Course Code: GCACPRTFAD
Available: Part- Time Full- Time
Duration: 1 Semester Full-Time Or 2 Semesters Part-Time
Award: Graduate Certificate
Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Minor Award
Faculty: Education and Health Sciences
Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.
Clinical Therapies at the University of Limerick offers a suite of Postgraduate Certificates for qualified healthcare professionals. The programmes are designed to expand existing professional knowledge and to produce high quality evidence based practitioners who are better positioned to develop their individual disciplines as well as the wider health agenda.
The PG Cert in Advanced Clinical Practice is designed to enhance graduates’ critical thinking and develop evidence based practitioners as future leaders of effective services. Graduates will obtain in-depth knowledge of an area of Health Sciences to apply to their professional practice.
Students can register on a fulltime or part-time basis. Students must complete one core modules and 2-3 elective modules. The full-time option is completed over one academic semester. In the flexible part-time option, students register for one or two per semester and complete the qualification over two semesters. Offering the programme in this way addresses the educational, professional, clinical and financial demands of the student, the employer and clinical service.
The programme is designed to expand existing professional knowledge and to produce high quality evidence based practitioners who are better positioned to develop their individual disciplines as well as the wider health agenda. They aim to produce graduates who are committed to life long learning. The programme will offer participants the opportunity to critically examine and reflect on their own practice and to implement mechanisms of change to enhance current practice.
Objectives: Graduates will obtain in-depth knowledge of an area of Health Sciences to apply to their professional practice.They will reflect critically on their own and others’ learning styles and practice.
- To discuss professional issues relating to the provision of healthcare services
- To examine the different sectors of patients/clients, service providers and models of service, and their differing needs
- To source, critically appraise and synthesise the most up-to-date research
- To acquire advanced level of clinical reasoning and critical thinking
- To develop advanced level assessment and identification of service need in the students area of clinical practice
- To integrate research knowledge with clinical expertise and patient preference to establish the means of providing cost-effective, high quality clinical services
The taught core module is OT5002 Research Methods for Clinical Therapists. Students can choose 2-3 other elective modules (depending on ECTS per module and learning goals).
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Programme Learning Outcomes
- To enable the student to adopt an evidence based approach to clinical practice
- To provide the student with an advanced level of skill, knowledge and clinical reasoning that contributes to their practice and service
Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.
Who Can Apply
Healthcare clinicians with a professionally and academically accredited BSc (Hons) (level 8 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland recognised ) or equivalent in a health profession* at a minimum award of 2.2 hons level or above.
*health profession such as; Doctors, Nurses, Health and Social Care Professionals. Health and Social Care Professionals encompasses the list of professions regulated under the Health and Social Care Professions Act (2005) Ireland. These are clinical biochemist; dietician; medical scientist; occupational therapist; orthoptist; physiotherapist; podiatrist; psychologist; radiographer; social care worker; social worker; speech and language therapist.
What to Include with your Application
- Qualification transcripts and certificates
- English language qualification if English is not your first language
- Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
- A copy of your birth certificate or passport
- Module Preference Form
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):
Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
- Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
- Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
- TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
- IELTS – composite score 6.5 and not less than 6 in any one component.
- English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
- GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
- Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
- GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6
Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.
From this Postgraduate Certificate, graduates will be able to describe and appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of the current range of theory and research in their clinical field. There is the option for students to potentially progress from the PG Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice to the MSc in Advanced Healthcare Practice (Taught MSc programme with dissertation component).