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Nursing Programme

The nursing programme provides a broad range of expertise in health sciences and a licence as a nurse. The programme can then be built on further with various specialities or supplemented with leadership for management roles in healthcare.

In order to practice as a nurse, knowledge and skills in nursing needs to be combined with knowledge in other subjects such as medical science, social and behavioural science. The programme aims to train nurses to be well prepared to contribute to the healthcare work of today and tomorrow.

The main task of the nurse is nursing. This means being responsible for qualified healthcare measures that aim for health and well-being despite illness. Utilising people's resources and capacity to handle problems, even in difficult life situations, is key.

Fields of activity

The licensed nurse can work in many different areas of activity and the duties can vary widely and comprise persons of all ages in municipal healthcare, primary care and hospital care.

The nurse works to promote the individual person’s possibilities of living a meaningful life in accordance with his or her needs despite illness, suffering and functional impairment. Promoting health and preventing disease and illness based on the person's individual possibilities and needs is the basis of the nurse's work.

Programme content

The nursing programme is a three-year programme, corresponding to 180 credits. The first year is devoted to an introductory course in nursing, including human biology (microbiology, pharmacology anatomy, physiology) symptoms and signs of illness. The second year is largely dedicated to courses in nursing in health and illness, and the environmental influence on health and illness and scientific methodology while the third and final year provides insights into leadership.

In the final year, the students prepare and accomplish a thesis in the main field of nursing. A large part of the education is on-site with municipal healthcare, primary care and hospital care. The local profile of the programme is based on the patient-based research that is pursued at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences at the Sahlgrenska Academy.

Application, entrance requirements and selection

In Gothenburg, around 120 students are admitted to the nursing programme every autumn and spring semester. This programme is conducted in Swedish.

General entry requirements are:

  • Swedish 3 or Swedish course B or Swedish as second language 3, with at least a Pass grade, or the Test i svenska för universitetsstudier, Tisus (Test in Swedish for higher education). For upper-secondary education that was completed before 1 January 2010, it is necessary to have at least Swedish B.
  • English course A with at least a Pass grade or the equivalent knowledge.
  • Mathematics course A with at least a Pass grade or the equivalent knowledge. For upper-secondary education that was completed before 1 January 2010, it is not necessary to have Mathematics A.

If you have an IB degree from 2013 or earlier and received a diploma you have basic eligibility for higher education in Sweden, if you have sufficient knowledge in Swedish and mathematics.

For general admission, you must have:

  • Swedish A1 or A2. If you completed your secondary education prior to January 1, 2010, it is enough with grades in Swedish B. You can also meet the requirement of Swedish with the Swedish upper secondary school courses: Swedish 3 or Swedish as a second language 3. Swedish B or Swedish as Second Language B issued before 2013-07-01 or Test in Swedish for University Studies (Tisus).
  • Whoever has the IB diploma meet normal requirements in mathematics for basic eligibility, otherwise required Mathematics course A or Mathematics 1a/1b/1c. If you completed your secondary education prior to January 1, 2010 mathematics is not required for general admission.

And the specific entry requirements are:

  • Mathematics B, Science B and Social Studies A (field-specific entry requirements 16). Or: General entry requirements and Mathematics 2a or 2b or 2c, Science 2, Social Studies 1b or 1a1 + 1a2 (field-specific entry requirements A14).

Selection: Grades (66%) and the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (34%).

Study Counseling

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Nursing Programme student tells all

Meet Joakim Hult, 23, a student in semester 2 of the nursing programme.

Page Manager: Anette Nilsson|Last update: 9/28/2016

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