Undergraduate university study programme of Nursing

The goal of the Undergraduate university study programme of Nursing is to provide students with scientific and professional qualifications and the experience of mentorship who monitor them throughout specialised practical classes and to enable education on national and international level. Students become competent, recognisable and competitive health workers with university education who are responsible individuals in the system of health care, health promotion, health prevention and contribute to the progress of society as a whole. 

The European Commission Directive 2005/36/EZ was passed on 7th September 2005 and is a crucial legal provision on regulation of mutual acknowledgement of qualifications and diplomas between the member states, but it was also taken into account when this study programme was created. For certain regulated professions (health professions, veterinary and architecture) it is necessary to follow the mutual minimal educational programme so that the acquired qualification can automatically be acknowledged in other member states of the European Union. 

Basic features of the Undergraduate university study programme of Nursing:
  • the study programme and the foreseen organisation of the programme are aligned with the stipulations of the Bologna declaration, the Undergraduate university study programme of Nursing lasts 3 academic years, i.e. 6 semesters. In order to graduate from the undergraduate study programme it is necessary to achieve 180 ECTS points.
  • The goal of the Undergraduate university study programme of Nursing is educating experts for independent work in clinical hospitals, health institutions and institutes. 
  • In compliance with the structure of the suggested study programme it is evident that the classes are held in groups according to various fields; through lectures, seminars and clinical and methodical practical classes, individual work of students where mentors participate and through other extracurricular and teaching activities. 

Conditions of enrolment into the study programme:

This study programme enables further education, on the principles of equality, vertical and horizontal mobility throughout the educational system, respecting the instructions of the National Centre for External Evaluation of Education and of the Central Application Office:

1.Completed four-year high school and passed state graduation exam in the Republic of Croatia – choice of candidates according to the list of the Central Application Office and according to evaluation parameters of the results of the state graduation exam that are determined by the Faculty. The current scoring system for enrolment into this study programme is:

2.Completed high school without the obligation to take the state graduation exam if the candidates are older than 25 years – choice of candidates by examination panel organised by the Faculty that will transparently choose the best candidates.

Duration of study programme

The suggested programme lasts six (6) semesters, i.e. 3 academic years (180 ECTS)

Professional title that is acquired by graduating from the suggested study programme


Competences students acquire by graduating from the suggested study programme

After completing three years, i.e. 6 semesters (180 ECTS) of the Undergraduate university study programme of Nursing students will be competent to independently plan, carry out, monitor the conduction of health care and evaluate it based on assessment of facts but also assessment of theoretical knowledge within the health care field. That makes them qualified for independent work in the health care system where they have a crucial role in managing health care in clinical departments, organising health care in the community, promoting health and primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of illness. 

After graduating from the programme it is possible to continue the education in the Graduate university study programme of Nursing or on some other similar university study programme. 

Possibilities for further education

After graduating from this study programme it is possible for students to continue their education on the university education vertical in the field of biomedicine and health (diagram of students’ mobility of the FDMH). 

Comparison of the suggested study programme with accredited foreign programmes

The study programme completely fulfils the demands of the Directive 2005/36/EC which define conditions of education of nurses in the European Union in a way that assures that all higher education institutions in the EU have comparable study programme because they are based on the mentioned Directive. 

The study programme has a structure that is aligned with the European legislation in form of teaching load of over 4600 hours with more than half of it being clinical classes and a third of it theoretical classes.

Depiction of total teaching load:

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