ProfCert Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adults)

UG Certificates & Diplomas (level 8 nfq)

The Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures provides the Registered Nurse with the requisite knowledge, skill, and competence to refer for radiological procedures safely and effectively in accordance with legal and professional regulatory frameworks and standards. This is a 10 ECTS* credit, level 8 NFQ** special purpose award. There are three programme options:

  1. X905 Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures (Child)
  2. X906 Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult)
  3. X907 Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult & Child)

These programmes are delivered by lecturers from the UCD School of Medicine - Department of Radiography and Diagnostic Imaging in collaboration with UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems

Prior to applying to UCD:

  • Please discuss local 'referral for radiological procedures' policies, procedures, and guidelines with Nurse Practice Development in the context of your application. 
  • Please determine your potential scope of referral practice based on service need with the medical consultant and the DON 
  • Please contact your DON and complete a Site Declaration Form (click on ‘Documents to Be Submitted with your Application’ to access and download this form).  Please complete this form in full prior to making an application. This form may take several weeks to complete

Please note: 

  • To be eligible to apply you must have successfully completed a module in Health Assessment (to include physical examination skills) (minimium level 8 NFQ).  
  • There are a limited number of places available on this programme.  All applications will be reviewed after the closing date and offers made in July. Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis to applicants who meet the entry criteria, have uploaded fully complete required documentation and paid the application fee.  Once capacity is reached, no further offers will be made. You are advised to apply early so as to avoid disappointment

The Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director HSE funds all registered nurses employed in the HSE to undertake this education programme. 

You may also be interested in viewing the University Certificate Prescribing Medicinal Products and Referring for Radiological Procedures which combines two programmes into one (i.e. the 'Prescribing Medicinal Products' and the 'Referring for Radiological Procedures'). 

* ECTS - European Credit Transfer System

** NFQ - National Framework of Qualifications

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

Applicants must be currently registered in a division of the NMBI Register for the following progamme options: 

  • X905 Referring for Radiological Procedures (Child)  -  Applicants must be registered as a nurse and/or a children's nurse in the NMBI RegisterX905 
  • X906 Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult)  -  Applicants must be registered as a nurse in the NMBI Register 
  • X907 Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult and Child)  - Applicants must be registered as a nurse in the NMBI Register

It is recommended that applicants have the equivalent of a minimum of one-year post-registration experience.

Please note:  If you are a Registered General Nurse and a Registered Children’s Nurse and will be working with both adults and children for the duration of this education programme, you are strongly advised to choose X907 Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult and Child).  If you choose the Child only option and at a later date in your career you wish to refer an adult for a radiological procedure, then you will have to complete the Adult only education programme first. The same applies if you choose the Adult only education programme and at a later date in your career you wish to refer a child for a radiological procedure, you will at that point have to complete the Child only education programme before referring a child for any radiological procedure.

Upon successful completion of the Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult) education programme, the Registered Nurse will have acquired the knowledge, skill, and competence to refer adults for radiological procedures in a safe and effective manner within their scope of practice. 

At the end of this programme you will be able to:

  • Critically utilise evidence-based knowledge and skill in conducting a person’s assessment and consultation to achieve a holistic approach to a person’s care when referring for medical radiological procedures
  • Apply clinical decision-making skills in relation to referring persons for medical radiological and other imaging procedures within their scope of practice
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the legislative and regulatory framework associated with nurse authority to refer persons for medical radiological procedures, including professional guidelines, supporting safe practice
  • Know the justification process
  • Demonstrate an understanding of medical radiological procedures and other imaging procedures and their implication in a person’s safety
  • Understand the principles of radiation protection of the person and staff
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and knowledge of the role of the multidisciplinary team management involved for the safe and appropriate use of medical radiological procedures and other imaging procedures
  • Understand the role of the practitioner in the referral process
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the person and practitioner safety

View All Modules Here

September – December (Autumn Trimester)

Choose one programme:

X905 Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures (Child)

  • RDGY30780 Referring for Radiological Procedures
  • NMHS33920 Clinical Practicum Referring

OR

X906 Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult)

  • RDGY30790 Referring for Radiological Procedures
  • NMHS33900 Clinical Practicum Referring

OR

X907 Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult and Child)

  • RDGY30770 Referring for Radiological Procedures
  • NMHS33910 Clinical Practicum Referring

2023 Indicative Schedule

Autumn Trimester (September - December)

Module:  Referring for Radiological Procedures

This is a theoretical module with content front loaded at the beginning of term.  All lectures are delivered live online and are scheduled as follows:

  • 14/09/23* Thursday 08.00 - 16.30pm live online lectures (Adult, Child and Adult & Child options)
  • 15/09/23* Friday 08.00 - 12.30pm live online lectures (Adult, Child, and Adult & Child options)
  • 15/09/23* Friday 13.00 - 16.30pm live online lectures (Child, and Adult & Child options)

Module:  Clinical Practicum Referring for Radiological Procedures

The clinical module is delivered over a 12 week period (September - December).  Clinical instruction equates to 100 hours supervised practice by a designated medical practitioner in the area in which the student is employed.   Students complete ten referral for radiological procedure case studies under the supervision of the medical practitioner.   Each case is logged in the students clinical portfolio of evidence as a demonstration of competence.

