Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Nursing in Psychiatric Nursing

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Nursing in Psychiatric Nursing

Course Overview

  • 4

    Years

  • 8

    Level

  • 375*

    Points

  • AL832

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

This four-year, ab initio honours degree offered by AIT in conjunction with the Health Service Executive Midlands area and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, has been developed in response to the changing mental health needs of the Irish public. The course involves the study of theoretical and practicebased modules. Students will be exposed to classroom teaching and taught placements in a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings within the Longford/Westmeath Mental Health Services and the Laois/Offaly Mental Health Services.

What will I experience?

You will undertake 1740 hours of theoretical study and 2925 hours of clinical placement over the four years. This programme in psychiatric nurse education will provide you with a substantive knowledge base and facilitate the development of professional skills that will enable you to respond constructively to mental healthcare needs. Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Nursing in Psychiatric Nursing from AIT and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) allows you to work as a psychiatric nurse nationally and internationally.

What opportunities might it lead to?

On successful completion of the course, and registration as a psychiatric nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, you are qualified to apply for a range of psychiatric nursing posts and may apply for a position at staff nurse grade in the Irish healthcare sector, as well as seeking promotional posts in clinical nursing, nursing administration and nurse education.

As a graduate of this course you can avail of further academic/professional courses in clinical specialties e.g.,. gerontology, behavioral nurse psychotherapy, addiction counselling, family and cognitive therapies, at AIT or other third-level institutions. If you wish to pursue a career in specialist nursing practice, you can apply for higher diploma courses in areas such as behavioral psychotherapy and counselling. Alternatively you may choose to pursue advanced studies in nursing education or nursing management.

Additional Information

100% of the Class of 2014 were in employment six months after finishing their degree.

AIT uses the Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) to assess the suitability of applicants to this programme. This is due to the considerable amount of placements undertaken with children and vulnerable groups in society. Therefore, offers to this programme are conditional and could subsequently be withdrawn if applicants do not meet the Garda vetting requirements.

Professional Recognition:

Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Psychiatric Nursing from AIT and registration with An Bord Altranais. The award of An Bord Altranais, Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN), is both nationally and internationally recognised.

Course Details

Course Duration:
4 Years
CAO Course Code:
AL832
Cut Off CAO Points:
375*
Median CAO Points:
420
Course Award:
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Department:
Dept of Nursing & Healthcare
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Grade H5 in two higher-level subjects, plus four subjects at Grade O6 in ordinary level. These subjects must include Mathematics, a laboratory science subject and a language (English or Irish). Mature applicants are not required to meet these minimum entry requirements. However, they will be required to undertake a written assessment. Further information may be obtained online at www.nursingboard.ie.

QQI (FETAC):

4 places reserved for QQI students QQI applicants to this programme must hold one of the following awards: Nursing Studies (5M4349), Community Health Services (5M4468), Health Care Support (5M4339) included in their award. They must possess distinctions in 5 modules which must include: 5N0749, 5N4325, 5N1279 or 5N2746.

Accreditations/Endorsements

Course Structure

Year 1

Preparation for Practice (Psychiatric Nursing), Anatomy, Physiology & Microbiology, Learning and Development in Higher Education, Clinical Placement (Psychiatric Nursing), Principles and Practice of Nursing Care, Anatomy, Physiology & Pharmacology, Mood and Emotional Disorders, Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in Mental Health Nursing, Community Mental Health Nursing, Psychology and Communication.

Year 2

Schizophrenia Spectrum Psychoses, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Health Studies, Clinical Placement, Care of the Adult in the General Hospital, Specialist Adult Care Groups, Groups and Groups Therapies, Enduring Mental Illness, Psychiatric Emergencies.

Year 3

Bereavement and Loss, Clinical Placement (Psychiatric Nursing), Research Appreciation, Physical Health and Mental Illness, Therapeutic Approaches and Counselling Skills, Applied Sociology and Applied Psychology – Psychiatric, Normal and Abnormal Personality, Neuroanatomy and Electro-Convulsive Therapy, Care of the Older Person (General Nursing), Law and Ethics (Psychiatric Nursing).

Year 4

Integrated Psychiatric Nursing Practice, Challenging and Ethical Issues in Psychiatric Nursing, Preparation for Internship, Clinical Placement VII (Psychiatric Nursing Pre-internship), Health Studies, Clinical Placement VIII (Psychiatric Nursing Internship).

Careers & Opportunities

Further Study

As a graduate of this course you can avail of further academic/professional courses in clinical specialties e.g.,. gerontology, behavioral nurse psychotherapy, addiction counselling, family and cognitive therapies, at AIT or other third-level institutions.

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