What are the entry requirements?
There are four modes of entry onto the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing programme.
The majority of applicants will gain entry through the Central Applications Office (CAO). The minimum entry requirements for standard applicants are; a grade H5 in two higher level papers and a grade O6/H6 in four ordinary/higher level papers in the Republic of Ireland Leaving Certificate Examination in the following subjects:
- English or Irish (not foundation level)
- Mathematics (not foundation level)
- a laboratory science subject (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Phys/Chem, or Agricultural Science) and
- three other subjects.
Applicants presenting GC(S)E (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) examinations to the CAO must have attained two GCE A levels at grade C or in addition to achieving four passes at GCSE O level grade C or better that must include English and Mathematics.
A limited number of places are available for applicants with a QQI-FET Level 5 award in Nursing Studies, Community and Health Services, Healthcare Support, or Health Service Skills. A minimum of Distinction (80% or greater) in five modules must be achieved and must include three of the following modules: Anatomy and Physiology, Nurse Theory and Practice, and either Human Growth and Development or Biology.
Please note that all applicants:
- Must attain garda clearance on commencement of the programme
- Will be required to complete a Medical Assessment Self Declaration Form and undergo a medical assessment/screening and a vaccination programme, as stipulated by TUS and its Associated Healthcare Partners (AHCP).
A limited number of places are available for mature applicants (23 years of age or over on the first day of January on the year of application). Mature applicants can apply to the CAO (www.cao.ie) by February 1st. In order to be eligible for application, they must be successful in an assessment test. Further information is available on the NMBI website.
International applicants should apply directly to the International Office at TUS, allowing plenty of time for completing the visa process. Applications for September start should be made by 1st June at the latest to ensure visas are processed in time. You should familiarise yourself with visa processing times for your country of origin to ensure you make a timely application. Find out more here.
Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Nursing in Mental Health Nursing from TUS and registration with An Bord Altranais.