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BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing

Transform lives and make a meaningful difference in Mental Health Care
367 Points

CAO Code


Start Date

September 2024

Course Capacity



4 Years

Work Placement


NFQ Level


Discipline Area

Nursing & Midwifery

Course Type


Study Mode



On Campus

Course Overview

Over the duration of the course, students will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to care for people experiencing mental health challenges. Student’s academic and clinical knowledge will be developed using simulated learning environments and modern learning spaces. Students gain their clinical experience in a diversity of clinical placements, caring for people experiencing mental health challenges. Mental health nursing clinical placements account for fifty percent of this course. In preparation for clinical placement students attend practical classes in the Clinical Skills laboratory.

What makes this course different


Professional Accreditation

Graduates will be eligible for professional registration as a Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

Placements Each Year

Clinical practice placements in each year and a 36-week placement in Year 4.

Understanding the Industry

At the heart of the role of the mental health nurse is the ability to establish therapeutic relationships with people and their families. The mental health nurse facilitates the maximum development of the mental health of the person, and to promote mental health in the wider community. In partnership with the person, they support them through empathetic care, allowing them to live a full and purposeful life while respecting their dignity and rights.

Career Opportunities

Future Careers:

  • Mental Health Nurse

In these areas:

  • Community mental health services or community mental health residential services
  • Home care
  • Outpatients’ department
  • Mental health units
  • Mental health intensive care units
  • Private healthcare companies
  • Mental health charities
  • Forensic Mental health services
  • Addiction services
  • Eating disorder services
  • Homeless service

Course Delivery and Modules

The programme is delivered through time in college and time in clinical sites. While in college, the learning strategies include lectures, group work, practical labs, presentation and role-play. Clinical learning involves being supervised by a qualified nurse while engaging with people with mental health difficulties

  • Year 1

    • Learning to Learn (Shared Module)
    • Safe Health Care Practice 1 (Shared Module)
    • Mental Health Recovery 1 (Year Long)
    • Foundation Studies in Natural Sciences 1 (Shared Module)
    • Mind and Body
    • Clinical Placement 1 (Year Long)
    • Psychology of Mental Health
    • Advancing Wellbeing
    • Clinical Skills in Mental Health
    • Foundation Studies in Natural Sciences 2 (Shared Module)
  • Year 2

    • Mental Health Across the Lifespan
    • Psychopharmacology
    • Sociology and Mental Health
    • Clinical Placement 2 (Year Long)
    • The Research Process
    • Nursing the Person with a Physical Illness
    • Theoretical Approaches to Mental Health Nursing
    • Therapeutic Relationships and Alliances
    • Mental Health Recovery 2
    • Clinical Placement 2 (Year Long)
  • Year 3

    • Quality, Risk & Safety in Healthcare
    • Humanities in Mental Health
    • Mental Health Recovery 3a
    • Advancing Recovery
    • Clinical Placement 3 (Year Long)
    • Ethical and Legal Practice
    • Mental Health Recovery 3b
    • Evaluating Research
    • Psychotherapeutic Approaches
    • Clinical Placement 3 (Year Long)
  • Year 4

    • Research Proposal
    • Preparing for Professional Practice
    • Complementary and Alternative Therapies
    • Clinical Placement 4
    • Internship

Work Placement

Clinical placements occur in each year of the programme, each placement building up the clinical competence of the student to become a Registered Psychiatric Nurse. In 4th year, students undertake a 9-month internship clinical placement and are employed and paid by the HSE as part of the service.

Professional Accreditations

Graduates will be eligible for professional registration as a Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

  • DKIT

Education Progression

Graduates are also qualified to apply for a range of postgraduate programmes in nursing such as the Postgraduate Cert/Diploma/ MSc in Specialist/Advanced Nursing.

Fees and Funding

Please find information on fees and funding here:

Entry Requirements

In addition to the standard entry requirements below, a Laboratory Science subject at Grade O6 or H7 is also required. Applicants from NI/UK require a GCSE pass in a Laboratory Science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or GCSE Grade CC in Double Award Science.

Please Note: Offers subject to successful Garda Clearance and Health Status Clearance from the Health Service Executive (North East) Occupational Health Unit. Students on the course are also subject to fitness-to-practice regulations.

Recent CAO Points

2023 CAO Round 1 Points


How To Apply

Apply on CAO

All standard entry first-year applicants must apply for entry through the CAO. See Important application dates for CAO and information for specific applicant types below:

CAO Code: DK874
Apply on CAO

Ask us a Question

If you have a question about the BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing please ask it below and we will get back to you.

Aine McHugh

Programme Director


Dr Myles Hackett

Head of Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years


Disclaimer: All module titles are subject to change and for indicative purposes only. All courses are delivered subject to demand and timetables are subject to change. Elective Module options will only run subject to student numbers. The relevant Department will determine the viability of each elective module option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose that option. Students will be offered alternative elective modules on their programme should their preferred elective option not be proceeding. Award Options for Common Entry Programmes: The relevant Department will determine the viability of each award option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose either option. If the numbers for one of the Award options exceed available places, students for this option will be selected based on Academic Merit (highest grades).