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Bachelor of Science (Hons) in General Nursing

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The general nursing programme will enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and aptitude to provide nursing care in a variety of general settings. It emphasises the importance of working with other professions and planning individualised nursing care in partnership with patients. Our focus is on caring, communication and understanding the patient’s experience of health and illness.

Over the years you will learn about professional/ethical practice; holistic approaches to care and the integration of knowledge; interpersonal relationships; organisation and management of care; and personal and professional development.

Nursing offers exciting opportunities to develop valuable specialist knowledge, and skills that are in demand both nationally and internationally.
Incorporating the Level 5 Nursing Studies with the BSc (Hons) General Nursing, will give learners the opportunity to start their preparation for the General Nursing degree programme in the FE sector leading to seamless transition to the third level college.  Students will spend the first year of this programme in their local ETB in Cork and on successful completion will undertake their four-year Nursing programme at MTU Kerry.

Provider Locations and Structure

Year 1

Cork Education and Training Board – Cork College of FET – Morrison’s Island Campus.

Years 2-5

Department of Nursing and Healthcare Sciences, Munster Technological University, Kerry Campus, Sólás Nursing Building, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Course Content – For All Years

Year 1 – Level 5 Award – FE

Care Skills 5N2770
Communications 5N0690
Human Growth & Development 5N1279
Anatomy & Physiology 5N0749
Nursing Theory & Practice 5N4325
Work Experience 5N1356
Infection Prevention & Control 5N3734
Care of the Older Person 5N2706


Year 2 – MTU

Module Code Module Title
EDUC 61000  Learning at Third Level
COMM 61032  Professionalism in Nursing Practice
HLTH 61012  Health and Wellbeing
HSFT 61002  Skills For Safe Practice
NURS 61012  Developing Competency in General Nursing Practice 1
NURS 61010  Principles of General Nursing Care 1
NURS 61009  Caring in Context
SOCL 61014  The Sociology and Psychology of Health and Illness
NURS 61013  Developing Competency in General Nursing Practice 2


Year 3 – MTU

Module Code Module Title
INFO 71003  Introduction to Health Informatics
NURS 71009  Developing Competency in General Nursing Practice 3
NURS 71006  Principles of General Nursing Care 2
NURS 71013  Fundamentals of Nursing Knowledge and Research
NURS 71004  Compassion and Integrity in Caring
COMM71015  Therapeutic Relationships and Interventions
NURS 71010  Developing Competency in General Nursing Practice 4
NURS 71008  Principles of General Nursing Care 3
HLTH 71007  Health Promotion
EDUC 71016  Inter-Professional Education and Collaborative Practice


Year 4 – MTU

Module Code Module Title
NURS 81011  Developing Competency in General Nursing Practice 5
NURS    81018  Principles of General Nursing Care 4
LAWS    81008  Law and Ethics for Practice
HLTH     81011  Prevention and Management of Chronic Conditions
HLTH    81012  Enabling Positive Ageing
PHRM   81004 Principles for Nursing Care 5: Applied Pharmacology for General   Nursing
RSRH   81013  Nursing Research Methodology


Year 5 – MTU

Module Code Module Title
HSFT 81001 Safety Quality Accountability
MGMT 81023 Leadership and Management
MGMT 81024  Principles of Nursing Care 6: Clinical Decision Making
RSRH 81011  Research for Evidence Based Nursing
NURS 81012  Developing Competency in General Nursing Practice 6
RSRH 81012  Applied Nursing Research

Embedded Awards

This tertiary degree is a comprehensive 5 year programme. The programme is designed to support academic success despite challenges that may arise. If a student has to leave the programme before completing the final year, tertiary degrees include embedded awards. Embedded awards formally recognise learning achieved during time in the programme. For this degree, they are:

After successfully completing Year 1 NFQ level 5 Certificate in Nursing Studies (5M4349) from QQI
After successfully completing Year 3 NFQ level 6 (TL_NHSGN_C) Higher Certificate in Science in Health Studies (General), 120 credits, from MTU
After successfully completing Year 4 NFQ level 7 (TL_NHSGN_D) – Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (General), 180 credits, from MTU

The final NFQ level 8 Bachelor of Science (Hons) in General Nursing is awarded by MTU.

Planned Intake (Number of Places)

15 per location

Entry Requirements and Eligibility

Leaving Certificate with five subjects at grade O6; LCVP including maths or a distinction in Leaving Certificate Applied


QQI Level 4 award with a minimum of a merit grade


Mature applicants – (aged 23 on or before 1st January of the course commencement year).  These applicants do not have to meet the minimum entry requirements listed here and are considered on an individual basis (previous education, work experience, and demonstration of competence to undertake the programme)


An applicant who is a minimum of 17 years of age with at least 2 years post Junior Certificate relevant experience.  All applicants must demonstrate that they would qualify for the special rate of maintenance grant under the Student Grant Scheme (SUSI) and/or are in receipt of a Department of Social Protection (DSP) long-term means-tested social welfare payment and/or be from one or more of the priority groups or from any priority group identified as part of the next National Access Plan (2022-2028).

CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English.


Learner pre-requisites

  • Self-declared medical statement signed by their GP
  • Personal Statement
  • Interview
  • Garda Vetting

This course requires students to be Garda vetted. Prospective students should also be aware that some aspects of this course are physically demanding and should satisfy themselves that they are physically fit enough to undertake it. All applicants will undergo a processing stage during which further information will be gathered in relation to their application.

Learner’s Desirable competencies and experience

Learners interested in undertaking this course should want to be part of an active and changing dynamic environment. They should, enjoy working with others and value caring for people. In addition, learners should be excellent communicators with problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Onward Pathways

  • MSc Nursing 
  • MSc Professional Nursing
  • MSc Advanced Practice Nursing

Contact Details

For more information, please contact the Tertiary Managers

Kathy Bradley
Gobnait Burke


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