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Progress from Healthcare to Nursing

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Your experience in healthcare has proven that you love caring for others. Follow your passion to help people and become a nurse. Qualified nurses are in demand in Ireland, and the profession offers you the potential for significant career satisfaction.

If you are a healthcare assistant who wants to progress into nursing, our BSc (Hons) in Nursing in General Nursing is the programme for you. We are accepting applications for Spring 2024 until 3 November.


Our programme was specifically designed to provide more flexible routes into nursing — for mature students and those who hold a further education nursing-related qualification.

We offer three application pathways:

  • Further Education: specified NFQ Level 5 qualifications with required distinctions
  • Mature student: over the age of 23
  • Leaving Certificate: two H5 grades plus four O6/H7 grades in the required subjects

All applicants who meet the entry requirements of at least one pathway will be invited to share their passion for nursing in an interview.


Designed using our established blended learning model, the programme itself is also flexible. The 240 ECTS honours degree has been developed in partnership with a wide range of national and international experts in nursing to provide unique access to quality 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. Hosted within a specialised virtual learning environment, students interact and engage with interactive online learning modules, which include audiovisual media, such as video animation, and other activities, such as quizzes and online group discussions. Students also interact with course lecturers in real time through video conferencing software. Students also complete a total of 82 weeks of clinical practice placement.

With professional accreditation from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) and academic validation by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the programme can be completed in three years and four months. Graduates are eligible to register as Registered General Nurses (RGNs).


So, where can a career in nursing take you? Nurses care for people in acute, community, residential and extended care settings and homes including HSE public hospitals, private hospitals, nursing homes and private clinics across Ireland. As qualified practitioners, nurses work individually and as part of a team to deliver holistic patient-centred healthcare.

You can consider expanding your skills to become a specialist nurse in wound care or diabetes care, for example, or progress to another qualification such as midwifery. Whether as a specialist or generalist, nurses advocate for their patients and can truly make a positive difference in another person’s life.

If you are looking for a dynamic and fulfilling life as a nurse, start your application today. A career in care, compassion and commitment awaits.

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