Graduate Diploma Chronic Illness Management

The primary aim of this Graduate Diploma will be to expand your knowledge in the area of chronic illness management. You will be equipped with the knowledge and expertise required to care for patients with chronic illness. The programme will give you an understanding of the needs of this group of patients, which are associated with high levels of self-care, and give you the necessary skills to improve the quality of life for people with chronic illness.

Who is the programme for ?

The Graduate Diploma Chronic Illness Management (Nursing) is a programme for nurses who wish to advance their professional practice in the care of people with chronic illness in order to formulate appropriate nursing   interventions across a continuum of care. The programme will provide you with a professional educational experiencewhich can be applied directly to your clinical practice.

Main programme objectives

The primary aim of this Graduate Diploma will be to expand your knowledge in the area of chronic illness management. You will be equipped with the knowledge and expertise required to care for patients with chronic illness. The programme will give you an understanding of the needs of this group of patients, which are associated with high levelsof  self-care, and give you the necessary skills to improve the quality of life for people with chronic illness.

What will I Learn?

On successful completion of all components of this programme you will be awarded a UCD Graduate Diploma(level 9). This UCD-accredited graduate diploma will provide you with a professional education experience which you can apply directly in clinical practice.

How will I benefit ?

Upon completion of the programme, you will be well positioned to work in a variety of chronic illness care settings both nationally and internationally. You will gain advanced clinical experience, as well as theoretical knowledge to provide a high level of care to people with chronic illness. A blended model of teaching and learning is used on the programme to facilitate flexibility and accessibility.Clinical teaching is undertaken by specialists in the clinical area with an emphasis on assisting students  in applying theory to practice. Graduates may also proceed to CNM/Educational/Clinical Facilitator roles, and this programme is an entry pathway for the MSc Clinical Practice.

Programme Structure

One Year Option (Full-Time)

The one year, 60 ECTS, level 9 programme, is delivered over two trimesters

Core modules:

Autumn Tirmester NMHS43260 -  Nursing Knowledge, Philosophy & Practice•

Spring Trimester NMHS43270 - Research Methods Applied to Healthcare

Autumn & Spring Trimesters NMHS42960 - Advanced Health Assessment

Full year - NMHS43960 - Clinical Practicum: Nursing in Chronic Illness

Two optional  modules from a list of modules related to your patient population.

Lectures will be delivered in University College Dublin and Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services.

Short examination questions/MCQ/case presentation/ practical examination) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the trimesters.

Two Year Option (Part-Time):

For the two year part-time option, you will complete two core modules in year one, i.e. NMHS43260 -  Nursing Knowledge, Philosophy & Practice and NMHS43270 - Research Methods Applied to Healthcare.

In year two, you will complete NMHS42960 - Advanced Health Assessment and NMHS43960 - Clinical Practicum: Nursing in Chronic Illness plus two optional modules related to your patient population.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a primary degree in Nursing (or  equivalent in related discipline).RPL consideration if no degree • Qualified healthcare professionals with proof of registration with appropriate governing body (NMBI) • Have a minimum of one year’s post-registration experience, including at least six months working  with chronic illness populations • Candidates must be employed in the care of patients with chronic illness prior to commencing the courseand  for the duration of the course for a minimum of 75 hours per month • Other criteria to be used in the assessment of the application include number of years of experience, and evidence of ongoing professional development

Documents to be submitted with your application

PLEASE NOTE - THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION DOCUMENTS IS 01 AUGUST 2020

  • 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 NMBI registration
  • 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)
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)

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

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