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Careers in Nursing & Midwifery

How to apply for a nurse or midwife programme


All applicants to the nursing / midwifery programmes must make an application to the Central Applications Office (CAO). Each nursing / midwifery programme has an identifying course code.

Prior to applying, you are strongly advised to carefully study the CAO handbook and the websites of the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), which offer nursing and midwifery programmes.
In relation to offers of a place on the programme, the CAO operates an Order of Merit (OOM) list. For full information on offer of places, consult the CAO handbook.

Number of places

The total number of college places available for nursing and midwifery in the HEIs is 1,630 and the breakdown is shown in the table below. The duration of each programme is four years with the exception of the Children’s and General Integrated programme, which is four and a half years.

The programmes lead to registration in various divisions of the Register of Nurses and Midwives. Abbreviations are used for nurses or midwives who belong to the different divisions:

  • RCN - Registered Children’s Nurse.
  • RGN - Registered General Nurse.
  • RNID -Registered Nurse Intellectual Disability.
  • RM - Registered Midwife.
  • RPN - Registered Psychiatric Nurse.
Programme Registration of NMBI division Number of places Quota for mature applicants Number of HEIs
Children's & General Integrated RCN & RGN 100 15% 4
General RGN 860 15% 13
Intellectual Disability RNID 180 35% 8
Midwifery RM 140 20% 6
Psychiatric RPN 350 35% 12

On successful completion of the programmes, you will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) Level 8 in nursing or midwifery from the relevant HEI.

The final end of season points required for offers of places on nursing/midwifery programmes can be viewed here.

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