I've decided to go back to study Nursing/Midwifery as a mature student, what next? 

After making the brave decision to go back to college and study for a nursing/midwifery degree as a mature student, many people ask us what they should do next. 


Nursing and Midwifery - A Career For You Booklet

The first thing that we always tell people is that you read the Nursing and Midwifery A Career For You, information booklet which is available to download on the NMBI website and is usually released in November of each year. This booklet is an excellent booklet that is published each year by the NCC – the Nursing Career Centre. The NCC is under the management of An Bord Altranais.

This booklet contains:

Self-Assessment Questionnaire

Future candidates should then complete the self assessment questionnaire developed by the PAS – Public Appointments Service. This questionnaire is not compulsory but it is useful for helping you to decide if nursing and/or midwifery is suitable to your personality.


Applying with the CAO

It will be necessary to apply for your chosen nursing degree course(s) with the CAO – Central Applications Office before the 1st of February. The CAO is the organisation that sorts the exam scores and offers places to applicants to the vast majority of third level courses in Ireland.  As a mature student, you can apply for a nursing / midwifery degree course online at www.cao.ie.  

Watch the CAO's Guide Video for Mature Applicants below. 

Remember: You must read the CAO Handbook and follow the instructions provided in the application form before submitting an application.

For additional assistance with this you can refer to the CAO website www.cao.ie and our CAO advice page here: (link to CAO Advice)


Prepare for Success with our Preparation Course

After reading the Nursing – A Career For You booklet, you will be aware that applicants that apply for nursing as mature applicants will have to sit an exam called The Assessment Test for mature nursing / midwifery applicants.

Every year we at Career Services successfully prepare hundreds of candidates for the Mature Nursing Assessment Test. We are Ireland's No. 1 Assessment Preparation Provider and our track record, technological abilities and experience is second to none. We understand this can be a daunting process but our exceptional preparation courses give you everything you need to take your Assessment test with confidence. 

Find out more about how our assessment preparation courses can help you to prepare in this competitive process here

The Official Test Date

The official Assessment Test usually takes place in late March / April of each year.

Summary of the Application Process