Nursing - Intellectual Disability Nursing
B.Sc. (Cur.) Honours Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8) ; 4 years full-time ; 32 places ; CAO points: 401 (2021) ; CAO code: TR097
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 (Children’s and General integrated is 4.5 years) are offered in partnership with six health service providers. Trinity’s linked health service providers for this course are:
Intellectual disability nursing
- Stewart’s Care, Palmerstown
- Muiríosa Foundation, Moore Abbey
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 at Trinity
The School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College, has a world renowned reputation and courses are taught by academics at the top of their discipline and profession. The School is ranked 1st in Ireland and in the top 50 universities in the World in the QS World University Subject rankings 2019. 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 College Dublin, 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 and midwifery profession 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 Street, 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.
You will be qualified to continue your education and 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.
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.
Practice (clinical/community) component
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 children’s and general nursing integrated course.
Intellectual disability nursing
The intellectual disability nurse is a professional, who works autonomously and collaboratively to provide person-centred care and support to persons of all ages, with a variety of abilities and capabilities. The intellectual disability nurse employs skilled interpersonal approaches and therapeutic interventions to provide this care across various states of health and wellbeing and promoting wellness. The values and skills inherent in the nursing programme enables the intellectual disability nurse to support and empower people with and intellectual disability across their lifespan, building relationships with the person and their families grounded in human rights, inclusion, advocacy and support to live as independent a life as possible.
Students who successfully complete the theoretical and practice component of the course will be eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland as a Registered Intellectual Disability Nurse (R.N.I.D.)
Which health service provider will you be training with?
When you accept an offer for one of the nursing courses you will receive orientation information from Trinity College. 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. 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.
Modules of study
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A combination of examinations, essays, clinical projects, clinical skills, laboratory techniques, literature reviews (review of past and current literature relating to the subject matter), reflective practice (thinking about an experience and reflecting on its meaning) 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.
We have partnerships with many EU universities for our various nursing and midwifery courses. 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.
Study Nursing or Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin
This is a short presentation by Dr Damien Brennan giving an overview of the Nursing and Midwifery courses available at Trinity College Dublin.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience as an Intellectual Disability Student Nurse in Trinity. I have had the privilege of meeting, and working closely with such inspiring people both at Trinity and through my practice placements. Trinity created a truly memorable and enjoyable experience, and has instilled desire for life-long learning. I am extremely grateful to be able to do what I am most passionate about every day – making a real difference in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. As a recent graduate, I would highly recommend Trinity for those interested in following a rewarding career as an Intellectual Disability Nurse.
B.Sc. (Cur.) Honours Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8)
4 years full-time
CAO Points Required
Number of Places32
CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is
Minimum entry points required are 401 (2021)
More information on minimum entry points
For general admission requirements please click here
This programme is not open to non-EU applicants. Please refer to this page to determine if you are considered a non-EU applicant.
Leaving Certificate O6/H6 mathematics
O6/H6 in one of biology, physics, chemistry, physics/chemistry or agricultural science
GCSE Grade C Mathematics
Grade C in one of biology, physics or chemistry
International Baccalaureate: SL Grade 4 Mathematics
SL Grade 4 in one of physics, chemistry or biology
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.