All applicants should hold a primary degree and be working in the healthcare sector. As there is an emphasis on clinical leadership, ideally applicants should be working in a clinical setting.
For applicants who don’t hold a primary degree, there is a recognition of prior learning (RPL) pathway outlined below.
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:
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:
- Identification – dialogue of particular experiences of an individual
- Documentation – making visible the individuals experiences
- Assessment – formal assessment of these experiences
- 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.