Department of Nursing & Healthcare

Department of Nursing & Healthcare

As a graduate of the Department of Nursing and Healthcare at TUS, your qualification will be recognised and valued throughout the world. Your nursing education will be delivered in a modern, state-of-the-art facility that benefits from extensive practical placement at three general hospitals in the HSE Midlands area: Tullamore, Portlaoise, and Mullingar. Our undergraduate general and mental health nursing degrees are fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). After graduation, you can continue your professional development at TUS.

If you are interested in a career in an allied healthcare profession such as pharmacy technician or dental nursing, you may be interested in the department’s pharmacy tech or dental nursing programmes. The Higher Certificate in Pharmacy Technician is a two-year programme with extensive placements over both years in community and hospital pharmacies. The programme is designed to provide a stimulating and enjoyable entry into this exciting and evolving industry. Graduates can elect to progress to ordinary degree level by enrolling in the BSc in Pharmacy Technician. In the past, a number of graduates have availed of opportunities to progress their studies further in the UK to become pharmacists. The Higher Certificate in Dental Nursing is also a two-year programme with extensive placement opportunities in both years in dental practices throughout Ireland. Graduates have the opportunity to add a third year to progress to ordinary degree level by registering on the BSc in Dental Practice Management with Oral Health Promotion.

The Department Nursing and Healthcare at TUS also hosts a biomedical and health science research group which offers graduates the opportunity to undertake master’s and PhD programmes in the nursing and healthcare fields.

Nursing Placements

This section will provide you with information on the main locations where clinical placements are situated in the region and on the main contacts that you may need to contact during these placements.

Vaccinations alert for all nursing and healthcare students, please note that:

(1) As healthcare students, vaccinations may be advocated not only in the interest of the individual student, but also as a protection to health service users and workers, some of whom may have medical vulnerabilities. Getting vaccinated helps to protect people around students, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from certain viruses.

(2) Access to educational opportunities in some healthcare settings may not be granted to healthcare students if they are not and will not agree to vaccination that is not otherwise contraindicated. In many instances it may not be possible for the Higher Educational Institutions to provide alternative training/educational opportunities to replace this access. As placements are a critical component of nursing programmes and are regulated Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland requirements, this in turn may delay progression through and potential completion of a nursing educational programme at TUS.

Full details of the HSEs COVID19 vaccination programme can be found at: COVID-19 vaccines -

2021-22 Academic and Clinical Plan

Nursing Student Clinical Placement Handbook

Nursing and Midwifery Student Information Document (COVID-19)

ARC Placements Online

Weather Alert Procedure for Supernumerary Students

Weather Alert Intern Students

Procedure for Allocation and Management of Clinical Placement

Procedure for Clinical placement attendance

Clinical Placement attendance policy year 1

Clinical Placement attendance policy year 2

Clinical Placement attendance policy year 3 & 4

Additional Resources

World Health Organisation

Health Service Executive

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Contact Department of Nursing & Healthcare

Head of Department
Dr Desmond Cawley


Room number: J1019

Building: Nursing and Healthcare

Department Secretary
Bernadette O’Brien


Telephone: (090) 6471836

Building: Science

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