Nursing Studies


This is a one-year foundation course for students wishing to train as nurses both here in Ireland and in the UK. Students achieving good grades during this course can apply to gain entry to Nursing Degree courses through the QQI entry system. This course provides students with a solid foundation in nursing theory and practice and allows students to accurately assess their suitability for a career in nursing. Applications are also invited from mature students wishing to pursue a career in nursing.


Progression and Career Options:

Graduates can apply to Nursing Degree courses in Institutes of Technology and Universities in Ireland. The college also has strong links with a number of UK based Nurse Training Colleges.


Student Testimonial:

'I completed my nursing studies course in DIFE in 2015/2016. I loved every minute of my tine there. My tutors were excellent and patiently answered all my questions. I am now going on to study Adult Nursing in Greenwich University and eagerly look forward to becoming a great nurse. This was all made possible by the fantastic support system available to me at Drogheda Institute of Further Education. This course is a great foundation for anyone considering a future career in Nursing' - Emma Walsh


Nursing Studies

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Course Content

  • Nursing Theory and Practice
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Care Provision and Practice
  • Manual and Patient Handling
  • Hand Washing and Infection Control
  • Prevention of Elder Abuse
  • Word Processing
  • Safety and Health at work
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Communications
  • Work Experience


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Nursing Studies.