Bachelor of Science in Nursing (General)

University of Limerick
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (General)

General nursing is a broad area of practice and involves caring for people with acute and long-term illness in hospital and community settings. General nursing provides a person-centered holistic approach to care, respecting each individual’s uniqueness and dignity. Registered General Nurses (RGNs) work collaboratively and in partnership with patients, their families/carers, the wider community and other health professionals in providing a proactive, evidence-based quality holistic service. The BSc Nursing (General) program is designed to provide students with the understanding, knowledge, skills and attitudes required to deliver compassionate care that is responsive to the needs of individuals within evolving healthcare settings.

The BSc. Nursing (General) is a full-time four-year degree offered by the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, the University of Limerick in conjunction with the Health Service Executive West (Limerick, Clare and Tipperary North). On successful completion of the program, students will be able to present for registration with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) and practise as a Registered General Nurse (R.G.N.).

Nursing programs at The University of Limerick offer a valuable opportunity to study on a renowned and beautiful campus with enthusiastic and experienced lecturers who support student learning both in practice with our service partners and on campus.

Admission requirements

Minimum grades

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Subject requirements

Applicants must also hold an O6/H7 grade in one of the following Laboratory Science subjects: Biology; Physics, Chemistry; Physics and Chemistry; or Agricultural Science. Enquiries about the methods of evaluation of results of examinations and qualifications other than the Republic of Ireland Leaving Certificate Examination should be addressed to the Admissions Office of UL.

In addition to the CAO application, applicants must also register and apply through the PAS website This is required as PAS undertakes the written assessment on behalf of the NCC. Mature applicants may also be considered on the basis of educational qualifications.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Shared Module: Promoting Safety within a Healthcare Context
  • Shared Module: Foundations for Engaged Learning
  • Philosophies Underpinning Person Centred Nursing
  • Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
  • Shared Module: Biological Sciences applied to Nursing & Midwifery 1
  • Shared Module: Communication and interpersonal Relationships in Nursing & Midwifery

Semester 2

  • Practice Placement Midwifery 1
  • Shared Module: Introduction to Health and Health Promotion
  • Person Centred Medical Nursing
  • Shared Module: Biological Sciences applied to Nursing & Midwifery 2
  • Shared Module: Introduction to Psychology applied to Nursing and Midwifery

Year 2

Semester 3

  • Practice Placement 2
  • Person Centred Surgical Nursing
  • Nutrition for Nursing Practice
  • Shared Module: Biological Sciences applied to Nursing & Midwifery 3
  • Shared Module: Principles of Infection Prevention & Control for Nurses and Midwives
  • Shared Module: Pharmacology for Nurses and Midwives

Semester 4

  • Practice Placement 3
  • Foundations of Maternal, Child and Mental Health Nursing
  • Older Person Nursing: Value-Based Practice
  • Shared Module: Nursing Individuals Living with Long Term Conditions
  • Shared Module: Law and Ethics for Nursing and Midwifery Practice3
  • Shared Module: Sociology of Health and Illness for Nursing and Midwifery
  • Obstetric Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • Practice Placement 4

Year 3

Semester 5

  • Practice Placement 5

Semester 6

  • Shared Module: Nursing in Primary and Community Settings
  • Shared Module: Research and Evidence in Healthcare
  • Person Centred Approaches to Rehabilitation Nursing
  • Principles of Palliative Care
  • Shared Module: Transition towards a Competent Practitioner

Year 4

Semester 7

  • Practice Placement 6
  • Shared Module: Practice Research Project
  • Shared Module: Leading and Managing in Quality Practice
  • Person Centred Nursing in Acute Complex Care

Semester 8

  • Practice Placement 7
  • Practice Placement 8

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Tution fee for 2021/2022:

  • EU Fee: 7,200&euro
  • Non EU Fee: 25,212&euro


NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Continuing studies

  • BSc in Medicine & Surgery
  • MSc Nursing
  • MSc Perioperative Nursing
  • MSc Palliative Care
  • MSc Advanced Practice

Career paths

Upon registration with NMBI, there are many different employment and career opportunities available to you. Nurses can work and/or specialise in e.g. medical or surgical nursing, care of the older person, renal nursing, oncology, theatre, palliative care, cardiac, orthopaedics, respiratory, emergency nursing or critical care. Many nurses work as community nurses and general practice nurses.

Other career options include midwifery, children's nursing, public health nursing, education or management. Registered General Nurses may progress their careers through advanced nursing studies, thus enabling them to assume roles, as clinical nurse specialists, and advanced nurse practitioners.

Recent graduates of this program are working as Registered General Nurses in hospitals, community nursing centres, prison service and in the private sector.

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University of Limerick

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University of Limerick
V94 T9PX Limerick

Phone no: +353 61 202414
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