The Pre-Nursing course is designed as a programme of preparatory study to enter a degree course in Nursing Studies. Students undertaking this course can also apply for training positions in General Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Intellectual Disability Nursing and Children's Nursing.

Nurses look after people who are unwell or who, for some reason, need special care. They provide care and advice for patients, and work in a variety of settings. The Pre-Nursing course introduces students to the caring role of the nurse and emphasis's the importance of interpersonal communication. It equips them with the skills and knowledge to care for patients in a safe and hygienic environment.

Students will learn the basic principles of infection control and are taught to apply standard precautions in relation to infection control. They will learn the structure and function of the human body and gain an understanding of the interrelationship between the systems of the body. They study the levels of personal development to understand the concepts of mental age and chronological age in order to be able to relate to people at a level appropriate to their needs.

Qualifications Gained

  • QQI Level 5 Major Award Certificate in Nursing Studies (5M4349)

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.

Course Structure

This is a distance learning course with a combination 11 scheduled workshops.  Please see at schedule of workshops here. Dates/times and modules may change due to circumstances beyond our control, you will be contacted in advance if any changes arise.

* Students can enroll on this course at any time of the year. If students are using this course to progress onto an undergraduate degree in nursing you must complete all modules within one academic year.

Course Content Modules

  1. Anatomy & Physiology
  2. Care Support
  3. Communications
  4. Human Growth and Development
  5. Infection Prevention and Control
  6. Work Experience
  7. Care Skills
  8. Nursing Theory & Practice
  9. Safety and Health
  10. Occupational First Aid (additional fee)



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