Course Overview

Healthcare simulation education is a bridge between classroom learning and real-life experience. There has been a lack of education and training in how simulation can be used to educate healthcare practitioners or incorporated into existing educational programmes. The main goal of these postgraduate qualifications in Medical and Healthcare Simulation is to prepare the student to design and deliver effective healthcare simulation education.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who Teaches this Course

Paul O'Connor, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)
Dr Dara Byrne, FRCSI MCh MEd CHSE

There are a number of guest lecturers on the programme from medical, nursing, technology & gaming, business and simulation backgrounds including:

  • Ms Brenda Romero game designer at Romero Games
  • Ms. Mairin Murray digital learning technologist
  • Mr. Graham Whiteside nurse and VP sales and marketing at SIMnext 
  • Ms Muriosa O Reilly academic affairs manager ICGP
  • Ms Tara Ryan Procurement Officer NUI Galway
  • Ms Bronwyn Reid McDermott simulation operatives technician NUI Galway
  • Ms Leonie Heskin Surgical Simulation Lecturer RCSI

Requirements and Assessment

Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Simulation

  • An honours Bachelor degree at NFQ Level 8
  • Demonstrated proficiency in English
  • Previous experience or academic qualification

Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Simulation

  • An honours Bachelor degree at NFQ Level 8
  • Demonstrated interest in simulation
  • Demonstrated proficiency in English
  • Previous experience or academic qualification

Masters in Healthcare Simulation

  • An honours Bachelor degree at NFQ Level 8
  • Demonstrated interest in simulation
  • Demonstrated proficiency in English
  • Previous experience or academic qualification

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

An honours Bachelor degree at NFQ Level 8 in a relevant healthcare discipline (e.g., medicine, nursing, speech and language therapy, pharmacy), although applicants with evidence of at least three years’ equivalent professional/academic experience will be considered (e.g., Emergency Medicine Technicians, simulation technicians). Demonstrated proficiency in English. Previous experience, or an academic qualification, in the education and teaching of healthcare professionals. Demonstrated interest in simulation.

Additional Requirements

Duration

Master-24 months; PDip-12 months; PgCert- 6 months

Next start date

September 2017. Please note places are limited and will be assessed and awarded on merit.

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

20

Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date website.

Next start date

September 2017. Please note places are limited and will be assessed and awarded on merit.

NFQ level

Mode of study

The course is delivered as much as possible online. This delivery method allows the student to study at a time that is convenient to them, no matter where they live. The modules are delivered using a combination of multi-media presentations, online discussion boards, and online tutorials. There will also be a need to attend a short period of intensive training at NUI Galway- 2 days for the certificate and 4 days for the diploma).

ECTS weighting

Master 120 ECTS; PDip 60 ECTS; PgCert 30 ECTS.

Award

CAO

PAC code

GYM77 (Master)
GYM76 (PDip)
GYM75 (PgCert)

Course Outline

Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Simulation

The course will be delivered in three sequential eight-week modules during the first six months of the academic year.

  • Module 1. An introduction to simulation and training in healthcare.
  • Module 2. Simulation with manikin and task based trainers.
  • Module 3. Standardised patients, virtual patients, and hybrid simulation.

The course will be assessed by:

  • Student participation and reflection on weekly discussion board activities related to the materials presented during the week of instruction.
  • The completion of e-tivities, and one end of module assignment for each module.
  • Participation and reflection on, simulation-based teaching activities.
  • Demonstration of competency in delivering simulation-based education.

Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Simulation

The course will be delivered in six sequential modules during the academic year.

  • Module 1. An introduction to simulation and training in healthcare.
  • Module 2. Simulation with manikin and task based trainers.
  • Module 3. Standardised patients, virtual patients, and hybrid simulation.
  • Module 4. Running an effective simulation-based education programme.
  • Module 5. Human factors and patient safety in simulation.
  • Module 6. Uses of medical and healthcare simulation beyond education

The course will be assessed by:

  • Student participation and reflection on weekly discussion board activities related to the materials presented during the week of instruction.
  • The completion of e-tivities, and one end of module assignment for each module.
  • Participation, and reflection on, simulation-based teaching activities.
  • Demonstration of competency in delivering simulation-based education.

Masters in Healthcare Simulation

  • Modules 1 to 6 will be delivered during the first academic year. Modules 7 and 8 will be delivered during the second academic year of study.
  • Module 1. An introduction to simulation and training in healthcare.
  • Module 2. Simulation with manikin and task based trainers.
  • Module 3. Standardised patients, virtual patients, and hybrid simulation.
  • Module 4. Running an effective simulation-based education programme.
  • Module 5. Human factors and patient safety in simulation.
  • Module 6. Uses of medical and healthcare simulation beyond education
  • Module 7. Research Methods for Medical and Healthcare Simulation.
  • Module 8. Research Thesis.

The course will be assessed by:

  • Student participation and reflection on weekly discussion board activities related to the materials presented during the research methods module.
  • Completion of module assignments.
  • Completion of a research proposal and methodology paper
  • Completion of a 3,000 to 5,000 simulation-focused research dissertation in the format of a peer-reviewed journal.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

In the last decade, there have been large changes in: under-graduate healthcare education, postgraduate healthcare education, delivery of healthcare, and the working environment. These changes have led to a large investment in simulation centres nationally and internationally. A postgraduate qualification in Medical and Healthcare Simulation will provide the student with the expertise required to deliver simulation-based education in undergrad-uate and postgraduate healthcare teaching environments.

Who’s Suited to This Course

If you are a doctor, nurse, allied health professional (e.g. speech and language, pharmacy, physiotherapy), paramedic or dentist and have an interest in simulation technology, you should consider applying for one of our simulation programmes.

Learning Outcomes

Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Simulation

The certificate in healthcare and medical simulation will prepare the student to design, implement, evaluate and operate simulation-based education in undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare teaching environments. On completion of the certificate the student will be able to use task-based trainers, high and low-fidelity mannequins, standardised patients, virtual, and hybrid simulators.

Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Simulation

The main goal of the Diploma in Healthcare Simulation is to prepare the student to run a simulation centre and use simulation for research, improving patient safety, testing equipment and processes, and integrating simulation into institutional healthcare training, education and delivery systems.

Masters in Healthcare Simulation

Completing a Masters in Healthcare Simulation will prepare the student to deliver healthcare simulation, run a healthcare simulation centre, and carry out research on or using healthcare simulation. 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

EU Fees:
GYM77 - Masters - €5,000 p.a. (€10,000 for 24 month programme)
GYM76 - PG Diploma - €5,000 (12 month duration)

NON EU Fees:  International Students:
GYM77 - Masters - €6,875 p.a. (€13,750 for 24 month programme)
GYM76 - PG Diploma - €6,875 (12 month duration)

Find out More

Visit http://www.simulationmasters.com/

Paul O’Connor
T: +353 91 492 897 | E: paul.oconnor@nuigalway.ie