BSc (Hons) in Nursing in General Nursing

Our flexible nursing programme

Are you interested in a career in nursing? This full-time blended learning degree programme is designed to provide learning opportunities for mature students, graduates of further education programmes and school leavers.

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Course Type: Bachelor of Science (Hons)

Next Intakes: Spring 2024, Spring 2025
Duration: 3 years and 4 months

NFQ: Level 8
ECTS: 240 credits

Academic Validation: QQI

Professional Accreditation: Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

About the
BSc (Hons) in Nursing in General Nursing

With person-centred care and safety at its core, this programme focuses on care, compassion and commitment. Graduates will be eligible to register as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

The BSc (Hons) in Nursing in General Nursing at Hibernia College is an innovative approach to undergraduate nurse education. The programme is delivered through a blended learning design with a mixture of practical clinical learning, traditional classroom-based and online learning.

Graduates of this programme will have a deep understanding of the nature of care as well as a highly developed capacity to be exemplary in clinical practice. The 240 ECTS honours degree has been developed in partnership with a wide range of national and international experts in nursing.

Entry Requirements

All applicants must be 18 years of age or over on 1 January in the year of entry, be eligible to work in the Republic of Ireland and satisfy the entry requirements of one of three application pathways.

English Language Proficiency

In line with NMBI registration requirements, applicants whose first language/primary mode of expression is not English will be required to provide evidence of necessary knowledge of English to communicate effectively in their practice. The current requirements are IELTS 7.0 in all components or B2+ or higher in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). For more information, explore the NMBI Careers in Nursing and Midwifery webpage.

NMBI Requirements

This programme is designed to lead to professional registration with the NMBI. For more details about these requirements, please visit the NMBI Careers in Nursing and Midwifery webpage.

Applicants must hold the following National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Level 5 qualifications aligned to nursing:

  • Nursing Studies (5M4349)
  • Healthcare Support (5M4339)
  • Community and Health Services (5M4468)
  • Health Service Skills (5M3782)

In all cases, applicants must have achieved distinctions in five components including:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (5N0749)
  • Nursing Theory and Practice (5N4325)
  • Human Growth and Development (5N1279) or Biology (5N2746)

An applicant aged 23 or over on 1 January in the year of entry is eligible to apply as a mature student.

Applicants must hold a Leaving Certificate with a minimum grade of H5 in two subjects and a minimum grade of O6/H7 in four additional subjects, including:

  • Irish or English
  • Mathematics
  • A laboratory science subject (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physics and
    Chemistry, or Agricultural Science)
  • Three other subjects

Please note that the NMBI entry requirements do not permit Foundation Level Mathematics or Foundation Level Irish.

Programme Details

Course content includes video and audio clips/podcasts, journal articles and book chapters, interactive learning activities and quizzes, regular tutor and teaching webinars, and moderated discussion forums. Competency-based assessment is a key feature of clinical learning and uses the national assessment framework. Assessment includes academic writing, including essays, projects and care plans; group projects and presentations; and a limited number of examinations. All these submissions create a Personal Professional Portfolio throughout the programme.

Online Learning

Online content such as video and audio, journal articles and book chapters, interactive learning activities and quizzes are released in a staged manner for you to work through. Other content includes regular tutor and teaching webinars and moderated discussion forums.

Clinical Skills Learning

We timetable the teaching and practice of clinical skills in specialist learning environments designed and equipped to resemble and simulate clinical care areas. This facilitates hands-on clinical learning in a safe and supported environment. We also conduct small group tutorials on the mandatory days, which support your preparation for clinical placement.

Classroom Learning

During the early stages of the programme, there is a concentration of face-to-face days to support your integration to the programme. As you progress, this in-person activity focuses on clinical skills learning, tutorials and small group work. These typically occur one day a week.


Reflective practice is a core element in the programme. Reflective activities include creating a reflective journal and building a Personal Professional Portfolio. Weekly tutor-led reflective webinars are built into each stage of the programme to enhance and support your learning and development.

