Understanding the Course:
Understanding Nursing Theory
If you want to build on your professional knowledge and experience as a registered nurse then the Bachelor of Nursing Theory (BNT) degree programme will enable you to gain an honours degree in a flexible and accessible manner.
The BNT is offered for students who reside outside of Ireland. Delivered online, over the course of a one to four-year period, the programme offers you an opportunity to engage with units of learning integral to the practice of nursing. Topics include health policy, nursing practice, management and research, health informatics and teaching and learning in the workplace. All of the units are designed to assist you to meet the challenge of delivering nursing expertise across different complex healthcare settings. Learning is self-paced and a variety of delivery methods are used, offering you a choice of accelerating or slowing down the process of learning as you engage in a series of collaborative activities. On completion of the programme, you will have acquired an ability to reflect critically on your practice and to advance your career across different healthcare sectors and settings. Applications for the BNT are particularly invited from nurses in the United Kingdom.
For entry to this course, you must provide evidence of registration in your country of residence. You must also have:
- A Diploma in Nursing in partnership with a third-level institution; or
- Evidence of academic credits and/or prior learning equivalent to the Diploma in Nursing as specified above; or
- Other appropriate qualification with at least five 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. Overseas applicants for BNT may be required to take a test of English language proficiency. See http://www.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml
The BNT is made up of modules that are units of study. You are required to complete all seven modules successfully. These modules commence in September and end in May, running over two semesters. Lectures are delivered through online/blended learning mode. Each module is divided into three units and tutorials are held at the end of each unit. Tutorials are run over two semesters and are offered online. To introduce you onto 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.
- A unique online course designed to support the changing needs of practising nurses from a variety of healthcare settings.
- Individualised student-centred learning philosophy.
- Supportive online learning environment which uses innovative teaching methods.
- Self-paced and flexible learning programme.
What our Students Say
"Returning to study after a long break and in this new, long-distance format has been such a positive experience for me. I am really enjoying the content of the course and have felt very well supported throughout the year, both by the teaching staff in DCU and the classmates at home and abroad. I would highly recommend it."
Eileen Suter, BNS 2012, Saudi Arabia
The opportunities open to you in the healthcare profession will be significantly enhanced on completion of this course, both at home and abroad. There are also further opportunities for you to continue your professional education as DCU's School of Nursing and Human Sciences offers a taught M.Sc. in Nursing and research Masters Programmes.
To gain access to the BNT course you must provide evidence of registration in your country of residence. 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. Overseas applicants for BNT may be required to take a test of English language proficiency see http://www.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml
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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