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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (General)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (General)
NFQ Level 8 Major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

CAO points:
452* †
Course code:
4 Years
* 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.
Course leader:
Irene Cassidy
Email: Tel:

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


About You

Are you interested in working in a team? Are you interested in helping people? Are you a good listener and have qualities such as kindness and respect for vulnerable people? Are you willing to learn, practice your skills and become competent in nursing? If so, general nursing may be the career for you.

Why Study General Nursing at UL?

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) programme 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 B.Sc. 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 programme, 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 programmes 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.

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

During the course, you will study nursing, caring, communication, health and wellbeing. Biological and social sciences, psychology, law, management and ethics are also studied. This course is full-time 4-year programme and includes practice placements throughout the Mid-West region. As this course leads to an academic and professional qualification, students will need to put time and effort into study.

Nursing is a demanding profession both physically and emotionally. Successful applicants must be of good physical and mental 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 Garda Vetting & Health Screening, including vaccination. This will be organised by the Department of Nursing and Midwifery. Prospective students should be aware that there is likely to be a cost implication borne by the student for health screening and vaccination.

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
NM4091 Philosophies Underpinning Person Centred Nursing NM4181 Person Centred Medical Nursing  
NM4141 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice 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  
NM4153 Person Centred Surgical Nursing NM4233 Foundations of Maternal, Child and Mental Health Nursing  
NM4163 Nutrition for Nursing Practice NM4094 Older Person Nursing: Value-Based Practice  
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 Midwives
S04014 Shared Module
Sociology of Health and Illness for Nursing and Midwifery
    NM4115 Practice Placement 4  
Year 3 Semester 5   Semester 6 Summer
NM4125 Practice Placement 5 NM4076 Shared Module:
Nursing in Primary and Community Settings
    NM4086 Shared Module:
Research and Evidence in
    NM4096 Person Centred Approaches to
Rehabilitation Nursing
    NM4106 Principles of Palliative Care  
    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
NM4087 Person Centred Nursing in Acute Complex Care      

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 An 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, An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann

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

Upon registration with NMBI, there are many different employment and career opportunities available to you. Nurses can work and/or specialise in medical, surgical, care of the older person, gynaecology, theatre or other such areas. Many nurses work as community nurses and general practice nurses. Other career options include midwifery, paediatric nursing, education or management.

Recent graduates of this programme are working as Registered General Nurses, in hospitals, community nursing centres, prison service and in the private sector and further professional study i.e midwifery.

Recent graduates are also employed in nursing overseas.

Follow-On Study  

Graduates from this programme can pursue further study in nursing and healthcare including:

  • MSc Nursing
  • Graduate Diploma in Midwifery

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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Laura Griffin

Living in Limerick, UL is a campus I have grown up around and loved throughout my childhood. The nursing course is also highly attractive here as we have the new Health Sciences building and our placement scheme is second to none as we are surrounded by the UL Hospitals group.

Nursing itself is something I became interested in because of its focus on people. I also love that there is always more to learn. I have found the modules on anatomy and genetics really interesting as biology was a favorite subject of mine in secondary school. I have also been awarded the Downer Nursing Scholarship which is a huge honour.

The high level of active learning through placement is another element of the course that grabbed my attention since, for me, actually doing something is the best way to learn. During my 1st semester I went on a 4-week nursing placement to the University Hospital Limerick. I had the chance to put into practice everything I had learned thus far in my studies.

By the end of my time there, skills like taking a patient’s vital signs became simple and routine to me which really made me feel like part of the nursing team. Actually being in the hospital setting so early on in my degree gave me great confidence in the fact that nursing is definitely the career for me! I feel comfortable and prepared going forward in my studies knowing that the nursing setting is where I want to be.

Student Profile

Tanya Byrnes
I chose UL after coming down here to the open days and seeing the fantastic campus. I’m from Wexford and when I arrived I didn’t know very many people here but I have to say that I settled right in.

I have always wanted to be a nurse and the course provided here in UL is excellent. Our semester is split between working in the hospital and time in college. Our lecturers are all nurses themselves and all have experience of working in hospitals which makes their lectures more interesting when they talk about their hands on experiences.

Student Profile

Sarah Moore
I chose UL after coming down here to the open days and seeing the fantastic campus. I’m from Wexford and when I arrived I didn’t know very many people here but I have to say that I settled right in.

I have always wanted to be a nurse and the course provided here in UL is excellent. Our semester is split between working in the hospital and time in college. Our lecturers are all nurses themselves and all have experience of working in hospitals which makes their lectures more interesting when they talk about their hands on experiences.