Course Details

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

Next Intake


Infection Prevention and Control in HealthCare




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:

The overall aim of this interprofessional module is to provide learners with the theoretical basis for infection prevention and control practice and an understanding of the core principles of infection prevention and control applied to healthcare practice, across health and social care settings.

Learners will critically explore principles and standards underpinning infection prevention and control practice. Working in accordance with national and international guidance this module will help learners to develop advanced infection prevention and control interventions for safe and effective health and social care practice and to critically explore the impact of these interventions on the prevention and management of healthcare associated infections. This module will help learners to develop clinical decision-making and problem-solving skills and to utilise evidence-based, specialised knowledge in care delivery.

Learners will appreciate the value of a collaborative and multidisciplinary team approach to managing infection prevention and control strategies and clinical programmes. Cognisant of the importance of a multidisciplinary stakeholder approach to infection prevention and control education, the module provides specialist teaching, delivered in collaboration with health service partner organisations, including, University of Limerick Hospital Group and the Health Service Executive Mid-West Community Healthcare, CHO 3. *The module can be taken as a stand-alone/University Certificate of Study (UCOS) module or as part of the MSc in Infection Prevention and Control Leadership programme offered by the Department of Nursing and Midwifery. Students can take up to two modules without enrolling on a full programme of study and programme enrolment occurs each Aug/Sept*. 

  • Principles of infection prevention and control e.g., standard infection control precautions and transmission-based precautions
  • Fundamentals of microbiology essential to infection prevention and control.
  • Antibiotic Use, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Antimicrobial Resistance.
  • Management of the Infectious Patient.
  • Decontamination, including e.g., cleaning, disinfection, and sterilisation.
  • Audit, Surveillance and Quality Improvement. 
  • Risk Management in infection prevention and control practice.

Learning outcomes:  

  • Determine the impact of infection prevention and control practices in the management of healthcare associated infections. ·
  • Apply skilful infection prevention and control practices in accordance with national and international evidence-based guidelines. ·
  • Apply a research-based approach to infection prevention and control interventions. ·
  • Analyse approaches to evidence-based practice, surveillance, and audit. ·
  • Argue the value of a multi-disciplinary team approach in managing infection prevention and control. 
  1. A Registered Healthcare Professional on the current Register of a relevant Professional Regulatory Body.   e.g., NMBI, CORU, PHECC.
  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.

9 Credit module : €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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