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Nursing Studies - Full Time

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7 months


QQI Level 5


Awarding Body

Start Date

Start Date
October 2019

Nursing Studies - Full Time

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

This course introduces students to the caring role of the nurse and emphasises 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.

Entry through CAO on to a Nursing Degree

For certain programmes in Higher Education Institutes, there is a quota of places reserved for students holding QQI major awards.  When applying for one of these places, it is the results of the QQI Level 5 award in Nursing Studies used rather than leaving certificate results.

The link below gives the exact number of places available on each nursing programme in each of the Higher Education Institutes in Ireland.

QQI Level 5 Major Award in Nursing Studies - 5M4349

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. Acceptance to Full Time courses is interview based, there are no specific points requirements.

The schedule of this course is condensed and is delivered over 2 days per week, usually Monday and Wednesday (TBC). There is an assignment clinic on an additional day from week 4 where students can book one-to-one time with their tutor. It is not necessary to attend the assignment clinic every week.

  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. Introduction to Nursing
  9. Safety and Health
  10. Occupational first aid (additional fee)


Course price €2995

Protection for Learners Insurance fee: €166


Thanks to the nursing course I was accepted onto Children’s and General Nursing Level 8 in UCD.

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.Full story

Nicole Bolger

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Course Code Location & Info Price
HPNS-F-DS-OC-19 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

Two days per week, 10am-5.30pm & assignment clinic from week 4
€2995 Book Now
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