Bachelor of Nursing (International)

Category: International Courses, Healthcare, Degree Programmes
Duration: 12 months
Level: 8
Start Date: Date for next entry: 2 September 2019. Deadline for applications is 31 May 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, as well as 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:

12 months duration (full-time)


(please note there will be only one annual intake in future - in September of each year)

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. SEE ADDITIONAL NOTES BELOW ON ENGLISH LANGUAGE

• 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: 2 SEPTEMBER 2019 (application deadline 31 May 2019)

Nurse registration bodies (in Ireland 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:
Non-EU 10,250 Euro. NB Scholarships of 2,000 Euro are available to applicants who are awarded a place on the course in recognition of their academic achievements, IELTS & work experience. Final fee 8,250 Euro

This fee is subject to a yearly review

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

African Representative

Mr Joseph Ogun, Director, Linkpro Consult is the College Recruitment Representative for African students. For further information on the application 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 the Linkpro website at  You can also view Joseph's profile below.

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

Important information regarding Vaccination Levels prior to coming to Sligo/Ireland

If you wish to work in any healthcare setting (e.g. Healthcare Assistant, Nurse), 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. These vaccinations should be arranged prior to coming to Ireland and results obtained. You are responsible for bringing a record of these vacinnation results with you to the pre-employment medical. can then bring a record of these reults with you to the pre-employment medical.

Without these records, to obtain full immunity in Ireland would be at your own expense and would mean a delay of 8 months, and during this time you will not be permitted to work in a healthcare setting and/or as a Healthcare Assistant or nurse. The College assumes no responsibility for arranging your pre-employment screening, your vacinnation records or your full immunity requirements in Ireland (if required). However, the College wishes to emphasise that to ensure there is no delay in working in Ireland, every effort should be made, prior to your arrival in Ireland to have a record of immunity and/or arange to have vaccinations prior to coming to Ireland and results obtained.



As well as planning your programme fees, you will also need to ensure that you have sufficient funds to cover your living expenses (accomodation, food, travel, books, etc.). These additional costs are estimated at 7,000 euro minimum per academic year, although it will vary depending on your personal lifestyle. For your initial registration with the Irish immigration authorities, you must demonstrate you have 3,000 euro in your bank account to support your living expenses.



If English is not your first language, you must show proof that you have scored 6.5 in the IELTS examination.

If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate that your English level is of a suitable standard. All international students will be examined on arrival to ascertain their level of English. If it is shown that a student's proficiency level is not sufficient to gain entry into the programme you will be redirected into an English language course to improve your English. In this case additional charge may be demanded by the College.



This programme does not lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland  (NMBI). Please be advised that you cannot work as a nurse in Ireland unless you are registered with NMBI. St Angela's College can direct you to an NMBI application centre but students must apply independently and St Angela's College cannot guarantee successful application. The Bachelor of Nursing INternational programme is not taken into account when applying for your nursing registration at the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. The NMBI will only consider your original diploma for registration in terms of theoretical and clinical hours. Hence it is your own responsibility to 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 programme to meet the Nursing Midwifery Board of Ireland sould you wish to register as a nurse in Ireland in the future.

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...
  8. Denise Healy, Coordinator BN International
    Denise coordinates the Bachelor of Nursing International Programme. She is also involved in lecturing on the module International Nursing Practice. RGN, RNID, Diploma in Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Nursing), Masters in Learning Disability Studies. View full profile here...
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