The general process and entry requirements for mature student nurses and midwives
If you are aged 23 years or over, you are classified as a mature applicant. Mature applicants can apply for nursing / midwifery degree courses but they must also pass The Assessment Test as part of their application. Applicants are judged on the results of The Assessment Test instead of their Leaving Certificate Exam (or equivalent) results. Therefore you are not required to have completed the Leaving Certificate in order to apply. You simply need to be over 23 years of age by January in the year of application.
Further details for Mature Applicants are available on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) website.
Future candidates should then complete the self assessment questionnaire. This questionnaire is not compulsory but it is useful for helping you to decide if nursing and/or midwifery is suitable to your personality.
In order to study Nursing at third level, the first step is to apply for places through the Central applications Office (CAO). Applications are usually taken from early November each year. The deadline for applications is usually the 1st of February every year. As the CAO are the official body that provide information for filling out your CAO application, I have provided some useful links from the CAO for you below:
The official Mature Nursing Assessment Test is conducted by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). Registrations for the official test will be made on their website. You can see the latest information they have available on the website here: https://www.nmbi.ie/Careers-in-Nursing-Midwifery/How-to-apply/Mature-Applicants
Many candidates like to prepare for this assessment test and that is where we can help. We deliver preparation courses for the aptitude tests that mature nursing / midwifery applicants will need to undertake. Our courses are optional but they are very popular every year and provide full tuition on the 3 sections of the assessment with substantial practice material.
Read more about our preparation courses here
We would also highly recommend that you read the Nursing and Midwifery A Career For You, information booklet which is available to download here
This booklet is released each year by the NMBI and contains lots of useful information including: