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Course Code:
DC217
Title:
Intellectual Disability Nursing
College:
DCU
Qualification:
Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
Duration:
4 Years

 

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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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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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2013 Points

395*

Change from 2012: 

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History:

2012 - 395
2011 - 370*
2010 - 370*
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2008 - 300
2007 - 310
2006 - 310
2005 - 295
2004 - 285
2003 - 200
2002 - 280
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Essential Module Requirements:

Must possess distinctions in 5 modules in the FETAC level 5/6 qualification which must include:

  • D20001 or 5N0749
  • D20012 or 5N4325
  • D20032 or 5N1279 or C20006 or 5N2746


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