Nurse (General, Psychiatric, Intellectual Disability and Midwifery)

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The nursing profession is divided into a number of different areas of practice including general, psychiatric, intellectual disability and midwifery

To become a registered nurse, you must complete a nursing degree. All training involves a recognised nurse education programme approved by An Bord Altranais. Pre-registration training is an honours degree course (NFQ Level 8) at one of the 14 higher education institutions that offer nurse training. Application is through the Central Applications Office (CAO) and you need to decide what branch or branches of nursing you want to study before you apply. Entry to all courses is highly competitive. Courses take four years full time to complete and are a combination of theoretical and clinical training. Successful completion of the degree course leads to registration with An Bord Altranais. You can go on to take a post-registration programme to specialise as a midwife or in areas such as public health, theatre nursing or critical care. All offers of places on nursing degree programmes are subject to applicants successfully passing Garda clearance and getting health status clearance from the HSE occupational health unit. ACADEMIC ENTRY ROUTES

  1. Obtained required points from a sitting of the Leaving Cert and also have obtained a minimum grade D3 in an ordinary level Laboratory Science subject (Biology ,Physics ,Chemistry, Physics and Chemistry or Agricultural Science
  2. Have completed a suitable QQI/Fetac Level 5 award. Applicants are ranked in order of merit for reserved places
  3. Applicants applying on mature grounds can also be accepted on to approved nursing degree courses. A certain percentage of places are reserved for mature students on each nursing. Applicants applying on mature grounds are assessed by a three part aptitude test (verbal, numerical and job simulation tests)

For more detailed information information and other useful information we would recommend consulting the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Handbook “Nursing/Midwifery A career for you” which is available at the end of the following linked page

Qualifying Courses

BSc (Hons) in General Nursing at WIT. 4 years full time Level 8



BSc (Hons) in Psychiatric Nursing at WIT. 4 years full time Level 8


BSc (Hons) in Intellectual Disability Nursing at WIT. 4 Years full time Level 8


BSc in Nursing Studies at WIT. (Add on course – for nurses qualified to certificate or diploma level) part time level 8.


Nursing Entrance Preparation Course at Kilroy’s College by Distance Learning.



Introductory/Foundation Courses

Listed below are a number of one-year QQI/Fetac nursing studies courses in the region after which it may be possible to progress on to a nursing degree course, though places available to QQI/Fetac level 5 graduates are limited. These courses may also help to confirm that nursing is the right career for you.

Nursing Studies at Waterford College of Further Education .1 year full time QQI Level 5.


Nursing Studies at Ormonde College, Kilkenny. 1 year full time QQI level 5. Contact Ormonde College of Further Education.


Nursing Studies at Central Technical Institute Clonmel. 1 year full time QQI level 5.


Nursing Studies at Colaiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir. 1 year full time QQI Level 5


Nursing Studies at St Ailbes Tipperary Town. 1 year full time QQI level 5.


Nursing Studies at Colaiste Cathail Naofa Dungarvan a one year full time QQI level 5.


Nursing Studies at Enniscorthy Vocational College of Further Education. 1 year full time QQI Level 5.



Nursing Studies at Selskar College, Wexford Town.1year fulltime QQI Level 5


Useful links

Central Applications Office (CAO) Tower House, Eglinton Street Galway +353 (0)91 509 800

Health Service Executive (HSE) Oak House Millennium Park Naas Co Kildare +353 (0)45 880 400

Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (INMO) The Whitworth Building North Brunswick Street Dublin 7 +353 (0)16640600

National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery Unit 6-7 Manor Business Park Manor Street Dublin 7 +353 (0)1 8825 300

Nursing Careers Centre (NCC) An Bord Altranais 18/20 Carysfort Avenue Blackrock Dublin 2 +353 (0)1 639 8500