Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Mental Health)
Bachelor Honours Degree
* 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.
Are you interested in working with people who are experiencing mental health problems and helping them towards recovery? Are you interested in caring for people? Do you have good communication skills and enjoy working as part of a team? Are you willing to learn, practise and take on the responsibilities of providing skilled mental health nursing care? If so, then this course might suit you.
Why Study Mental Health Nursing at UL?
The B.Sc. Nursing (Mental Health) is a fulltime four year degree programme offered by the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick, in conjunction with the Health Service Executive West (Limerick, Clare, Tipperary North). On successful completion of the programme, you will be able to present for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) and practice as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (R.P.N.). The Department of Nursing and Midwifery has received approval from NMBI for the programme.
As a student Of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick you will combine theoretical study with practice placement experience. In practice you are provided with opportunities to gain real-world experience working with service users and diverse populations in Mental Health Care practice placements within the Mid-West region of Ireland.
The BSc Nursing (Mental Health) programme is designed to ensure that you graduate with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to deliver recovery focused compassionate care, responsive to the mental health needs of individuals and communities within evolving healthcare settings. The graduate will be able to work collaboratively and in partnership with service users, their families/carers, the wider community and other health professionals in providing a proactive, evidence-based quality holistic service.
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 unrostered Clinical Placement
- 36 weeks Internship
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.
|CODE||SEMESTER 1||CODE||SEMESTER 2||SUMMER|
Promoting Safety within a
|NM4171||Practice Placement 1|
Foundations for Engaged Learning
Introduction to Health and Health Promotion
|NM4261||Introduction to Mental Health Nursing||NM4122||Nursing the Person with Comorbid Physical and Mental Health Disorders|
|NM4271||Introduction to Mental Health Disorders and Recovery||NM4152||Shared Module:
Biological Sciences Applied to Nursing & Midwifery 2
Biological Sciences Applied to Nursing & Midwifery 1
Introduction to Psychology applied to Nursing and Midwifery
Communication and interpersonal Relationships in Nursing & Midwifery
|CODE||SEMESTER 3||CODE||SEMESTER 4||SUMMER|
|NM4172||Practice Placement 2||NM4193||Practice Placement 3|
|NM4273||Introduction to Psychosocial interventions||NM4154||Promoting Recovery in Persons Experiencing Psychosis|
|NM4283||Promoting Recovery in Persons Experiencing Mood and Emotional Disorders||NM4164||Mental Health and Wellbeing in Older Persons|
Biological Sciences Applied to Nursing & Midwifery 3
Nursing Individuals Living with Long Term Conditions
Principles of Infection Prevention & Control for Nurses and Midwives
Law and Ethics for Nursing and Midwifery Practice
Pharmacology for Nurses and Midwives
Sociology of Health and Illness for Nursing and Midwifery
|CODE||SEMESTER 5||CODE||SEMESTER 6||SUMMER|
|NM4125||Practice Placement 5||NM4076||Shared Module:
Nursing in Primary and Community Settings
Research and Evidence in
|NM4165||Child and Adolescent Mental Health|
|NM4056||Crisis Resolution and Risk Management in Mental Health Care|
Transition Towards a Competent
|CODE||SEMESTER 7||CODE||SEMESTER 8||SUMMER|
|NM4126||Practice Placement 6||NM4097||Practice Placement 7|
Practice Research Project
|NM4008||Practice Placement 8|
|NM4077||Shared Module :
Leading and Managing in Quality Practice
|NM4147||Mental Health Nursing and Complex Care Needs|
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.
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.
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 https://www.nursingcareers.ie
The B.Sc. Nursing (Mental Health) programme provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies to enable people with mental health problems to develop coping skills to maximise their potential for recovery. Mental Health Nurses practice as members of a multidisciplinary team across a broad range of areas, for example, adult inpatient and community-based services, child and adolescent services, specialist rehabilitation, liaison psychiatry, forensic mental health, addiction services, and primary care. Mental Health Nurses may progress their careers through advanced nursing studies, thus enabling them to LM152 Online assume roles as clinical nurse specialists and advanced nurse practitioners in mental health as well as roles in nursing education and research.
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.ul.ie/nm to find out more.
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I was always interested in mental health and how the brain works. With mental health, it’s different to treating broken bones or cuts and bruises - it can be the same illness with different presentations. You see something different every day and you’re constantly learning.
The course has a good balance of both theory and practical work. In years 1 and 2, there are lots of common modules between the disciplines, such as anatomy and physiology and pharmacology. As you progress you concentrate more on your discipline-specific core modules, such as child and adolescent mental health, mood disorders and psychotic and personality disorders. You spend a lot of the 4 years on placement which prepares you for the work of a registered nurse. You will get the opportunity to work in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and acute mental units.
When you complete a nursing course at UL, the opportunities are endless. Nursing can bring you all over the world and if you’re not interested in travelling you have so many areas you can branch into, like working with those who experience enduring mental illness, care of the elderly, community work and specialist services such as drug and alcohol. What I love about my course is how much I’ve accomplished over the 4 years. I love that I’m going to be quali ed in something that I enjoy doing and look forward to further opportunities.