National Certificate In Nursing Studies

Aim of the Course

This course is aimed at students who wish to pursue a career in Nursing in Ireland or in the UK or to work as Nursing Assistants in hospitals and in the community.


Additional Certificate in Patient Handling.
Optional: First Responder PHECC

Sample Course Content

The course is designed at developing practical skills and theoretical knowledge to enable students to be proficient trainee nurses or nursing assistants. Students attend college four days per week and one day a week on work experience to help them gain an insight into the work of a nurse in a variety of working environments.
Participants will study the following modules:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • nursing theory and practice
  • safety and health at work
  • human growth and development
  • care provision and practice/caring for the older person
  • customer service
  • work experience
  • word processing

Work Experience

In order to obtain the National Certificate in Nursing Studies students must complete twenty days or 150 hours work experience. This work experience may be in any hospital or nursing home around the county or Limerick city.


One year full-time course from September to mid-May. Classes are timetabled between 9·00 am and 4·00 pm, Monday to Friday.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should be of Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent. Mature students with or without formal qualification are welcome
to apply.

Progression / Further Education

limited number of places are reserved on a competitive basis on ordinary degree and honours degree courses in third level colleges for students who successfully complete a QQI Level 5 Course. Please refer to the current guide to the Higher Education Links Scheme on and

Course Fees

Please see fees section.

Grants and Social Welfare:

Enquiries regarding maintenance grants: Please check the Student Universal Support System at and Social Welfare or the Back to Education Scheme, contact the Department of Family and Social Affairs, Ennis, Co. Clare.

It is imperative that recipients of Social Welfare payments contact the offices of the Department of Family and Social Affairs before commencing this course.

* All programmes are offered subject to sanction by DES and LCETB and minimum enrollment numbers.

About This Course

durationOne year full-time course from September to mid-May.
Course id5M4349
Start date13 Sep 2021
CertificationQQI LEVEL 5 NURSING STUDIES 5M4349 Certificate in Occupational First Aid Certificate in Patient Handling.
LocationCollege of FET Ennis Campus

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