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Bachelor of Nursing Studies Online/Blended Learning (Honours) Degree - 1 year

 

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Duration: 1 - 4 Years
Type of degree: Part-time/Modular

Understanding the Course:

Understanding Nursing Studies For nurses already working in the healthcare sector, the Bachelor of Nursing Studies (BNS) is a real opportunity to enhance your knowledge and your career prospects. You can complete the course in one year. The course format is based on distance education, providing all modules using online resources and learning activities. This flexible format makes the course more attractive and accessible to prospective students. The online resources and activities used on the course provide opportunities for both individualised and self-directed learning. This facilitates more flexible participation options and creates new opportunities for collaboration, dialogue and shared knowledge construction between students on the course.

About You:

To gain access to the BNS course you must be a nurse registered with An Bord Altranais. You must also have:

  • A Diploma in Nursing in partnership with a third-level institution,
  • Evidence of academic credits and/or prior learning equivalent to the Diploma in Nursing as specified above, or
  • Hold other appropriate qualification with at least five years' relevant experience, or otherwise submit a portfolio of prior learning and satisfy the School of Nursing and Human Sciences Course Admission Committee that you will have the ability to complete and benefit from the course. You will then be eligible for consideration for admission to the degree course.

Applicants meeting these requirements may be interviewed either in person or by teleconference.

Course Structure:

The BNS course is made up of modules that are units of study. You are required to complete all eight modules successfully. Four modules commence in semester one in September, and four in semester two in February with the programme finishing at the end of May. Lectures are delivered through online/blended learning mode, as described above. Tutorials are run over two semesters and are offered online. To introduce you on the online programme, a dedicated orientation module is also offered to students.

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

  • Experienced knowledgeable and dynamic lecturers.
  • Individualised student-centred learning philosophy.
  • Supportive online learning environment.
  • Self-paced, flexible programme designed to meet the changing needs of practising nurses.

What Our Students Say

"I found the online course fitted in brilliant with my home and work life. The online library and online lectures with podcasts meant I could study when it suited me. Lectures were still available if needed and there were end of semester meetings so I got to know other students" Carol Ann Oragano BNS 2012

Career Prospects:

The opportunities open to you in the healthcare profession both at home and abroad will be significantly enhanced when you complete this course. There are also further opportunities to continue your professional education to Masters level. DCU's School of Nursing and Human Sciences offers a taught M.Sc. in Nursing and research Masters programmes.

Entry Requirements:

To gain access to the BNS course you must be a nurse registered with An Bord Altranais. You must also have:

  • A Diploma in Nursing in partnership with third-level institutions; or

  • Evidence of academic credits and/or prior learning equivalent to the Diploma in Nursing as specified above; or

  • Hold other appropriate qualification with at least 5 years relevant experience, or otherwise submit a portfolio of prior learning and satisfy the School of Nursing Course Admission Committee that you will have the ability to complete and benefit from the course. You will then be eligible for consideration for admission to the degree course.

  • Applicants meeting these requirements may be interviewed either in person or by teleconference.

Closing date for applications is 10th June. Applicants must apply directly to the Registry using the R10B BNS/BNT Direct Application Form.


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