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Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Nursing

One-year course designed for graduate nurses to top up their qualification to an Honours degree. Delivered one day per week from September to April/May.

Discipline: Nursing and Social Care

Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: One year add-on

Mode of Study: Part time

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: Level 7 NFQ (IRELAND) Level 6 QCF (UK/NI/Wales/Scotland)

Places: 25

Fee: 

The fee for the BSc (Hons) in Nursing is currently €3000. These are subject to change without notice and may be reviewed by GMIT's Governing Body in May/June 2016.

Why Study?

This course is ideally suited to prepare graduate nurses (with a Diploma or Bachelor's degree in Nursing) who would like to top-up their qualifications to an Honours Degree level. If you are currently a registered nurse in Ireland and would like to pursue an Honours Degree in Nursing, then this course is for you too.

The aim of this course is to prepare graduate nurses for systematic reflection on their practice, enabling them to contribute to the development of:

  • Nursing knowledge
  • Theory
  • Practice

This course facilitates the provision of high quality and cost effective services for patients/clients.

Over the course of the year, students will have time to reflect upon the changing nature of Health Care, nationally and internationally, giving each participant time to analyse the context in which they provide care to patients. This course contributes to the development of knowledge and analytical skills of students and enhances action and decision making skills, providing a solid foundation for lifelong learning.

Students on this course develop specific skills pertaining to the facilitation of health gain, and the maintenance of health status, enhancing each graduate nurse's employability and adaptability relevant to nursing employers accross a variety of health care settings.

With the provision of electives, students are offered a variety of choices, allowing for the development of learning, related to specific areas of practice. This provides an excellent foundation for further education and career development. This course enables students to integrate (and inter-relate) knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the areas of management, clinical practice and generic areas of professional nursing, and then apply them to practice. This 'top-up' course draws on student's prior learning and encourages further engagement in the process of lifelong learning.

The course is delivered one-day per week during the academic year, commencing in September and finishing in April/May. Our lecturing staff at GMIT are highly qualified, experienced and motivated, and utilize a vareity of teaching and assesment methodologies to keep the level of learning and engagement exciting and interesting.  

 

 

Programme Modules

This course is modular in structure. Each (mandatory) module is worth 10 credits, and each elective is worth 5 credits. This course comprises of 4 mandatory and 4 elective modules. 

The mandatory modules are designed to develop student's understanding of:

  • Contemporary nursing
  • Social and Physiological sciences, 
  • Research

all the while providing the core knowledge, skills and attitudes needed, which are then further developed through electives. 

Elective modules are grouped into 3 strands:

  • Management
  • Cinical
  • Generic

Students are required to select at least one module from each group, plus one additional module. The elective modules offered on this course reflect the range of healthcare needs nurses encounter as part of their job, and the demands of both professional and service needs. 

Management modules are available in the areas of:

  • Health Policy
  • Leadership
  • Law

Clinical modules are designed to meet the professional needs of Nurses working in the areas of:

  • Mental Health
  • Primary Health Care
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Elderly Care

Generic modules are offered in the areas of:

  • Health Promotion
  • Teaching
  • Learning

Modules are offered based on sufficient numbers of student Nurses choosing/requesting them.

INDEX OF MODULES

Mandatory Modules

  • Contemporary issues in nursing
  • Research skills in nursing practice
  • Applied physiology and pharmacology
  • Applied social science

Group 1: Elective Modules (Management) 

  • Leadership and management in nursing
  • Law and nursing
  • Health Policy

Group 2: Elective Modules (Clincial)

  • Nursing the person with a chronic illness
  • Contemporary issues in mental health
  • Care of the older person
  • Family health

Group 3: Elective Modules (Generic)

  • The nurse as an educator
  • Health promotion

 

Learning Outcomes: 

TESTIMONIALS

"After 5 yrs abroad, I came home (from London) after hearing about this course at GMIT. I had been working for two years as a qualified nurse before finding out about this Level 8 (add-on) degree. The course suits me well, as it is only one-day per week, which means I have plenty of time to work and study. The classes are small and intimate, and there are lots of supports for students. The lecturers are very approachable, and if you ask for help, nothing is too much for any of them. By topping up my qualification, I will have a wider range of nursing skills to offer, especially if I look for a job when I go abroad. The course fees and also very affordable compared to the other universities I had considered before I signed up with GMIT."

