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.
- Leaving Certificate with five subjects at grade O6/H7, with Ordinary Level Maths (grade O6 preferable). Leaving Certificate Biology is considered an advantage. Mature students are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirement.
- CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English.
- All applicants will undergo a processing stage during which further information will be gathered in relation to their application.
- An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and satisfactory completion of the processing stage.
Note: This course requires students to be Garda vetted. Prospective students should also be aware that some aspects of this course are physically demanding and should satisfy themselves that they are physically fit enough to undertake it.
September to May.
€300 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €50). €250 approx. for kits, vaccinations and certain course materials. See fees & payment for details
- QQI Level 5 Certificate in Nursing Studies (5M4349).
- QQI Component Maths (5N1833) – available as option in evening for learners needing Maths for progression.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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) – This First Aid workshop will introduce the learner to the principles of First Aid. The workshop includes identifying the role and responsibilities of the first Aider, understanding the principles of infection control. In addition, learners will describe and demonstrate how to assess a casualty- by conducting an initial check, physical examination, by obtaining a SAMPLE history, assessing levels of Response (AVPU) and identifying problems that are an immediate threat to life. Finally, learners will describe the requirements for a handover to other health care practitioners. A record of achievement from Morrison’s Island Campus is issued on successful completion.
- 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 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.
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. Students are encouraged to source their own Work Placement but you will be supported by the Work Placement team should you need assistance to do this.
How much does the course cost?
The course fees are €300 (€250 if you have a medical card). There are additional costs for vaccinations, textbooks and kits which are approx. €250.
Are you eligible for the course with Leaving Cert Applied?
No, the criteria includes a minimum of O6 grades in the Leaving Cert.
Can one secure employment from this course?
Yes, you can secure employment in nursing homes, hospitals, the private homecare sector and work in intellectual disability environments, but students primarily use this course for progressions. Check out our Healthcare Assistant course if you are looking for employment within the healthcare sector.
Will I do work experience as part of the course?
Yes, you will complete a four week block of work placement (150 hours). You can source your own placement, or you can apply to the college for a placement in a variety of acute settings e.g. CUH, Mercy University Hospital, Mater Private Hospital etc.
Is there a timetable for the course?
Timetables are available from September.
Can you progress onto a nursing degree programme from this course?
Yes, you can progress onto all nursing degree programmes in Ireland and England, Wales, and Scotland. For further information please click HERE for specific entry criteria.
Do I require Garda vetting for this course?
Yes, Garda vetting is required as you will be working with vulnerable persons on your placement. The Garda vetting process will be completed in September with the assistance of the college Garda vetting unit.
How is the course assessed?
The course is assessed through a combination of coursework (projects, assignments, learner records and portfolios) which is done throughout the year and four written exams held at the end April/start May.
What hours are involved?
The course is full time and runs Monday to Thursday potentially from 9-5pm and on Fridays from 9-2pm. There are 21 hours of classes, so you may have a late morning or an early evening in the week and time off during the day for study/working on assignments.
EDUCATION PROGRESSION OPPORTUNITIES
Some of our popular progression opportunities include:
- All Nursing degree programmes in Ireland.
- Nursing degrees in England (including Kingston University, Southampton University).
- Nursing degrees in Wales (including Swansea University, University of South Wales).
- Nursing degrees in Scotland (including University of Stirling, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh).
- MTU Cork: Social Care Work (MT573).
Excellent progression opportunities to UCC and other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with MTU Cork, MTU Kerry and SETU (Waterford & Carlow) for preferential entry for students of Morrisons Island locations for some courses. Excellent progression opportunities in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Go to our progressions database for exact requirements on progressions for this course.
Nursing homes, hospitals, private homecare sector, intellectual disability environments.