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Careers & Nursing & Midwifery

Applying as a mature applicant

Mature students must be successful in an online assessment test.

If you are over 23 by the January of the year of application, you are eligible to apply as a mature student. This means you are applying on the grounds of mature years and not on examination results. A certain proportion of places in undergraduate programmes are retained for mature students:

  • Children’s and General Integrated 15%.
  • General 15%.
  • Intellectual Disability 35%.
  • Midwifery 20%.
  • Psychiatric 35%.

If you choose to apply as a mature applicant, you must be successful in the current year at an assessment test. However, due to the number of places available on the programme success at the assessment test does not guarantee an offer of a place. The onus is on you to apply for the assessment test with the Public Appointments Service (PAS), in addition to your application to the Central Applications Office (CAO).

Assessment test

You are advised to apply to the CAO before 5.15pm on 1 February 2019 (, mature applicants must register and apply through the Public Appointments Service (PAS) between 1 February and 21 February 2019 at 3pm. 

Firstly you must log-on to PAS. If you have not previously registered and you are a new user, you must register before applying. You must remember your User Name and Password as you will require these to access your message board for communications from the PAS, such as the invitation to attend for assessment or results.

Please do not confuse registering with applying. Once you have registered, you must then access the application form, complete and submit it. The application form will only be available on the PAS website between 1 February and 21 February 2019, under the job category, ‘Medical’, sub category ‘Nurse / Nurse Management'.

To register and apply with PAS you should have to hand your CAO number (if you have one), a valid email address and your Personal Public Service (PPS) number, if you have one.

Please note that once you have applied, you are advised to check your message board (located within your personal profile) for communications from PAS. Once you have submitted your application form you should return to your account and confirm that it has been successfully submitted via 'My Applications'. 

If you do not complete all three steps – apply to the CAO, register with PAS and then apply to PAS for assessment test – your application will be invalid and will not receive any further consideration.

To assist mature applicants to understand the assessment test, PAS and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) have produced a familiarisation booklet which contains information on the assessment tests. This booklet will be provided to you by PAS in advance of the test.

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