ProfCert Spinal Studies

Academic Year 2020/2021

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 10)

Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Graduate physiotherapists and medical doctors.

This certificate aims to educate healthcare professionals on the science of the vertebral column. It addresses the fundamentals of common pathologies and recent developments in treatment. Students will develop their knowledge base of functional anatomy and spinal pathology to allow them to recognise clinical patterns for diagnosis and delegation / referral. 

Core subjects include: 1) function and anatomy; 2) degenerative thoracic and lumbar spine; 3) degenerative cervical spine; 4) spinal deformity; 5) spinal trauma and 6) spinal tumours and infections. On-line subjects are: 7) sport and the spine; 8) occupational health and the spine and 9) medical conditions affecting the spine. Special topics of interest also include: isokinetics, spinal manipulations, core stability, stratified care and imaging modalities. 


    On completion of this certificate, you have be able to: 

    1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of spinal functional anatomy                                                                                         

    2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of spinal pathology and clinical examination                                                                 

    3. Take a focused spinal subjective history and perform a complete clinical examination                                                                     

    4. Understand the degenerative process and patients' needs along this spectrum                                                                                 

    5. Create a problem list and treatment plan from a spinal patient presentation                                                                                     

    6. Consider alterantive evidence based diagnoses and treatments


    ProfCert Spinal Studies (X869) Part Time
    EU          fee per year - € 1240
    nonEU    fee per year - € 2845

    ***Fees are subject to change

    Graduate healthcare professionals with a recognised degree in Medicine, Physiotherapy or Nursing*

    *Advanced Nurse Practitioner (in Rheumatology, Orthopaedics or Emergency Medicine) 

    The following entry routes are available:

    Prof Cert Spinal Studies PT (X869)
    6 Months
    Part Time
    Rolling *

    * Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised