BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing

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

Course Summary

Mental Health nursing is a specialist field within the health care profession. Over the course of this four-year honours degree course, students will develop the professional knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to meet the nursing needs of individuals experiencing a range of mental health feelings, problems and conflicts.

The nurse is concerned with helping to restore and maintain mental health and has an educational role in the promotion of recovery and the reduction/prevention of mental health distress. The primary objective of mental health nursing is to facilitate the maximum development of the mental health of the individual who has mental health problems and to promote mental health in the wider community.

At the heart of the role of the mental health nurse is the ability to establish therapeutic relationships with individuals and their families. Good communication skills are essential to form and maintain these relationships.

Over the course of this four-year course, you will develop the professional knowledge, skills and attitude needed to communicate with people experiencing mental distress and to form a therapeutic relationship with them and their families. 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.

YEAR 1 - Semester 1:

YEAR 1 - Semester 2:

YEAR 2 - Semester 1:

YEAR 2 - Semester 2:

YEAR 3 - Semester 1:

YEAR 3 - Semester 2:

YEAR 4 - Semester 1:

  • Research Proposal

  • Preparing for Professional Practice
  • Complementary and Alternative Therapies
  • Clinical Placement 4

YEAR 4 - Semester 2:

  • Internship
  • Apply to practice as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in Ireland and throughout the UK and EU.
  • Graduates can apply for positions at Staff Nurse grade in the Irish healthcare sector.

Opportunities for postgraduate study at both postgraduate diploma and Masters level in related areas such as clinical practice, education and management.

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:

H5 Grades in two higher level papers and O6/H7 in four  ordinary or higher level papers in the Leaving Certificate Examination in the following subjects: 

  • English or Irish (not Foundation Level) 
  • Mathematics (not Foundation Level) 
  • A Laboratory Science subject (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physics and Chemistry or Agricultural Science) 
  • Three other subjects 
  • 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 successfully passing Garda Clearance and Health Status Clearance from the Health Service Executive (North East) Occupational Health Unit.

Mature Students: 

  • 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 see here or visit NursingCareers.ie 

Dr Myles Hackett (Head of Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years)
Phone: +353-0429370263 Ext 2715
Email: myles.hackett@dkit.ie

Mark Cunningham (Programme Director )
Phone: +353-0429370200
Email: Mark.Cunningham@dkit.ie

Course ID DK874
Level 8
Duration 4 Years
Points 347
Places 31
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
DK874.

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Northern Ireland & UK

Applicants from Northern Ireland/UK must also apply through CAO. Find out more information about
applying to DkIT from Northern Ireland or the UK.

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