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Flexible Pathways Into Nursing

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Our BSc (Hons) in Nursing in General Nursing was specifically designed to provide more flexible routes into nursing. We wanted to take a moment to break down the three entry routes and requirements for each. If you have always wanted to be a nurse, you can find the path to follow your passion.

Our cutting-edge programme offers 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, simulation and online learning. Our innovative degree programme is taught by experienced lecturers in a friendly and supportive environment.

We offer three application pathways: Further Education, Mature Student and Leaving Certificate. All applicants who meet the entry requirements of one pathway will be invited to share their passion for nursing in an interview. Read more about the requirements of each pathway.

Further Education Pathway

This pathway is for those who hold the following National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Level 5 qualifications aligned to nursing:

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

Applicants are required to have achieved distinctions in five components including:

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

You’ll be asked to upload your NFQ Level 5 award certificate in your online application.

Mature Student Pathway

If you are over the age of 23, this is the pathway for you. You will need to upload a valid passport or driver’s licence to your online application to show that you are or will be over the age of 23 by 1 January in the year of entry to the programme. The online application will prompt you to upload a copy of your passport or driver’s licence. Remember to do so as a PDF document under 4 Mb because other formats are not accepted.

Leaving Certificate Pathway

Have you completed the Leaving Certificate? You can apply using this pathway if you 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.

Learn More

Would you like to discuss your personal path to nursing with one of our Enrolment Advisors? Our webinars for anyone interested in applying for Spring 2024 or in the future. Register here.

You are also welcome to contact us on 01 661 0168 (press 2) or We can arrange a call at a time that suits you.

We are currently accepting applications until 1 November. Choose your pathway and start your application today.

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