BSc (Hons) in General Nursing
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. In General Nursing.
This four-year full-time degree course is offered in partnership with health service providers (HSPs) from both the public and private healthcare sectors. If you are interested in an exciting career in dynamic evolving healthcare environments, helping others with healthcare needs, have good communication skills and like being part of a team then General Nursing might be the career for you.
Throughout the curriculum innovative learning experiences and teaching strategies are used to promote the attainment of graduate skills such as critical analysis, problem-solving, teamwork, decision making and interpersonal skills. The curriculum is responsive to the changing needs of service users and to changes in knowledge and evidence for practice and health care delivery.
YEAR 1 - Semester 1:
- Safe Healthcare Practice 1
- Natural Sciences for General Nursing (Part 1 of 2)
- Learning to Learn
- Foundations of General Nursing Practice
- Introduction to the Social Sciences of Health and Illness
- Clinical Placement 1 General Nursing (Part 1 of 2)
YEAR 1 - Semester 2:
- Safe Healthcare Practice 2
- Natural Sciences for General Nursing (Part 2 of 2)
- Older Person and Community Health
- Specialist Nursing and Maternity Care
- Communication and interpersonal skills
- Clinical Placement 1 General Nursing (Part 2 of 2)
YEAR 2 - Semester 1:
- Cardiovascular and Respiratory Nursing (Part 1 of 2)
- Psychological and Sociological Aspects of Health and Disease (Part 1 of 2)
- Musculoskeletal Nursing
- Mental Health in General Nursing
- Applied Physiology and Introduction to Pharmacology
- Clinical Placement General 2 (1)
YEAR 2 - Semester 2:
- Cardiovascular and Respiratory Nursing ( Part 2 of 2 )
- Psychological and Sociological Aspects of Health and Disease ( Part 2 of 2 )
- Gastrointestinal Nursing
- The Research Process
- Oncology and Haematological Nursing
- Clinical Placement General 2 (2)
YEAR 3 - Semester 1:
- Neurological, Endocrine, ENT and Opthalmology Nursing
- Chronic Illness and Older Adults
- Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
- Quality, Risk and Safety in Healthcare
- Clinical Placement General 3 (1)
YEAR 3 - Semester 2:
- Palliative Care and End of Life Care
- Evaluating Research
- Clinical Placement General 3 (2)
- Ethical and Legal Practice General Nursing
- Renal and Reproductive Nursing
YEAR 4 - Semester 1:
- Research Proposal
- Assessment and Management of the Acutely Ill Patient
- Clinical Leadership and Management for Professional Nursing Practice
- Contemporary Nursing Practice
- Clinical Placement General 4 (1)
YEAR 4 - Semester 2:
- Internship General Nursing (36 Weeks)
- Apply to practice as a Registered General Nurse in Ireland and throughout the UK and EU.
- Graduates can apply for positions at Staff Nurse grade in the Irish healthcare sector.
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:
Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate including:
- At least two H5 Grades
- AND Mathematics Grade O6 or H7
- AND Laboratory Science subject Grade O6 or H6
- AND English Grade O6 or H7 OR Irish Grade O6 or H7
- 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:
|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.