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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Intellectual Disability)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Intellectual Disability)
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

CAO points:
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:
Dr Ruth Ryan
Email: Tel:
00 353 (0)61 234216

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


About You

If you are an individual who enjoys working with people who seek to understand how humanistic, legalistic, psychological and sociological factors, which impact health and wellbeing of people with intellectual disability and their families, and respond accordingly, then this programme may be for you.

Why Study Intellectual Disability Nursing at UL?

The BSc. Nursing (Intellectual Disability) full-time four year degree programme 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) programme.  The theoretical component of the programme 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 programme a wide range of practice placement experiences are incorporated including early intervention, day-service, residential, respite and community settings. On successful completion of the programme, 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 programme 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.

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.

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


Demographic changes among the population group of people with an intellectual disability have resulted for many, in the presentation of increasingly complex health needs, particularly evident in the early years and for those growing older with an intellectual disability.  Consequently, this work has identified clinical nursing skills as an area of key competency for future service delivery, which aims to support the management chronic conditions and health across the lifespan.  Due to the changing landscape of service delivery for people with intellectual disability, RNID’s now practice as members of multidisciplinary teams in a wide variety of contexts and settings. For example, early intervention, day-service, residential, respite, primary and community based settings.  As services for people with intellectual disability has evolved in the past few years, there has been greater emphasis on equality of access to mainstream health services, integration in schools, work and community.  At the forefront in the promotion of and advocating for equality, rights, access and integration, the graduate RNID is equipped with knowledge and experience to contribute effectively in health and community services.

Follow-On Study

Graduates from this programme can pursue further study in nursing and healthcare. RNID’s may progress their careers through advanced nursing studies, thus enabling them to assume roles as clinical nurse specialists, advanced nurse practitioners, as well as roles in nursing education and research.  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.