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Biological, Health & Sports Science

CPD - Biological, Health & Sport Sciences

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 programme will meet the education and training requirements of all healthcare professionals and industry specialists involved in the safe decontamination of medical devices.  The programme 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 programme 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 programme 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 of the programme 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.