Course Description

Nursing Theory and Practice (QQI Level 5)

The Open College

Learners who successfully complete this Nursing Theory and Practice course will:

  • outline the history and development of nursing
  • acquire a knowledge of the structure and function of the health care service in the Republic of Ireland
  • know the various disciplines and specialities within nursing
  • understand the nursing process
  • appreciate the models of care
  • be aware of nursing ethics and etiquette in care situations
  • communicate effectively in ways that are consistent with the carer’s role
  • avoid occupational hazards
  • become familiar with common nursing/medical terminology
  • perform a range of basic skills.


Specific Learning Outcomes include:



  • The development of the nursing profession
  • What is nursing
  • Nursing specialties
  • EU Directives in nursing
  • Commission on Nursing
  • An Bord Altranais.



  • nursing models and care delivery systems
  • activities of daily living
  • nursing process
  • planning care
  • documentation
  • empathy in the caring situation
  • ethics of care
  • responsibilities and role boundaries of the HCA.



  • the health service structures and functions
  • history of the health service
  • department of health and children
  • primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare teams
  • the multidisciplinary team
  • role of specialised disciplines = non-nursing.



  • clinical observations
  • medication safety
  • occupational hazards
  • medical terminology and abbreviations.



  • the infection process
  • hospital acquired infections
  • standard precautions & transmission based precautions
  • hand hygiene.


Who should complete this course?

  • Students who wish to gain a QQI credit in Nursing Theory & Practice aka Introduction to Nursing at Level 5.
  • Students wishing to complete the major awards at Level 5 in Healthcare Support – 5M4339, Community and Health Services  & Nursing Studies award.

Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Course Code 5N4325
College Name The Open College
Course Category Health Care, Nursing
Course Type Distance Learning
Course Qualification Level 5 Certificate
Course Location Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 18
Course Fee 314
Course Duration 8 weeks
Course Times This QQI Nursing Theory & Practice 5N4325 course is completed through Distance Learning Course and there are no lectures to attend. Students can complete this course within 8 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Nursing Theory & Practice (5N4325)
Entry Requirements Leaving certificate, Level 4 certificate or equivalent in a relevant subject area (Healthcare) and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please ask about our requirements surrounding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry. Mature students (over 23 years) may be exempt from the above prerequisites. Students must be working or on work experience in the Healthcare Sector (6-8 hours per week or 30 hours in total) throughout their course as assignments will require learners to draw upon practical experience. As part of the assessment criteria for this course students’ will need to carry out practical demonstrations, all candidates who enrol for this programme must have the agreement from their supervisor/manager in the work place to oversee their practical work. English Language Requirement: Students entering programmes leading to awards at Level 5 are expected to be able to: be proficient at reading, drafting, preparing and understanding information across a broad range of topics, including quantitative information. Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft, recording equipment necessary for some skills demonstration tasks, and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment. As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative. Garda Vetting will be required any workplacement within the Care Sector. The Open College is an approved Garda Vetting organisation and can assist with this if required. Please ask for details.
Career Path Students wishing to complete the major awards at Level 5 in Healthcare Support – 5M4339, Community and Health Services & Nursing Studies award.
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Unit 9, Leopardstown Business Centre,, Ballyogan Road, Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland

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