On completion of the BSc (Hons) in Intellectual Disability Nursing, you can apply to register as anIntellectual Disability NursetoAn Bord Altranais, the profession'sregulatory body.
The course will provide you with excellent opportunities to develop knowledge and skills relevant to professional Intellectual Disability Nursingpractice, 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.
This four-year full-time degreecourse isoffered in partnership with COPE Foundation, Cork.
With a BSc (Hons) in Intellectual DisabilityNursing, you will be ready to start work as a qualified Intellectual DisabilityNurse in a variety of clinical settings immediately after graduation.
The broad aim of the course is to promote your personal, intellectual and professional developmentto meet the role dimensions of a qualified practitioner ofIntellectual Disability 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 Intellectual Disability Nursingonly).
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);
NU1047 Therapeutic Interpersonal Skills for Nursing Practice and Psychology for Healthcare (10 credits);
NU1050 The Foundations of Contemporary Intellectual Disability Nursing (5 credits);
NU1058 Promoting Health, Supporting Inclusion - the Potential Contribution of Nurses to the Care and Support of People with Disabilities (10 credits);
NU1051 Intellectual Disability Nursing Practice (10 credits)
Year 2 Modules:
Health, Life-Cycle - Perspectives on Maternity Care and Child Health Nursing; Health Care Needs of People with Intellectual Disabilities across the Lifespan I & II; Supporting Individuals with a Specific Intellectual Disability; Therapeutic Communication Supports and Person Centred Practice for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Year 3 Modules:
Professional Issues, Development of Disciplinary Knowledge, Teaching and Learning; Research for Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery Care; Supporting Individuals with a Specific Intellectual Disability; From Childhood to Older Adult: Issues for the Person with an Intellectual Disability and their Family; Health Needs of People with an Intellectual Disability across the Lifespan; Supporting People with Behaviours that challenge and/or Mental Health Issues; Intellectual Disability Nursing Practice
Year 4 Modules:
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.Modules include:
Research for Evidence-Based Nursing and Midwifery Care; The Profession and Discipline of Nursing: includingEthics, Legal Issues, Equality and Professional Practice; Professional Development and Nurses as Team Members, Leaders and Managers of the Future; Valuing People with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families across the Lifespan; Therapeutic Interpersonal Skills for Intellectual Disability Nursing Practice; Intellectual Disability Nursing Practice; Elective Module
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: CK730 (School Leaver). CK731 (Mature)
Course Title: Intellectual Disability 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 is expected to 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: 425. Points may vary from 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 at www.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 the CAO (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