Find out if Nursing is for you! This preparatory course is geared for those who intend to go on to further training for the BSc Degree in Nurse Education either in Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales or abroad. You will be introduced to subjects/topics commonly studied in the first year of the nursing degree programme. Learn about the skills and knowledge of the nursing profession with an emphasis on respect, dignity, empathy and confidentiality. Give yourself the best start for entry to a career in healthcare. There is a fully equipped nursing/HCA room for all the practical work. UCAS application assistance is available.

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I completed a level 5 Nursing Studies course in 2020/2021. The course was outstanding. I returned to college as a mature student, and I was unsure if I wanted to pursue a career in Nursing. Fast forward a year since graduation and I have completed semester one in Children’s and General Nursing in Trinity College Dublin. I am finding university life great, and this is only because of the guidance and preparation I received from all of my teachers in The College of Commerce. Everything I learnt last year has been stated in all of my lectures to date. It’s an amazing feeling to be sitting in a large lecture hall and being able to comprehend what is being taught. The level and standard of education I received in the most difficult times was really incredible. Thank you to all of the course staff that did so much for me. I am beyond grateful. I will always remember that my Nursing journey started with Cork College of Commerce.

Rebecca Burke, Children’s and General Nursing, Trinity College Dublin

In September 2018 my role in the corporate world was made redundant. This was first for me because I have worked all my adult life, and it was going to be a life changing time. Thankfully after interviewing for my place in Cork College of Commerce, I joined the 2018/2019 intake of Nursing Studies course. What an exciting moment this was for me. As a mature student in her 40s, mother of small children, and no in formal education for a number of years, this was going to be a challenge on many fronts.

I found the course modules, the teaching faculty, and the guest speakers highly engaging and of top shelf quality. The lecturers (many of whom are qualified, experienced Nurses) are very knowledgeable and supportive in assisting each student in our pre-nursing work load, which was consecutive and intensive I will not lie. Personally, I found the work placement hugely beneficial and affirming that I wanted to become a caring and competent nurse. The eight months spent on the course has given me a firm foundation of key nursing theories and skills, while allowing me to fine tune my academic writing skills, and understand what would be required for third level education.

Since my time in Cork College of Commerce, I have gone on to secure rewarding employment as a Health Care Assistant, and in September 2019 I progressed into University College, Cork as a mature student on the BSc (Hons) General Nursing undergraduate programme. Each day that I am in the theory lectures or in the practical’s, I smile to myself and thank the heavens that I took the Nursing Studies course as it has prepared me so well for embarking on four more years to my professional qualification as a Registered General Nurse. To this day, there are statements made by the teachers that guide me in my work and student life, now that is continuous education at its best. My life long dream is coming true, and I for one cannot wait for 2023 to arrive.

Noreen Murphy-Coakley, B. Sc. (Hons), UCC

I spent the academic year of 2013- 2014 studying the Nursing studies course at Cork College of Commerce. I was incredibly apprehensive about the course as I had never done anything like it before; and I wondered how much of an impact it would actually have on me. I choose the course as I had been offered a place on a Mental Health nursing programme; and was unsure if I would have preferred to study Adult nursing. So I wanted to get a flavour of nursing at a core level and use the year to decide my path.

I found the course to arguably be one of the most important factors in leading me to the life I am currently living. I found the course to be well taught, engaging and set an immense foundation with which to build my overall academic skills on. Since finishing the course and moving to the UK to study Adult Nursing I have carried the skills I had learned from College of Commerce forward throughout my career. The staff and tutors were fantastic at providing all of their students the support and encouragement necessary to allow us to fully reach our potential. I think one of the most important aspects of the course; and one whose benefits I believe are overlooked is how continuous and intensive the work-load is. That solid year of foundation training allowed me to build on my academic writing skills and work ethic; both of which I have found to be invaluable to me today.

Since leaving College of Commerce I realised Adult (General) nursing was where my passion and skillset was, I gained a place at Edge Hill University and have subsequently been heavily involved in both course representation and faculty liaising to improve the overall student experience of learning. I am currently a final year nursing student and have been massively involved in speaking to prospective nursing students in the UK; advocating the benefits of studying through an access course to nursing. I believe the core skills I learned at College of Commerce allowed me an advantage during my first year of undergrad as I was already well versed in academic essay writing and this advantaged allowed me to put more energy into other areas of my development.

Overall I believe studying Nursing studies at Cork College of Commerce allowed me to get a core understanding of nursing concepts and skills. As well as enhancing my growth and development of personal and academic qualities; whose benefits become invaluable during my undergraduate education.

Andrew O'Sullivan, Adult Nursing Student, Edge Hill University

Our past experience with students has been very positive with many engaging in internships and then employment by Cobh Community Hospital. Many of our past students continue to volunteer here or have moved onto employment elsewhere with the confidence they have built during their time spent at our facility.

Claire Dwyer, Education Supervisor Cobh Community Hospital

The mercy hospital facilitates students voluntary work placement, as part of their Nursing Studies programme. This takes place in 4 blocks per term, for a period of four weeks. This is a great opportunity for pre-nursing staff to experience life in this working environment. We are delighted to invite these students to become a part of our hospital and we wish them well in their future nursing careers,

Cleo Davies, PA to Director of Nursing, Mercy Hospital Cor

I found my time in the cork college of commerce a wonderful experience, it gave me the opportunity to follow my dreams. I achieved my first choice General Nursing in Trinity and it was due to the help of the staff and the friends I made in the CCOC.

Paula Lawlor, General Nursing, Trinity College Dublin

My time in the Cork College of Commerce helped me achieve my goal of entering UCC as a Mental Health Student Nurse. The course was hard work but always enjoyable thanks to the staff who couldn’t be nicer.

Brian Daly, Mental Health Student Nurse, UCC