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Biological, Health & Sports Science

CPD - Biological, Health & Sport Sciences

TU Code: TU5297
Course Title: CPD Certificate in Histopathological Dissection
Level: Level 9 
Fee: €650
Award: CPD Certificate
Duration: 1 year
Course type: Postgraduate 
Mode of Study: Part-Time
Method of Delivery: Classroom and practice based learning
Location: Grangegorman
How to Apply: Contact Course Coordinator: 


The CPD Certificate in Histopathological Dissection is delivered in partnership with the School of Biological, Health and Sports Sciences and the Faculty of Pathology and in collaboration with the ACSLM. This level 9 CPD course in histopathological dissection had it first intake of Medical Scientists in January 2016 and is the first of its kind in Ireland. The course was developed in response to the National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026 which recognises the need for the ‘extended roles for biomedical scientists in areas such as macroscopic dissection, to ensure optimal use of highly trained personnel’.

This CPD Certificate in Histopathological Dissection course is designed to develop skills, knowledge and competency to enable Medical Scientists to extend their scope of practice to histopathological dissection. The course currently offers expert modules in histopathological dissection of the specialist tissues; Breast, Skin, Gastrointestinal Tract and Gynaecological with Perinatal, Colposcopy or Gynaecological Oncology. Medical Scientists develop competency in histopathological dissection of a specified tissue to enable their extended scope of practice in histopathology; encompassing tissue specimen description, dissection and analysis for diagnostic Histopathology. This expert training in histodissection practice allows Medical Scientists to play an integral role in quality assured sampling for morphological, immunophenotyping and molecular cancer diagnostics. 

Course Content

Medical Scientists will undertake a substantial programme of integrated theory and practice-based histopathological dissection training of their specified tissue. This competency based-training is captured through the completion of an Evidence-based Portfolio of practice incorporating a specified number, type and complexity of specimens of the specialist tissue. The Evidence-Based Portfolio documents the learning and reflection of histopathological dissection practice, including a case study, cancer trends report (Skin module) and peer-learning. The assessment of the Medical Scientist histopathological dissection competency of the specified tissue is undertaken by the Trainer Consultant Histopathologist.

The course is of 12-month duration. Each Medical Scientist undertaking expert training of a specified tissue is required to attend 2 on-site tuition days at the start of the course. The first tuition day is delivered on-site in the Central Quad in Grangegorman, TU Dublin and the second in a designated Histopathology Laboratory, depending on the specified tissue (either in Cork and/or Dublin). A third on-site tuition day is held in the Central Quad TU Dublin mid-way through the practice-based course.

On completion of all components of histopathological dissection practice as documented in the Evidence-based Portfolio, Medical Scientists will undertake a final assessment of histopathological dissection competency by an independent Consultant Histopathologist who will be a specialist in the specified tissue.

Minimum Entry Requirements

The applicant must be eligible to practice as a Medical Scientist in Ireland and be registered with the Medical Scientist Registration Board of CORU. In addition, applicants must have a minimum of three years post-qualification experience working fulltime as a Medical Scientist in a Histopathology Laboratory preferably accredited to ISO 15189 standard by the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB). 


3 days in-person tuition, 12 months in-practice based training 

Commencement Date

September 2023


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Application Details  
Module Details

TU Code: TU5306
Level: NFQ Level 7
Fee: €950
Award: CPD Certificate
Duration: 10 Weeks, One day a week block release
Course type: Postgraduate
Mode of Study: Part time
Method of Delivery: Classroom
Location: Grangegorman


Effective decontamination of reusable medical devices is an essential component of infection control and is a required standard of patient care in all healthcare settings. This Level 7 CPD course will meet the education and training requirements of all healthcare professionals and industry specialists involved in the safe decontamination of medical devices. The course content is designed to provide students with expert training in the cleaning, disinfection and terminal sterilisation processes employed in the safe decontamination of re-usable medical devices and medical instrumentation.  To support this practice-based tuition, the course  includes key concepts in the microbiological principles that underlie microbial transmission, device-related infection and infection control in the healthcare environment. The standards of practice and validation procedures required to comply with current legislation and quality system standards in safe decontamination are also addressed.

Learning Outcomes

A guiding philosophy in the design of this CPD course is to integrate tuition in the theory and practice of medical device decontamination. Lectures in the principles and processes of medical device decontamination will be supported by practice based-tuition in our state-of-the-art Wassenburg Medical, MDD Training Hub, custom designed to reflect the working practice of a functional sterilisation unit and offer students a real-life learning experience. Microbiology lectures and laboratory sessions in microbial growth, control, transmission and monitoring in device-associated infection will be delivered in a timeline that underpins teaching in the decontamination programme.


The assessment strategy is designed to evaluate both theory and practice-based skills and to enhance the development of transferrable communication skills.  Assessment is comprised of 100% continuous assessment, conducted during the delivery of the module. The assessment is comprised of two elements, a problem-based assignment where the student will be required to conduct and compile a workplace audit and a combined practical skills/theory assessment with validation tasks in medical device decontamination and short note questions decontamination practice and microbiology.