Meeting the healthcare and social care needs of older people requires expert assessment and careful planning by a range of disciplinary experts with specialist knowledge of ageing and altered health. If you are a nurse working in an older persons’ care setting, and you are committed to the provision of excellent care, the Graduate Diploma in Gerontological Nursing offers an exciting and innovative way to further your career and enhance your professional development. This programme is designed to provide nurses with an opportunity to develop, enhance and maintain the specialist skills required to care for older adults in a variety of acute and community care environments.
The Graduate Diploma in Gerontological Nursing is designed for nurses who are involved in the care of older persons in acute, community or long-term care settings.
The UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems provides graduate programmes to prepare nurses and midwives to excel as caregivers and as leaders. Many of the School’s graduates have gone on to assume key clinical and leadership positions in their discipline, both nationally and internationally. This programme will provide you with an opportunity to develop, enhance and maintain the specialist skills that are required to care for older persons.
The Graduate Diploma in Gerontological Nursing aims to provide students with the requisite knowledge and discipline-specific skills for their specialist role in gerontological nursing in a range of care settings. The Programme will build on students’ prior knowledge and experience in either older person’s care services or in tertiary care. The Programme will:
The Graduate Diploma in Gerontological Nursing will be awarded to students who have completed six ten-credit modules providing them with the knowledge and skills to act as clinical nurse specialists in gerontological nursing:
Successful participants in this programme will be awarded a Graduate Diploma in Gerontological Nursing. Credits obtained from this programme will readily contribute to an MSc degree for those who wish to pursue that option in the future.
You will be taught by academics who have strong links with local and regional health service providers, including major hospitals and community-based health services and clinical staff who are experts in the field of health care and gerontological nursing.
Possessing a broad and deep understanding of the theory and skills required for caring for older adults, you will be well positioned to work in a variety of settings specialising in this area both nationally and internationally. The programme is particularly aimed at preparing nurses to assume senior and specialist roles in gerontological nursing.
We use a range of teaching methods including lectures, workshops and seminars. A blended model of teaching and learning is a deliberate part of the programme to facilitate flexibility and accessibility. Clinical teaching is undertaken by specialists in the clinical area with particular emphasis on assisting students in applying theory to practice.
It is essential that you have access to a personal computer as Brightspace, a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports students’ online learning and teaching, is used extensively.
The Graduate Diploma in Gerontological Nursing consists of 6 modules which are delivered on a part-time basis over 2 years (3 modules per year).
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.
The fees for this programme can be found at:
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Prospective students applying to complete the 60-credit Graduate Diploma in Gerontological Nursing will be awarded up to 30 credits in recognition of prior learning which may have been accrued through:
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.
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:
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Please read the UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning at this link: UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning