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Nursing Studies

Course Code(s):  5M4349
QQI Award Code:  5M4349 Nursing Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Castlebar College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 5M4349
QQI Award Code 5M4349 Nursing Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is an introduction to Nursing and will benefit anyone wishing to enter the nursing profession using a QQI qualification. It is recognised nationally by Universities and Institutes of Technologies in Ireland and in the UK.

It provides a learning environment, in which learners are encouraged, assisted and ultimately required to take responsibility for their own learning. Essential skills in nursing care are taught by qualified nurses in our fully equipped ward. Practical experience in the workplace is also an essential part of this course. Students must complete work experience in a nursing / care environment.

What will you Study?

Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
Care Skills 5N2270
Anatomy and Physiology
Care of the Older Person 5N2706
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734
Social Studies 5N1370
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Personal Effectiveness 5N1390
Work Experience 5N1356
Mathematics (optional)
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
DCHSN 5M4349

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