On completion of theBSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing, you can apply to register as aPsychiatricNurse toAn Bord Altranais, the profession'sregulatory body.
The course will provide you with excellent opportunities to develop knowledge and skills relevant to professionalPsychiatricNursing practice, including independent and critical thinking, and problem solving. It will enable you to delivernursing care that is up-to-date and based on the best current evidence.
Thisfour-year full-time degreecourse is offered in partnershipwith the Health Service Executive (South) (HSE).
With aBSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing, you will be ready to start work as a qualified psychiatric nurse in a variety of clinical settings immediately after graduation.
The broad aim of the course is to promote your personal, intellectual and professional development to meet the role dimensions of a qualified practitioner of Mental Health Nursing.
Each year, you will study modules in both theory and clinical practice. Clinical practice modules require you to be in supervised clinical practice in hospital, community and other healthcare settings for 35 hours per week for a number of weeks each year.
Theory modules include both nursing, and biological and social science modules, some of which are core (shared with students from other nursing/midwifery branches), while others are discipline-specific (taken by Mental Health Nursing students only).
In Year 4, you may also take some elective modules.
Year 1 Modules:
NU1026 Academic Writing, Information Technology and Evidence Based Nursing Practice (5 credits);
NU1032Fundamental Knowledge and Skills for Nursing Practice (10 credits);
NU1040 Infection Prevention and Control for Nursing and Midwifery Practice (5 credits);
SC1015 Sociological and Cultural Foundations of Health Care and their Application to Nursing (5 credits);
NU1042 Developing Hope-Inspiring Relationships and Psychology for Health Care (10 credits);
NU1043 Recovery - Theory, Concept and Principles (10 credits);
NU1045 Creative Therapies and Self Awareness Skills for Mental Health Nursing (5 credits);
NU1044 Developing Skilled Menatl Health Nursing Practice (10 credits)
Pharmacology and Medication Management for Nurses and Midwives; Research for Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery Care; Recovery - Working with People through Crisis; Therapeutic Relationships - Communication and Self-Swareness; General Health Care for Adults with Menatal Health Problems - Applied Nutrition, Anatomy and Physiology; Social Justice and Mental Health: Combating Discrimination, Labelling and Stigma; Skilled Menatl Helath Nursing Practice
Year 3 Modules:
Health Promotion and Primary Health Care in a Mental Health Context; Mental Health Nursing: Politics, Policy and Practice; Developing Hope-Inspiring Relationships when working therapeutically with Individuals in Groups; Recovery - Working with Children and Young People with Mental Health Problems; Recovery - Working with the Older Adult with Mental Health Problems; Skilled Mental Health Nursing Practice
Year 4 Modules:
Research for Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery Care; Recovery - Working with Vulnerable Populations; Leadership and Therapeutic Team Working Skills in a Mental Health Setting; The Profession and Discipline of Psychiatric Nursing; Elective module: Skilled Mental Health Nursing Practice
In Year 4, you will take a number of theory modules at UCC in semester one (before Christmas). In semester two (after Christmas), you will undertake a 36-week paid internship with your parent HSP.
See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the Programme and the Book of Modulesfor a more detailed description of programme modules.
Course Code: CK720 (School Leaver) CK721 (Mature)
Course Title: Mental Health Nursing
College: Medicine and Health
Duration: 4 years
Teaching Mode: Full-time
Qualifications: BSc (Hons)
NFQ Level: Level 8
Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be EUR 3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be EUR 165.
2017 Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics, one Laboratory Science subject (i.e Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
Entry Points: 2016: 420. Points may vary year to year.
Theory modules:These comprise lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical skills training, experiential learning sessions, field visits,and protected study time. These modules are taken at the university during blocks of study weeks throughout each year of the course.
Clinical practice modules:These require you to be in supervised clinical practice in hospital, community and other healthcare settings for 35 hours per week for a number of weeks each year. In semester two (after Christmas) of Year 4, you will undertake a 36-week paid internship with your parent HSP.
Garda Vetting and Infectious Diseases Policy
Fitness to Practise
Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to UCC's Fitness to Practise Policy Â– full details may be found here.
Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment including essays, projects, seminar presentations,assessment of clinical skills and learning, in-class tests, self- and peer-assessment. Students are assessed by expert clinical nurses while on their clinicalplacements.
EU Applicants:Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online atwww.cao.ie.The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.
Mature Applicants: Application is made through theCAO (www.cao.ie) and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.
Further Contact Information
Senior Programmes Administrator, Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Angela Flynn PhD (Social Sciences), MSc (Nursing), PGDip Ed, RGN, RNT
3.12 School of Nursing & Midwifery
College of Medicine & Health
Brookfield Health Sciences Complex
University College Cork