Careers in Nursing and 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 in addition to your application to the Central Applications Office (CAO). 

Update for Mature Applicants on Assessment Tests 2021  

Mature applicants will be required to successfully complete three tests - literacy, numeracy and a job simulation test. The tests will be administered online and can be taken any time that is convenient to you during the testing window. Applicants taking the tests will be supervised using a remote proctoring system.  

The registration and testing window opens on 22 April 2021 at 10am and closes on 28 April 2021 at 1pm.  
You can register and take the tests at a time and place convenient to you during this testing window.

NMBI will provide test familiarisation material for applicants here from 15 April 2021. This information will help you prepare by introducing you to the tests being used. It aims to ensure that you are comfortable with the testing format and you are aware of how to do your best in the test situation. Practice tests will also be made available in advance of taking the tests.  

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