Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education

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.   

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)

Who is the programme for?

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. 

Programme objectives

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:

  • Realise their potential, engage their creativity, and build their confidence and self-esteem so that they can likewise enable their students to do the same by maximising the learning opportunities available to them.
  • Acquire and apply selected theories, concepts, models and frameworks to enable high levels of judgement, discretion and decision making in health professions education. These include key academic ideas from curriculum and pedagogical theory, the psychology of learning and related perspectives in the sociology of education.
  • Develop a critical awareness of relevant legislation in their respective professions, specifically, and the health system, generally, and relevant standards and requirements, or other criteria, for professional registration education programmes in their health profession. 
  • Demonstrate the acquisition, synthesis, integration and application of knowledge from a select range of disciplines to inform, develop and innovate education practice in the healthcare professions. 
  • Design, develop and deliver education and training programmes for their respective health professions.
  • Develop curricula, cognisant of learners’ characteristics, programmes’ purposes and relevant contextual considerations, including the human, technological, infrastructural, financial and other resources available. 
  • Develop effective communication skills in order to present balanced arguments and engage with confidence in academic and multi-professional debates in health professions education. 
  • Conduct a comprehensive education and training needs assessment to support the provision of responsive, flexible and innovative education programmes in the health professions. 
  • Act as an effective member of the education team and participate in a multidisciplinary team approach to health professions education. 
  • Demonstrate the value and distinctive contribution of their profession through the generation of disciplinary knowledge and innovative educational practice. 
How will I benefit?

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. 

Teaching Methods

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. 

 

Programme structure

2020/21 Dates (2021/2022 timetable will be available in April 2021)

 

1. NMHS43640  Creating Curriculum, Trimesters 1 and 2, 10 ECTS credits

Module Dates:

Monday 21 Sept, 10.00-13.00

Monday 28 Sept, 14.00-17.00

Wednesday 25 November, 10.00-16.30

Wednesday 20 January, 10.00-16.30

Wednesday 31 March, 10.00-16.30 (with NMHS 43630)

 

2. NMHS43630  Enabling Effective Learning, Trimesters 1 and 2, 10 ECTS credits

Module Dates:

Wednesday 16 September, 10.00-16.30

Wednesday 28 October, 10.00-16.30

Wednesday 3 February, 10.00-16.30

Wednesday 31 March, 10.00-16.30 (with NMHS 43640)

 

3. NMHS43910  Facilitating Student Learning I, Trimesters 1 and 2, 10 ECTS credits

Module Dates:

Monday 5 October, am

Monday 2 November, am

 

4. NMHS43920  Facilitating Student Learning II, Trimesters 1 and 2, 10 ECTS credits

Module Dates:

Monday 8 February, am

Monday 22 March, am

Entry requirements

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 [80] classroom teaching hours and at least twenty [20] 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:

·       Indication of preference for the leadership or research options (availability of preferred option cannot be guaranteed as it is subject to module capacity)

·       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 [80] classroom teaching hours and at least twenty [20] clinical teaching hours).  This confirmation must be signed by the appropriate person 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.

 

 

Documents to be submitted with your application

PLEASE NOTE - THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION DOCUMENTS IS 31 July 2021

  • Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree awards (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant
  • Nurse or midwife applicants: A current photocopy of NMBI registration
  • Other health care professionals:  A current photocopy of registration with professional registration body
  • Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport
  • Signed Teaching requirements form  confirming that applicant has secured 100 hours of teaching practice, including 20 hours of clinical teaching supervised by an appropraitely experienced and qualified person. 
  • Professional Reference Form (original form)
  • Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)
How to apply

Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.

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.

Apply online

Fees

The fees for your programme can be found at the links below. Search using your major code (the four-digit code beginning with 'X' which can be found in the key information box on this page).

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Please note that UCD fees are subject to change annually. The fees shown include the student centre levy which must be paid by all students. 

Funding:

If the fees for your programme are being paid by a third party (full or partial), please ensure your funding organisation/sponsor/hospital contacts student.payments@ucd.ie. Please note this is not a student facing email address. 

Student Queries:

If you have any queries about your fees, please contact the Student Desk:

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Application Fee:

Please note that all applicants are required to pay the €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

More information about fees is available on the UCD website at the link below:

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Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) applications must be submitted online through your SISWeb account.

There are two instances in which you can apply to have recognised prior learning taken into account when applying for a programme in UCD.

1. RPL for admission to a UCD programme

If you are a prospective student seeking admission to UCD and you do not meet the required admissions criteria as set down for a particular programme of study in UCD, you may apply to be admitted based on prior learning.

2. RPL for exemption from a module or modules on a UCD programme

If you have been accepted onto a UCD programme and wish to have credit transferred towards the requirements of the UCD programme of study, you may apply for RPL from a module or modules.

When applying for RPL, please note the following:

  • You must submit your application for RPL as early as possible and preferably before you commence the relevant module/stage/programme.
  • An application for RPL relating to a particular module should be submitted before the third week of the trimester in which it is offered. Applications made after this date will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances.
  • Your application will be reviewed by the Taught Graduate Standing Committee and Programme Board. You can expect to hear of the outcome or status of your application typically within four to six weeks of submitting it (depending on committee schedules).
  • Please note that in some cases your application may not be successful or you may not receive RPL for the amount of credit for which you applied, therefore you must register for, attend and participate in the module or modules until you have been informed of the decision of the School Programme Board.
  • If your application is not successful, you are responsible for all assessments associated with the module.

TO APPLY FOR RPL PLEASE CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK:  https://sisweb.ucd.ie/usis/W_HU_MENU.P_PUBLISH?p_tag=APPLY

Please read the UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning at this link: UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning