Cork College of FET Morrison's Island Campus


Cork College of FET Morrison's Island Campus


Cork College of FET Morrison's Island Campus


bsC (hONS) IN GENERAL Nursing – CORK and MTU Kerry

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The general nursing programme will enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and aptitude to provide nursing care in a variety of general settings. It emphasises the importance of working with other professions and planning individualised nursing care in partnership with patients. Our focus is on caring, communication and understanding the patient’s experience of health and illness.

Over the years you will learn about professional/ethical practice; holistic approaches to care and the integration of knowledge; interpersonal relationships; organisation and management of care; and personal and professional development.

Nursing offers exciting opportunities to develop valuable specialist knowledge, and skills that are in demand both nationally and internationally.

Incorporating the Level 5 Nursing Studies with the BSc (Hons) General Nursing, this innovative programme will give learners the opportunity to start their preparation for the General Nursing degree programmes in the FE sector leading to direct access to the third level college.

Year 1: Cork Education and Training Board – Cork College of FET – Morrisons Island Campus.

Years 2-5: Department of Nursing and Healthcare Sciences, MTU Kerry North Campus Tralee.

Applications are only accepted using this link: Bachelor of Science (Hons) in General Nursing | Courses (NEW) | National Tertiary Office (

Note: This is a separate application process from other Nursing courses on our website.


All applicants must be a minimum of 17 years of age on 1st Jan 2024.

Learner minimum educational attainment for entry:

Leaving Certificate with five subjects/LCVP at grade O6 including Maths or a distinction in Leaving Certificate Applied


QQI Level 4 award with a minimum of a merit grade


Mature applicants – (aged 22 on or before 1st January of the course commencement year).  These applicants do not have to meet the minimum entry requirements listed here and are considered on an individual basis (previous education, work experience, and demonstration of competence to undertake the programme)


An applicant who is a minimum of 17 years of age on 1st Jan 2024 with at least 2 years post Junior Certificate relevant experience.  All applicants must demonstrate that they would qualify for the special rate of maintenance grant under the Student Grant Scheme (SUSI) and/or are in receipt of a Department of Social Protection (DSP) long-term means-tested social welfare payment and/or be from one or more of the priority groups or from any priority group identified as part of the next National Access Plan (2022-2028).

Note: To progress from year one of the five-year undergraduate degree in General Nursing, successful learners must achieve the full QQI Level 5 Award, with a minimum of five distinctions. At least one of these distinctions (80%)must be drawn from the following three modules with a high merit in the other two (72% or above): Anatomy and Physiology, Nursing Theory and Practice or Human Growth and Development.

CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English.

Learner pre-requisites:

  • Fitness to Practice Medical statement signed by their GP
  • Personal Statement
  • Interview
  • Garda Vetting

This course requires students to be Garda vetted. All applicants will undergo a processing stage during which further information will be gathered in relation to their application.


September to May in Year 1.


No fees apply for Year 1.


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Nursing Studies 5M4349 in Year 1.


Care Skills - 5N2770

Understand the holistic care of a client over the full life span from birth to death, including areas such as disabilities, mental health, care of the older person and palliative care. Practical instruction in washing, feeding, mobilisation, toileting and grooming. End of life care is included as part of the holistic care.

Communications - 5N0690

Acquire the writing skills needed for the workplace, learn to speak fluently and coherently in a professional setting, develop interpersonal skills and have an understanding of the impact of ICT on society.

Human Growth and Development - 5N1279

Learn psychology throughout the lifespan, how we grow, learn develop and change throughout our lives. Understand factors that affect development throughout the lifespan. Develop interpersonal/interactive skills appropriate to responding to the needs of others.

Anatomy and Physiology - 5N0749

Learn the structure of the various systems within the human body e.g. digestive, system, respiratory system, nervous system, skeletal system etc. and how they work. Develop an understanding of the interrelationships that exit between these systems.