Orla Kenny. Graduate Nurse, Kingston University, London, UK.

"I highly recommend ths course to any Diploma Nurses eager to obtain their Honours Degree in Nursing. I was working full-time as an oncology nurse in the UK, but was eager to obtain an honours degree in nursing. So I researched my options and found GMIT. In comparison to other colleges, GMIT offered everything I was looking for. This add-on honours degree is a year long, requiring students to attend classes one day per week. This left me with plenty of time to work and study. The support I have received from my lecturers is of an extremley high standard. Financially, the course if very resonable, especially in comparison to Universities I had researched in the UK. This course is deffinetly worth doing, for any diploma nurses wishing to progress into a specialist role." 

Natasha Carroll. Graduate Nurse, Kingston University, London, UK.  

 

 

 

Career Opportunities

The opportunities for Nurses qualified with an Honours  Nursing Degree are vast and varied.

Options include careers in acute or primary care, travel options, and this can also be an excellent stepping stone for further academic study.

Essential Information: 

Direct Application

Students wishing to apply for this one-year parttime course must do so directly through GMIT. Click here to begin this process. 

ABOUT THE CAMPUS

GMIT's Mayo Campus in Castlebar, is co-located with Mayo University Hospital (MUH). At present, a partnership exists with MUH facilitating clinical practice placement for undergraduate nursing students. Our modern Mayo campus offers all you would expect from a third level academic institute, including a full nursing library onsite with highly experienced library staff who offer tutorials on academic searching, referencing, and the use of Endnote, etc. 

As a part-time student of this course students have full access to the following support services which are offered onsite, including:

  • Access Office at GMIT provides a range of supports, facilitating equality of access and participation in Education - for everyone. 
  • GP service - providing a health service for all students, who can avail of this service free of charge as needed. (Treatment is provided outside of regular hours too)
  • Counselling and pastoral care is available onsite too.  
  • Sports clubs with dedicated sports officer
  • Societies programmes

ABOUT MAYO

GMIT is situated in Castlebar town, County Mayo, in the west of Ireland. Castlebar is a bustling little town with all the facilities you would expect to see in a town brimming in Arts and Culture, with plenty of restaurants, shops, indoor and outdoor facilities. There is never a dull moment in Mayo, so plan to be very busy from one week to the next while enjoying your year of studies with us at GMIT's Mayo Campus in Castlebar. The coastal town of Westport, about 20 minutes away, offers an additional selction of award winning restaurants, boutique shops as well as being the gateway to the Great Western Greenway.   (www.Mayo.ie) and (www.Greenway.ie).

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VISA REQUIREMENTS

Students entering the course residing presently in another EU country (European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA)) do not need to apply for a Visa.

For all other VISA queries please contact GMIT's International Office via email.  

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ACUTE HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

As mentioned previously, GMIT's Mayo Campus in Castlebar is located right beside Mayo University Hospital. However, there are other acute hospitals in the region and details on those hospitals can be found using the links below:

Mayo University Hospital

Univeristy Hospital Galway

The Bons Secours Hospital

The Galway Clinic

County Mayo has a number of Health Service Executive (HSE) publicly funded facilities for the care of the elderly.

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Currenty registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (or eligible to do so) 

OR

Currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery council of the United Kingdom (or eligible to do so)

IRELAND

Current Level 7 Award on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (NFQ IE) IRELAND

ENGLAND / NORTHERN IRELAND

Current Level 6 Award on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for ENGLAND / NORTHERN IRELAND

WALES

Current Level 6 Award on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for WALES

SCOTLAND

Current Level 6 Award on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for SCOTLAND

Contact Us

Contact: 

Head of Nursing, Health Sciences and Social Care Department

Mr. Justin Kerr

Phone: + 353 (0) 94 904 3249

eMail: Justin Kerr

 

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