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Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute

Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute


 
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4349 N5
QQI Award Code 5M4349 Nursing Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed to enhance learners awareness and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse. It is also ideal for those who wish to pursue a nursing career. Learners will study core areas of nursing and are enabled to put theory into practice through the use of a fully equipped nursing room and participation in work experience. The course is delivered by teachers including specialist nurses who bring a real depth of experience to their teaching. The success rates from this course are very high for progression to higher education in both Ireland and the UK.
This course is designed to enhance learners awareness and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse. It is also ideal for those who wish to persue a nursing career. Learners will study core areas of nursing and are enabled to put theory into practice through the use of a fully equipped nursing room and participation in work experience. The course is delivered by teachers including specialist nurses who bring a real depth of experience to their teaching. 

What will you Study?

Mathematics (5N1833)
Communications (5N0690)
Anatomy & Physiology (5N0749)
Care Provision & Practice (5N2705)
Human Growth & Development (5N1279)
Nursing Theory & Practice (5N4325)
Maternity Care Support (5N3746)
Biology (5N2746)
Caring for Children in Hospital (5N3737)
Word Processing (5N1358)
Understanding Mental Health (5N3772)





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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CAO with Any QQI Major Award

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
DCHSN 5M4349

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Physiotherapist - Sports    Medical Sales Representative   
Pathologist   Firefighter  
Psychologist   Clinical Psychologist  
Social Worker   Occupational Therapist  
Psychotherapist    

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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