Professional Practice Placement

Approximately 50% of the programme takes place in clinical learning environments, the majority of which occur during May, June, July and August. During Stage 1, there are 18 weeks of clinical placement. Stage 2 has 20 weeks of placement, Stage 3 has 8 weeks and Stage 4 has 36 weeks, totalling 82 weeks of placement in the programme.

During your clinical learning experiences, you will work with an experienced nurse, known as a preceptor, with the support of the clinical education teams of the College and placement providers.

Our clinical partners include both private and public healthcare providers.

Required Study and Attendance

This accelerated degree programme is full-time. The theory content is released on a weekly basis to give a study workload of 39 hours per week. This involves working through the online content in the virtual learning environment, engaging in synchronous or live events, and preparing for assignments. This includes tutorials, discussion forums and informal meetups, which are facilitated by the Academic Team. You are required to attend all tutorials, online lectures and clinical skills sessions. Attendance at such events forms a vital part of the programme, and it is an important marker of your engagement with the programme.

Each clinical placement requires a full working week.

Full attendance at clinical placement is a requirement of the NMBI and an essential component for registration on completion of the programme. As a result, absences outside of the timetabled holidays are not permitted.


Formative feedback is provided throughout the programme in a timely, regular and individualised manner, allowing you to build the confidence to succeed in the programme. You will build a Personal Professional Portfolio over the duration of the programme. This will include academic writing, including essays, projects and care plans; group projects and presentations; and a limited number of examinations. Competency-based assessment is a key feature of clinical learning and uses the national assessment framework.

Application Fee


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for Stages 1 through 3 are €7,995 annually, with a reduced fee of €3,000 for the Stage 4 Internship.

Other Fees

The other fees payable over the course of the programme include:

  • Garda Vetting Fee: All students must complete Garda Vetting as part of their enrolment on the programme. The current fee is €50.
  • Health Screening and Vaccinations: All students are required to undertake health screening and, where necessary, vaccination, as mandated by the clinical placement areas before the commencement of the programme. Students will be referred to a nominated third party to complete this step.
  • NMBI Candidate Register: All nursing students must register with the NMBI and be recorded on their candidate register. The current fee is €20 and is payable directly to the NMBI.

Loan Facility

Health Services Staff’s Credit Union (HSSCU) has formulated a loan facility that may interest you. For more information, read about the facility on the HSSCU website.

Tax Relief

Hibernia College is an approved college for the purposes of s.474 of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997, and this programme is approved for qualifying tax relief. For more information, please view the Revenue website.

If you have any questions, please contact our Enrolment team at +353 (0)1 661 0168 (press 2) between 9 AM and 5 PM Monday to Friday. You are also welcome to email

Admissions Process

You will be required to upload supporting documents to your application. Documents vary depending on your chosen application pathway. Upload these documents as PDF documents (under 4 MB), other formats are not accepted. The following documents must be uploaded:

  • Further Education Pathway: NFQ Level 5 award certificate
  • Leaving Certificate Pathway: Leaving Certificate Statement of Results
  • Mature Student Pathway: Valid passport or driver’s licence

You will also be required to meet health and vaccination requirements and be subject to Garda Vetting.

If your application is deemed eligible, you will be invited to interview in Dublin.

If successful at interview, you will be invited to undertake the ACER STAT aptitude test, which focuses on logic and numerical reasoning. Test guidance and information will be provided by ACER, and the fee of €152 is payable directly to ACER on registering for the test.

The top scoring applicants in each pathway will be offered a place on the programme. Second and subsequent rounds of offers will be issued should places remain.

Student Support

Support for Students

Administrative and technical support teams, faculty and tutors are committed to helping students meet academic and career goals while having a positive experience. Students can draw from a range of available support to navigate big and small questions.


Our Faculty

Our dedicated faculty are mentors and leaders who bring their rich experience to the learning environment at Hibernia College. They are educators, practitioners and active researchers. Common among all our faculty is their focus on students.

Student Experiences

Are you curious about studying at Hibernia College? Former PME students share their reasons for choosing Hibernia College, their prior experience, research and careers. ‘As a mother and mature student, the course’s flexibility and the use of blended learning made it possible for me to balance my studies with taking care of my family.’ – Therese Barrett

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