Nursing Studies

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Course Content

N u r s i n g S t u d i e s
  • Nursing Theory and Practice
  • Care Provision and Practice
  • Care Support
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Infection Prevention and Control

Additional Certification:

  • First Aid Responder
  • Patient Moving and Handling
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

Course Description

Nursing Studies is a one-year course for students wishing to train as Nurses both here in Ireland and in the UK. On completion of this course students can apply to Nursing Degree courses through the QQI entry system. It provides a solid foundation in Nursing theory and practice and allows students to accurately assess their suitability for a career in nursing. Applications are also invited from mature students wishing to pursue a career in nursing.


Career Opportunities

Successful candidates of this course may gain employment as a Health Care Assistant in a variety of health care settings or to progress to third-level education both here in Ireland or in the UK.

They can also progress to employment in various areas including: :

Health Care Support | Home Care | Elderly Care | Disability Services | Day Care Services


68% of graduates of graduates progressed to employment or a Level 8 nursing degree

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Progression to degrees

Successful candidates of this course are eligable to apply to a BSc Degree in Nursing either in Ireland or the UK:

DkIT | General Nursing | Level 8
DkIT | Midwifery | Level 8
DkIT | Intellectual Disability Nursing | Level 8
DkIT | Mental Health Nursing | Level 8
ATU Letterkenny| General Nursing | Level 8
AIT | General Nursing | Level 8
DCU | General Nursing | Level 8
DCU | Children’s and General Nursing (Integrated) | Level 8
UCD | General Nursing | Level 8
UCAS | Nursing Degree throughout the UK | Level 8

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Fees For The Academic Year 2024 – 2025

All courses have a Registration Fee of €30 (non-refundable).

A non-refundable Registration fee of €30 will be payable on acceptance of a PLC place. Essential course materials may be required for some courses the cost of which will be borne by the student.

All fees are subject to change. All fees must be paid with a Credit/Debit card online. No cash is acceptable.

Additional Fees

Students will have to purchase two tunics at a cost of €80 – this cost is subject to change.

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The aspects of the nursing course that I enjoyed most were learning about the human body, healthcare issues and diseases as well as making good friends with common interests and goals. The work placement in a hospital allowed me to experience all aspects of nursing and to experience what it is like to be a nurse and how to assist people. The teachers were very supportive and made the college experience interesting and accessible for me.

Simona Butkute Nursing Studies Graduate, 2020

I chose healthcare support as I’ve always had a passion for caring for people. I knew I wanted to work in healthcare and this course was perfect for me. My work placement was the most enjoyable part of the year, going into the field of healthcare while learning is such an experience. I hope to do a level 8 in midwifery in DKIT next year! This PLC course has helped me understand how college assignments and exams need to be done. This course has also given me an insight to what working in healthcare will involve.

Katie Rooney Health Care Support Graduate, 2021