Nursing Bridging

BSc (Hons) Nursing - Bridging Programme
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

Applicants are selected for admission to the BSc in Nursing - Bridging Programme on the basis of open competition using the following criteria:

  • Basic eligibility, i.e. achievement of minimum academic and English language entry requirements, as well as a valid nursing licence
  • References and life experience, i.e. work / life balance, extracurricular activities, relevant work or voluntary experience, etc
  • Performance at a structured interview

The following requirements are the minimum standards required for consideration for entry into the BSc in Nursing - Bridging Programme for the Academic Year commencing September 2018 / January 2019. Attainment of these requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Admission to the programme is at the discretion of Admissions.

Applicants whose first language is not English, or those who have not been educated entirely in a native English speaking country, must satisfy an English language proficiency requirement.

Acceptance of IELTS indicator in lieu of IELTS during the current COVID-19 travel restrictions

RCSI Bahrain will accept the score of the IELTS Indicator; an English language test for candidates who reside in countries where they currently cannot attend a test centre in person to complete the IELTS test due to travel restrictions.

It will assess a student’s English language skills in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking in a timed, online test. IELTS academic which is the form of IELTS we currently require is available in IELTS indicator tests.

This measure is a temporary modification to our entry requirements which acknowledges the difficulties some applicants will have obtaining their English language proficiency scores. It is recommended the university reserves the right to request any registered student who presents IELTS indicator to later submit a formal IELTS score during the course of their first year in their respective programme.

If valid IELTS Academic / TOEFL results are provided, they will be reviewed by the admissions committee to assess if the applicant can be exempt from the entrance English examination.

Please note: English language qualifications are only valid for two years from the date of the test.

Exemptions: Applicants who have been solely educated in a native English speaking country and / or those who have completed the following curricula may be exempted from the English language requirement. Applicants should make contact with the Admissions Office to confirm eligibility for an exemption.

IB Diploma Minimum score of 5 in Standard Level English
(I)GCSE/GCE Minimum score of Grade C in English
Irish Leaving Certificate Minimum score of Grade D in Ordinary Level English

Please note: All applicants must have completed at least 12 years of schooling by the end of secondary school education.

Applicants must:

  • hold an associate degree in nursing or a 3 year nursing diploma.
  • have recent experience in nursing practice.
  • be a registered nurse or midwife.