Introduction to Nursing D20012-Level 5

Nursing Theory & Practice (QQI Level 5)

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  • Course Fee: Special Offer – Only: €264
  • Award: QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Nursing Theory & Practice (5N4325).
  • NFQ Credit Value: 15 Credits.
  • Format: Distance Learning course supported with fully qualified tutors & accredited by QQI.
  • Students can complete this course within 3 months 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.
  • Student work placement Insurance covered at no extra cost.
  • Garda Vetting Provided.
  • No classes to attend.


Course Description

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.


Learners who successfully complete this 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.

This distance learning, QQI accredited course means that Students can study flexibly at home, or at any convenient place and time, and can gain a nationally accredited Qualification.

Students receive a comprehensive Course Manual, Assignments, Efficient Studyguide, and unlimited one-to-one Tutor Support for the course duration. The course documentation for this QQI certified course is detailed and easy to read. If students require extra time to complete the course they can apply for an extension. Assignments may be emailed or posted to the College whichever is more convenient.

Course Details

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.


Preferred entry level:

  • Level 4 Certificate or Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant life and work experiences.


Programme Entry Requirements:

  • If you take this course by distance learning the course material will be posted to you. You can complete and return assignments/projects which must be typed rather than handwritten either by post or by email.
  • If you take this course by eLearning you will need basic IT skills and have access to broadband.
  • As part of the assessment criteria for this module learners will be required to carry out practical demonstrations, with this in mind learners will need to be involved or be able to identify a work placement where they will be able to carry out these tasks.
  • Students taking this module will have to sit an examination (€50.00) that is normally held in Dublin
    but arrangements can be made in outside centres around the country. This can be paid before exam
    dates and is not required upon enrolment. This exam fee is not covered in the course fee/registration fee.



Examination (Theory-Based) 50%
Skills Demonstration 50%


Examination: The internal assessor will devise a theory-based examination that assesses the candidate’s ability to recall and apply theory and understanding, requiring responses to a range of question types, short answer and structured. These questions may be answered in different media such as in writing or orally. The examination will be based on a range of specific learning outcomes and will be 2 hours in duration. The format of the examination will be as follows:

Section A
12 short answer questions
Candidates are required to answer 10 (2 marks each).

Section B
4 structured questions
Candidates are required to answer 3 (10 marks each).


Skills Demonstration: In one or more skills demonstrations, candidates will be observed carrying out the following tasks:

1. measurement and recording of temperature
2. measurement and recording of pulse
3. measurement and recording of respiration
4. measurement and recording of blood pressure
5. measurement and recording of fluid balance.
The tasks may be assessed over a period of time.



Pass 50 – 64%
Merit 65 – 79%
Distinction 80 – 100%

Please note all exams will take place at our offices in Dublin or in a location in Louth and will incur a €50.00 examination fee.


  • Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Nursing Theory & Practice (5N4325).
  • QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. The Open College is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland. Click here for details of the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Click here for more detailed Accreditation information.
  • There is a €85.00 registration fee payable to include administration, moderation and QQI accreditation.

QQI Distance Learning Courses

Location & Dates

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 3 months 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.