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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychiatric Nursing

Discipline: Nursing Health Sciences and Social Care

Programme Code: 

GA882 (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: 26

CAO Round 1 Points: 367 (2020)

Why Study?

Psychiatric nursing involves caring for people of all ages and backgrounds. People with a mental illness are cared for in many different places such as hospitals, hostels, day centres, in the community and their own homes. We want to promote positive attitudes to mental health and to help people deal with any mental/emotional challenges they face in life.

What is great about this programme is that you will learn in so many different environments such as in the classroom, in a simulated community based apartment and on work placement.

A particularly important part of your learning experience will be improving how you relate to people so that you will be able to communicate with people with mental health challenges and form healing relationships with them and their families.

You will go on work placement in various home, residential and community settings throughout the Mayo/Roscommon region. Opportunities may also exist for students to avail of placements outside of these areas.

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
  • Nursing Practice Studies
  • 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 Psychiatric Nurses maintained by An Bord Altranais and Chnáimhseachais na hÉireann.

You will be able to apply to work as registered psychiatric nurses in the Irish healthcare sector.

You will also be able to travel abroad and work as a psychiatric 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.

Follow-on Studies: 

If you want to learn more about a particular aspect of nursing and specialise, there are many postgraduate courses at various third level colleges.

Essential Information: 

Entry 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

Psychiatric Nursing placements are in conjunction with Mayo Mental Health Services, so all placements are in Mayo with the exception of the possibility of one specialist placement in Dublin.

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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Contact Us

Rosaleen Murray
Programme Chair

Telephone: +353(0)94 904 3270