Nursing (Intellectual Disability)
DC217

Nursing (Intellectual Disability)

Course Details

CAO Code:
DC217
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
- Please see www.qqi.ie for further information
Placement:
Yes
Delivery Mode:
Minimum Points
381
Duration:
yr
Phone:
+353 (0) 1
700 5947

Would you like a career providing holistic care to people with an intellectual disability?

Overview

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In this speciality field, intellectual disability nurses work as part of a cross-disciplinary team that strives to enable and empower people with intellectual disabilities to achieve their full potential.

Intellectual disability can affect two aspects of people’s lives – their intellectual functioning (such as learning, problem solving, judgement) and their adaptive functioning (in activities of daily life such as communication and independent living). During this course, you’ll come to develop the  professional knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll need to care for people with intellectual disability.

Combining theory and clinical practice
You’ll study a diverse curriculum, incorporating both theory and clinical elements. Throughout the course, you’ll go on clinical placements to gain experience in areas such as childhood education and development, disorders of human behaviour, acute nursing and other specialist areas in disability care. Once you graduate, you can ​​register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). 

As an intellectual disability nurse, you could work in acute care, respite care, community facilities, residential facilities, workshops, schools, retirement care, and home nursing. You could also work in disability and healthcare services, in areas such as management, education, other therapies and research. You’ll also be qualified to work abroad or could go on to further study. 

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I have always wanted to become a nurse, as my mum is a nurse, and I took from her example, and I absolutely love it.


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Careers & Further Options

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Careers

Upon graduation, your internationally recognised degree will qualify you to work as an Intellectual Disability Nurse both at home and abroad.

You’ll also be eligible for professional registration with Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

You’ll find work opportunities in the community, schools, general practice, occupational health, and traditional hospitals and care facilities. Career pathways also exist in clinical practice, management, education and research.

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Education
Intellectual Disability Nurse

DCU graduates are highly sought after by employers. Our Graduates work in environments ranging from large multinationals to SMEs, family businesses and start-ups across every sector.

DCU Careers Service has a number of learning and development initiatives in place for our students, giving them the skills they need for a successful career path.

Go to our Careers site to find out more about career planning, our mentorship programme, skills development and online resources for students when working on CVs and making applications.

Entry Requirements

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

Minimum of O6 or H7 in Mathematics and minimum of O6 or H7 in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science

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 and GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level D or GCSE C in one of Physics, Chemistry , Biology, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science

Please visit our QQI FET webpage for details on course requirements, places and cut-off points.

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. Click here for further information on international applications.

Applications for entry to first-year Nursing are welcomed from students who wish to transfer from another Level 8 course, providing they have achieved the requisite points, fulfil the requirements of the course and there are clinical placements available. Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st December to the 1st July.

Course Structure

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Year 1 (All Nursing Disciplines)

  • Personal and Professional Development 
  • Core Nursing Skills 
  • Psychology 
  • Sociology of Health and Illness 
  • Caring and Communication in Nursing 
  • Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Clinical Practice Placements

Year 1 Stream Specialisms

  • General Nursing 
  • Understanding Intellectual Disability 
  • Mental Health Nursing 
  • Children’s Nursing

Year 2 (All Nursing Disciplines)

  • Personal and Professional Development  
  • Clinical Pharmacology for Nursing Practice 
  • Altered Bodily Processes 
  • Research and Nursing Practice  
  • Clinical Practice Placements

Intellectual Disability Nursing Year 2

  • Adulthood and Intellectual Disabilities 
  • Children and Intellectual Disability

Year 3 (All Nursing Streams)

  • Ethics in Nursing 
  • Research and Nursing Practice 
  • Clinical Practice Placement

Intellectual Disability Nursing Year 3

  • Nursing Individuals with Challenging Behaviour 
  • Specialist Approaches in Nursing Practice: Intellectual Disability and Mental Health

Year 3 Options (General, Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Nursing)

  • Palliative Care 
  • Clinical Judgement and Decision Making 
  • Introduction to Critical Care Nursing Working for Inclusion

Year 4 (All Nursing Streams)

  • Nursing Informatics, Management and Leadership 
  • Health Promotion in a Multicultural Context 
  • Research Enquiry 
  • Clinical Practice Placement

Intellectual Disability Nursing Year 4

  • Contemporary Issues

For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Fees

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€7,149 per annum
Non EU Fee
€14,500 per annum

How To Apply

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Applicants presenting EU/FETAC Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

All candidates are required to apply through CAO. Mature Entry is for those that are 23 years of age or older by 1st January in the year of entry, applicants are also required to sit a test. Candidates are assessed by the Nursing Careers Centre (NCC) of An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, NMBI). 

