College of Management and IT (CMIT)QQI Nursing Theory and Practice course

QQI Nursing Theory and Practice course

12 Weeks
Online, Online Courses - Distance Learning
Start date: Continuous Intake

Course description

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?

  • Healthcare workers, care assistants, or people who wish to gain a professional, accredited qualification in the subject matter and wish to study at their own pace, and in their own time.


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.


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.

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