Professional Certificate Heart Failure Nursing

The Professional Certificate Heart Failure Nursing is a 10 ECTS level 9 programme that is based on the curriculum developed by UCD and The Heart Failure Association & Council of Nursing & Allied Professionals of the European Society of Cardiology. It focuses on the role of the nurse in the care of persons with heart failure. This course will provide the nurse with an opportunity to develop, enhance and maintain the specialist skills that are required to care for patients with heart failure.

Who is the programme for?

All registered nurses who provide clinical nursing care to persons with heart failure.

Aims of the Programme

The Professional Certificate in Nursing Studies (Heart Failure) aims to:

·         Assist students to gain advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes based on a holistic view of the patient throughout the continuum of care.

·         Develop a greater understanding of the holistic principles which underpin the various aspects of nursing particularly in relation to heart failure.

·         Provide students with an opportunity for personal growth and professional development.

·         Develop skills to enhance their professional practice, including physical assessment skills, critical analysis, creative thinking, decision making, and communication skills.

How will I benefit?

On successful completion of all components of this programme the student will be awarded a UCD Professional Certificate in Heart Failure Nursing.

Information Technology

It is essential that you have access to a personal computer and an email account as communication with students is primarily undertaken by email. Lecture handouts/announcements are made available to students via Blackboard (a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning and teaching) and/or via email. Messages from the university regarding examination policy and procedures are also sent via email.

Programme Structure

The Professional Certificate in Heart Failure Nursing consists of one 10 credit module.

We use a range of teaching methods including lectures, workshops, seminars and discussion forum. 

Students will be invited to attend classes on camous (usually three times during the programme - dates for 2021 TBC)

Module learning outcomes will be assessed via an online student forum and a poster presentation.

Careers/where can I go?

This course will provide you with professional currency and credibility in the clinical setting. You will be afforded a rewarding educational experience which you can apply directly in clinical practice. The key knowledge and skills gained on this course will also enable you to innovate and lead in your area of practice.  

Entry requirements


  • Must hold a primary degree or equivalent in Nursing or a related discipline.
  • Must be entered onto the appropriate division of the Nurses Register maintained Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)
  • A Higher Diploma or Graduate Diploma in Cardiovascular Nursing is desirable, but not essential.
  • Must have at least one year’s post-registration experience at time of application.
  • Be employed as a registered nurse providing clinical nursing care to persons with heart failure.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

All applicants must hold an academic qualification at NQAI Level 8 (e.g., Honours Degree or Higher Diploma). Applicants who do not possess an academic award at Level 8 or higher, may apply for entry on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Students will be asked to submit a portfolio of evidence demonstrating their ability to undertake the programmes. For further information please click here.

Documents to be submitted with your application

Applications for this course are made online at:


Please forward copies only – NO ORIGINALS at this stage

  • Photocopy of current An Bord Altranais Registration & PIN
  • Transcripts of Academic Study (unless previous UCD student)
  • Photocopy of Birth Cert/Passport (unless previous UCD student)
  • Photocopy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  • Proficiency in English (applicants whose native language is not English)
  • One completed professional reference form (current Clinical Nurse Manager)
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


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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.

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Recognition of 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.


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