A project designed and piloted at the TUS Athlone campus is to be rolled out on a nationwide basis.
Laura Tully who runs the Student Health Service on the campus designed the scheme which is available to students by self-referral and which offers a full testing and screening for STI's, vaccinations, contraception advice and pregnancy testing.
The initiative won a national Health Service Excellence Award this week.
Speaking on the Let's Talk show this afternoon the south Roscommon nurses says she's delighted with the number of students accessing the service, and is also proud that her ideas will be rolled out across the country eventually.
"I suppose it's an acknowledgement really of the positive impact that this pioneering, first of it's kind service is having. We're thrilled with the award, There were 220 entries and 44 were shortlisted for judging. The minister gave a commitment to supporting the roll out of it right across the country. The concept and the pitch for this service was my own and i was fortunate enough to be in a position here where I had the full support from the President's office to the team of cleaners. Everyone got behind it".