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Nursing Studies - Health Science

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

Carlow Institute 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 one year programme provides students with foundation skills to access Nursing and Health Science Degree Programmes.

What will you Study?

Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
Anatomy and Physiology
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Care Provision and Practice 5N2705
Care of the Older Person 5N2706
Work Experience 5N1356
Communications 5N0690
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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Related Career Sectors

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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