• » Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Intellectual Disability Nursing

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Intellectual Disability Nursing
    CAO Code: Standard/ Mature  LY928/ LY958
    Duration  4 Years ab initio
    Standard Code Places:  10
    Mature Code Places:  4
    FETAC/NCVA Places:  1
    National Framework Level  8
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    This programme may suit those who wish to pursue an interesting and worthwhile career in the caring services. Applicants should have
    • An interest in acquiring the skills necessary to work with and care for people with a wide variety of intellectual disability problems
    • A capacity to analyse problems and apply solutions based on best practice.
    • Good communication skills.
    • An interest in working with people who have intellectual disability problems and are in need of education, care, support and rehabilitation.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    The Nurses Rules, 2010 6.1 provide that:
    Before admission to a programme leading to Registration in the Register of Nurses the applicant must have obtained in the Leaving Certificate Examination a minimum grade of C3 in two higher level papers and a minimum of grade D3 in four ordinary or higher level papers in the following subjects:
    • English or Irish (not Foundation Level Irish)
    • Mathematics (not Foundation Level)
    • A laboratory science subject (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry joint or Agricultural Science)
    • Three other subjects
    Or
    Have equivalent educational qualifications to those outlined above.  The minimum entry requirements may be accumulated from more than one sitting of the Leaving Certificate or an equivalent examination.  All applicants who meet the minimum requirements or who are taking the correct combination of subjects in the Leaving Certificate, or an equivalent examination are eligible to apply and will be ranked and selected on points
    FETAC Level 5
    FETAC has launched a new format of awards called the Common Awards System (CAS).  From September 2013 applicants may be presenting with these new common awards.
    Applicants who wish to be considered on the basis of FETAC Level 5 awards must present either of the following FETAC awards:
    • Nursing Studies:                5M4349 or
    • Health Care Support:         5M4339 or
    • Community Care:               5M2786
    To be eligible for consideration, those presenting either of the above awards must also have included in their award any one of the following mathematics modules, C20139, C20175, C20174, and must have achieved at least 5 distinctions, including distinctions in at least 3 of the following four modules:
    • Anatomy and Physiology 5NO749 or
    • Biology 5N2746 or
    • Human Growth and Development 5N1279 or
    • Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
    A quota of 2 places is reserved for those presenting FETAC results.  For further information on FETAC applications please see FETAC.
    Mature Applicants
    A quota of four places is allocated specifically for mature applicants on this programme.  Mature Applicants (aged 23 or over on January 1st in the year of application) who do not meet the minimum educational requirements should apply via the CAO, using the mature code, before February 1st.  Having applied through CAO, applicants for mature code entry must also register and apply through the PAS website.  This is required as PAS undertakes the written assessment on behalf of Nursing and Midwifery Board Ireland. For further information see here.
    Garda Vetting
    Applicants who join this course will have to be vetted by the Gardaí.  If the Gardaí raise an issue it will have to be addressed satisfactorily.  If it is not, students will not be able to go on placement or fulfil the course requirements, in which case students will be asked to leave the course.  Please note that all courses requiring Garda vetting will only have places for non-EU candidates if there are not enough qualified EU candidates available to fill the course.
    Health Assessment
    Applicants wishing to pursue one of the nursing degree programmes are subject to an Occupational Health Assessment.  Applicants must be deemed fit to practice in order to continue on the programme.
    What will I have to study?
    Year/SemesterProposed Modules,
    subject to approval
    Mandatory/
    Elective
    No of credits
     1/1  Biological & Related Sciences 1 Mandatory  5
     Introduction to Social And Behavioural Sciences Mandatory  5
     Professional Nursing Studies 1 Mandatory  5
     Nursing: Theory and Practice 1 Mandatory  10
     1/2  Biological & Related Sciences 2 Mandatory  5
     Lifespan Psychology& Societal Influences Mandatory  5
     Professional Nursing Studies 2 Mandatory  5
     Nursing Theory and Practice 2 Mandatory  10
     Intellectual Disability Nursing Practice 1 Mandatory  10
     2/3  Assessment, Skills Development and Behaviours that Challenge Mandatory  5
     Professional Nursing Studies 3 Mandatory  5
     Promoting Health & Wellbeing Mandatory  5
    Genetics and Health Needs in Intellectual Disability Mandatory  15
     2/4  Health Needs and Nursing Interventions in Intellectual Disability 1 Mandatory  5
     Evidence Based Practice Mandatory  5
     Social Sciences Perspectives on Health Care Delivery Mandatory  5
     Complex Needs and Intellectual Disability Mandatory  10
    Intellectual Disability Nursing Practice 2 Mandatory  5
     3/5 Intellectual Disability Nursing Practice 3 Mandatory  30
     3/6  The Older Person  with Intellectual Disability Mandatory  10
     Individual & Collective Wellbeing Mandatory  5
     Leadership & Management in Nursing Mandatory  5
     Health Needs and Nursing Interventions in Intellectual Disability 2 Mandatory  10
     Research in Practice Mandatory  5
     4/7  Contemporary Trends in Intellectual Disability Nursing Mandatory  10
     Health Needs and Nursing Interventions in Intellectual Disability 3 Mandatory  10
     Intellectual Disability Nursing Practice 4 Mandatory  5
     4/8  Intellectual Disability Nursing:  Internship : 36 Weeks Mandatory  30
    Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this programme the student will be able to:
    • Assist individuals, families and groups achieve optimum health, independence, recovery or a peaceful death in a professional caring manner.
    • Provide and manage direct practical nursing whether health promotional, preventative, curative, rehabilitative or supportive to individuals, families or groups.
    • Demonstrate a knowledge base and a level of competence in clinical practice skills essential for safe practice, which are grounded in recent evidence based nursing research, where available.
    • Identify and meet the nursing care needs of the individual, family, community in all health care settings
    • Demonstrate the development of skills of analysis, critical thinking, problem-solving and reflective practice.
    • Act as an effective member of a health care team and participate in the multi-disciplinary team approach to the care of patients/clients.
    • Demonstrate effective, efficient and appropriate verbal, written and non-verbal communication.
    • Demonstrate a working knowledge of information literacy and ICT skills sufficient to practice in a modern health care environment.
    • Develop the skills necessary to be discerning consumers of evidence able to effectively use such evidence for practical purposes in both education and practice.
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    On successful completion of this programme learners may transfer to programmes at LYIT leading to the award of Higher Diploma in any of the following clinical nursing specialties:
    • Intellectual Disability Nursing – Challenging Behaviour
    • Intellectual Disability Nursing - Care of the Older Person
    Please note that the above programmes are only offered subject to Health Service Executive need. Thus all programmes may not be available every year. For further details contact the Department of Nursing and Health Studies.
    Progression to programmes leading to the award Post-graduate Diploma or Masters Degree, or in some case, to programmes leading to the award of a Doctoral Degree is possible.
    Follow up programmes elsewhere include:
    • Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Education
    • Post Graduate Diploma in various clinical nursing specialties relevant to intellectual disability nursing
    • Progression internationally to second cycle (i.e. “Bologna masters”) degree programmes is also possible.
    Career Opportunities
    The main employers are:
    • The Health Service Executive
    • Other Public Services
    • Private Sector Nursing Homes
    Former graduates are employed in the following capacities:
    • Staff Nurse
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist
    • Clinical Nurse Manager
    • Nursing Lecturer
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