Pre-nursing graduate, Nicole Bolger shares her success story!

For Nicole, by choosing Portobello Institute, it made her dream come true.

I completed my leaving cert in 2016. Unfortunately, I didn’t get sufficient points to achieve the higher points in CAO for Nursing. However, I felt very passionate about becoming a nurse and would do anything to make this happen.

For me this meant a lot of research across the internet and social media. I looked at reviews and I kept returning to Portobello Institute based on the great feedback from previous students.

The pre-nursing course offered by Portobello Institute was a QQI level 5 Award, and is a full-time course from through October to May.


Maria Nolan was a fantastic tutor, and experienced nurse who knew the ins and outs of the nursing world. She helped me to achieve the best results in my exams and also sharing the best nursing knowledge and experiences she had.

Everything I learned in class, all the theories and skills I took out into the work experience field and it made me feel more confident in my role as a trainee nurse.

I really enjoyed all of our classes and modules, and especially enjoyed organised trips to help relax us from the stress of exams. Our recent trip to the Real Bodies exhibition was memorable.

After working really hard and through the great help from the tutors, I received 9 distinctions. I felt very proud as I worked hard with the help of my tutors was successful. CAO offers came around I was offered my dream course in UCD.

Thanks to the help of Portobello Institute, I’m starting Children’s and General Nursing Level 8 in UCD.

In the future, I see myself as a great nurse and I will thank Portobello Institute for shaping me to be one.

For full details on our pre-university nursing courses please contact Teri Chamberlain on 01 8920000 or teri.chamberlain@portobelloinstitute.ie  

Start your exciting journey by coming along to our Open Evening Thursday 24th August from 5-7pm.