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
Year 2-5 Department of Nursing and Healthcare Sciences, MTU Kerry North Campus Tralee
Applications are only accepted using this link:
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 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.
CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English.
- Fitness to Practice Medical statement signed by their GP
- Personal Statement
- 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
Human Growth & Development 5N1279
Anatomy & Physiology 5N0749
Nursing Theory & Practice 5N4325
Work Experience 5N1356
Infection Prevention & Control 5N3734
Care of the Older Person 5N2706
ADDITIONAL TRAINING / WORKSHOPS
- People Moving and Handling Certification (requirement for work experience) – Manual handling training is required under Regulation 13 of the 1993 (General Application Regulations) and 1993 Manual Handling Regulations. This training programme is aimed at providing all persons at work with proper techniques when lifting, carrying, loading, pushing and supporting. It provides employees with good work practices such as proper lift Manual Handling Techniques. The course includes being aware of the necessity for safe methods of manual handling to reduce the risk of injury and understanding the need to avoid manual handling by using mechanical aids where possible. Furthermore, assessing the task using the TILE criteria (task, individual, load, environment) and implementing the correct method of lifting ensuring minimal risk to self and co-workers will also be included. Finally, knowing how to safely execute all relevant workplace manual handling tasks will be demonstrated. A certificate will be issued to learners who successfully complete the course.
- HSE Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk 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 learners 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 students receive a certificate on completion at the end of the course.
- First Aid Workshop (online)
- 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),
– 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.
EDUCATION PROGRESSION OPPORTUNITIES
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