BSc (Hons) in General Nursing
Four great reasons to consider this course
- Internationally recognised degree will qualify you to work as a nurse both at home and abroad
- Small class sizes
- State of the art clinical skills laboratories
- Variety of clinical placement sites through the North East region
The aim of the four-year BSc (Hons) in General Nursing course is to prepare general nursing students to become competent, knowledgeable and accountable nurses who can provide holistic, evidence-based care for service users in a variety of health care settings. Learning takes place in the classroom, Clinical Skills Laboratory and in a variety of clinical practice settings throughout the Dublin and North East region.
The aim of the BSc (Hons) in General Nursing course is to prepare students to meet the Standards and Requirements of Pre-Registration Nurse Education for General Nursing (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, 2016). On successful completion of this course the student is eligible to register with NMBI as a General Nurse (RGN) and is awarded a BSc. (Hons) In General Nursing.
This four-year full-time degree course is offered in partnership with the Health Service Executive, RCSI Hospital Group and other health service providers (HSPs) from both the public and private healthcare sectors.
YEAR 1 - Semester 1:
- Safe Healthcare Practice 1
- Natural Sciences for General Nursing (Part 1)
- Learning to Learn
- Foundations of General Nursing Practice
- Introduction to the Social Sciences of Health and Illness
- Clinical Placement 1
YEAR 1 - Semester 2:
- Safe Healthcare Practice 2
- Natural Sciences for General Nursing (Part 2)
- Older Person and Community Health
- Specialist Nursing and Maternity Care
- Communication and Interpersonal Skills
- Clinical Placement 1
YEAR 2 - Semester 1:
- Cardiovascular and Respiratory Nursing (Part 1)
- Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Disease (Part 1)
- Musculoskeletal Nursing
- Mental Health in General Nursing
- Applied Physiology and Introduction to Pharmacology
- Clinical Placement 2
YEAR 2 - Semester 2:
- Cardiovascular and Respiratory Nursing ( Part 2 )
- Psycosocial Aspects of Helath and Disease (Part 2)
- Gastrointestinal Nursing
- The Research Process
- Oncology and Haematological Nursing
- Clinical Placement 2
YEAR 3 - Semester 1:
- Neurological, Endocrine, ENT & Opthalmology Nursing
- Chronic Illness and Older Adults
- Pharmacology for General Nursing Practice
- Quality, Risk and Safety in Healthcare
- Clinical Placement 3
YEAR 3 - Semester 2:
- Renal and Reproductive Nursing
- Palliative Care and End of Life Care
- Ethical and Legal Practice General Nursing
- Evaluating Research
- Clinical Placement 3
YEAR 4 - Semester 1:
- Research Proposal
- Assessment and Management of the Acutely Ill Adult
- Clinical Leadership and Management for Professional Nursing Practice
- Contemporary Nursing Practice
- Clinical Placement 4
YEAR 4 - Semester 2:
- Internship General Nursing (36 Weeks)
During the course, you will study nursing, caring, communication, health and wellbeing, biological and social sciences, psychology, law, management and ethics. This course is a full-time 4-year programme and includes practice placements throughout the North East region.
Registered General Nurses are currently in high demand at home and abroad. Graduates can apply for positions at Staff Nurse grade. Post-graduate opportunities are plentiful in a variety of clinical practice specialities facilitating progression to the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist / Advanced Nurse Practitioner. In addition, graduates can also progress to MSc. and PhD level and a career in Nursing Research, Education and Management.
Opportunities for postgraduate study at Postgraduate Diploma, Masters and PhD levels in related areas such as clinical practice, education and management.
Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:
H5 Grades in two higher level papers and O6/H7 in four ordinary or higher level papers in the following subjects:
- English or Irish (not Foundation level)
- Mathematics (not Foundation Level)
- A Laboratory Science subject (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physics and Chemistry, or Agricultural Science)
- Three other subjects
- PLUS Minimum Points Score of 300.
Northern Ireland/UK Entry Requirements:
Applicants must meet the matriculation requirement of 6 different subjects which must include:
- Mathematics at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
- A Laboratory Science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) at A Level or GCSE Pass or GCSE Grade CC in Double Award Science
- English (or Irish) at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
- Two subjects at either:
- ‘A Level’ (Grade A* - C)
- AND/OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - C)
- AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction).
- AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction)
- OR BTEC National Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
- OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
- OR BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma (Grade min: MMP)
- The remaining subjects must be different from that presented above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at:
- GCSE (Grade A* - C)
- AND/OR AS Level’ (Grades A - E)
- AND/OR A-level’ (Grades A* - E)
- AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E)
- AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
- AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
- And a minimum score of 300 points
PLEASE NOTE: Offers of places on this course are subject to applicants successfully passing Garda Clearance and Health Status Clearance from the Health Service Executive (North East) Occupational Health Unit.
Mature Applicants Entry Requirements:
General Nursing students undertake clinical placements in each semester. Clinical placements are facilitated throughout the North East region.
If you like wokring in a team and helping people, are a good listener and have qualities such as kindness, compassion and respect for vulnerable people, then general nursing may be the career for you.
|School||School of Health & Science|
|Department||Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years|
|Awarding Body||Dundalk Institute of Technology|
How to Apply
All applications for this course must be made directly to the CAO by using the course ID
Northern Ireland & UK
Applicants from Northern Ireland/UK must also apply through CAO. Find out more information about
applying to DkIT from Northern Ireland or the UK.