ProfCert Heart Failure

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 10)

The Professional Certificate Heart Failure Nursing is a 10 ECTS level 9 programme that is based on the curriculum developed by UCD and The Heart Failure Association & Council of Nursing & Allied Professionals of the European Society of Cardiology. It focuses on the role of the nurse in the care of persons with heart failure. This course will provide the nurse with an opportunity to develop, enhance and maintain the specialist skills that are required to care for patients with heart failure.

This course will provide you with professional currency and credibility in the clinical setting. You will be afforded a rewarding educational experience which you can apply directly in clinical practice. The key knowledge and skills gained on this course will also enable you to innovate and lead in your area of practice. 

Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

All registered nurses who provide clinical nursing care to persons with heart failure.

The Professional Certificate in Nursing Studies (Heart Failure) aims to:

  • Assist students to gain advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes based on a holistic view of the patient throughout the continuum of care.
  • Develop a greater understanding of the holistic principles which underpin the various aspects of nursing particularly in relation to heart failure.
  • Provide students with an opportunity for personal growth and professional development.
  • Develop skills to enhance their professional practice, including physical assessment skills, critical analysis, creative thinking, decision making, and communication skills.

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The Professional Certificate in Heart Failure Nursing consists of one 10 credit module.

We use a range of teaching methods including lectures, workshops, seminars and discussion forum. 

Students will be invited to attend classes on campus (usually three times during the programme) which includes assessment.

Module learning outcomes will be assessed via an online student forum and a poster presentation.


If the fees for your programme are being paid by a third party (full or partial), please ensure your funding organisation/sponsor/hospital contacts Please note this is not a student facing email address.

Student Queries

If you have any queries about your fees, please contact the Student Desk:

Application Fee

Please note that all applicants are required to pay the €60 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

More information about fees is available on the UCD website at the link below:

Entry Requirements

  • Must hold a primary degree or equivalent in Nursing or a related discipline.

  • Must be entered onto the appropriate division of the Nurses Register maintained Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

  • A Higher Diploma or Graduate Diploma in Cardiovascular Nursing is desirable, but not essential.

  • Must have at least one year’s post-registration experience at time of application.

  • Be employed as a registered nurse providing clinical nursing care to persons with heart failure.

Documents Required

Please forward copies only – NO ORIGINALS at this stage

  • Photocopy of current An Bord Altranais Registration & PIN
  • Transcripts of Academic Study (unless previous UCD student)
  • Photocopy of Birth Cert/Passport (unless previous UCD student)
  • Photocopy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  • Proficiency in English (applicants whose native language is not English)
  • One completed Professional Reference Form (current Clinical Nurse Manager)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL may be granted in respect of individual modules if applicants can demonstrate that the modules' learning outcomes have been achieved through prior credentialled or experiential learning. In some cases, where an applicant does not meet the prerequisites for entry to a programme, an RPL application may be considered. Further information can be found in respect of this here.


The following entry routes are available:

Prof Cert Heart Failure Nursing (Jan) PT (X776)
4 Months
Part Time

Does this programme have an official conferring ceremony?

Please note there is no online or in-person conferring ceremony for this programme. Your parchment will be posted to you by UCD Conferring.