Graduate Certificate Palliative Care

The Graduate Certificate Palliative Care is an interdisciplinary programme designed to enhance your existing knowledge and skills in caring for patients with life limiting illness. The programme will enable you to become a valuable member of the multidisciplinary team providing palliative care and further enhance the care provided to patients in your current area of practice who have a range of complex symptoms that need impeccable assessment and management.

Who is the programme for?

This course is aimed at advancing the health care professionals' repertoire of knowledge and skills for professional practice in the care of persons with life limiting illness.

Programme aims

The Graduate Certificate Palliative Care course aims to build upon and advance the repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values, in order to promote competence and confidence in the practitioner’s work. The course aims to prepare individuals to enhance the care provided to patients and their families facing physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems associated with life limiting illness.

What will I learn?

The Graduate Certificate Palliative Care programme is aimed at advancing the health professionals' repertoire of knowledge and skills for palliative care of people who have life limiting illness within a variety of care settings and contexts.

How will I benefit?
On successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care from the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. The programme is recognised nationally and is a highly regarded qualification for health care professionals caring for patients with life limiting illness who require palliative care.

Teaching methods
  • All modules are offered using a Blended Learning Approach utilising a range of teaching methods including lectures, workshops and seminars 
  • Learning is facilitated by a multidisciplinary teaching team with particular emphasis on assisting students in applying theory to practice
Programme structure

This is a one (academic) year programme, broken down into two semesters. Assessments are varied (assignments/ MCQ/case studies) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the semesters.

Semester 1 NMHS42370 Pall Care,Phil,Concept 10.00

Semester 1 NMHS42540 Palliative Approaches Symp Mgt10.00

Semester 2 NMHS42820 Psychosoc & Spiritual Issues10.00

Year Long Module NMHS42350 Clinical Practicum 10.00

Careers/where can I go?

The Graduate Certificate Palliative Care will provide you with knowledge and skills required for caring for patients with life limiting illness who require palliative care. 

Entry requirements

Specific requirements:

  • All applicants must have a minimum of two years post-registration experience
  • Applicants must have exposure to either Level 2 or Level 3 Palliative Care, as indicated in the Report of the National Advisory Committee on Palliative Care (2001), for the duration of the course for a minimum of 75 hours per month.
  • Non-clinicians need to demonstrate the application of their discipline to palliative care practice
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of research in practice is desirable
  • Evidence of recent study is desirable

General Requirements:

  • Have a Graduate Diploma/Masters Degree (NQAI Level 9) in a health related discipline
  • Nurse applicants must be registered on the live register maintained by An Bord Altranais
  • Other health care professionals must be registered with a recognised professional body
Documents to be submitted with your application

PLEASE NOTE - THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION DOCUMENTS IS TUESDAY, 31st JULY 2018.

  • Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant
  • Nurse applicants: A current photocopy of An Bord Altranais registration
  • Other health care professionals:  A current photocopy of registration with professional registration body
  • Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport
  • Signed Declaration Form from Employer (original form)
  • Completed Professional Reference Form (original form)
  • Nurse applicants: Completed Clinical Competence Assessor Nomination Form signed by the nominee
  • 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).

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. 

If you are being funded to do your programme, please make sure your organisation gets in contact with student.payments@ucd.ie. 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:

If you have any queries about your fees, please contact student.payments@ucd.ie

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

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.

Download the application form:
RPL for admission application form (PDF version)
RPL for admission application form (Word version)

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.

Download the application form:
RPL for module credit application form (PDF version)
RPL for module credit application form (Word version)

When applying for RPL, please note the following:

  • You must submit your application for RPL to the Programme Administrator 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 semester 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.

Useful links

UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning