Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
Spring 2025
One Semester (12 Weeks)
University Certificate of Study
NFQ Level 9 Minor Award
Faculty: Education and Health Sciences
Course Type: Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Department of Nursing & Midwifery
Address: Faculty of Education & Health Sciences Email: Telephone: +353 61 202271

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Brief Description

This course qualifies for 50% funding under the HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy. Check fees section for details and eligibility.   Please Note:   Applicants may only apply for and receive, one subsidised course per semester.   

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Module Description

Module Code

NFQ Level

ECTS Credits

Start Date

Intercultural Care   NS6040 9 9


€800 - EU

€1,500 Non-EU

This micro-credential represents a single module within a larger further award (eg. Certificate, Diploma, Masters). By taking this micro-credential you may be eligible to apply for a credit exemption should you progress to study for a further award. The programmes associated with this MicroCred are:

The purpose of this module is to examine the knowledge, skills and attitudes required by health care professionals to provide competent care in culturally appropriate ways for individuals from diverse cultural, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. Opportunities to critically review factors that facilitate and hinder culturally competent practice are facilitated. Opportunities to critically examine approaches for developing cultural awareness, cultural knowledge, cultural sensitivity and cultural competence in the delivery of health care, are also provided.

Globalisation and the changing demographic profile within healthcare; opportunities and challenges of living and working in culturally diverse societies globally, concepts of culture, race and ethnicity; theories and models promoting transcultural health and cultural competence; cultural identity and self-awareness, ethnocentrism and stereotyping,

National and international legislation and influences related to immigration, human rights, discrimination and healthcare/service provision, policy developments that promote cultural sensitivity at an individual, organisational and society level, cultural generic and cultural specific knowledge, intercultural communication, challenging racism, discrimination and inequalities.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the programme the student will be able to:


  • Critically examine the role culture plays in shaping the health beliefs and health seeking behaviours of individuals from different cultural backgrounds. 

  • Critically discuss the opportunities and challenges for providing culturally competent health care. 

  • Appraise factors influencing intercultural communication within health and social care practice. 

  • Acknowledge individual strengths and weaknesses in working with individuals from different cultural, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. 

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the commitment to developing cultural competence. 

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the role of the healthcare professional in the provision of culturally competent care. 

  1. A Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife on the current register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.
  2. 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 criteria identified in the English Language qualifications set by the University of Limerick.

Entry requirements are established to ensure the learner can engage with the course material and assessments, at a level suitable to their needs, and the academic requirements of the module. By applying to this micro-credential, you are confirming that you have reviewed and understand any such requirements, and that you meet the eligibility criteria for admission.

Successful completion of this module does not automatically qualify you for entry into a further award. All programme applicants must meet the entry requirements listed if applying for a further award.

€800 EU - €1,500 Non EU

HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy - Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria can qualify for 50% funding subject to the availability of places. To clarify eligibility please go to Eligibility Criteria 

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