Nursing with Midwifery


This course aims to give students the opportunity to gain employment with the HSE, private agencies or nursing homes in the Healthcare sector. It will also enable students to explore whether the pre-hospital care field is a suitable area for them, while gaining essential life skills in a structured programme.

Students may also progress to further study through the Higher Education Links Scheme both in Ireland and the UK in Healthcare, Paramedic or Nursing.

Additional Certifications:

  • First Aid Response
  • Patient & Manual Handling

Programme of Study: 

• Anatomy and Physiology
• Human Growth and Development
• Nursing Theory & Practice
• Care Skills
• Maternity Care Support 
• Care of the Older Person
• Customer Service
• Infection Prevention and Control
• Work Experience

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.

Course Coodinator: 

Keith McClearn, email: