Nursing (General)

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

Do you have good communication skills and have an analytical, problem-solving mind? Are you caring, empathetic and a team player? If so, the BSc. in General Nursing in UCD is the ideal career choice for you. Our innovative degree course is taught by experienced lecturers in a friendly and supportive environment with state-of-the art facilities. It prepares you to become a Registered General Nurse who can work collaboratively to successfully manage the complex healthcare needs of the adult population.

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What Will I Study

* You will study the theory and practice of nursing in a fully integrated way, establishing a strong foundation for your future career. Your lectures, workshops and tutorials are delivered on our Belfield campus, while practice placements will enhance your learning and develop your nursing skills.

Modules include:

First Year

  • Academic Writing and Reading in Nursing and Midwifery
  • Foundations of Nursing
  • Scientific Principles for HealthCare
  • Psychology and Communication
  • Practice experience in a hospital setting for approximately 11 weeks

Second & Third Year

  • Medical-Surgical Nursing Care
  • Pharmacology
  • Aging & Health
  • Ethical and legal context for practice
  • Patient Safety and Microbiology
  • Population Health, Diversity & Research
  • Core and Specialist Practice Placement such as Intensive Care and Maternity Care

Fourth Year

  • Preparing for Internship
  • Health, Psychology & Sociology
  • Leadership & Management
  • Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare
  • Practice Placement and Clinical Internship which runs over 36 weeks

Assessment is through a combination of end-of-trimester exams and continuous assessment, including assessment of performance on practice placements.

* Please Note: Curriculum may be subject to change in line with NMBI Nurse Registration Programmes Standards and Requirements.

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International Study Opportunities

In second year, you have the opportunity to study in Europe for a trimester. See

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Completing this degree qualifies you as a Registered General Nurse. You can work in acute and chronic care in a variety of medical and surgical settings. There are also career prospects for nurses to work in education, research or management, as well as excellent opportunities to build on your experience through work abroad.

In addition, you can pursue further studies at higher diploma, graduate diploma, master’s and doctorate level.

Professional Clinical Experience

Professional Clinical Experience Practice Placements, which form a significant part of the course are completed primarily in the St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group or the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, and in numerous other clinical sites throughout the Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG).

The practice placement locations are centres of excellence, where you will work with multidisciplinary teams to provide high quality, patient-centred care. Students can be placed in any IEHG site on one or multiple occasions during their programme to enable them to achieve the necessary clinical learning outcomes.

Other Entry Routes

“I really enjoy the mix of practical and theoretical studies that comes with choosing nursing. I found the labs from first to fourth year created a positive active learning experience to practice and hone our clinical skills before trying to apply them to the real hospital scenario. The early placements also give you an insight into the hospital workings and its routines which I found as a great advantage so early in my studies. I think nursing is a brilliant option for anyone interested in the medical field and UCD has great support and amenities to help develop those skills and interests.”

Emlyn Williams, Student

Contact Information

UCD Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems Programme Office
Health Sciences Centre
Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 6407/6569
Contact: nmhs.ucd/contact-us

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