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Nursing Studies

Course Code(s):  5M4349 OFNS
QQI Award Code:  5M4349 Nursing Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

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

Course Description

The course is designed to give students a realistic experience of the working life of a nurse, to help students to obtain a place in nurse training and to prepare them for this subsequent training.

What will you Study?

Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Nursing
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Communications 5N0690
Care Provision and Practice 5N2705
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Complementary Medicine
Word Processing 5N1358
Sign Language
Work Experience 5N1356

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

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
DCHSN 5M4349

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Further Research

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Related Career Sectors

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.

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