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Intellectual Disability Nursing BSc (Hons) - CK730 (School Leaver). CK731 (Mature)

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Course Title: Intellectual Disability Nursing

College: Medicine and Health

Duration: 4 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BSc (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2014/15 the Student Contribution Charge will be €2,750 and the Capitation Fee will be €165.

Entry Requirements: HC3 in two subjects and passes in four others a Higher or Ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics, one laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Entry Points: 2013: 435*. Points may vary from year to year.

Course Code: CK730 (School Leaver). CK731 (Mature)

Overview

The BSc (Hons) in Intellectual Disability Nursing is a fou- year full-time degree which leads to qualification as an Intellectual Disability Nurse. On successful completion of the course, you graduate with an honours Bachelor of Science degree in psychiatric nursing, and can apply to register as a Intellectual Disability Nurse to An Bord Altranais, the profession’s regulatory body. The course is offered in partnership with COPE Foundation, Cork.

The course will provide you with excellent opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills relevant to professional Intellectual Disability Nursing practice, including independent and critical thinking and problem solving, and will enable you to ensure that the nursing care you deliver is up-to-date and based on the best current evidence. With an honours BSc in Intellectual Disability nursing, you will be ready to start work as a qualified nurse in a variety of healthcare settings immediately after graduation.

Course Details

Each year, you study both theory and clinical practice modules. Theory modules comprise lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical skills training, experiential learning sessions, field visits, and protected study time. These modules are taken at the university during blocks of study weeks throughout each year of the course. Clinical practice modules require you to be in supervised clinical practice in residential, community and other health settings for 35 hours per week for a number of weeks each year. In year 4, you take a number of theory modules at UCC in period one (before Christmas). In period two (after Christmas), you undertake a 36-week paid internship with your parent health service provider. Theory modules include both nursing modules, and biological and social science modules, some of which are core (shared with students from other nursing/midwifery branches), while others are discipline-specific (taken by Intellectual Disability Nursing students only). In year 4, you may also take some elective modules.

Overview of Module Content:

Year 1

  • Fundamentals of nursing practice
  • Knowledge and skills for professional evidence-based practice
  • Academic writing and information technology
  • Supporting inclusion
  • Contemporary intellectual disability nursing
  • Health promotion
  • Therapeutic interpersonal skills
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Intellectual disability nursing practice.

Year 2

  • Nursing research
  • Pharmacology and drug therapy
  • Maternal and child health
  • Intellectual disability nursing across the lifespan
  • Supporting people with specific intellectual disabilities
  • Therapeutic communication
  • Person-centred practice.

Year 3

  • Teaching and learning
  • Development of knowledge for nursing practice
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Supporting people with a specific intellectual disability
  • Intellectual disability nursing across the lifespan
  • Health needs of people with intellectual disability
  • Mental health
  • Supporting people with behaviours that challenge
  • Intellectual disability nursing practice.

Year 4

  • Research for evidence-based intellectual disability nursing
  • The profession and discipline of intellectual disability nursing
  • Ethics
  • Law
  • Equality and professional practice
  • Leadership and therapeutic team working skills
  • Therapeutic interpersonal skills
  • Valuing people with intellectual disability and their families
  • Intellectual disability nursing practice.

In this year, you can also take an elective module depending on your particular interests. A variety of choices are available as outlined in the University Undergraduate Calendar. The broad aim of the course is to promote your personal, intellectual and professional development to meet the role dimensions of a qualified practitioner of Intellectual Disability Nursing. 

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of Programme Modules.

FITNESS TO PRACTISE

Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here

Detailed Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate entry requirements: HC3 in two subjects, and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics, one Laboratory Science subject (i.e Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes. 

Mature applicants should apply directly through the CAO (www.cao.ie). Having applied through the CAO before 1 February 2013 at 5.15pm, Mature Applicants must also register and apply for the Assessment Test through the PAS website (www.publicjobs.ie) between 15 February and 5 March 2013 at 5.15pm. This is required as PAS undertakes the written assessment on behalf of the NCC.

International Students should visit the International Education website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/international/noneu-ug/apply/ 

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GARDA CLEARANCE

All students on this programme will come into contact with the public and assume positions of trust through educational and training opportunities.  To ensure the protection of the public, and to justify public trust and confidence, UCC is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake this programme.

Garda Vetting is carried out by the Admissions Office in UCC once a student has accepted his/her place on the programme in question.  It involves a police check to establish whether the individual being vetted has had criminal convictions in the past or whether there are any criminal proceedings pending.  The Gardai provide this information for students who have resided in Ireland for a period of 6 months or more (including permanent residence).

All students who have resided outside Ireland for a period of 6 months or more must furnish a Police Clearance Certificate from their country or countries or residence.  This Certificate should state that the student has no convictions recorded against him or her while residing there.

FITNESS TO PRACTISE

Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here

Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to the first year of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply on-line at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry. 

Non-EU Applicants

Course Practicalities

Garda Vetting and Infectious Diseases Policy

FITNESS TO PRACTISE

Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here

 

For information on course practicalities, contact us:

Anne Lynch

Senior courses administrator

Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery

E: A.Lynch@ucc.ie

T: +353(0)214901562

 

Dr Mark P. Tyrrell

Course director

Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery

E: m.tyrrell@ucc.ie

T:+353(0)21 4901471

Assessment

A combination of both continuous assessments (essays, projects, seminar presentations, assessment of clinical skills and learning, in-class tests, self and peer assessment) and end-of-year examinations is used. You are assessed by expert clinical nurses while on clinical placements. 

Who Teaches This Course

The majority of lecturers and instructors have a professional background in Intellectual Disability Nursing. Biological and social science lectures are taught by experts in those areas, some of whom are also qualified nurses/midwives.

Further Contact Information

Anne Lynch

Senior courses administrator

Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery

E: A.Lynch@ucc.ie

T: +353(0)214901562

 

Dr Mark P. Tyrrell

Course director

Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery

E: m.tyrrell@ucc.ie

T:+353(0)21 4901471

Contact us

E: Anne Lynch

P: +353(0)214901562
W: Website

Related Courses:

BSc (Hons) General Nursing, BSc (Hons) Psychiatric Nursing, BSc (Hons) Midwifery, BSc (Hons) Children’s and General Nursing, all of which are available at UCC.

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