BSc (Hons) in Intellectual Disability Nursing

Course Points
347
Course Duration
4 Years
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
25 Places

Course Summary

Over the duration of this four-year Honours Degree course, students will develop the professional knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to meet the specific needs of persons with intellectual disabilities. Student’s theoretical knowledge and practical skills will be developed through, the use of innovative and traditional teaching and learning approaches in modern teaching spaces and simulated learning environments.

Intellectual Disability Nursing is ideally placed to facilitate the needs of people with an intellectual disability in a variety of settings in partnership with the person and their family/ carers. They may require support of their well-being by improving or maintaining their physical and mental health.

In addition, Intellectual Disability Nurses can promote social inclusion by reducing barriers and supporting the person to live their lives as fully and independently as possible while respecting their rights and dignity. Over the course of this four-year course, students will develop the professional knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to meet the specific needs of persons with intellectual disabilities.

Student’s theoretical knowledge and practical skills will be developed through, the use of innovative and traditional teaching and learning approaches in modern teaching spaces and simulated learning environments.

Registered Nurses Intellectual Disability work in partnership with the person and their family carers, to provide specialist healthcare in a diversity of roles and settings across the life span, as people with intellectual disabilities often have a wide range of complex physical and mental health needs. Their main aim is to provide person centred care and support the well-being and social inclusion of people with an intellectual disability by improving or maintaining their physical and mental health; by reducing barriers; and supporting the person to live their lives as fully and independently as possible, while respecting their rights and dignity. Nursing support is provided in residential community settings, family homes, workplaces and schools.

YEAR 1 - Semester 1:
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YEAR 1 - Semester 2:
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YEAR 2 - Semester 1:
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YEAR 2 - Semester 2:
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YEAR 3 - Semester 1:

YEAR 3 - Semester 2:
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YEAR 4 - Semester 1:

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YEAR 4 - Semester 2:
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  • Apply to practice as a Registered Intellectual Disability Nurse in Ireland and throughout the UK and EU.
  • Graduates can apply for positions at Staff Nurse grade in the Irish healthcare sector

Students are supernumerary to the nursing service needs during three years out of the four and during this time do not receive any financial assistance other than that pertaining to other third-level students. There is a 36-week, rostered clinical placement during which time students are paid a salary from the health services.

Please find information on fees and funding here: www.dkit.ie/fees

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate including:

  • At least two H5 Grades
  • AND Mathematics Grade O6 or H7
  • AND Laboratory Science subject Grade O6 or H6
  • AND English Grade O6 or H7 OR Irish Grade O6 or H7
  • PLUS Minimum Points Score of 300.

Northern Ireland/UK Entry Requirements:

Applicants must meet the matriculation requirement of 6 different subjects which must include: 

  • Mathematics at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
  • A Laboratory Science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) at A Level or GCSE Pass or GCSE Grade CC in Double Award Science  
  • English (or Irish) at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
  • Two subjects at either:
        • ‘A Level’ (Grade A* - C)
        • AND/OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - C)
        • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction).
        • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction)
        • OR BTEC National Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
        • OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
        • OR BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma (Grade min: MMP)
  • The remaining subjects must be different from that presented above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at:
        • GCSE (Grade A* - C)
        • AND/OR AS Level’ (Grades A - E)
        • AND/OR A-level’ (Grades A* - E)
        • AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E)
        • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
        • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
  • And a minimum score of 300 points

PLEASE NOTE: Offers of places on this course are subject to applicants successfull passing Garda Clearance and Health Status Clearance from the Health Service Executive (North East) Occupational Health Unit.

Mature Applicants Entry Requirements:

  • Minimum of 23 years of age on January 1st of year of application.
  • An assessment test is carried out by the PAS on behalf of NMBI
  • For further information please click here or visit NursingCareers.ie 

 

Dr Myles Hackett (Head of Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years)
Phone: +353 429370263 Ext 2715
Email: myles.hackett@dkit.ie

Joe Treacy (Lecturer, Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years)
Phone: +353 429370200
Email: Joe.Treacy@dkit.ie

Course ID DK872
Level 8
Duration 4 Years
Points 347
Places 25
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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How to Apply

All applications for this course must be made directly to the CAO by using the course ID
DK872.

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Northern Ireland & UK

Applicants from Northern Ireland/UK must also apply through CAO. Find out more information about
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