This professional certificate focuses primarily on clinical nursing practice within a community context. It explores a variety of contemporary healthcare issues as they relate to primary healthcare practice both Nationally and Internationally.
This course is designed primarily for registered nurses working in a community setting. However, the certificate will also have relevance for any registered nurse who wishes to develop their knowledge and understanding of nursing practice within a community context.
The primary aim of this professional certificate is to facilitate the student to develop their knowledge and skills in relation to community nursing practice.
You will be provided with an opportunity to:
How will I benefit?
The purpose of this professional certificate is to provide you with the opportunity to explore community nursing practice from a variety of perspectives with the aim of developing your current level of nursing knowledge and skills.
The Professional Certificate Community Nursing: An Applied Approach focuses primarily on the role of the nurse in the organisation and delivery of healthcare within a community context. It also includes an exploration of a variety of contemporary healthcare issues viewed specifically from the perspective of community nursing practice.
The professional certificate is delivered in a flexible manner so as to facilitate attendance by nurses currently engaged in community nursing practice. A variety of innovative assessment strategies are used throughout the course of the module. Each of these strategies has been designed so as to facilitate the student to develop their learning in relation to their own community nursing practice. This reflects the applied nature of the professional certificate and enhances the clinical relevance of this module for any nurse currently engaged in community practice.
The student body is drawn primarily from registered nurses currently engaged in community nursing practice. The certificate is designed to provide students with a variety of opportunities to share their learning experiences both face-to-face during class contact time and via online discussion forums.
The Professional Certificate Community Nursing: An Applied Approach is comprised of one module. This module is delivered over the course of one semester i.e. semester 2. The module is assessed by a variety of assessment strategies which include a class presentation, participation in online learning communities and a written critical reflection relating to community practice. A variety of clinical and university-based lecturers will be involved in the delivery of this certificate programme.
The curriculum has been specifically designed to meet the learning needs of nurses working in a community context. It focuses primarily on:
On successful completion of all components of this module the student will be granted a UCD Professional Certificate (level 9). This UCD accredited professional certificate will provide recipients with a comprehensive educational experience which they can apply directly in community nursing practice.
All applicants should:
(Other criteria may be used in the assessment of an application e.g. the number of years of experience, evidence of ongoing professional development etc.)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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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: