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At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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DC217
Intellectual Disability Nursing

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
4 Years
Duration of course
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375

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375

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Intellectual disability nurses work closely with people with an intellectual disability and their families throughout their lives, as assistants, practitioners, educators and facilitators. As members of an interdisciplinary team of therapists, clinicians, teachers and medical personnel, ID nurses work in a person-centred way to empower clients to achieve their life goals.

Students are trained in either St. Josephs Hospital, Clonsilla, Dublin 15, or St Josephs Learning Disability Services, Portrane.


 
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To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]

To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website from the links available in the Course Details section above.

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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Old Code New Code Award Title
DCHSN  5M4349  Nursing Studies
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
DHSXX  5M4339  Healthcare Support

Essential Module Requirements:

Must possess distinctions in 5 modules in the FETAC/QQI level 5/6 qualification which must include: 
D20001 or 5N0749
D20012 or 5N4325
D20032 or 5N1279 or C20006 or 5N2746

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B.Sc. (Hons) Nursing course provides the pre-registration education you  needed to qualify as a general, psychiatric or intellectual disability nurse. When you graduate you will be awarded a 

B.Sc. (Hons) Nursing (General), 
B.Sc. (Hons) Nursing (Psychiatric) or
B.Sc. (Hons) Nursing (Intellectual Disability)
B.Sc. (Hons) Nursing (Children's & General)

You will then be eligible for professional registration with An Bord Altranais (Irish Nursing Board). Graduates in Nursing are eligible for entry to the professional register, meaning you are qualified for immediate employment in a wide variety of health care sectors. Career opportunities include: the community, schools, general practice and occupational health, as well as traditional hospitals and care facilities. In addition, career pathways have been established in clinical practice, management, education and research.

The Irish Nursing Qualification is recognised internationally, so you will also have the opportunity to travel and work abroad.



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