Lectures in respect of clinical competence, clinical assessment, scope of practice and use of the clinical portfolio are scheduled as follows:

  • 21/09/23*  Thursday 16.00 - 17.30pm Live online lecture (Adult, Child, and Adult & Child options)
  • 28/09/23* Thursday  16.00 - 17.30pm Live online lecture (Adult, Child, and Adult & Child options) (Q&A session)
  • 05/10/23* Thursday  16.00 - 17.30pm Live online lecture (Adult, Child, and Adult & Child options) (Q&A session)

*Please note: 

  • Online learning requires a high level of personal motivation, self-discipline, and an aptitude for self-directed learning. Brightspace (a web-based virtual learning environment) is used extensively.
  • Access to broadband and proficiency in computer skills are essential.  
  • All dates and times are provisional and subject to change

ProfCert Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adults) (X906) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 1810
nonEU    fee per year - € 4850

***Fees are subject to change

Funded Students: Employees of Health Services Executive Voluntary and Statutory Services 

If your Director of Nursing supports your application, and if you are an employee of the Health Services Executive Voluntary and Statutory Services, then the HSE will fund you to undertake this education programme. However if you fail to submit a fully complete up to date Referring for Radiological Procedures Site Declaration Form to the HSE ONMSD (i.e.nurse.prescribing@hse.ie) prior to the UCD application closing date, funding will be withdrawn.  Please note, HSE funded applicants must pay the €60 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

Funding:

If the fees for your programme are being paid by a third party (full or partial), please ensure your funding organisation/sponsor/hospital contacts student.payments@ucd.ie. 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:

www.ucd.ie/askus

https://www.ucd.ie/students/studentdesk/

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:

  • Be currently registered in a division of the NMBI live Register for the following programme options:  

  1. Adult  -  Applicants must be registered as a nurse in the NMBI Register 

  2. Adult and Child  - Applicants must be registered as a nurse in the NMBI Register

  3. Child -  Applicants must be registered as a nurse and/or a children's nurse in the NMBI Register 

  • Provide evidence of having successfully completed a module in Health Assessment (to include physical examination skills) (minimium level 8 NFQ)

  • Be currently employed as a Registered Nurse and or Registered Children’s Nurse in the area in which you wish to practice for the duration of the programme

  • Have a minimium of one year post registration experience

  • Have completed a Site Declaration Referring for Radiological Procedures From signed by the Director of Nursing, Clinical Medical Supervisor and Head of Radiology (Consultant Radiologist) agreeing to provide you with support and clinical supervision towards the achievement of the required competencies for the duration of the programme
  • If HSE funded, have applied and secured funding approval prior to apply to UCD

Documents Required

  • A validated copy of successful completion of a module in Health Assessment (to include physical examination skills) (minimum level 8 NFQ)

  • Certificates of nursing qualifications or validated copies of awards

  • Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non-UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translation where relevant

  • A current photocopy of your NMBI registration (to include division of register)

  • A copy of your birth certificate or personal page of current passport

  • Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)

  • Site Declaration Form (Referring for Radiological Procedures) (Only up to date Site Declaration Forms are accepted)

  • If HSE funded, a copy of the HSE ONMSD email verifying approval of funding

Please note: Failure to submit the required documentation or parts thereof prior to the application closing date will result in your application being rejected.

  • Next intake:  Sept 2024
  • Application system opens: 1st May 2024
  • Closing date: 30th June 2024

Applications are made online through UCD Applications. 

Please note that all applicants are required to pay a €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

Apply online

Please note: 

  • To be eligible to apply you must have successfully completed a module in Health Assessment (to include physical examination skills) (minimium level 8 NFQ).  
  • There are a limited number of places available on this programme.  All applications will be reviewed after the closing date and offers made in July. Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis to applicants who meet the entry criteria, have uploaded fully complete required documentation and paid the application fee.  Once capacity is reached, no further offers will be made. You are advised to apply early so as to avoid disappointment

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.