The Application Process

The Application Process

2022 Application form - Click to Apply 

The Adelaide Health Foundation, through the Adelaide School of Nursing, has the responsibility, under the Charter of Tallaght University Hospital, of selecting students for nurse education at the Adelaide School of Nursing. In selecting applicants the Foundation has regard to the multi-denominational and pluralist character of the hospital.

Applicants who put the Adelaide School of Nursing on their CAO list (TR093 ) will be sent a Supplementary Application Form in mid March. Applicants should complete the form carefully and fully.


The latest date for receipt of the completed Application Form will be shown on the form. Late applications are not accepted.

On the basis of the completed Application Form the Adelaide Health Foundation will create a list of nominees and will advise Trinity College and the Central Applications Office which applicants are eligible for an offer of a place in The Adelaide School of Nursing. Offers of places will be issued by The Central Applications Office based upon the points obtained in the Leaving Certificate or upon performance in the selection procedures in the case of mature applicants. The offer will be based on the expressed preferences of the applicant for particular schools of nursing as far as places are available.

How are Students Selected for The Adelaide School of Nursing?

In conjunction with the Central Applications Office (CAO), The Adelaide Health Foundation operates selection procedures which result in offers of places in The Adelaide School of Nursing each year.

The selection steps are as follows:

Step 1

The applicant indicates a preference for The Adelaide School of Nursing (Courses TR093 ) on their CAO Application Form.

Step 2

The Adelaide Health Foundation will send a Supplementary Application Pack with a link to apply online to those applicants who put TR093 on their CAO Form

The Application Form is to  be completed and submitted to the Foundation by a specified date. The completed Application Form is used to assess the applicant in respect of the qualities required by student nurses and gives the applicant the opportunity to state their reasons for applying to The Adelaide School of Nursing.

Step 3

On the basis of The Adelaide School of Nursing Application Forms the Foundation will decide which applicants are to be nominated to be considered for a place in the Adelaide School of Nursing

Step 4

The applicant will be required to secure the necessary points and educational qualifications in their Leaving Certificate/QQI required by Trinity College, Dublin, for entry to nurse education or in the case of mature applicants to fulfil the requirements of An Board Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann(Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland) and Trinity College, Dublin

Offers will be made by the CAO on this basis for those nominated by the Adelaide Health Foundation for The Adelaide School of Nursing.

Please Note: Applicants who are not nominated to considered to The Adelaide School of Nursing by the Foundation are considered by the CAO for offers to other Schools of Nursing on the same basis as all other candidates.

Mature  Applicants:

It is vital to study the section on Mature Applicants in Nursing, A Career For You, produced by An Board Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland)

Educational Requirements – The Leaving Certificate

Trinity College Dublin

To be considered for admission to the University you must have the following qualifications

H5 in three higher level papers and O6/H7 in three ordinary of higher level papers in the Republic of Ireland Leaving Certificate Examination in the following subjects:

The six subjects above must include:


  • * Equivalent Qualifications apply to those who are not presenting the Republic of Ireland Leaving Certificate Examination minimum education requirements. for more information please see the CAO website
  • Combinations of Leaving Certificate subjects not permitted: Please see the Trinity College Undergraduate Prospectus for full details of matriculation requirements and combinations of subjects not permitted
The above is for your guidance only and you are strongly advised to study information provided by the University on all admission / matriculation requirements including course specific requirements.

University prospectus available at

Applicants presenting other second level qualifications should consult the Trinity College Prospectus at or contact the College Admissions Office

Guidance on points for Adelaide School of Nursing: Details of minimum points are available on the TCD website at Undergraduates Requirements

OR on CAO website at 

Entry Route for students presenting QQI qualifications

Specific Level 5 and some Level 6 further education and training certificates awarded by QQI (replaced FETAC, HETAC & NQAI) may be considered as an entry route for standard code applicants to nursing/midwifery. These are:

  • Nursing Studies (5M4349).
  • Healthcare Support (5M4339).
  • Community and Health Services (5M4468).
  • Health Service Skills (5M3782).

In all cases, applicants must have achieved distinctions in five components including:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (5N0749 / D20001).
  • Nursing Theory and Practice (5N4325).
  • Human Growth and Development (5N1279) or Biology (5N2746).

You should be aware that while you may meet the eligibility requirements, there is no guarantee that you will be offered a place. Due to a very small number of places available, a random selection system is operated by the CAO.

Further details may be found at QQI Requirements

How to Find Out More on Nursing Application:

Please read  Nursing/Midwifery, A Career for You - published by The Nursing Careers Centre, An Board Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann(Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland)  18/20 Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, County Dublin.  Tel: 01 6398528 ; The CAO Website Here