College of Management and IT (CMIT)

QQI Nursing Theory and Practice course

Qualification under the NFQ.

eLearning course with Tutor Support.

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Course Details

This distance learning, QQI accredited Nursing Theory and Practice course means that Students can study flexibly at home, or at work, and can gain a nationally accredited Qualification.

This course is aimed at providing learners with the knowledge and skills needed to understand the principles of the nursing profession and the nursing process. It will equip learners with competencies needed to carry out a range of basic nursing skills.

By choosing to study this course with CMIT, Students have 24×7 access to CMIT eLearning for the duration of the course. This includes a comprehensive Course Manual, Video, Quizzes and personalised Tutor Support. The course documentation for this QQI certified course is detailed and easy to read. You will also be able to upload assessments online and receive online feedback. You can use the eLearning system from any computer that has internet access.

Who should complete this Nursing Theory and Practice course?
  • Aspiring Nurses: This course is ideal for individuals who aspire to become registered nurses as it provides fundamental knowledge and skills needed for a nursing career, including patient care, medical terminology, and healthcare ethics.
  • Healthcare Assistants Seeking Career Advancement: Healthcare assistants or support workers who wish to advance their careers and pursue a path towards becoming a qualified nurse can benefit from this course as it lays the foundation for further nursing education.
  • Current Healthcare Workers: Healthcare professionals already working in the field, such as nursing assistants or caregivers, can use this course to enhance their knowledge and skills, making them more valuable in their current roles.
  • Recent School Graduates interested in Nursing: School graduates with an interest in nursing can use this course as a stepping stone to enter the healthcare field and gain foundational knowledge.
  • Career Changers with a Passion for Nursing: Individuals considering a career change into nursing and who have a genuine passion for healthcare and patient care can start their journey with this course.
Entry Requirements / Prerequisites
  • Leaving Cert, Level 4 award or equivalent, and/or relevant Life or Work Experience.
  • Learners must be a resident of Ireland / based in Ireland and hold a valid PPS Number.
  • Applicants who are not currently in employment in a registered healthcare setting will be required to undertake 20 hours work experience in a registered healthcare setting (please contact the Student Support Team for further details).
  • Candidates must be fluent in English with excellent written English Skills in order to achieve the assessment criteria. Queries on the standard required can be directed to the college.
  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
  • A basic working knowledge of computers in addition to a computer with internet access and word processing software (e.g., Microsoft Word or Google Docs) is required to do the course.
  • For technical requirements required to access CMIT eLearning click here>
  • For more details on the suitability of this course click here>


How CMIT eLearning Works…
Topics covered in this Nursing Theory and Practice course
Unit 1: The Nursing Profession
  • The development of nursing as a profession
  • The functions of the healthcare sector
  • Structures and specialities in Ireland
  • European Union directives on nursing
  • The Nursing Code of Practice
Unit 2: The Nursing Process
  • The stages of the nursing process
  • Primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare teams
  • Activities of daily living
  • Common nursing terminology and medical abbreviations
Unit 3: Nursing Skills
  • Administering drugs
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Safe lifting techniques
  • Temperature, respiration, blood pressure and fluid balance
  • Infection management and control
  • This Nursing Theory and Practice course is assessed through completion of a work-based skills demonstration and an online theory-based examination. The assessment for this module aims to evaluate understanding of module theory as well as practical activities.
  • As part of our quality assurance, student assessment work will be marked by an Internal Assessor, then checked by an Internal Verifier and an independent QQI External Authenticator.
Transfer and Progression to Further Studies
  • This Nursing Theory and Practice course leads to a Level 5 component award on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Students who successfully complete this programme may use this Level 5 component certificate as credit towards the following QQI Major Award: Level 5 Healthcare Support (5M4339). For more details contact us.
  • Following successful completion, you will receive a QQI Level 5 component certificate in Nursing Theory and Practice (5N4325) from QQI.
  • Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. CMIT is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland.
  • Click here for Accreditation Details

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