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B.Sc. in Nursing (Intellectual Disability) (Bachelor Honours Degree)


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CAO Code: DC217
Points Last Year: 395
Duration: 4 yrs
Type of degree: Full-time

Understanding the Course:

Nursing - helping individuals and communities to enjoy the best health possible.

A nurse has two very important roles in the community:

  • to help individuals/communities achieve, maintain or regain the best possible health.
  • to provide comfort, support and dignity in times of illness or death.

Nursing is the professional practice of caring for people and calls for intelligence and empathy. The degree aims to provide students with the personal and professional qualities and skills associated with becoming an effective nurse. Competence in clinical, theoretical, ethical, intercultural and cross disciplinary knowledge is accomplished through a combination of academic and practical learning.

Your academic learning and practical learning will go hand-in-hand and you will be encouraged to reflect on your experiences as you progress through the course.

About You:

If you are a caring individual who feels that you can contribute to the wellbeing of others with intelligence, compassion and enthusiasm, then you will do well in nursing.

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the University (see How to Apply section), the following requirements apply: Standard: OD3 or HD3 Maths PLUS OD3 or HD3 in one of physics, chemistry, biology, physics with chemistry, agricultural science.

Mature Entry
Mature candidates are assessed by the Nursing Careers Centre (NCC) of An Bord Altranais.

Course Structure:

The B.Sc. in Nursing takes a forward-thinking and dynamic approach to healthcare education. The focus of the degree is on the fundamental issues in nursing practice, but disciplines like psychology, sociology, philosophy, law, pharmacology, microbiology and others are an important part of the practice and profession of nursing. This is supported by the inclusion of practice modules, where you will be placed in your chosen area of nursing and helped to practise in the real world the skills you have learned. Practice modules will be under the supervision of registered nurses. In addition, Year Three offers an elective placement.

In Year Four you will spend 36 weeks on an internship with local health service providers. During this time, you will gain further practice-based learning while also taking formal assessments of practice competencies.

Throughout the B.Sc. (Hons) Nursing course, you will be able to relate what is learned in academic modules to the practice setting, and vice-versa.

View the subjects currently taught on this course (2014 - 2015)

  • Dynamic nursing lecturing team.
  • Students are taught mainly on campus.
  • Innovative teaching methodologies.
  • Partners with some of Dublin's busiest and prestigious teaching hospitals and services.

What Our Graduates Say
"DCU''s School of Nursing and Human Sciences is full of very dedicated lecturers that promote a therapeutic style of learning environment which consequently brings forth noticeable academic success of nursing students within the School of Nursing and Human Sciences and nationwide as a whole."
Victor Adeleke, 4th Year Psychiatric Nursing, 2012

"As a mature student returning to study I feel I have made the right decision with undertaking a degree in Psychiatric Nursing in DCU. The lecturers have first-hand experience of working as nurses and bring excellent examples of real-life situations to their teaching. This, together with the wide variety of clinical placements and the excellent facilities within the School of Nursing and Human Sciences, make studying at DCU very rewarding and exciting."
Emma Connolly, 2nd Year Psychiatric Nursing, 2012

"As a mature student, undertaking this course of study was a difficult decision to make. Having almost completed my first year, I have no doubts in my mind that I took the right decision and the right nursing pathway. So far, it has been a wonderful experience all the way through and if I had to choose again, I would choose to study Nursing. If you have a caring nature, it''s the right course for you."
Arinola Esther Ajetunmobi, 1st Year Intellectual Disability Nursing, 2012

"I have just completed my first year studying B.Sc. in Psychiatric Nursing in DCU. I enjoy it and the lecturers are nice and highly motivated. The course is organised and interesting. We have good learning aids, a stimulating and fun learning environment."
Temilola Mariam Sanni, 1st Year Psychiatric Nursing, 2012

Career Prospects:

The B.Sc. (Hons) Nursing course provides you with the pre-registration education you will need to qualify as a general, children's and general, psychiatric or intellectual disability nurse. When you graduate, you will be awarded one of the following qualifications:

 B.Sc. (Hons) Nursing (General)
 B.Sc. (Hons) Nursing (Psychiatric)
 B.Sc. (Hons) Nursing (Intellectual Disability)
 B.Sc. (Hons) Nursing (Children's and General Integrated)

You will also be eligible for professional registration with An Bord Altranais (Irish Nursing Board). Graduates in Nursing are eligible for entry to the professional register, meaning you are qualified for immediate employment in a wide variety of healthcare sectors. You will have many career opportunities in settings such as the community, schools, general practice and occupational health, as well as traditional hospitals and care facilities. In addition, career pathways have been established in clinical practice, management, education and research.

The Irish Nursing Qualification is recognised internationally, so you will have the opportunity to travel and work abroad.

Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate
In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply:

OD3 or HD3 in Mathematics PLUS OD3 or HD3 in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry, Agricultural Science

GCE A Level
In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply:

GCE A-Level D or GCE AS-Level D or GCSE C Mathematics plus GCE A-Level D or GCE AS-Level D or GCSE C in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Agricultural Science.

FETAC Level 5

For details of FETAC requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme your are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go.

Transfer Applications
Applications for entry to first year Nursing are welcomed from students who may wish to transfer from another level 8 course, who have achieved the requisite points and fulfil the requirements of the course.

Mature Applications
Mature candidates should apply through the CAO using the code DC227. Mature candidates are assessed by the Nursing Careers Centre (NCC) of An Bord Altranais. Mature candidates must have applied by the 1st February.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

EU and Non-EU School Leavers/FETAC Level 5/Transfer Applicants
Apply through the CAO by 1st February or 1st May

Mature Candidates
Apply through the CAO by 1st February

School Leavers should apply using the course code DC217

Mature applicants should apply using the course code DC227

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