Programme Structure

(BSc Cur) Intellectual Disability Nursing

Course content

This course will give you the knowledge, skills, attitude and professional values necessary to provide high quality, competent and caring nursing practice in the discipline of nursing you choose to follow. The three main themes of the course are:

  • Person and community centred holistic care
  • Personal and interpersonal skills
  • Professional nursing studies

The biological, behavioural and social sciences are incorporated within the relevant themes. Some contact under each of the themes is common to all three nursing disciplines and the remainder is specific to your chosen discipline.

There are two components to the nursing degree course - the theoretical component and the clinical component. The theoretical component of the course will be taught on the Trinity campus, School of Nursing & Midwifery Building, D'Olier Street or in the Schools teaching facilities in St James Hospital or AMNCH, Tallaght. Clinical practice take place in the associated health service providers (e.g. hospital or community placements).

Practice Learning Environment

The student will gain clinical experience across a wide variety of settings in the care of people with an intellectual disability. A key emphasis will be placed within this course on working collaboratively with other professionals and working in partnership with family members in planning and implementing therapeutic programmes of care. Stewarts in Palmerstown, Dublin and Moore Abbey in Monasterevin, Kildare are the two main sites associated with the training of nurses to work in the intellectual disability arena for Trinity College. Students will be given the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the living areas for children and adults, day centres, employment settings, physiotherapy units, recreational departments and many other areas.

Practice Learning Placements Moore Abbey

This facility is located in an historic setting in Co. Kildare and provides day and residential care for adults with intellectual disabilities. The centre presently spans six counties, Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Meath, Longford and Westmeath. You can find out more about Moore Abbey's services at

Stewarts Hospital Services Ltd

A large day and residential centre for people with intellectual disabilities set in extensive parkland near Palmerstown in County Dublin. Associated community placements are mainly located in the Lucan and Clondalkin area. You can find out more about Stewarts at

Teaching strategies

Teaching and learning strategies will include lectures, tutorials and group work. Due to the professional nature of the course and that it leads to a professional qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, a minimum attendance is required at formal lectures and tutorials on the programme. Therefore student attendance at theory classes will be monitored.

Assessment strategies

The learning outcomes of the programme will be integrated fully into the assessment strategy at all levels and will include assessments such as examinations, assignments and practical skills assessment. Students who successfully complete the B.Sc.(Cur) are eligible to apply to The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland to have their name entered in the appropriate division (Children’s, General, Intellectual Disability or Mental Health Nursing) of the Nurses' Register. Students who are eligible to apply for registration with The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, and who meet the requirements of the University, may apply to be conferred with a Bachelor in Science (Nursing) from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

See modular course structure for a description of each module of this course.