbook and clinical visits. Modules will be delivered by staff from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Department of General Practice, and CervicalCheck Â– The National Cervical Screening Programme.
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. The form is available to view hereCKW22 (202kB)
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
Senior Executive Assistant
Tel: +353 (0)21-490-1560