Professional Certificate Pain Management

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The Professional Certificate Pain Management is a programme comprised of one taught module with an integrated supervised clinical practicum.  The programme consists of 10 ECTS credits at Level 9 and is a stand-alone module for nurses/midwives in any clinical setting.  This Professional Certificate is a core specialist module on the Pain Developmental Education Program.  This programme is affiliated with American Society for Pain Management in Nursing.   In addition, the student who attains the highest mark can become a recipient of the Irish Pain Society Scholarship Medal.

Who is the programme for?

This professional certificate is designed for nurses/midwives who are interested in becoming knowledgeable in the study of pain, the prevention of pain and understanding the complex nature of pain. 

What will I learn?

We aim to expand your knowledge and skills in pain management education in the context of clinical assessment methods across the trajectory of acute, chronic and cancer care.

You will learn advanced knowledge on pain prevention and management and apply these skills to clinical settings.  Your clinical practicum in the Department of Pain Medicine, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, will be facilitated by an expert nurse in pain in collaboration with the Medical Director of Pain Medicine.

You will be able to apply specialist skills in pain care in your clinical setting and advance your career across pain management settings.

The student body is drawn from a wide variety of clinical specialisms and organizations, enabling the sharing of learning and experience between you and your class members, as well as from the academic staff.

Programme structure

The programme is delivered over one trimester (September – December) and has a clinical component. The module is entitled Pain Management (10 ECTS).

Careers/where can I go?

This UCD accredited professional certificate will provide recipients with professional currency and credibility in the clinical setting.  Students will be offered a rewarding educational experience which you can apply directly in clinical practice.

In addition, this programme (10 credits) is part of the pain pathway for the Graduate Diploma Pain Management /MSc Advanced Pain Management /Prescriptive Authority.

Entry requirements
  • Be registered as professional nurses or midwives on a live register
  • Have a primary degree or higher in nursing or a related subject, or hold an equivalent qualification
  • Provide evidence of continuing professional development
  • RPL can be considered for applicants who do not have a level 8 qualification
Documents to be submitted with your application


  • Academic Transcripts including date and grading of Degree award (non UCD only)
  • Current photocopy of NMBI registration and pin
  • Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Pages of Passport (non UCD only)
  • Professional Reference Form
  • Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)
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).

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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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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.


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