BSc (Hons) in General Nursing

Bachelor of Science (Honours)General Nursing

Full Time
2016 CAO range:
        420 - 490
Cork Road
4 years
240 ECTS

What is General Nursing?

General nurses work as part of a multidisciplinary team in promoting and maintaining health of individuals, families and communities and in systematically caring for those who develop health problems and supporting them to live their lives to their maximum potential.

Reasons to choose this course

  • Nursing is an excellent choice for students interested in a healthcare career. Because human beings are complex, careers in nursing are amongst the most challenging; they are also some of the most rewarding.

  • Once graduated, your qualifications will take you anywhere in the world.

  • The General Nursing Course is delivered in a purpose-built, state-of-the-art learning environment and students undertake clinical practice in many hospitals throughout the south east region.

  • You will be taught over four years through a model that we call KSVSE (Knowledge, Science, Values and Attitudes, Skills and Experience).

  • Successfully completing all aspects of the course allows you to register as a General Nurse with An Bord Altranais. 

BSc (Hons) in General Nursing clinical placements

Clinical experience is an essential element of the course in order to register as a general nurse. There are over 80 weeks of clinical placement throughout the course including a 36 week continuous internship placement in year four. Students will be accommodated on clinical placements in Wexford, Carlow, Waterford, Kilkenny and South Tipperary.

Mature Applicants

  • Mature Applicants must apply using CAO code WD116

  • Mature Applicants for this and other nursing courses must apply by 1 February. Late applications will not be accepted.

  • Please note that the course content is exactly the same for mature and non-mature students, 

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Fundamentals of General Nursing 1 Fundamentals of General Nursing 2
Anatomy & Physiology 1 Introduction to Evidence Based Practice
Learning to Learn Anatomy & Physiology 2
Professional & Personal DevelopmentHealth & Psychosocial Studies 1
Professional & Patient Safety 1Medication Management 1
Fundamental Nursing Skills & General Nursing Experience 1General Nursing Experience 2
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Nursing in the Community ContextNursing the Acute Medical-Surgical Patient
Applied Pathophysiology 1Evidence Based Practice 2
Health & Psychosocial Studies 2Ethical, Legal & Political Issues in General Nursing
Medication Management 2Professional & Patient Safety 2
Nursing Skills Specialist GroupsGeneral Nursing Experience 4
General Nursing Experience 3
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Care of the Older PatientNursing the Chronically Ill Patient
Applied Nursing Skills in PracticeEvidence Based Practice 3
Medication Management 3Applied Pathphysiology 2
General Nursing Experience 5Management & Leadership in Nursing Practice
General Nursing Experience 6
Year 4
Semester 7Semester 8
Palliative & Cancer Nursing CareConsolidation of Knowledge
Health & Psychosocial Studies 3Science Values and Attitudes,
Nurse as Educator in Practice/PreceptorshipSkills and Experience through Clinical Internship
Consolidation of Nursing Skills for Professional PracticeThis is a 36 week placement within the South East.
Professional and Patient Safety 4
General Nursing Experience 7

Leaving Certificate 2017:

Minimum entry requirements

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7
Science: O6/H7

  • A laboratory science subject (biology, physics, chemistry, physics & chemistry (joint) or agricultural science)
  • Three other subjects (may include Irish or English and a laboratory science subject not included already) or have equivalent second level educational qualifications to the foregoing.
  • The minimum educational requirements may be accumulated over not more than two sittings of the leaving certificate examination or an equivalent examination.

Advanced and Equivalent Entry:

Additional Applicant Requirements

1. Fitness to Practice - All applicants will be required to undergo a full medical examination, to establish that they are medically fit to take up the profession of nursing. 

2. Garda Clearance - All applicants will be required to complete Garda Vetting Application Forms. Please note the following with regard to vetting procedures once registered with WIT:

  • Applicants will be provided with relevant forms and documentation for vetting within Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

  • It is mandatory for applicants who have resided abroad for a period greater than 6 months since the age of 12 years to provide WIT  with a Police Clearance Certificate from those countries.

  • Clinical placements can only be arranged for students on receipt of satisfactory clearance.

  • Further information re Garda/Police clearance is available from the Nurse Allocations Office, WIT at 051 845601.

BSc (Hons) in General Nursing career ppportunities

Graduates may apply for positions at staff nurse grade within the Irish healthcare sector. Universally Irish nurses are highly regarded in other countries thus enhancing work opportunities.

Postgraduate Opportunities

Graduates who wish to pursue a career in specialist nursing can apply for Higher Diploma courses/MSc in areas such as gerontology, coronary care, intensive care, peri-operative care, paediatric nursing and accident and emergency nursing. Alternatively graduates may choose to pursue advanced studies in nursing education or nursing management.

More Student Stories

This course offers students increased flexibility in that it blends traditional face to face teaching with the benefits of learning online.  The course is designed so that students can have greater personal interaction with their lecturers and fellow students when they attend the campus for some elements of the course.   The course designers identified specific elements of the course suited to learning online allowing students to access learning materials online (including lecture notes, case studies, mini assessments  and additional reading) and interact online with their lectures via online lectures, discussion forums and chat rooms.  Students just need internet access on their phone, tablet or computer to access their learning content online and complete their learning activities like posting to forums or engaging in their online lectures. 

As part of the induction for the course, students are given over an overview of how the course will be delivered.  They are are encouraged to access the online learning resources and activities to ensure that they are familiar with how the course will operate so they can get started with planning their study time and engaging with the course content.  

To support the student in learning online, the student will have access to the module lecturing team who can be easily contacted either in person following an on campus class, or through a planned meeting or via email or live chat in the online learning platform.  Each student is also assigned a named study advisor if additional support is required, or the student can avail of additional study support initiatives provided by the WIT Centre for Student Life and Learning, or the WIT Library support team.  WIT is one of the only third level higher education institutes that has a dedicated Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning who collaborate with lecturers in using technology in their teaching and support students in using technology in their learning.  

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