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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

Intellectual Disability Nursing

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

On completion of the BSc (Hons) in Intellectual Disability Nursing, you can apply to register as an Intellectual Disability Nurse to An Bord Altranais, the profession’s regulatory body.

The course will provide you with excellent opportunities to develop knowledge and skills relevant to professional Intellectual Disability Nursing practice, including independent and critical thinking, and problem solving. It will enable you to deliver nursing care that is up-to-date and based on the best current evidence.

This four-year full-time degree course is offered in partnership with COPE Foundation, Cork.

With a BSc (Hons) in Intellectual Disability Nursing, you will be ready to start work as a qualified Intellectual Disability Nurse in a variety of clinical settings immediately after graduation. 

Course Details

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. 

Each year, you will study modules in both theory and clinical practice. Clinical practice modules require you to be in supervised clinical practice in hospital, community and other healthcare settings for 35 hours per week for a number of weeks each year.

Theory modules include both nursing, 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 only).

In year 4, you may also take some elective modules.

Year 1
Modules:

  • 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
Modules:

  • 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
Modules:

  • 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
In Year 4, you will take a number of theory modules at UCC in semester one (before Christmas). In semester two (after Christmas), you will undertake a 36-week paid internship with your parent HSP. Modules include:

  • 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.

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

Detailed Entry Requirements

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

Mature students: Applicants should apply directly through the CAO (www.cao.ie). Mature Applicants must also register and apply for the Assessment Test through the Public Appointments Service (PAS) website. This is required as PAS undertakes the written assessment on behalf of the Nursing Careers Centre (NCC).
 
International Students should visit the International Education website.
 
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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 their place on the programme. It involves a police check to establish whether the individual being vetted has had criminal convictions in the past or whether any criminal proceedings are pending. The Garda Siochána provide this information for students who have resided in Ireland for a period of six months or more (including permanent residence).

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

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

  

Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online 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

Theory modules: These 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: These require you to be in supervised clinical practice in hospital, community and other healthcare settings for 35 hours per week for a number of weeks each year. In semester two (after Christmas) of Year 4, you will undertake a 36-week paid internship with your parent HSP. 

Garda Vetting and Infectious Diseases Policy

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

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. Students are assessed by expert clinical nurses while on their clinical placements.

Who Teaches This Course

The majority of lecturers and instructors have a professional background in nursing and/or midwifery. 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.

T:+353(0)21 4901562

E: A.Lynch@ucc.ie

 

Dr Mark P. Tyrrell

Course Director, Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery

T: +353 (0)21 4901471

E: m.tyrrell@ucc.ie

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Related Courses:

BSc (Hons) General Nursing

BSc (Hons) Psychiatric Nursing

BSc (Hons) Midwifery

BSc (Hons) Children’s and General Nursing

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