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All applicants must be 18 years of age or over on 1 January in the year of entry and must be resident in and eligible to work in the Republic of Ireland for the duration of the programme.


All applicants must satisfy the entry requirements of one of the three application pathways. Please ensure that you meet the entry requirements before starting your application.

pathway 1: FURTHER Education


Pathway 1 applicants must hold one of 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 / D20001)
  • Nursing Theory and Practice (5N4325)
  • Human Growth and Development (5N1279) or Biology (5N2746)


Pathway 1 applicants will be required to provide details of Level 5 qualification including:

  • Institution: Insert the name of the institution e.g. DFEI (Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute)
  • Qualification: Insert the course name, max 30 characters  
  • Course Code: 5M4349
  • Result: Enter your final result here (e.g. Pass, Merit, Distinction) 
  • Year Taken: Enter the year of your final exams

NFQ Level 5 Qualifications Certificate should include the course title, code, the components studied, results received and the overall award obtained (e.g. Pass, Merit, Distinction). 



  • Evidence of NFQ qualification must be on official paper of the awarding body. Any student who is unsure of the level of their qualification should contact their awarding institution or body and/or contact QQI using the mechanisms listed on their website ( 
  • If the qualification(s) are in other names, such as a maiden name, a copy of the evidence of the name change, such as a marriage certificate or deed poll should be included. 
  • Applicants with equivalent qualifications should consult with the Enrolment Team before uploading appropriate documentation.


Please click below for sample NFQ Level 5 Qualification:



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


Pathway 2 applicants will be asked to upload a copy of photographic identification confirming date of birth. Only a valid passport or driving licence is acceptable.



Pathway 3 Applicants must hold a minimum grade of H5 in two subjects of the Leaving Certificate and a minimum grade of O6/H7 in four subjects. These must include:

  • 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.



Pathway 3 applicants will be required to evidence Leaving Certificate examination, year of completion and details of the relevant six results for that Leaving Certificate year. 

Official Leaving Certificate Statement of Results must be from the State Examinations Commission. A version generated by a school or a copy certified by a school will not suffice.


  • To order a transcript of your Leaving Certificate results online, visit the State Examinations Commission website. This can take a minimum of two weeks and during peak times can be longer. Applications will not progress without all documents.
  • Applicants with equivalent qualifications should consult with the Enrolment Team before uploading appropriate documentation.


Please click below for sample leaving certificate:

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Eligible applicants will be invited to register with ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research) to undertake the ACER STAT aptitude test, which focuses on logic and numerical reasoning. This test is held online and proctored. Further test guidance and information will be provided by ACER and the fee of €147 is payable directly to ACER.

On completion of the aptitude test, the top ranked applicants in each category will then be invited to interview. The interview will assess your motivation and professionalism, communication and organisational skills, evaluate your relevant experience and your knowledge of the profession. It will also consider your suitability to work in the sector. You will also be assessed on your knowledge of Hibernia College and the Nursing programme, including programme requirements and demands.



Hibernia College operates an online application process and does not accept hard copies of original documentation, with the exception of those required for Garda Vetting clearance, which is dealt with at offer stage. Hibernia College will not return any original documentation.

Document Format

  • All documents must be scanned and uploaded in clear, legible PDF format (one PDF file per document). We cannot accept Word documents, pictures or other formats.
  • A file compressor must be used if the file size is over 4 Mb.
  • A file merger must be used if you need to upload multiple pages into one document.

Please note only documents submitted in the correct PDF format will be reviewed.



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 full information please visit


Medical Assessment Self-Declaration Form

Applicants will be required to complete a Medical Assessment Self-Declaration Form and undergo a medical assessment/screening and a vaccination programme as determined by the College, in conjunction with the clinical placement host.



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:


If you have any questions, please call our Enrolment Helpline at 01 661 0168 (option 2) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or email