Mullingar Community College

Health Science (including Pre Nursing) 5M4349

Course description

Students on this one-year programme will gain practical experience in healthcare clinical settings which, combined with an insight into theories relating to the nursing profession, will enable them to deliver high standards of care.
This course aims to provide the student with the necessary knowledge and experience to continue on to a nursing career at third level. It will provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to work as a Healthcare Assistant in hospitals and in nursing homes.

Entry requirements

All applicants will be considered. If the Leaving Certificate has been completed, details should be submitted with your application. Mature learners are most welcome to apply and may be exempt from the academic requirements. First round offers will be made in May to all eligible applicants with subsequent offers made in September

Course content:

Anatomy and Physiology 5N0749
Human Growth and Development 5N1279
Nursing and Theory and Practice 5N4325
Care Provision and Practice 5N2705
Customer Service 5N0972
Work experience 5N1356
Child Health and Wellbeing 5N1765
Microsoft Word 5N1358
UCAS and CAO application workshops

*Modules are subject to change

Course Certification

This course provides graduates with a QQI Level 5 Nursing Studies Major Award 5M4349. First Aid Responder (PHECC), Manual Handling and People Handling and Child Protection Certificate are also available.


Graduates of this course are eligible for consideration for academic progression routes in Nursing Degree Programmes, Social Care and Early Childhood Studies and related Health Studies in Third Level Institutes and colleges in Ireland. Applications through UCAS will enable students to access a range of Scottish and UK Universities.

Through the QQI FET Links Scheme-Graduates can apply entry to Year 1 of related courses in Universities and Institutes of Technology with continuity of SUSI grant / BTEI if applicable. Examples of linked courses including:

Athlone Institute of Technology

AL830 General Nursing
AL832 Psychiatric Nursing
AL837 Sports Science with Exercise Physiology
AL631 Dental Nursing
AL731 Veterinary Nursing

National University of Ireland, Galway

GY515 General Nursing
G516 Mental Health Nursing
G517 Midwifery

Sligo Institute of Technology

SG443 Human Nutrition

University College Dublin

DN450 General Nursing

Trinity College Dublin

TR091/TR093 General Nursing

It is advised that students Check with the Admissions office of individual institutions for further details.

The programme also aims to provide learners with all the skills necessary to work as healthcare assistants in hospitals, nursing homes, day care centres and in home care.

For further details contact Ms Lorraine Larney, PLC Coordinator,
Tel: 086 1437088 or for regular updates see our Facebook page at

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