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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Intellectual Disability)

Course Details

Course code:
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree
4 Years
CAO points:
Course leader:
Dr Eileen Carey
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 202422
* Indicates that not all applicants who scored these points were offered places.
† Indicates that students admitted to the programme are required to undergo a Garda Vetting process.



Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus


† Indicates that students admitted to the programme are required to undergo a Garda Vetting process.

About You

If you are a person who enjoys working with people, are creative and have good communication skills, interested in social justice and human rights, and enjoy challenging work experiences, then this programme might be for you.

Why Study Intellectual Disability Nursing at UL?

The BSc. Nursing (Intellectual Disability) is a full-time four year degree programme offered by the Department of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Limerick in conjunction with the Daughter of Charity Services. A wide range of clinical experiences are incorporated throughout the four years including early intervention, residential settings and community. On successful completion of the programme, you will be able to present for registration with An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann and practice as a Registered Nurse Intellectual Disability (R.N.I.D.). The Department of Nursing and Midwifery had received approval from An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann for the programme.

The BSc. Nursing (Intellectual Disability) is based on a philosophy of inclusion, empowerment and valuing people. This programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to become an analytical and reflective practitioner; one who is able to provide a holistic and caring approach to clients with an intellectual disability. This programme will enable you to integrate humanistic, scientific and research based principles enhancing your knowledge and understanding of the physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual needs of persons with intellectual disabilities. This knowledge will be acquired through the study and practice of nursing, biological sciences, social sciences and related disciplines.

The programme is offered full time over four years.The curriculum encompasses the development of theory and practice simultaneously, with the programme structured as follows:

  • 63 weeks Theory (minimum)
  • 45 weeks un-rostered clinical placement
  • 36 weeks internship.

The University offers a number of access places on all University courses for socio-economically disadvantaged students. Financial documentation in support of each application is required. Potential applicants should make advance contact with the Access Office; Telephone 061 213104.

Nursing is a demanding profession both physically and emotionally. Successful applicants must be of good health and have the ability to achieve the required competencies of a nurse.Offers of places on the nursing programmes are subject to satisfactory completion of a health declaration/medical assessment and vaccination programme.

NM4131 Shared Module:
Promoting Safety within a
Healthcare Context
NM4171 Practice Placement 1  
NS4121 Shared Module:
Foundations for Engaged Learning
NM4092 Shared Module:
Introduction to Health and Health Promotion
NM4241 Understanding Intellectual Disability NM4252 Introduction to Support Strategies across the Lifespan  
NM4251 Sphere and Practice of the RNID NM4152 Shared Module:
Biological Sciences applied to
Nursing & Midwifery 2
NM4151 Shared Module:
Biological Sciences applied to
Nursing & Midwifery 1
PS4062 Shared Module:
Introduction to Psychology applied to Nursing and Midwifery
NM4161 Shared Module:
Communication and Interpersonal Relationships in Nursing & Midwifery
NM4172 Practice Placement 2 NM4193 Practice Placement 3  
NM4103 Intellectual Disability Early Childhood Nursing NM4134 Intellectual Disability Adult Nursing  
NM4263 Intellectual Disability Adolescent Nursing NM4144 Intellectual Disability Older Adult Nursing  
NM4173 Shared Module:
Biological Sciences applied to
Nursing & Midwifery 3
NM4243 Shared Module:
Nursing Individuals living with Long Term Conditions
NM4183 Shared Module:
Principles of Infection Prevention & Control for Nurses and Midwives
NM4104 Shared Module:
Law and Ethics for Nursing and
Midwifery Practice
NM4022 Shared Module:
Pharmacology for Nurses and
S04014 Shared Module
Sociology of Health and Illness for Nursing and Midwifery
    NM4115 Practice Placement 4  
NM4125 Practice Placement 5 NM4076 Shared Module:
Nursing in Primary and Community Settings
    NM4086 Shared Module:
Research and Evidence in
    NM4036 Meeting and Supporting the Person with Intellectual Disability and
Complex Needs
    NM4046 Supporting the Person with Intellectual Disability in Challenging Behavioral or Mental Health Situations  
    NM4116 Shared Module:�
Transition towards a Competent
NM4126 Practice Placement 6 NM4097 Practice Placement 7  
NM4067 Shared Module:
Practice Research Project
NM4008 Practice Placement 8  
NM4077 Shared Module :
Leading and Managing in Quality Practice
NM4137 Envisioning the Future Role and Practice of the RNID      



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.

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.

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.

QQI Entry

Certain QQI Awards are acceptable in fulfilling admission requirements for this programme. Go to the UL Admissions QQI page for a full list of modules.

Mature Students

Applicants who wish to be considered for a place on the grounds of mature years must satisfy Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann as to their suitability by means of an assessment test. Mature applicants should be 23 years old on or before January 1st of the year of enrolment. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

In addition to the CAO application, applicants must also register and apply through the PAS website www.publicjobs.ie 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. Such applicants should also consult the booklet: Nursing and Midwifery A Career for You, published by the Nursing Careers Centre, Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann

Tel +353 (0)1 6398500 www.nursingcareers.ie

As services for people with an intellectual disability have evolved greatly in the past few years, greater emphasis is placed on integration in schools, work and community and the R.N.I.D. is at the forefront in promoting and advocating for this integration. This programme provides graduates with the knowledge and experience to contribute effectively in community and health care services. The government recognise the need for more services for people with intellectual disability and at present there is a shortfall in nurses qualifying in this area.

Follow-On Study

Graduates from this programme can pursue further study in nursing and healthcare. UL has a variety of Postgraduate, Masters and PhD programmes in the department of Nursing and Midwifery. Go to www.nm.ul.ie to find out more.

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Student Profile

Thomas Dawson
This course interested me because there’s a good mix between theory/college work and practical work in the clinical labs, and in the amount of placement time spent working in hospitals and care centres. Placements were a huge benefit to me as everything you learn in lectures and from textbooks make more sense when you see it and do it for real.

The course is very enjoyable and you’ll meet new friends and colleagues out in the work place. I enjoyed working with people with an intellectual disability and making a difference in their lives, no matter how small. This course at UL equipped me with the knowledge and skills to do that.