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Nursing Health Sciences and Social Care

GMIT Mayo nursing

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in General Nursing

Discipline: Nursing Health Sciences and Social Care

Programme Code: 

GA880 (Standard and Mature)

Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Four years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Entry Requirements: See "Essential Information" below

Places: 31

CAO Round 1 Points: 429 (2020)

Why Study?

General nursing involves caring for people of all ages both in hospital and community care settings. This programme will give you the knowledge and skills you need to work as a general nurse both in Ireland and other countries.

You will spend time in class and in our specially built clinical skills labs. What is great about this is that when you go on your student placement you will be prepared to deal with the daily challenges of caring for patients. Students usually do their work placements in the Mayo/Roscommon/Galway region.

In fourth year you will undertake a thirty-six week paid internship, where you will gain more valuable practical experience. We also give you time each week when you can take time out from work to think and reflect on your work experience.

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Programme Modules

The programme modules you will study may include:

  • Biological and Related Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Fundamental Nursing Practice
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Health Promotion & Research Studies
  • Clinical Practice Placement
  • Computer Applications (Year 1)

Career Opportunities

Graduates are entitled to entry to the professional register of General Nurses maintained by An Bord Altranais and Chnáimhseachais na hÉireann.

You will be able to apply for positions at staff nurse grade in the Irish healthcare sector.

As a registered general nurse you will also be able to travel abroad and work as a general nurse anywhere in the world.

Check out the information booklet “Nursing, a career for you” available to download from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) website.

Essential Information: Requirements

For CAO entry, applicants must have obtained in the Leaving Certificate Examination a minimum of Grade H5 in two papers and a minimum of Grade O6/H7 in four papers in the following subjects:

  • Irish or English
  • Mathematics,
  • A laboratory science subject (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry (Joint) or Agricultural Science)

For QQI FET Award entry, applicants must meet the following specific requirements: a pass with five distinctions in one of the following linked QQI FET Level 5/6 Awards:

  • DCHSN/5M4349 (Nursing Studies)
  • DCHSX/5M4468 (Community & Health Studies)
  • DHSXX/5M4339 (Healthcare Support)
  • 5M3782 (Health Service Skills)

A pass with distinction in each of the following modules must be included:

  • D20001/5N0749 (Anatomy & Physiology)
  • D20012/5N4325 (introduction to Nursing Theory & Practice, and
  • D20032/5N1279 (Human Growth and Development) or
  • C20006/5N2746 (Biology).


Garda Vetting

It is a requirement that all students for this programme are Garda vetted by GMIT on commencement of their studies.


Placement Locations

Placements for General Nursing are largely in counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.  Placements are rotated to give students the optimum exposure to different areas of expertise. 

Students may have to make alternative living arrangements when they are on placement depending on if they have transport or not.  There is an external clinical placement allowance available for students who are placed outside the parent site (i.e. Castlebar) to help with expenses like rent.


Transfer Applications

If you are transferring into this course from another nursing studies course, you will need to supply this Essential Transfer Letter




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Studying Nursing in the Mayo Campus in GMIT in the West of Ireland.

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Contact Us

Dr Teresa Bruen
Programme Chair

Telephone: +353 (0)94 9043265