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DC215
General Nursing

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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4 Years
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Nursing involves providing professional care for people who are ill or unable to look after themselves. Nursing practice also involves working with other professions or acting as members of a healthcare team.

The focus of this degree is on the fundamental issues is nursing practice and combines academic disciplines such as psychology, sociology, philosophy, law, pharmacology and microbiology alongside clinical practice modules.

Each year of the course includes general modules and stream specialisms whether in the areas of Mental Health (DC216), Intellectual Disability (DC217), Children’s and General (DC218)

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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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DHSXX  5M4339  Healthcare Support
DCHSN  5M4349  Nursing Studies
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services

Essential Module Requirements:
Must possess distinctions in 5 modules in the FETAC level 5/6 qualification which must include:


D20001 - Anatomy & Physiology
or 5N0749 - Anatomy and Physiology

D20012 - Introduction to Nursing
or 5N4325 - Nursing Theory and Practice

D20032 - Human Growth & Development
or 5N1279 - Human Growth and Development
or C20006 - Biology
or 5N2746 - Biology

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Practice placements each year provide students with an opportunity to practice nursing in a clinical setting.
In year four students will spend 36 weeks on an internship with local health service providers.


Graduates enter careers as General Nurse, Children’s Nurse, Mental Health Nurse, Intellectual Disability Nurse ~ and work in the Public and Private Sectors and in Occupational Health and Education



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