Nursing Theory and Practice - 5N4325

Develop an understanding of the caring skills, knowledge and accountability required by a professional nurse, including safe patient handling and measurement and accurate recording of temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure and fluid balance. The link between theory and practice is constant and using the Nursing Process and the Roper, Logan and Tierney model of nursing as guides the student learns the importance of client centre care and inclusivity.

Work Experience - 5N1356

Planning, preparation and reflection on work placement. Job finding strategies, CV and personal statement preparation, interview skills. Practise employability skills with a view to future planning.

Infection Prevention and Control - 5N3734

Learn how to prevent the spread of infection in the healthcare setting including hand hygiene and standard precautions. Practical instruction in all aspects of practice including cleaning following blood borne spillage and terminal cleaning.

Care of the Older Person - 5N2706

Explore how older people change and develop psychologically, physically and socially. Develop practical caring strategies for working with older people.


  • People Moving and Handling Training and certification (requirement for work experience) – This workshop teaches safe and effective techniques used in the safe moving and handling of people in a variety of settings. This training is mandatory for person’s involved in manual handling and people moving and handling tasks. It is required by legislation under The Safety Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulation 2007 Part two chapter four. The training involves the theory module which is completed online ( and the practical module which is classroom based. The certificate obtained is valid for three years.
  • HSE Safeguarding Adults at risk of abuse Certificate (requirement for work experience) – Its primary focus is to inform learners on the guiding practice and procedures to keep vulnerable adults safe in the community and residential settings. The content includes leaners being informed of their safeguarding responsibilities, the different types of abuse and neglect and how to recognise them and how to report concerns in line with HSE guidelines. All learners receive a certificate on completion at the end of the course.
  • First Aid (online) – This First Aid Workshop will introduce the learner to the principles of First Aid. The workshop includes identifying the role of the First Aider. Learners will understand how to respond to various injuries and illnesses including choking, fainting, burns, heart attacks, strokes, panic attacks, sprains and strains. A Certificate of Completion from Morrison’s Island Campus is issued on successful completion. The purpose of this workshop is to give the learner a basic understanding of how to deal with First Aid Emergencies. It is not intended as a substitute for a full First Aid Response Course.
  • AMRIC Hand Hygiene (HSELand) – Effective hand Hygiene is the single most effective thing that you can do to protect the people you care for and yourself from healthcare acquired infections. HCAI’s. But knowing is not enough – it’s important to apply what you have learnt and believe that it can be done. By the end of this course, you should know: Why hand hygiene is important
    – When to practice hand hygiene.
    – How to perform hand hygiene in line with the WHO 5 Moments.
    – How to take care of your hands.
  • AMRIC Infection Prevention and Control (HSELand) – Practical programme which includes specific measures for prevention of infection in all healthcare facilities, how to identify hazards and carry out a well-informed risk assessment. How to control the sources and prevent onward transmission of infection.


Students are required to undertake a four week block placement (150 hours) during their first year on QQI Nursing Studies. Students will undertake four weeks (min 150 hours) of work placement in a hospital or healthcare setting. Garda vetting is an integral part of the application procedure for this course. The college follows the National Immunisation Advisory Committee’s (NIAC) Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland which states that healthcare students should, as a minimum, receive or have received completed courses of immunisations for:

  • Hepatitis B (minimum 2 doses)
  • Influenza
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR 2 doses)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)  (1 or in some cases 2 doses)

Some placements may have additional vaccination requirements e.g. Covid-19.

During the degree programme in MTU Kerry, students undertake eighty-one weeks, 45 weeks as a supernumerary nursing student and 36 weeks as an Intern.

Work placement is a highly valued component of the student experience here at the college. An excellent opportunity for you to gain insight into the world of work.


Note to progress to the four-year undergraduate degree in General Nursing, successful learners, must achieve the full QQI Level 5 Award, with a minimum of five distinctions. At least one of these distinctions (80%+) must be drawn from the following three modules with a high merit in the other two (72% or above): Anatomy and Physiology, Nursing Theory and Practice or Human Growth and Development.

The other Morrison’s Island Campus Nursing Studies Progression routes are also available.

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