• Code:5M4349
  • Certification: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Nursing Studies
  • Duration: One Year, September to May


This course aims to provide the student with the necessary knowledge and experience to continue on to a nursing career at third level. It will provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to work as a Healthcare Assistant in hospitals and in nursing homes.

As part of the course students will complete 4 weeks work experience placement in a nursing home or hospital.

Students will  be given the opportunity to complete the following short courses during the academic year:

  • Patient Manual Handling
  • First Aid Responder (QQI Level 5 Module)

Programme of Study*
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Nursing Theory & Practice
  • Care Skills
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Customer Service
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience

* Modules subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • It is desirable that students should be of Leaving Certificate Standard or have achieved an Applied Leaving Certificate with Distinction. Portlaoise Institute welcomes applications from mature students. Mature students are assessed on their merits and do not require the above qualifications. 

    All students are required to complete an assessment before commencing a Further Education course in Portlaoise Institute. This assessment confirms if the student has the required level of English and Maths (if applicable) to complete a Level 5 course. 

Career Opportunities

On completion of this course students may gain employment as a Healthcare Assistant in hospitals and in nursing homes.

Higher Education Progression*

Here are examples of courses students can progress to based on successful completion: 

Examples of courses you can progress to:

CAO Code Course Title College NFQ Level
WD116 General Nursing     Waterford IT 8
AL830 General Nursing      Athlone IT 8
DN450 General Nursing          UCD 8
DK877 Midwifery Dundalk IT 8
LM150 General Nursing        UL 8

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Coordinator

Dolores O’Brien, dobrien@portlaoisecollege.ie

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