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Intellectual Disability Nursing (Hons)

Waterford Institute of Technology

48 months
10250 EUR/year
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The B.S. in Intellectual Disability Nursing (Hons) from Waterford Institute of Technology is seen as a speciality field of nursing that provides holistic care to persons with an intellectual disability.  


The Intellectual Disability Nursing (Hons) program offered by Waterford Institute of Technology is an excellent choice for students interested in a healthcare career. Because human beings are complex, careers in nursing are amongst the most challenging; they are also some of the most rewarding.

The Intellectual Nursing Course is delivered in a purpose-built, state-of-the-art learning environment and students undertake clinical practice around the south east region.

Successfully completing all aspects of the course allows you to register as an Intellectual Disability Nurse with An Bord Altranais.


Clinical experience is an essential element of the course in order to register as an Intellectual Disability nurse.  There are over 80 weeks of clinical placement throughout the course including a 36 week continuous internship placement in year four.  Students will be accommodated on clinical placements in Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow and South Tipperary. 

Graduates may practice as a Registered Intellectual Disability Nurse within the Irish healthcare sector and voluntary services.  Universally Irish nurses are highly regarded by other countries thus enhancing work opportunities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations in Intellectual Disability Nursing
  • Caring for People wih Intellectual Disability
  • Anatomy & Physiology 
  • Intellectual Disabilities Nursing Skills & Experience
  • Introduction to Intellectual Disabilities Nursing
  • Caring for People with Intellectual Disability
  • Health & Psychosocial Studies 
  • Medication Management 
  • Introduction to Pathophysiology
  • Nursing Skills for Acute Care
  • Supporting People with Mental Health Problems
  • Ethical, Legal & Political Issues in Intellectual Disabilities
  • Supporting the Adolescent with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Nursing Skills
  • Management & Leadership in Healthcare
  • Behavioural Approaches in Intellectual Disabilities
  • Supporting the Adult & Older Adult with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Health Assessment Through the Lifespan

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


240 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Minimum entry requirements:

  • 2 subjects: H5
  • 4 subjects: O6/H7
  • English or Irish: O6/H7
  • Mathematics: O6/H7
  • Science: 06/H7
  • A laboratory science subject (biology, physics, chemistry, physics & chemistry (joint) or agricultural science)
  • Three other subjects (may include Irish or English and a laboratory science subject not included already) or have equivalent second level educational qualifications to the foregoing. 
  • The minimum educational requirements may be accumulated over not more than two sittings of the leaving certificate examination or an equivalent examination.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    10250 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 10250 EUR per year during 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Waterford

670 - 1050 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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