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The words placement planningDCU Students registered with the Disability & Learning Support Service where professional placements form a part of their programme can avail of placement planning supports.


Students who can avail of placement planning  include:

  • Have clinical placements as part of their nursing programme
  • Have an Intra placement as part of their degree programme
  • Have a teaching placement as part of their degree programme

Nursing Placements

The DLSS work collaboratively with the School of Nursing in to ensure that any student registered with the DLSS requiring reasonable accommodations on placement is appropriately supported.

Please click here for further information:  Reasonable Accommodations on Clincal Placement

Intra Placements

The Intra Office and the DLSS work together in supporting students registered with the DLSS in on their Intra placements.

Students registered with the DLSS can avail of a number of supports, including assistive technology, personal assistants, transport costs, while on their Intra placement.

Teaching Placements

Students requiring reasonable accommodations while on teaching placement can discuss their needs with either the Disability Officer and/or Placement co-ordinator.

DCU is currently in the process of developing teaching placement guidelines, in line with the Teaching Council’ guidelines:  which can be accessed HERE

Placement Planning Supports available include:

Students registered with the DLSS who are required to undertake a placement as part of their degree programme can avail of a number of supports, including:

    • A pre-placement planning session, with a member of our Compass team. This will help students identify any areas that wish to explore before the placement begins including, disclosure, reasonable accommodations etc.
    • The DLSS, in consultation with the student will produce a Placement Planning Assessment (PPA), or Clinical Needs Assessment for nurses, which will identify students’ learning and placement needs. 
    • The DLSS, with the students consent, will distribute the PPA/CNA to the relevant link units/lecturers in DCU. 
    • The DLSS will support students while on placement to ensure they are successfully self-managing their reasonable accommodations.


For further information:

Email: disability.service@dcu.ie

Telephone: 01 700 5927