RCSI Bahrain Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

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 2017 / January 2018. Attainment of these requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Admission to the programme is at the discretion of Admissions.


English Language Entry Requirements


Applicants whose first language is not English, or who have not been educated solely in a native English speaking country must satisfy an English language proficiency requirement. Upon successful completion of the online application form, the admissions team will schedule the applicant for an English examination at RCSI Bahrain. Additional information on this exam is available at here. If valid IELTS / 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 or Higher Level English.
(I)GCSE/GCE                            Minimum score of Grade C in English.
Irish Leaving Certificate           Minimum score of Grade D in Ordinary Level English.


Academic Entry Requirements


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.