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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.

To meet the general entry requirements you must:

  • have successfully completed upper secondary (high school) education and meet the requirements for university studies in the home country.
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in English. The entry requirement is the equivalent of at least grade E of the Swedish upper secondary course English 6/English B. See English Language Requirements.
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in Swedish. The entry requirement is the equivalent of at least grade E of the Swedish upper secondary course Swedish 3/Swedish as a second language 3.

See other ways of meeting the requirement in Swedish at the website (in Swedish): https://www.antagning.se/sv/Det-har-galler-for-dig-som-gatt/Utlandsk-gymnasieutbildning/Det-har-behover-du-ha/Behorighet-i-svenska/

For students who received their final school grades after 31 December 2009, there is an additional entry requirement for mathematics as follows:

  • The student must have successfully completed courses in mathematics to reach the level of the Swedish courses Mathematics 1a, 1b or 1c / Mathematics A (approximately 10 years of mathematics studies).

If you have an International Baccalaureate (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, English and mathematics.

For general admission, you must have:

  • Swedish A1 or A2, at least grade 4. If you completed your secondary education prior to January 1, 2010, it is enough with grades of at least 4 in Swedish B.
  • English B, SL, at least grade 4, with language of instruction other than English
  • Whoever has the IB diploma meet normal requirements in mathematics for basic eligibility, otherwise required Mathematics course A or Mathematics 1a/1b/1c.

And specific entry requirements, with pass grades of at least E:

  • 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%).

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 Gabi Oesterling

Nursing Programme student tells all

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

Page Manager: Anette Nilsson|Last update: 8/8/2018

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