Course Outline:

This course is an introduction to Nursing and will benefit anyone wishing to enter the Healthcare profession using a QQI qualification. It is recognised nationally by Universities and Institutes of Technology 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 our qualified staff in our fully equipped ward. Students must complete work experience in a Nursing/Care facility. Prior to engaging in practical Work Experience, students will complete both People Moving & Handling and PHECC First Aid Responder (FAR) Courses. Successful students will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Nursing Studies – 5M4349.

  • Care Skills 5N2770
  • Nursing Theory & Practice 5N4325
  • Care of the Older Person 5N2706
  • Anatomy & Physiology 5N0749
  • Human Growth & Development 5N1279
  • Infection Prevention & Control 5N3734
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Palliative Care 5N3969
  • Mathematics 5N1833 (optional)

Course Duration:

This is a one year, full time course, running from September to May.

Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate/LCVP or Leaving Cert Applied
  • A FETAC/QQI Level 4 qualification
  • Mature students (age 23+) welcome
  • Interview
  • Garda vetting must be successfully completed

Student Testimonial:

The nursing studies course here in the Westport campus gives the student fantastic opportunity to explore whether pursuing nursing is the right option for you. You learn a lot through the theoretical components on the course along with the invaluable care skills needed to gain employment as a healthcare assistant. You gain a lot of experience through the work experience module, this gives you insight into the role of the healthcare assistant and nurse while you are shadowing and displaying the skills you have learnt in class. I chose to do this course because I truly believe it will open more opportunities for me in relation to job prospects. I look forward to seeing what the future may bring.


There are no fees to study this course.

Additional Costs Associated with this Course

A uniform is required consisting of a College Healthcare Tunic which can be ordered through the College. Prices for items ordered through the College are reviewed annually. Please note that First Aid Responder and Patient Manual Handling, Lifting & Moving courses are provided by a registered training institute and prices are reviewed annually. Vaccination for Hepatitis B needs to be arranged by the student at their own cost.

Detailed Course Outline:

Care Skills – 5N2770

Provides the learner with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to care for clients in a safe and hygienic environment while recognizing the differing care needs of clients.


Nursing Theory & Practice – 5N4325

Equips the learner with the theory underpinning nursing professional practice and the caring skills and attitudes necessary for the performance of a range of essential skills.


Care of the Older Person – 5N2706

Equips the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to meet the full and holistic needs of older people in a variety of care contexts and to develop an awareness of the increasing needs of older people in today’s community.


Infection Prevention & Control – 5N3734

Facilitates the learner to develop an understanding of the importance of infection prevention and control while providing the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to prevent and/or manage outbreaks of infection and to recognize their role in the prevention of infection in a health care setting.


Anatomy & Physiology – 5N0749

Provides the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to understand the structure and function of the human body and the interrelationship between its systems.


Human Growth & Development – 5N1279

Introduces learners to human development and behaviour from infancy to old age, to enable them to work in a variety of community/social care settings where frequent demand is made on the individual to relate to people with various levels of ability.


Communications – 5N0690

Facilitates the learner to acquire communication skills relevant to vocational and personal development.


Work Experience – 5N1356

Allows the learner to gain personal knowledge, skills and capacity while participating in a suitable work placement, for a limited time, under supervision.


Mathematics (optional) – 5N1833

Allows the learner to apply a broad range of mathematical skills and tools to a wide variety of contexts, with some theoretical understanding.


PHECC First Aid Responder (FAR)
This 3-day course is designed to offer training in occupational first aid including cardiac first response to the national standards of the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC).


People Moving & Handling

The course covers both practical and theoretical elements of moving and handling tasks.  It aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to apply correct handling techniques, in a safe manner, while promoting independence and dignity of the client.

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