Mature entry route is based on applying for a nursing course via www.cao.ie by 1st February or late application date of 1st May. Applicants can also avail of the change of mind facility on CAO up to 1st July. Although it is possible to make a late application to mature nursing, it is not possible to apply late for other mature entry routes. Other mature entry routes should be applied for by 1st February, to ensure they can engage in any mature assessments.

For details please visit: www.nursingcareers.ie or email: careersinformation@NMBI.ie to request a copy of their nursing and careers booklet.

Applications for entry to first-year Nursing are welcomed from students who wish to transfer from another Level 8 course, providing they have achieved the requisite points, fulfil the requirements of the course and there are clinical placements available. Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st December to the 1st July.

Life On Campus

Life on Campus

At DCU, our students can expect a unique campus experience. We are known for our excellent teaching and learning facilities, our active clubs and societies, and our great social and sporting facilities. All this makes DCU an exciting place to be. 

DCU has three academic campuses; Glasnevin, St. Patrick’s and All Hallows (both in Drumcondra), all close to Dublin City centre. 

They can be reached by public transport, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann, with our Drumcondra campuses a ten minute walk from Drumcondra Train Station. Glasnevin is a 20 minute walk from St Patrick’s and All Hallows. They are also linked by Dublin Bus.

Each campus has a library (O’Reilly, Cregan and Woodlock Hall), study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. There are sports facilities on Glasnevin and St. Patrick’s, and there is a dedicated sports campus, St Claire’s, located near Glasnevin on the Ballymun Road.

DCU’s 19,000 students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, a new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of Languages, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Biotechnology, as well as a Sports Performance centre and a training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

We continue to improve and update our facilities. For example, construction of a new world-class STEM facility is underway on the Glasnevin campus. With capacity for an extra 3,000 STEM students, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines.

Studying in DCU isn’t just about course work. The university is rich in student life and activities.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year. They span everything from rugby to rock climbing, anime to jazz.

For many students, sport is an important part of the DCU experience. DCU’s Sports Complex boasts a 25 metre swimming pool, fitness centre gym, all-weather pitches and squash courts, as well as soccer, GAA and rugby pitches. DCU Dóchas Éireann, the university’s GAA club, is the largest third level Gaelic Games club in the country. Meanwhile, DCU Athletics has been Ireland’s highest achieving university club for many years. And DCU has dozens of other clubs to get involved in, from Archery to Weightlifting. 

The Glasnevin campus is home to our purpose built, state-of-the-art student centre, The U, which serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body. Here, you will find the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub. Also located on our Glasnevin campus is The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

On our St Patrick’s campus, we have the Java Student Hub, a vibrant, warm and welcoming space where students can meet for coffee, play music, use the projector to watch events, or just relax. The walls of the Java Hub were designed based on the cultural history of St Patrick’s Campus, including the special references to the notable sporting history and history of the arts.

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre - Offers a wide range of supports and services to students and advice 

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year 

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules 

Student Learning - facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.

DCU Campus Glasnevin

FAQs

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What is the ratio of practical experience to lecture-based learning?
Approve 50:50

When and where do I complete my hospital placements?
Each year you will have the opportunity to practise nursing in the clinical setting in your linked healthcare service. These are called ‘practice placements’. During Years 3 and 4 longer periods are spent on these practice placements. In the last six months of the nursing programme, students do an internship (paid) in the healthcare setting.

Is there an erasmus as part of the Nursing course?
Erasmus does not currently form part of our Nursing courses.

 

Is DCU all one campus?

 DCU is a multi campus university - the Glasnevin, St Patrick's and All Hallows campuses. The St Patrick's campus is where the Education courses are taught and some of the subjects from the BA Joint Honours degree. There is a 20-25 minute walk between the campuses but there are buses and bikes available to go between them also.

Click here to see maps of all of our campuses

 

If I'm studying on the St Patrick's campus, can I use the library and sports centre on the Glasnevin campus?

Yes, all facilities such as sports and accommodation are open for all DCU students to avail of. 

 

Are there libraries in DCU and if they have wifi and work stations?

We have a brand new state of the art four floor library on our St. Patrick's Campus which complements the existing library on the Glasnevin campus. There is free wifi, work stations as well as desktop computers. 

 

Does DCU provide accommodation?

DCU does have on-campus accommodation for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and you can find out more and apply via the Accommodation Office webpage.