mature student nursing

Applying for mature student nursing / midwifery 2018

So, you have decided or are thinking about the brave decision of going back to college to study for a nursing/midwifery degree as a mature student. That’s fantastic! 

Becoming a nurse is an exceptional career decision, it provides individuals with a great deal of personal fulfilment. In addition, nurses understand that they are making a difference in the lives of the people they care for on a daily basis.  Hence, it is a very popular career path for mature students. 

However, this popularity also means that each year the number of mature applicants is significantly higher than the number of places available and subsequently the selection process for mature students for nursing/midwifery degree courses in Ireland is highly competitive. 


First things first. Are you a mature applicant?

If you are aged 23 years or over, you are classified as a mature applicant. Mature applicants can successfully apply for nursing/midwifery degree courses if they pass The Assessment Test. These candidates are judged on the results of The Assessment Test instead of their Leaving Certificate Exam (or equivalent) results.  


The Nursing Career Centre Booklet

This booklet: Nursing and Midwifery - A Career For You 2018 Booklet is a fantastic resource that is published each year by the NCC – the Nursing Career Centre. The NCC is under the management of An Bord Altranais.

The booklet contains:

•the key dates for the application process

•an overview of nursing and midwifery

•the honours degree course programmes

•the programme structures

•the number of places available on each degree course

•the requirements for mature code applicants

•other useful information


3 Important Steps

These are the three main steps in applying for a nursing/midwifery degree course as a mature applicant:

1. Apply to the CAO

Like all candidates wishing to apply for a 3rd level nursing or midwifery degree course in Ireland you will have to apply for your course through the CAO before the 1st of February.


2. Register with PAS (Public Appointments Service)

Upon successfully applying for your 3rd level nursing course through the CAO website you will be eligible to sit The Assessment Test for mature applicants which take usually takes place is April of each year.  In order to sit the test you must also apply to sit the assessment test through the PAS website. There is a difference between registering an account on the PAS website and applying to take the test through the PAS website. You must first register (create an online account) with them and then you will be able to apply to sit the test between a certain time frame. This is a very important step. It is only possible to apply to take the test between the dates that are selected by PAS but you can create an online account (register) with them The 2018 dates are between 2 February –22 February 2018. 


3. The Assessment Test and Preparation

The 2018 Assessment Test will be a computer-based assessment. The Assessment Test is conducted by the Public Appointments Service (PAS) on behalf of the Nursing Career Centre (NCC).  The assessment test has three test sections: Numerical, Verbal and Job Simulation Exercises. The assessment test for mature nursing is due to take place in the Public Appointments Service office in Dublin According to the Public Appointments Service there will be no assessments in regional locations. You must be successful in The Assessment Test before being considered for on an offer for your chosen nursing degree course.

Here are Career Services we provide the number one preparation course for The Assessment Test. Our course has had unprecedented success and has helped thousands of applicants achieve their dream of being accepted into their chosen nursing degree course. When you hear your colleagues referring to a preparation course for this exam, it is the Career Services preparation course that your colleagues are talking about! Don't just take our word for it, see what mature students just like you had to say about our course here: Testimonials 



What is Nursing The Assessment Test? 

The 2018 Assessment Test will be a computer-based assessment conducted by the Public Appointments Service (PAS) on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). You must be successful in The Assessment Test before being offered a place on your chosen nursing degree course. There are three sections to the assessment.

The three test sections include:

  • Numerical
  • Verbal 
  • Job Simulation Exercises.


Excited about pursuing nursing but worried about the Assessment Test? 

You are not alone!

The majority of candidates worry about these tests. It’s common to hear concerns like “I am not very good at maths”, “I am not a fast reader”, “I find numbers difficult”, “I have been out of school for a long time”, “I panic in exams” - Sound familiar? 

The Career Services Preparation Course relieves these fears and boosts our students confidence. Want to see what they say after they attend our course? Click here


The Career Services Preparation Course

At Career Services, we run Ireland's No. 1 preparation course specifically designed towards preparing you to the best of your ability for the mature student nursing/midwifery assessment test. Our course follows a blended learning approach. This means that you will benefit from extensive tutoring during the classroom course, and you will be able to continue practicing your skills on our online e-learning platform during the weeks before the test.

When you hear your colleagues referring to a preparation course for this exam, it is the Career Services preparation course that they are talking about. Our course has had unprecedented success and every year we help hundreds of applicants achieve their dream of being accepted into their chosen nursing/ midwifery degree course. 

We realise that this application process can be very daunting, so we have designed our website to help answer any questions that you might have.  We think that the ‘Getting Started’ section is always a good place to begin.


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