Nursing in Ireland

Nursing in Ireland

What you need to apply to BNI course

  • International applicants must have an international recognised Diploma in Nursing
  • International students will require a degree of fluency in the English language. An overall score of 6.5 in the IELTS Exam is required.

Applicants with an overall IELTS score (or equivalent) of 6.0 will be accepted onto the programme but will be required to take IELTS training classes between January – June in addition to

BN International modules. Students must re-sit IELTS exam in July and must achieve an overall score of 6.5 to be able to progress onto the remaining BN International modules between

September – December. Students who do not attain an IELTS of 6.5 in July must exit the programme.

There are options for student whose English proficiency  (IELTS) is not to the level required. Depending on their level, they can either attend a Pre-sessional English course to bring up to the level required or 1 year foundation programme to prepare them for entry on to the Nursing International degree course.

Meets minimum requirements re English language…. Minimum IELTS of 6.0 for direct entry.  Foundation programme available for students with IELTS of at least 5.0

  • International applicants must be registered nurses in country of origin

Nursing in Ireland

All nurses who wish to work in Ireland are required to register with the NMBI. NMBI maintains the Register of Nurses and Midwives in Ireland. It is illegal to practise as a nurse or a midwife if you are not on the Register.

NMBI carry out a full education assessment on all applications for registration.

 Click here to download the Summary NMBI Registration Process.

To be eligible to apply for registration to the register, you must:

  1. Hold a current registration, or licence without restriction, with the competent authority in the country in which you qualified or have been practising
  2. If you completed your nurse/midwifery registration education programme more than five years prior to the date of application, you must have practiced for at least 12 months during that five year period
  3. Ensure you have the correct clinical and theory instruction hours (currently 1533 hours of theory and 2300 clinical hours) in your original Diploma in Nursing program to meet the requirements of the Nursing Midwifery Board of Ireland
  4. Meet the English language competence requirements; IELTS score of 7.0.
  5. Have completed extra courses leading to registration as a first level nurse, if you hold the following qualifications
  • State enrolled nurse
  • State certified nurse
  • Licensed practical nurse
  • Vocational nurse
  • Nurse’s aide, and
  • An associate degree (United States)

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