Bachelor of Nursing (International)

Category: International Courses, Healthcare, Degree Programmes
Duration: 12 months
Level: 8
Start Date: 8th January 2018 [intakes September 2018 & January 2019]
Qualification Required: Diploma in Nursing or equivalent / Registered Nurse in country of origin / IELTS (Academic) 6.5
Qualification Attained: Bachelor Of Nursing

This is an innovative top-up Bachelor of Nursing (BN) (International) programme aimed at preparing nurses to work globally; delivered in a unique environment in the North West of Ireland, St. Angela's College, a College of National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway). The degree programme is designed to ensure that students attain the academic credit to work in a variety of clinical settings.  All students are allocated an academic advisor to support their educational development in addition to, a designated International Student Support Officer.

Module/Subject Titles: (Total: 90 ECTS)

  • Patient Safety in the Healthcare Setting (15 ECTS)
  • International Nursing Practice (15 ECTS)
  • Evidence Based Practice 1  (10 ECTS)
  • Evidence Based Practice 2 (15 ECTS)
  • Empowerment & the Nurse-Client Relationship (10 ECTS)
  • Leadership & Management for Effective Healthcare Delivery (10 ECTS)
  • Contemporary Nursing Issues (15 ECTS)

Course Duration:

8th January 2018 start date. 12 months duration (full-time)

What are the advantages of completing BN (International) at St. Angela's College?

  • Exciting & Innovative modules aimed at increasing:
  • Opportunity to practice within our simulated clinical skills laboratories
  • Communication Strategies
  • On-Line Drug Calculations
  • Small Groups with Academic Support
  • Variety of teaching and learning strategies to facilitate student education

What you need to apply?

• International applicants must have an international recognised Diploma in Nursing (NOTE: Not Diploma awarded on completion of enrolled/licenced nurse programme)

• International students will require a degree of fluency in the English language. An overall score of minimum 6.5 in the IELTS Exam ( for information on IELTS tests) is required for direct entry.

• International applicants must be registered nurses in country of origin

• Completed application form which includes a personal statement of no more than 300 words which explains how this programme will help them achieve their future academic/vocational objectives


Selection Process:

  • Completed application form which includes their personal statement
  • Meets minimum requirements
  • Recognised Diploma in Nursing
  • Registered nurse in country of origin
  • Original academic documentation & experiential records to support application

Programme Start Dates: 8th January 2018 - 31st December 2018

Nurse registration bodies (in Irleand and abroad) access your eligibility to register as a nurse in their country on your initial registration qualification (e.g. Diploma in Nursing). The BN International will not supersede your original nurse qualification status.


How do I apply?

Please click on the link to complete the ON-LINE APPLICATION FORM


Please print and complete the application form. Or you can contact:

Dr. Maria Gallo
Director, Centre for Lifelong Learning, St. Angela's College, Sligo
Phone: 00353 719135623   Email:

Awarding Body:
National University of Ireland, Galway.

Course Fees:
Students with Academic IELTS 6.5: Non-EU €10,250.00 (2017 rate). Scholarships up to €2000 available based on academic achievements, English Language Score & Work Experience

This fee is subject to a yearly review

Fees do not include accommodation or living costs. Medical insurance is available from the following website:

Nigerian Representative

Mr Joseph Ogun, Director, Linkpro Consult is the College Recruitment Representative for Nigerian students. For further information on the appliaction process and visa appliaction process please contact Joseph who will be very happy to help you secure your place onto our International Programmes. Check out Linkpro webiste at  You can also view Joseph's profile below.

Skpe ID: daramz.ogun
Mobile: (+353) 87 7442271

Important information regarding your vaccination levels for working as a Healthcare Assistant/Nurse in Ireland

As part of a pre-employment medical in Ireland you will be required to have full vaccination screening. This includes immunity to the following diseases: Hepatatis B, measles, mumps and rubella immunity,  varicella immunity and tuberculosis status.

What can you do to ensure no delay with commencing employement in Ireland?

ALL efforts should be made to obtain records of immunity to the diseases named above. If time allows these vaccinations should be arranged prior to coming to Ireland and results obtained. You can then bring a record of these reults with you to the pre-employment medical. If these are not available on arrival they will need to be organised in a formal way through an Occupational Health Provider. 

Be advised that if you do not have a Heapatitis B record with details of original immunity (taken after vaccination) it will be arranged at the practice in Sligo. The cost for this is: €235. However, the real issue is that to attain full immunity the process will take 8 months and you will not be permitted to work as a Healthcare Assistant or nurse during that time. Therefore again - every effort should be made on your part before coming to Ireland to A) Have a record of immunity or B) Arrange to have vaccinations prior to coming to Ireland and results obtained

Tutor Profiles

  1. Dr Dympna Walsh, Lecturer BN International; Module Leader - Patient Safety in the Healthcare Setting
    Dympna is a lecturer in undergraduate, post graduate and degree programmes. View full profile here...
  2. Lisa Winters O’ Donnell, Lecturer BN International; Module Leader Evidence Based Practice 1
    Lisa qualified as general nurse in 1995. From then until 1996, she worked as a staff nurse in an intensive care unit in Ireland. View full profile here...
  3. Dr. Edel McSharry, Lecturer BN International; Module Leader - International Nursing Practice
    Lecturer in Nursing, Health Science and Disabilities. Modules on BN International; International Professional Practice; Empowerment View full profile here...
  4. Dympna O’Connell, Lecturer BN International; Module Leader - Evidence Based Practice 2
    Dympna trained as a General and a Children’s nurse and after qualifying she worked mainly in the paediatric setting. She also worked in the USA for almost three years in General nursing and neonatal ICU. View full profile here...
  5. Seamus Dolan, Lecturer BN International; Module Leader - Leadership & Management for Effective Healthcare Delivery
    Seamus is a Registered Nurse in Intellectual Disability. He lectures on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including the Bachelor of Nursing Science (intellectual Disability and General) programmes, The Bachelor of Arts - Health and Disability Studies and the Masters Degree In Health Sciences offered by St Angela’s College. View full profile here...
  6. Dr Helen McGloin, Lecturer BN International; Module Leader - Empowerment & the Nurse Client Relationship
    Helen teaches empowerment in the nurse-client relationship to the BN International students. View full profile here...
  7. Maura Kilfeather, International Student Adviser
    B.A. in French, English and German. H.Dip. in Ed ,CELT. Maura has worked as a Tutor in St. Angela’s for over two years, most recently as International Student Tutor in the Centre for Lifelong Learning. View full profile here...
  1. Online Form: international-form

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