Professional Certificate Management of Intra-articular and Soft Tissue Injection Techniques

The school offers a short professional certificate programme in the management of intra-articular and soft tissue injection techniques and is designed for nurses, GPs and allied health professionals (AHPs).

Programme Structure

The module is offered over one trimester. Lectures will be delivered in University College Dublin and Our Lady’s Hospice

Indicative module description

This module provides advanced education in common conditions associated with the clinical need for joint aspiration and/or joint/soft tissue injection.  The aim of the module is to enable students demonstrate advanced knowledge of both normal anatomy and physiology of the muscle-skeletal system and pathophysiology of clinical situations for which joint aspiration/injection is indicated

On successful completion of all components of this module the student will be granted a UCD Professional Certificate (level 9: 10 credits). This UCD accredited professional certificate will provide recipients with a professional education experience which they can apply directly in clinical practice. 

Entry requirements
  • Qualified healthcare professionals with proof of registration with appropriate governing body
  • Employment during the programme in rheumatology/community/ GP practice setting
Documents to be submitted with your application
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


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 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

Recognition of 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 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.

Useful links

UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning