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Bachelor Degree in Nursing

Hibernia College has developed a BSc (Hons) in General Nursing. The programme offers a new and innovative approach to undergraduate nursing education, designed using the established Hibernia College blended learning model. It was developed in partnership with our clinical partners.

Academic validation for the programme is awarded by QQI and will lead to an NFQ Level 8 Honours Degree in General Nursing. Professional accreditation will be awarded by the Irish Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) for entry onto the General Register of Nurses.

Hibernia College is committed to offering access and progression for all learners, therefore a significant proportion of places on this programme will be reserved for applicants holding relevant pre-nursing qualifications and mature applicants.

Programme Features

  • Duration and Start Date

    This is a full-time programme, comprising 240 ECTS of learning, delivered over 4 stages and designed to run throughout the calendar year, with a spring start date.
  • Programme Format

    Students learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, guided learning activities, and self study using a blend of face-to-face and online approaches. Clinical skills are taught within specialised simulation laboratories.
  • Practical Clinical Learning

    Students undertake clinical placements throughout the year, including during the summer months. 46 weeks of supernumerary clinical placements are distributed across the first 3 stages.
  • Internship

    Stage 4 is the Internship stage and students undertake 36 consecutive weeks to complete their programme.


Full costings are currently being finalised for the programme, however, indicative fees will be in the region of €8,000 a year for the first three stages, with a reduced fee for the internship stage.

Entry Requirements & Application Process


All applicants must satisfy at least one of the following requirements:

(a)   Leaving Certificate Examination with a minimum grade of H5 in two papers and a minimum grade of O6/H7 in four papers in the following subjects:

  • Irish or English
  • Mathematics
  • Laboratory Science subject (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry or Agricultural Science)
  • Three other subjects

Please note that the NMBI entry requirements do not permit foundation level Mathematics or foundation level Irish.


(b)   The following Level 5 Further Education and Training Certificates awarded by QQI (formerly FETAC) that provide links to Nursing and Midwifery Degree Programmes:

  • 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 / D20001), Nursing Theory and Practice (5N4325), Human Growth and Development (5N1279) or Biology (5N2746)


(c)    Applicant is over 23 by 1st January of the application year and eligible to apply as a mature student.

For more information on Nursing and Midwifery Board (NMBI) requirements, visit:

Application Process

The application process will involve:

  • An application which will be completed online. As well as entry requirements it will require documentation regarding Health, Garda Vetting etc.
  • Eligible applications will then be invited to an aptitude test with a focus on numeracy, literacy and problem solving.
  • Top applicants from the aptitude test will then be invited to interview.

How do I register my interest in this programme?

Please complete the information request form at the top of this page. You will be added to a database to receive updates about the BSc in General Nursing.

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