The Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education (HPE) is an interdiscplinary programme for all health and social care professionals who already hold a relevant masters degree and are seeking a graduate qualification that will prepare them to design programmes of study and faciltate students' learning.
Because of the programme's teaching practice requirements (80 hours of theoretical teaching and 20 hours of clinical teaching), it is best suited to applicants whose roles include a substantial teaching component.
For Registered Nurses and Midwives, who hold a relevant masters degree, approved by the Nursing and Midwfery Board of Ireland (NMBI), this programme will confer eligibility to register as a Nurse Tutor (RNT) or as a Midwife Tutor (RMT)
This interdisciplinary programme will prepare health and social care professionals to design and deliver programmes of study for undergraduate and graduate students of their disciplines.
For registered nurses and midwives, who hold a masters degree, successful completion of the programme leads to registration in the Nurse or Midwife Tutors' division of the Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.
The Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education builds upon and develops students' knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values, in order to prepare them to assume the role of the educator, capable of designing engaging programmes of study and of faciltiating students' learning.
The specific aims of the programme are to enable students to:
The curriculum is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills in curriculum design and development, and in the facilitation of students' learning. The programme also provides an opportunity for students to examine and analyse philosophies and theories of education from both a historical and a contemporary perspective.
On successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education from the UCD School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Systems. The programme is recognised nationally and is validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland for registered nurses and midwives seeking regsitration as a Nurse or Midwife Tutor.
The programme is delivered by blended learning and comprises a number of workshops supported by Brightspace, UCD's virtual learning environment. A range of methods will be used to expose students to innovative and dynamic ways of facilitating and enhancing learning, including lectures,workshops, small group discussions, blended learning, case presentations and clinical simulation.
Assessment will be continuous and of, for and as learning, and the methods employed will include student-led presentations, assignments and the design of a programme of study.
2022/2023 Provisional Timetable:
1. NMHS43640 Creating Curriculum, Trimesters 1 and 2, 10 ECTS credits
Wednesday 21 Sept, 10.00-16.00 (face to face within UCD)
Wednesday 16 November, 10.00-16.00 (online)
Wednesday 22 February, 10.00-16.00 (online)
Wednesday 05 April, 10.00-16.00 (face to face within UCD combined with Enabling Effective Learning NMHS 43630)
2. NMHS43630 Enabling Effective Learning, Trimesters 1 and 2, 10 ECTS credits
Wednesday 28 September, 10.00-16.00 (online)
Wednesday 26 October, 10.00-16.00 (face to face within UCD)
Wednesday 01 February, 10.00-16.00 (online)
Wednesday 05 April, 10.00-16.00 (face to face within UCD combined with Creating Curriculum NMHS 43640)
3. NMHS43910 Facilitating Student Learning I, Trimesters 1 and 2, 10 ECTS credits
Wednesday 05 October, 09.00-13.00 (online)
Thursday 01 December, 09.00-16.00 (face to face within UCD – attendance required) Room details TBC
4. NMHS43920 Facilitating Student Learning II, Trimesters 1 and 2, 10 ECTS credits
Wednesday 08 February, 09.00-13.00 (online)
Wednesday 19 April, 09.00-13.00 (online)
Applicants who already hold a Masters Degree in a relevant subject may take the Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education. For nurses and midwives, the degree must be deemed suitable by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
Applicants must hold active registration as a health professional with the appropriate regulatory body.
Applicants must have at least three years or equivalent clinical experience as a registered health professional prior to entry. This experience should be in clinical areas where students of the applicant’s health professional discipline undertake placements as part of their pre- and post-registration education.
Prior to commencing the programme, applicants must provide evidence that they have secured access to the teaching experience required to undertake it. During the programme students must undertake at least 100 teaching hours (at least eighty  classroom teaching hours and at least twenty  clinical teaching hours). The assessment of teaching skills in the context of professional practice hours must be completed under the supervision of an experienced health professional educator and, in the case of nurses and midwives, a Registered Nurse or Midwife Tutor.
Opportunities must also be provided to observe the role of preceptors, lecturers in the health profession and other health care specialists who coordinate students’ clinical learning experiences and the assessment of learning in practice.
Documentation required to complete application:
· Two academic references
· One professional reference
· Copies of academic transcripts from completed degree programme/s
· Written confirmation of teaching arrangements, confirming that:
§ the applicant has secured at least 100 teaching hours (at least eighty  classroom teaching hours and at least twenty  clinical teaching hours). This confirmation must be signed by the appropriate person(s) in the Higher Education Institution and/or Centre of Nurse or Midwife Education, and the Healthcare Provider Organisation providing the teaching opportunities.
§ the assessment of teaching skills in the context of the professional (clinical) practice hours will be completed under the supervision of a named experienced health professional educator and, in the case of nurses and midwives, a named Registered Nurse or Midwife Tutor (please provide name/s and contact details).
§ opportunities will be provided to observe the role of preceptors, lecturers in the health profession and other health care specialists who coordinate students’ clinical learning experiences and the assessment of learning in practice.
PLEASE NOTE - THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION DOCUMENTS IS 31 July 2021
Applications are made online through UCD Applications.
Please note that all applicants are required to pay a €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.
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1. RPL for admission to a UCD programme
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