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.


Certificate in Occupational First Aid
Certificate in Patient Handling.

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 pserson
  • customer service
  • work experience
  • occupational first aid
  • word processing

Work Experience

In order to obtain the National Certificate in Nursing Studies students must complete ten days or eighty hours work experience. This
generally takes place on Fridays. However, due to cutbacks in the HSE and nursing homes it may be difficult to place all students on a Friday and some work experience may have to be completed over weekend periods. This work experience may be in any hospital or nursing home around the county or Limerick city. Students accepting a place on the Nursing Course must be prepared to undertake work experience when and where requested to do so by the College.


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

As the course is NDP funded, there are no tuition fees. However, the following are payable:

  • €20 non-refundable administration fee with your application form
  • €100 registration fee on commencement of the course
  • €200 contribution to the Department of Education & Skills; see here for exemptions
  • €50 exam fees payable in January; see here for exemptions
  • €40 Manual Handling payable in mid-September
  • €110 for Occupational First Aid payable by the end of November.
  • Some modules will require the purchase of a text book

Grants and Social Welfare

Enquiries regarding maintenance grants: please check Social Welfare or the Back to Education Scheme, contact the Department of Family and Social Affairs, Ennis, Co. Clare.

About This Course

durationOne year full-time course from September to mid-May. Classes are timetabled between 9·00 am and 4·00 pm, Monday to Thursday. Work experience on Friday.
Course id5M4349
Start date11 Sep 2017
CertificationQQI LEVEL 5 NURSING STUDIES 5M4349 Certificate in Occupational First Aid Certificate in Patient Handling.
LocationEnnis College of Further Education

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