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BSc (Hons) in Nursing in General Nursing

Hibernia College has developed a BSc (Hons) in Nursing 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.

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 of which create a Personal Professional Portfolio through the programme.


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Academic validation for the programme is awarded by QQI and will lead to a BSc (Hons) in Nursing 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.


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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.


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:
Other fees payable over the course of the programme:

Garda Vetting Fee: All students must complete Garda Vetting as part of their enrolment on the programme.
The current fee is €50.

Health Screening & Vaccinations: All students are required to undertake health screening and, where necessary, vaccination as mandated by the clinical placement areas prior to commencement of the programme. Applicants 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.

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 click here.

Credit Union
Health Services Staff’s Credit Union (HSSCU) has formulated a loan facility that may interest you. For more information, please click here.

Entry Requirements

All students are required to be resident in Ireland and eligible for full-time study for the duration of their studies in order to participate in this programme. Students must also be eligible to engage in full-time work in Ireland in order to complete the final stage of the programme, the internship stage.


All applicants must satisfy the entry requirements of one of the three following application pathways:

Further Education Pathway

The following NFQ Level 5 qualifications aligned to nursing:

  • Nursing Studies (5M4349)
  • Healthcare Support (5M4339)
  • Community 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) and Human Growth and Development (5N1279) or Biology (5N2746).

Mature Student Pathway

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

Please note that this programme is designed to lead to professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). For more details on these requirements please, visit:

Leaving Certificate Pathway

Leaving Certificate Examination 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
  • 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.

Application Process

Step 1: Submit your online application
You will be required to upload supporting documents to your application. Documents vary depending on your chosen application pathway. Upload 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

Mature Student Pathway:
Valid passport or drivers licence

Leaving Certificate Pathway:
Leaving Certificate Statement of Results

Please read and review the Application Guide and documentation samples on our website here.

If your first language/primary mode of expression is not English, you must provide evidence of English competence at B2+ or higher on the CEFR or IELTS score of 7.0.

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

Step 2: Interview Process
If your application is deemed eligible, you will be invited to interview in Dublin.

Step 3: Aptitude Test
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.


Hibernia College has approval, under s.65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012, to offer students Learner Protection Insurance. For more details, click here.

How can I learn more about the programme?

If you have any questions about the programme, feel free to contact our Enrolment Team on 01 661 0168 (option 2) or