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Course Code: 5M4349

Course Content:

  • Nursing Theory and Practice
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Care Provision and Practice
  • Word Processing
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Students may also complete the following courses:

  • People Handling
  • Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults
  • First Aid Response (PHECC)
  • Hand Hygiene and Infection Control  


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Nursing Studies




This is a one-year foundation course for students wishing to train as Nurses both here in Ireland and in the UK. Students achieving good grades during this course can apply to gain entry to Nursing Degree courses through the QQI entry system. This course provides students with a solid foundation in Nursing theory and practice and allows students to accurately assess their suitability for a career in nursing. Applications are also invited from mature students wishing to pursue a career in nursing.

Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate, Leaving Cert Applied (LCA), Mature students or applicants with other equivalent qualifications
are welcome to apply.

Progression and Career Options:

Graduates can apply to Nursing Degree courses in:


  • DCU
  • TCD
  • UCD
  • NUIG
  • UCC
  • DKIT,


  • UL,
  • AIT,
  • GMIT,
  • WIT,
  • St. Angela’s Sligo,
  • IT Tralee

The college also has strong links with a number of UK Universities including:

  • John Moore University Liverpool
  • Southampton University
  • Swansea University
  • University of Staffordshire

nursing studies

Student Testimonial:

'I completed my nursing studies course in DIFE in 2015/2016. I loved every minute of my tine there. My tutors were excellent and patiently answered all my questions. I am now going on to study Adult Nursing in Greenwich University and eagerly look forward to becoming a great nurse. This was all made possible by the fantastic support system available to me at Drogheda Institute of Further Education. This course is a great foundation for anyone considering a future career in Nursing' - Emma Walsh


Drogheda Institute of
Further Education,

The Twenties, Drogheda, Co.Louth.

Phone: 041 9837105
Fax: 041 9841653
Email: dife@lmetb.ie


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