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Disability: Prospective students
Thinking about studying medicine, pharmacy or physiotherapy?
Great! But before you make that decision you will need to do plenty of research to find out if the course you are interested in is a suitable match for you in terms of your academic abilities, physical and social abilities, aptitudes and values. You are strongly advised to find out as much as possible about the course of study and occupation that you hope to pursue so that you have a realistic view and can make informed occupational choices.
There are several ways that you can find out more information about your potential career and aademic course. In terms of really understanding the demands of a career one of the best ways is to try and experience the working environment of a person actually doing the job. For example, work experience or a holiday job in a healthcare setting is useful. Asking to meet and 'shadow' a professional at work for a liited time (even if it is only for part of the day) also provides some insights into what the job is really like. Even if you can not be present at the worksite then maybe y ou can ask to interview the person.
In terms of RCSI courses, it is important that you attend our Open Day, which is held annually in January. This is an excellent opportunity to talk with academic staff who deliver the various programmes, to disucss the curriculum and its demands, and to emet with some of our students on the various programmes. This advice applies to all candidates applying for RCSI programmes. A candidate with a disability is no different in this regard but may also need to consider if any additional support measures are required to allow them to successfully complete the programme and then practice in the work environment.
The disability officer is available to discuss issues related to study at RCSI with prospective students who have disabilities or ongoing illnesses.
Prospective students don't have to wait until applying for a course at RCSI, we are happy to speak with you at any time during the year. If you would like to visit RCSI to discuss how accessible the campus is for you, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Guide to the RCSI Disability Support Service
The Disability Support Service is located in the Student Services Office and all disability issues are managed by the disability officer. The office is open Monday to Friday from 9:15am to 5:15pm and operates an open door policy within these hours. However, in order to ensure that your needs are met in a timely manner you may wish to request an appointment with the disability officer. This can be done calling into the office, by email to email@example.com, by telephone +353 1 402 2106.
The aim of the service is to provide disability-related support(s) that will enable a student with a disability to participate and succeed in all aspects of College life. Whether you need information, advice or practical assistance, the disability officer is your first point of contact. You may have questions or want to request support in relation to examinations, the library, assistive technology or other areas of College life. But before we can arrange any of this you must make contact and officially register with the service.
Registration and confidentiality
At your first meeting the disability officer will ask you to register with the service. It is an RCSI requirement that all students seeking assistance register with the Disability Support Service. Registration involves completing some forms and providing proof of the relevant condition. In the event that you request particular supports you will also be asked to sign a consent form so that the disability officer may disclose to staff members or others as necessary, details of your disability-related need. Information will only be disclosed to the extent necessary to meet your needs. Staff members or others in question will in turn be required to maintain complete confidentiality. If you have any concerns about confidentiality please contact the disability officer for further clarification.
We use the term 'reasonable accommodation' as an umbrella term for any additional disability-related supports that you may need. Our reasonable accommodation policy and procedure is central to helping you get the support you need. If you have any additional questions please contact the disability officer.
The term 'reasonable accommodation' is taken throughout this policy to be that contained in the the Equal Status Acts 2000 to 2011.
Applying for a place at RCSI
RCSI is particularly keen to welcome applications from suitably qualified students with a disability. It is RCSI policy to ensure that the admissions process is fair to all applicants and to ensure this the case the College adopts positive action measures in the admissions process to increase the participation rates of those applicants who have traditionally been under-represented in third level education.
Read our detailed information about RCSI Admission policies and procedures.
Frequently asked questions
Will my disability prevent me from studying at RCSI?
No. There is no disability that prevents you from studying at RCSI. The Disability Support Service works with students with many different kinds of disabilities, which include:
- Specific learning disabilities, e.g. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), dyslexia, dyspraxia
- Deaf or hard of hearing
- Blind or low vision
- Mobility impairment
- Mental illness
All of the buildings at RCSI are accessible. This includes:
Lifts to basement and upper floors of both RCSI buildings (121 and 123 St Stephen's Green)
- Leaving Cert and HPAT results and academic achievement in subjects relevant to the course you apply for, as shown by Leaving Certificate/HPAT results and any other academic qualifications
- The impact of your disability on academic achievement to date
- Your potential to participate successfully in your chosen programme, as shown in the Supplementary Information Form you submitted to the CAO.
Getting your place at RCSI
How do I accept my place?
- Apply to the CAO before the closing date for your chosen course
- Tick the disability/specific learning disability box on the CAO application form
- Provide the CAO with the supplementary information form by the CAO deadline
- Accept your place through the CAO
- Attend RCSI orientation and registration events
- Register with the Disability Support Service at the beginning of the semester so you have your supports when you need them. This will include setting-up a meeting with the disability officer and completing the necessary documentation.
We hope this information has helped you with the CAO application process and answered some of your questions about studying at RCSI.
If you have any further queries, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Admissions Office at email@example.com.