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Nursing - General Nursing

D B.Sc. (Cur. ; 4 years full-time ; 109 places ; CAO points: 393 (2019)


What is a Nurse?

The role of the nurse is to provide evidence-based, culturally-sensitive care in order to assist the individual to lead an independent healthy lifestyle, overcome ill health or experience a peaceful death. The nurse achieves this through working as part of a professional multidisciplinary team to provide primary healthcare, acute hospital care, community and home and continuing care, based on individual and population health needs across the lifespan.

Students of nursing learn about caring and the complexities of health and illness through interactive teaching and learning strategies in the classroom and the healthcare environment. Practice (clinical and community) experience provides the student with opportunities to integrate the art and science of nursing and promotes the development of caring relationships with patients and their families/significant others.

Nursing practice, rooted in compassion, draws upon extensive knowledge and experience to provide physical and psychological care of the highest quality. Nurses take centre stage in ensuring efficient and effective delivery of accessible, integrated and consumer-driven healthcare, creatively designing health related services, and ensure quality through advocacy, policy-making, service management, education and research.

The four-year nursing courses (Integrated Children’s and General is 4.5 years) are offered in partnership with six health service providers. Trinity’s six linked health service providers for this course are:

General Nursing

  • Tallaght Hospital
  • St. James’s Hospital

Nursing: The course for you?

Do you love working with and for the benefit of people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds?

If you want a rewarding and respected career with great employment and travel opportunities, then the professional course in nursing could be for you.

A genuine interest in people and a desire to care for others are core requirements for any individual who wishes to become a nurse. In addition you will need to have a keen interest in healthcare and be capable of working as part of a team. Like all professional courses in health sciences, nursing places extra demands on students’ time. It can be demanding, both physically and emotionally and so you should ensure that you are in a position to fully engage with the course during your time in Trinity.

Nursing @ Trinity

With over one thousand undergraduate nursing students in Trinity, you will become part of a vibrant student community – the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity is the largest School of Nursing and Midwifery in the country. You will have the opportunity to meet and mix with students from all nursing disciplines as you study core modules together. You will also form cohesive bonds within your own discipline as you begin to specialise within your chosen area of nursing. Nursing students are taught theory predominantly in the School of Nursing and Midwifery building on D’Olier St, which is a wonderful historic building in the heart of the capital. The School is a great place to learn and interact with classmates and with its close proximity to Trinity’s main campus, nursing students are never far from the centre of student life.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

Graduates from the Trinity School of Nursing and Midwifery will be competent, innovative and caring professionals who are capable of leading change, shaping policy and responding to an ever evolving healthcare environment.

There are many opportunities in both public and private healthcare institutions in Ireland and worldwide. A degree from Ireland’s top School of Nursing and Midwifery will of course assist you in finding the right job in your chosen career. You will also be qualified to continue your education and to further specialise should you wish to do so. The Trinity School of Nursing and Midwifery offers a wide range of postgraduate courses for furthering your studies. Nurses also take up careers in industry, particularly in the marketing of healthcare products.

Your degree and what you’ll study

This course will provide you with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values necessary to provide high-quality, competent and caring practice in your chosen discipline of nursing. There are two components to the nursing degree course; a theoretical component and a practice (clinical/community) component.


The theoretical component will be taught in the Trinity School of Nursing and Midwifery building, the main Trinity campus and in the Trinity Centre for Health Sciences in St. James’s Hospital. Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, practical classes, clinical skills laboratories, group teaching, web-based learning and reflective workshops.


For the practice component you will be linked with one of the health service providers and also have clinical/community placements in a variety of settings. During the fourth year of the course you will undertake a 36 week roster of continuous placement. This placement spans the fourth and fifth years of the Integrated children’s and general nursing integrated course.


As key members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team and in partnership with patients, general nurses provide for the physical, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual well-being of persons with acute or chronic physical illness.

The general nurse achieves this through working as part of a professional multidisciplinary team to provide primary health care, acute hospital care, home and continuing care, based on individual and population health needs across the lifespan.

  • Medical Nursing
  • Surgical Nursing – general/specialist (including critical care nursing)
  • Emergency department and outpatients nursing
  • Children’s nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Care of the Older Person nursing
  • Community nursing and primary healthcare
  • Operating theatre
  • Maternity care
  • Management and leadership

Students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland as a Registered General Nurse (R.G.N.)


When you accept an offer for one of the nursing courses you will receive orientation information from Trinity. This information contains a form asking you to indicate which health service provider you would prefer to be linked with. Requests are dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis. Where possible you will be assigned your first choice. However, if the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, you will be assigned your second choice. A reserve list is held and if a vacancy arises it may be possible to transfer to your first choice. Most students are allocated their first choice of health service provider.


For a full list of modules please see our website:


A combination of examinations, essays, clinical projects, clinical skills, laboratory techniques, literature reviews, reflective practice and clinical assessments are used.

Optional international placements/opportunities during training

The Erasmus programme enables students to study at another European university as part of their university degree. This is an exciting opportunity for students to experience a core clinical placement in another European Union healthcare system for a maximum period of eight weeks duration. Erasmus exchange takes place in semester two of second year and semester one of third year.

Students currently have the opportunity to go on Erasmus to the following (dependent upon profession or nursing discipline): Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland; University of Malta; University of South Wales; LUND University, Sweden; University of Northern Denmark, Aalborg, Denmark; Hanze University College, Groningen, Netherlands; University of Applied Science, Maastricht, Netherlands; Wolverhampton University, UK. New sites are added every year. Non-European sites are planned from 2020.

Scholarships are currently offered for a short summer programme in the United States.



Course Details


D B.Sc. (Cur.


4 years full-time

CAO Points Required

393 (2019)

Number of Places


Minimum entry points required are 393 (2019)
More information on minimum entry points

Admission Requirements

For general admission requirements please click here

Leaving Certificate

O6/H6 Mathematics

O6/H6 In one of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physics/Chemistry or Agricultural Science


Grade C Mathematics

Grade C In one of Biology, Physics or Chemistry

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Students will be required to undergo Garda vetting.

Note for mature applicants:

Applications must be received by the CAO by 1 February of the proposed year of entry.

You are not required to submit a mature-student supplementary application form to Trinity.

However, you will be invited to attend a written assessment by the Nursing Careers Centre.

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