BSc (Hons) in Intellectual Disability Nursing

Course Points
300
Course Duration
4 Years
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
25 Places

Course Summary

Over the duration of this four-year Honours Degree course, students will develop the professional knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to meet the specific needs of people with intellectual disabilities. Students’ theoretical knowledge and practical skills will be developed through the use of traditional and innovative teaching and learning approaches in modern teaching and learning spaces. Students gain their clinical experience in a diversity of placements, supporting people with an intellectual disability across their life span.

Registered Nurses in Intellectual Disability (RNID) work in a diversity of roles and settings across the lifespan with people with an intellectual disability. People with an intellectual disability often present with a wide range of additional and complex physical and mental health needs that can be compounded by communication difficulties. The RNID work in partnership with the person, their family and allied healthcare professionals, to provide specialist healthcare.  The RNID strives to provide person centred care and support that is socially inclusive, that improves or maintains general health and well-being; by reducing barriers; and supporting the person to live their lives as fully and as independent as possible, while respecting their rights and dignity. 

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Safe Health Care Practice
  • Foundation Studies in Natural Sciences 1
  • Learning to Learn
  • Introduction to Intellectual Disability Studies
  • Learning for Professional Development 
  • Clinical Placement Stage 1 (Part 1 of 2) 

Semester 2

  • Foundation Studies in Natural Sciences 2
  • Genetic and environmental influences on Intellectual Disability
  • Effective communication with people with an intellectual disability
  • Fundamental Skills of Intellectual Disability Care 1
  • Clinical Placement Stage 1 (Part 2 of 2) 

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Challenges to Health Throughout the Lifespan (Part 1 of 2) 
  • Intellectual Disability in Adulthood (Part 1 of 2)
  • Fundamental Skills of Intellectual Disability Care 2
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Health
  • Intellectual Disability across the Child and Adolescent Lifespan
  • Clinical Placement  Stage 2 (Part 1 of 2) 

Semester 2

  • Approaches in Supporting Positive Behaviour
  • The Research Process
  • Challenges to Health Throughout the Lifespan ( Part 2 of 2 )
  • Intellectual Disability in Adulthood (Part 2 of 2)
  • Clinical Placement  Stage 2 (Part 2 of 2) 

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Fundamental Skills of Intellectual Disability Care 3
  • Person Centred Approaches
  • Positive Mental Health in Intellectual Disabilities
  • Quality, Risk and Safety in Healthcare
  • Clinical Placement  Stage 3 (Part 1 of 2) 

Semester 2

  • Health promotion and Health surveillance
  • Neurobiological Disorders
  • Evaluating Research
  • Ethical and Legal Practice in Intellectual Disability Nursing
  • Clinical Placement Stage 3 (Part 2 of 2) 

Year 4

Semester 1

  • Older Adult and Palliative Care in Intellectual Disability
  • Professional Practice
  • Research Proposal
  • Clinical Placement  Stage 4 (Part 1 of 2) 

Semester 2

  • Clinical Placement Stage 4 (Part 2 of 2) 

 

* All module titles are subject to change and are for indicative purposes only.

Graduates can register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and practice as a Registered Intellectual Disability Nurse in Ireland and throughout the UK and EU. Graduates can apply for positions at Staff Nurse grade in the Irish healthcare Sector.

Students are supernumerary to the nursing service needs during three years out of the four and during this time do not receive any financial assistance other than that pertaining to other third-level students. There is a 36-week, rostered clinical placement during which time students are paid a salary from the health services.

Please find information on fees and funding here: www.dkit.ie/fees

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 H7
→ AND English Grade O6 or H7 OR Irish Grade O6 or H7
→ AND 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
→ GCSE Pass in a Laboratory Science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) 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


Mature Applicants Entry Requirements:

Minimum of 23 years of age on January 1st of year of application.
An assessment test is carried out by the PAS on behalf of NMBI.
For further information please see our page on applying as a mature student or visit NursingCareers.ie


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.

Dr Myles Hackett (Head of Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years)
Phone: +353 429370263 Ext 2715
Email: myles.hackett@dkit.ie

Joe Treacy (Lecturer, Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years)
Phone: +353 429370200
Email: Joe.Treacy@dkit.ie

Course ID DK872
Level 8
Duration 4 Years
Points 300
Places 25
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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How to Apply

All applications for this course must be made directly to the CAO by using the course ID
DK872.

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Northern Ireland & UK

Applicants from Northern Ireland/UK must also apply through CAO. Find out more information about
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