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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Intellectual Disability)

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

About this program

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Intellectual Disability)

The BSc. Nursing (Intellectual Disability) full-time four year degree program is offered by the Department of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Limerick in conjunction with the Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland has approved the BSc Nursing (Intellectual Disability) program. The theoretical component of the program offers the diversity of a small class size for discipline specific modules and large class size for modules shared with other nursing and midwifery disciplines. Clinical Skill Laboratory/Tutorial sessions compliment many classroom lectures. Additionally, throughout the four years of the program a wide range of practice placement experiences are incorporated including early intervention, day-service, residential, respite and community settings. On successful completion of the program, you will be able to present for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and practice as a Registered Nurse Intellectual Disability (RNID).

The BSc. Nursing (Intellectual Disability) is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to become an analytical and reflective practitioner, capable of providing compassionate, caring and committed approaches to supporting people with intellectual disabilities and their families. The program based on a philosophy of inclusion, empowerment and valuing people, enables the integration of humanistic, scientific and research based principles to enhance your knowledge and understanding of physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual needs of persons with intellectual disabilities.

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.

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.

Subject requirements

In addition applicants must hold an O6/H7 grade in one of the following Laboratory Science subjects: Biology; Physics, Chemistry; Physics and Chemistry; or Agricultural Science.

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
  • Understanding Intellectual Disability
  • Sphere and Practice of the RNID
  • Shared Module: Biological Sciences applied to Nursing & Midwifery 1
  • Shared Module: Communication and interpersonal Relationships in Nursing & Midwifery

Semester 2

  • Practice Placement
  • Shared Module: Introduction to Health and Health Promotion
  • Introduction to Support Strategies across the Lifespan
  • 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
  • Intellectual Disability Early Childhood Nursing
  • Intellectual Disability Adolescent Nursing
  • 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
  • Intellectual Disability Adult Nursing
  • Intellectual Disability Older Adult Nursing
  • 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
  • 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
  • Meeting and Supporting the Person with Intellectual Disability and Complex Needs
  • Supporting the Person with Intellectual Disability in Challenging Behavioral or Mental Health Situations
  • 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
  • Envisioning the Future Role and Practice of the RNID

Semester 8

  • Practice Placement 7
  • Practice Placement 8

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition

Tution fee for 2021/2022:

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

Qualification

NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Continuing studies

  • Postgrad Dip in Nursing
  • Nursing (Conversion to Adult)

Career paths

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on the Graduate Outcomes Survey by graduates approximately one year after graduation:

  • Autism Nurse
  • Disability Nurse
  • Care Nurse
  • Home Help Carer
  • Geriatric Nurse
  • Social Care Worker
  • Community Nurse

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