Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures

The Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures provides the Registered Nurse with the requisite knowledge, skill, and competence to refer for radiological procedures safely and effectively in accordance with legal and professional regulatory frameworks and standards. This is a 10 ECTS* credit, level 8 NFQ** special purpose award. There are three programme options:

  1. X905 Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures (Children)
  2. X906 Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult)
  3. X907 Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult & Children)

These programmes are delivered by lecturers from the UCD School of Medicine - Department of Radiography and Diagnostic Imaging in collaboration with UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems

Prior to applying to UCD:

  • Please discuss local 'referral for radiological procedures' policies, procedures and guidelines with Nurse Practice Development in the context of your application. 
  • Please contact your DON and complete a Site Declaration Form (click on ‘Documents to Be Submitted with your Application’ to access and download this form).  Please complete this form in full prior to making an application. This form may take several weeks to complete

Please note

  • To be eligible to apply you must have successfully completed a module in Health Assessment (to include physical examination skills) (minimium level 8 NFQ).  
  • There are a limited number of places available on this programme.  All applications will be reviewed after the closing date and offers made in July. Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis to applicants who meet the entry criteria, have uploaded fully complete required documentation and paid the application fee.  Once capacity is reached, no further offers will be made. You are advised to apply early so as to avoid disappointment.

The Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director HSE funds all registered nurses employed in the HSE to undertake this education programme. 

You may also be interested in viewing the University Certificate Prescribing Medicinal Products and Referring for Radiological Procedures which combines two programmes into one (i.e. the 'Prescribing Medicinal Products' and the 'Referring for Radiological Procedures'). 

* ECTS - European Credit Transfer System

** NFQ - National Framework of Qualifications

Who are these programmes for?

Applicants must be currently registered in a division of the NMBI Register for the following progamme options: 

  • X905 Referring for Radiological Procedures (Children)  -  Applicants must be registered as a nurse and/or a children's nurse in the NMBI RegisterX905 
  • X906 Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult)  -  Applicants must be registered as a nurse in the NMBI Register 
  • X907 Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult and Children)  - Applicants must be registered as a nurse in the NMBI Register

It is recommended that applicants have the equivalent of a minimum of one-year post-registration experience.

Programme Objectives

At the end of this programme you will be able to:

  • Critically utilize evidence-based knowledge and skill in conducting a person’s assessment and consultation to achieve a holistic approach to a person’s care when referring for medical radiological procedures
  • Apply clinical decision-making skills in relation to referring persons for medical radiological and other imaging procedures within their scope of practice
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the legislative and regulatory framework associated with nurse authority to refer persons for medical radiological procedures, including professional guidelines, supporting safe practice
  • Know the justification process
  • Demonstrate an understanding of medical radiological procedures and other imaging procedures and their implication in a person’s safety
  • Understand the principles of radiation protection of the person and staff
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and knowledge of the role of the multidisciplinary team management involved for the safe and appropriate use of medical radiological procedures and other imaging procedures
  • Understand the role of the practitioner in the referral process
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the person and practitioner safety

 

Programme Structure

September – December (Autumn Trimester)

Choose one:

  • X905 Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures (Children) - Module RDGY30550
  • X906 Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult) - Module RDGY30540
  • X907 Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult and Children) - Module RDGY30560

 

Teaching and Learning

Autumn Trimester (Sept. - Dec.)

Module:  Referring for Radiological Procedures’ (options Adult or Children or Adult and Children)

These modules comprise both theory and clinical components.  Theoretical content is delivered online over a two day period in week one.  All online lectures are live (i.e. synchronous).   Lecture Timetable*:

  • TBC/09/22 Thursday 08.30 - 16.30pm live online lectures (Adult, Children and Adult & Children options)
  • TBC/09/22 Friday 08.30 - 12.30pm live online lectures (Adult, Children and Adult & Children options)
  • TBC/09/22 Friday 13.00 - 16.30pm live online lectures (Children and Adult & Children options)

Clinical exposure consists of no less than 100 hours. Clinical instruction comprises 10 episodes of referral for medical radiological procedures, documented and recorded as a demonstration of competence under the supervision of a medical mentor practitioner. All candidates must be working in the area where the clinical practicum will occur for the duration of the programme. 

*Please note: 

  • Online learning requires a high level of personal motivation, self-discipline, and an aptitude for self-directed learning. Brightspace (a web-based virtual learning environment) is used extensively.
  • Access to broadband and proficiency in computer skills are essential.  
  • All dates and times are provisional and subject to change
  • TBC = To be confirmed
Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to:

  • Be currently registered in a division of the NMBI live Register for the following programme options:  
  1. Adult  -  Applicants must be registered as a nurse in the NMBI Register 
  2. Adult and Children  - Applicants must be registered as a nurse in the NMBI Register
  3. Children's  -  Applicants must be registered as a nurse and/or a children's nurse in the NMBI Register 
  • Provide evidence of having successfully completed a module in Health Assessment (to include physical examination skills) (minimium level 8 NFQ)
  • Be currently employed as a Registered Nurse and or Registered Children’s Nurse in the area in which you wish to practice for the duration of the programme
  • Have a minimium of one year post registration experience
  • Submit a Site Declaration Referring for Radiological Procedures From signed by the Director of Nursing, Clinical Medical Supervisor and Head of Radiology (Consultant Radiologist) agreeing to provide you with support and clinical supervision towards the achievement of the required competencies for the duration of the programme
Documents to be submitted with your application
  • A validated copy of successful completion of a module in Health Assessment (to include physical examination skills) (minimum level 8 NFQ)
  • Certificates of nursing qualifications or validated copies of awards
  • Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non-UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translation where relevant
  • A current photocopy of your NMBI registration (to include division of register)
  • A copy of your birth certificate or personal page of current passport
  • Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)
  • Site Declaration Form (Referring for Radiological Procedures) (Only up to date Site Declaration Forms are accepted)

 

 

How to apply

Applications are made online through UCD Applications.

Please note:  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

 

Fees

Funded Students: Employees of Health Services Executive Voluntary and Statutory Services 

If your Director of Nursing supports your application, and if you are an employee of the Health Services Executive Voluntary and Statutory Services, then the HSE will fund you to undertake this education programme.   Please note, funded applicants must pay the €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

UCD Fees

The fees for the Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedure 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 the right-hand side of this page).

·         EU Fees

·         Non-EU Fees

All applicants are required to pay the €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.  Further information about fees is available on the UCD Fees website.  If you have any query about your fees, please contact student.payments@ucd.ie

Please note: UCD fees are subject to change annually.  The fees shown include the student centre levy which must be paid by all students