Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
September 2024
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


Philosophical Underpinnings of Gerontology Care




Sept. 2024

€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: 

Demographic changes have significant implications for the provision and delivery of health and social services to older people in all care settings. It is essential that healthcare professionals possess the specialist knowledge and skills necessary to respond to diverse and holistic needs of older people and changing care environments.

This module provides the student with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and expertise in person centred nursing care of the older person. This module explores theories and concepts of gerontology including theories of ageing, ageing process and ageism. It also explores concepts of re-enablement, rehabilitation, health/ill health continuum, gender and therapeutic relationships.  It explores theories and concepts underpinning gerontological nursing. Furthermore, this module examines comprehensive physical and psycho-social assessment processes and tools within gerontological care.

Learning outcomes:  

  • On completion of the programme the student will be able to:
  • Explain theories of ageing and the ageing process.
  • Examine theories and models of gerontological nursing.
  • Evaluate methods and tools of assessment used in nursing of the older person. 
  • Value the importance of a biopsychosocial and person-centred approach to care of the older person.
  • Discuss the challenges of ageism in the provision of patient care
  1. A registered nurse 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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