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Cardiac Rehabilitation (PgCert)
This fully online postgraduate qualification equips students with the knowledge and skills required to make meaningful contributions to cardiac rehabilitation practice. The scientific evidence for cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation is compelling. As such, evidence-based practice features strongly together with multidisciplinary approaches to the comprehensive delivery of high-quality care. The effective implementation of intensive lifestyle and medical risk factor management together with enabling psychosocial health and wellbeing are cornerstone.
Unique features of this programme include:
- Flexible learning: Delivered online using scheduled remote tutorials and workshops coupled with directed study, enabling students to simultaneously maintain professional roles in clinical practice or manage other commitments whilst completing their studies.
- Delivered in partnership with the National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health (NIPC): This partnership enables an exceptional opportunity for students to interact with leading experts as well as engage in cutting-edge research and further opportunities in cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation.
- Interdisciplinary expert teaching faculty: Students from a variety of backgrounds from all over the world interact with international leaders and clinical specialists from cardiology, nursing, nutrition, exercise, behavioural medicine and public health.
The course addresses the latest evidence-base, implementation of best-practice guidelines and healthcare policy, behavioural change strategies, lifestyle approaches to risk factor modification, psychosocial health and medical management of risk factors including hypertension, dyslipidaemia, diabetes mellitus, obesity and smoking. Outcome measures, health technology and innovation in service design also feature strongly to enable programme uptake and high-quality delivery.
Applications and Selections
Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System.
Who Teaches this Course
This course is delivered by an interdisciplinary teaching faculty of leading experts and clinical specialists in cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation:
Specialist nurse in cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation. Past-President of Irish Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation (IACR).
Specialist nurse in tobacco cessation.
Specialist dietitian in cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation.
Specialist physiotherapist in cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation.
Dr Catriona Jennings
Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist.
Dr Susan Connolly
Consultant Cardiologist; Clinical Lead in Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.
Specialist Physiotherapist in Cardiac Rehabilitation; Past President of Irish Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation.
Specialist Physiotherapist; Healthy Ireland Project Lead.
Professor Derek O’Keeffe
Consultant Endocrinologist and Expert in Diabetes and Technology & Innovation.
Professor Francis Finucane
Consultant Endocrinologist and Expert in Obesity.
Health Health Behaviour Change Research Group and School of Psychology at University of Galway
The team contribute to teaching across content in health behaviour change, psychosocial health, sexual health and medication adherence.
Discipline of Health Promotion at University of Galway
The team contribute to teaching across content in health promotion approaches to cardiovascular health and diabetes prevention.
Professor Robyn Gallagher
Expert in Digital Health and Current President of the International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.
Requirements and Assessment
Successful applicants will possess at least a Second Class Honours, Grade 1 degree (or equivalent) in a health care discipline or related subject area (e.g., medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, dietetics, sport and exercise science, clinical or health psychology, pharmacy, health promotion, public health etc). For those who do not hold a primary degree at the required level, consideration will also be given to applicants with relevant work experience, background knowledge and skills.
Overseas students will need to satisfy the University’s English Language requirement of IELTS 6.5 or above (or equivalent).
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
5 months, part-time
Next start date
January 2024 | January 2025
A Level Grades ()
QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes
For Entry January 2024, closing date = 16 December 2023
For Entry January 2025, closing date = 9 December 2024
Mode of study
The Postgraduate Certificate in Cardiac Rehabilitation involves students participating in a 30 ECTS Level 9 module that runs from the first week of January to the end of May each year. This module is delivered fully online with scheduled virtual tutorials and workshops taking place typically 1–2 Thursday/Friday evenings (3-7 pm) and 1 Saturday per month.
- Unit 1: Evidence, Guidelines and Practice of Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Unit 2: Behaviour Change and Education
- Unit 3: Intensive Risk Factor Management
- Unit 4: Current Perspectives and Future Advances in Cardiac Rehabilitation
Each Unit above has an associated assessment which are all in the form of essays or equivalent, e.g., written assignments, poster presentations, case reviews. There are no exams—coursework accounts for 100% of the assessment.
Why Choose This Course?
There is an array of employment opportunities in public health, health promotion, healthcare management, academic and research settings and the pharmaceutical industry. Graduates of the course with a clinical background will also specifically benefit from career advancement in the specialty of cardiac rehabilitation as well as cardiovascular health more broadly.
Who’s Suited to This Course
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €4,000 towards your tuition (2024/25). You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee. A P1 grant is where SUSI will pay tuition up to a maximum of €6,270. SUSI will not cover the student levy of €70.
Postgraduate fee breakdown = Tuition (EU or NON EU) + Student levy as outlined above.
Note to non-EU students: learn about the 24-month Stayback Visa here.
Find out More
Dr Jennifer Jones,
E: jennifer.jones@ universityofgalway.ie
What Our Graduates Say
Ruth Coleman | Senior Physiotherapist, Department of Health
I decided to undertake the Cert to ensure that clinically I was working to the highest standards of evidence available and that our service was optimised to ensure our patients met their goals also. While it was challenging to get back into the domain of research and online education, I really enjoyed the course and felt that we received a broad spectrum of knowledge and experiences while also meeting my objectives. I look forward to bringing in changes to how I work with the confidence the course has provided me with and am happy to recommend it to all professionals working or hoping to work in the area.