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What will I learn?

On completion of the BSc (Hons) in General Nursing, you can apply to register as a General Nurse to An Bord Altranais, the profession’s regulatory body.

The course will provide you with excellent opportunities to develop knowledge and skills relevant to professional General Nursing practice, including independent and critical thinking, and problem solving. It will enable you to deliver nursing care that is up-to-date and based on the best current evidence.

This four-year full-time degree course is offered in partnership with health service providers (HSPs) from both the public and private healthcare sectors. Each student is linked with one of these HSPs for the duration of the course.

With a BSc (Hons) in General Nursing, you will be ready to start work as a qualified General Nurse in a variety of clinical settings immediately after graduation.

The BSC (Hons) General Nursing course at UCC is a highly sought-after course, as evidenced by the consistently high points required for entry to the course. We can offer you a wide variety of clinical placements across a number of university hospitals and community facilities, representing all of the major medical specialties. We can also offer opportunities to study abroad and have a large suite of postgraduate courses available to our graduates to facilitate further study needs.

Skills and Careers Information

The course aims to provide you with sound clinical nursing skills (and the supporting knowledge base) necessary for starting your professional career as a General Nurse. These skills will be further developed through clinical experience and further study at postgraduate and in-service levels.

You will also develop skills in independent thinking, problem solving, and analytical and clinical decision-making, as well as fundamental research utilisation and application skills.

On graduation, you may seek employment as a General Nurse. General Nurses work in a wide range of areas including hospitals, community/home nursing, schools, and nursing homes.

Traditionally, Irish nurses are highly regarded by other countries, enhancing work opportunities abroad, in particular in the UK, Canada, Australia and the US.

Which department am I in?

College of Medicine and Health

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
€16,394.00 (US$ 19,017) per year
EU Fee: €4,106; EU Student Contribution Charge: €3,000 per annum and the Capitation Fee: €130 per annum; EU Total fee: €7,236

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

17 January 2022

Venue

University College Cork

College Road,

Cork,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have High School Diploma PLUS SAT 1/ACT. Consideration is given to the High School Grade Point Average (GPA) and SAT or ACT scores. Applicants are expected to have completed 4 years of English, at least 3 years of Math, (4 years recommended) at least 2 years of History/Social Science and a language and at least 2 years of a laboratory science subject (4 years recommended). Though not required for all programmes, SAT Subject Tests, Honours, Advanced Placement, and Early College Experience courses are considered, where they benefit the applicant. Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 High School Diploma PLUS New SAT: Minimum 1140 or ACT: 23. Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL A minimum score of 600 (250 computer based).

For international students

Applications will be considered from applicants whose qualifications are equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate.

Duolingo English Test (DET): DET score of 120 or better.

IELTS - International English Language Testing System/ IELTS Indicator Test: Undergraduate Degree Programmes: Minimum overall score of 6.5 and minimum of 6.0 in each band.

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language - TOEFL iBT/TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Test: Undergraduate Degree Programmes: Minimum overall score of 90 and minimum of 20 in each section.

University of Cambridge: Undergraduate Degree Programmes: 176+ on Cambridge English scale with no less than 169 in each skill and use of English.

Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2), Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2), First Certificate, Grade A (CEFR Level C1).

Pearson PTE Academic: Undergraduate Degree Programmes: Minimum of 63 (with at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University College Cork

UCC is an award-winning, world-class teaching and research university with over 170 years of history.

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  • Over 3,000 international students
  • Over 90% of graduates secure employment after graduating