Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Cervical Screening Programme (in conjuntion with CervicalCheck)

Programme overview:
The National Cervical Screening Programme is a quality assured, organised and population-based screening programme that is managed by the National Cancer Screening Service (NCSS). Smeartaker training has been identified as critical in the provision of a quality assured cervical screening programme to the women of Ireland.

Learning outcomes/aims:
On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the rationale behind cervical screening while recognising the importance of the criteria for early detection of cervical cancer
  • Understand the relevant normal anatomy, physiology and cytopathology of the cervix and demonstrate competence in performing cervical smear tests
  • Demonstrate the ability to produce and document, with appropriate history, a quality laboratory sample and dispatch it appropriately
  • Interpret laboratory smear test results accurately and apply screening recommendationsas appropriate to each situation, with explanation of treatment options available for women who return abnormal smear tests or who have cervical cancer
  • Maintain client comfort, safety and confidentiality
  • Initiate and develop greater communication skills to facilitate relationships with both clients and colleagues
  • Develop support and counselling skills in relation to client needs
  • Effectively promote cervical screening
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of CervicalCheck – The National Cervical Screening Programme
Programme structure:
The programme is delivered over 1 day in September and a further day in January followed by an examination in March/April. Students will also be required to complete some online learning as part of this programme.

Entry requirements?
Course participants must be registered or eligible to be registered as smeartakers with CervicalCheck, with access to a smeartaking practice. More information regarding the entry critieria can be found in the prospectus at the bottom of this page.

More information:
If you would like further information on this programme please contact:

Programme Coordinator: Ms Cassandra Kelly (

Programme Director: Dr Sherly George (

More Info & Application Form

Please note this programme is now full


Student Assessment Examination and assessment of clinical competencies
Course fees For information regarding the tuition fee for the academic year 2018/19, please contact the Programme Coordinator