Taught course

Advanced Clinical Practice

University of Limerick · Faculty of Education and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Healthcare clinicians with a professionally and academically accredited BSc (Hons) (level 8 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland recognised ) or equivalent in a health profession* at a minimum award of 2.2 hons level or above.

*health profession such as; Doctors, Nurses, Health and Social Care Professionals. Health and Social Care Professionals encompasses the list of professions regulated under the Health and Social Care Professions Act (2005) Ireland. These are clinical biochemist; dietician; medical scientist; occupational therapist; orthoptist; physiotherapist; podiatrist; psychologist; radiographer; social care worker; social worker; speech and language therapist.

Months of entry


Course content

The PG Cert in Advanced Clinical Practice is designed to enhance graduates’ critical thinking and develop evidence based practitioners as future leaders of effective services. Graduates will obtain in-depth knowledge of an area of Health Sciences to apply to their professional practice.

Students can register on a fulltime or part-time basis. Students must complete one core modules (from two potential core modules) and 2-3 elective modules. The full-time option is completed over one academic semester. In the flexible part-time option, students register for one or two per semester and complete the qualification over two semesters. Offering the programme in this way addresses the educational, professional, clinical and financial demands of the student, the employer and clinical service.

The programme is designed to expand existing professional knowledge and to produce high quality evidence based practitioners who are better positioned to develop their individual disciplines as well as the wider health agenda. They aim to produce graduates who are committed to life long learning. The programme will offer participants the opportunity to critically examine and reflect on their own practice and to implement mechanisms of change to enhance current practice.


Graduates will obtain in-depth knowledge of an area of Health Sciences to apply to their professional practice.They will reflect critically on their own and others’ learning styles and practice.

Programme aims:

  • To discuss professional issues relating to the provision of healthcare services
  • To examine the different sectors of patients/clients, service providers and models of service, and their differing needs
  • To source, critically appraise and synthesise the most up-to-date research
  • To acquire advanced level of clinical reasoning and critical thinking
  • To develop advanced level assessment and identification of service need in the students area of clinical practice
  • To integrate research knowledge with clinical expertise and patient preference to establish the means of providing cost-effective, high quality clinical services

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    6 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    3 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

PG Cert Administrator
+ 353 61 234301