Nursing Studies 5M4349

What is nursing studies?

This one-year course will aim to prepare participants for work with people in a hospital, respite care, social care, community development or residential setting. The nurse needs the social, communication and caring skills to work with individuals and groups. Nursing Studies will lay a foundation for these skills and provide the work experience to put learning into practice. This programme is ideal for both school leavers and experienced mature persons seeking a formal education. The aim of the course is to provide the academic and practical foundation for entry into nursing training as well as the social and human skills necessary for the career.

Course content

A theoretical approach to nursing will be complemented by practical experience.

The following modules will be offered in 2018 subject to availability and demand:

• Nursing Theory and Practice

• Communications

• Anatomy and Physiology

• Word Processing

• Biology

• Work Experience

• Human Growth and Development

• Mathematics

• Care of the Older Person

• Care Skills

• Infection prevention and control


QQI Level 5 in Nursing 5M4349, Patient Handling CPR. Basic First Aid. Child Protection Online Course


Career opportunities

Graduates may pursue a diploma or degree in many of the IT colleges around the country to study General, Psychiatric, Mental Health or Children’s Nursing. They may alternatively seek immediate employment in a range of hospitals, community care, and healthcare initiatives. There are now many nursing degree courses available to graduates on the newly expanded QQI links programme  in colleges like DCU, UCD, Trinity, IT Blanchardstown, Carlow College, Maynooth University (incl. St. Patrick’s College), Athlone IT, DIT, Dundalk IT, Galway Mayo Institute, National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), St.Angela’s College Sligo, University of Limerick, IT Carlow, Letterkenny IT, St Angela’s Sligo,Tralee IT, UCC, and Waterford IT. Nursing graduates can also access one of the over 140 places in First Arts in Maynooth University. The qualification can also be used for entry into third level courses in the Social Care/ Social Studies area. This course will also help you to seek out links to the many nursing degree programmes in the UK like The University of West London, Edge Hill University, Southampton University, Staffordshire University, Liverpool, Bath, South Bank, Edinburgh (Scotland) and Bangor University (Wales), where we have close links.

Higher Education Progression

General Nursing: DCU DC218, Trinity TR 093, Dundalk IT DK 870, UCD DN450

Mental Health Nursing: DCU DC216, Trinity TR095, UCD DN453, Dundalk IT DK874

Intellectual Disability Nursing: DCU DC217, Trinity TR097, Dundalk IT DK872

Midwifery: UCD DN452,Trinity TR913, Dundalk IT DK877


Entry requirements

  • Leaving Cert or LCA
  • Mature Students of all backgrounds
  • Other equivalent qualification
  • All applicants will be interviewed regardless of previous qualifications.