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Clinical Leadership (Online)

Professional Diploma
RCSI Graduate School of Healthcare Management, Dublin

Entry requirements

  • All applicants must hold a primary degree at Level 8 NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications) - For applicants who don’t hold a primary degree, there is a recognition of prior learning (RPL) pathway outlined below.
  • Applicants should be working in healthcare industry
  • Applicants (unless exempt) must meet the English Language Requirements - English proficiency test - IELTS score of 6.0 or the equivalent score on another standardised test.

There are two exceptions to the above:

  • If you are a native speaker of English and have completed your undergraduate education in an English institution in a country where English is the official language.
  • If you were admitted to and graduated from an English medium institution and can provide evidence that you acquired a minimum TOEFL score of 500 on the paper-based test (or its equivalent on another standardised test) upon admission to your undergraduate programme.

Recognition of prior learning

The RCSI regulations for RPL provide a process and framework for validating and placing a value on prior learning for the purpose of:

A. Admission

B. Exemption

C. Advanced entry/transfer between programmes

The EU Council (2012) defines validation as a process of confirmation by an authorised body that an individual has acquired learning outcomes measured against a relevant standard which consists of four distinct phases:

  1. Identification – dialogue of particular experiences of an individual
  2. Documentation – making visible the individuals experiences
  3. Assessment – formal assessment of these experiences
  4. Certification – the results of the assessment

These regulations are intended for use by the RCSI staff and faculty involved in admissions processes relating to applicants seeking assessment of their prior learning for the purposes of admission, exemption or advanced entry/transfer between programmes and to provide clarity and direction for candidates during their application process.