Nursing course


The Nursing Degree Course aims to ensure scientific, technical, human and cultural training for the provision and management of general nursing care to the person throughout the life cycle, family, groups and community.
The objectives of the Course are to provide the necessary training to:
Participation in the management of health services, units or establishments;
Participation in the training of nurses and other health professionals;
Participation and development of research within the scope of its competences.
The organization of the Course complies with the provisions of the current Regulation, which establishes the principles governing the application of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) to the training provided by the Instituto Politécnico de Viseu (IPV).


The course lasts for four academic years.
Each school year has an average duration of 36 weeks of effective teaching, not including the time of exams and vacations.
The course is constituted by a component of theoretical, theoretical / practical teaching and a component of clinical teaching (Curricular Stage). The course is organized in semesters, each containing 18 weeks of school activities.
The overall workload of the course is 6681 hours, corresponding to 240 ECTS.
The total number of contact hours is 4,406. Of these hours, 49% are Theoretical (T) and Theoretical-practical (TP) (2,166 hours) and 51% are Clinical Teaching (2,240 hours). The total work hours of the student correspond to 2,275 hours.


1st YEAR

Curricular UnitScientific areaOrganization of the Curricular YearWork hoursCredits
Epistemology and Fundamentals of Nursing723Semester2701156010
Anatomy and Physiology I720Semester13545305
Socioanthropology of Health and Family312Semester81553
Biochemistry and Microbiology421Semester81453
Developmental and Health Psychology311Semester81553
Pedagogy in Health142Semester8130153
Fundamentals and Procedures in Nursing723Semester3241458012
Anatomy and Physiology II720Semester13545305
Bioethics and Nursing Deontology723Semester8140203
Option 1 – Technical English in Health222Semester81303
Option 2 – Cross-Cultural Nursing and Intercultural Mediation723Semester81303

2nd YEAR

Curricular UnitScientific areaOrganization of the Curricular YearWork hoursCredits
Medical Nursing723Semester243110559
Rehabilitation Nursing723SSemester8110253
Health Management and Administration345Semester8130103
Surgical Nursing723Semester16290206
Research Methods720Semester8140203
Option 3 – Technical English in Health II222Semester81303
Option 4 – Technical French in Health222Semester81303
Option 5 – Nursing in Palliative Care723Semester81303
Clinical Teaching in Medical Nursing723Semester40531515
Clinical Teaching in Surgical Nursing723Semester40531515

3rd YEAR

Curricular UnitScientific areaOrganization of the Curricular YearWork hoursCredits
Maternal health, Obstetrical and Gynecological Nursing723Semester13590205
Child Health and Pediatric Nursing723Semester13590255
Clinical Teaching in Obstetrical and Gynecological Nursing723Semester27017510
Clinical Teaching in Pediatric Nursing723Semester27017510
Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing723Semester135100155
Family Health and Community Nursing723Semester13590205
Clinical Teaching in Mental Health and Psychiatric723Semester27017510
Clinical Teaching in Family health and Community723Semester27017510

4th Year

Curricular UnitScientific areaOrganization of the Curricular YearWork hoursCredits
Public and Community Health in Nursing723Yearly10860104
Elderly health720Yearly8140103
Nursing in Person in Critical Condition723Yearly10850204
Clinical Teaching in Public and Community Health Nursing723Yearly40536015
Clinical Teaching in Nursing for the Elderly723Yearly40536015
Clinical Teaching in Integration into the Working Life in Differentiated Care723Yearly40536015

Competencies of Nursing Graduates

The competency profile of the ESSV nursing license considers, among others, Nursing Thought Schools, Dublin Descriptors, Directive 2013/55 / EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2013 and the Regulation of the Nurses’ Order, on the assumption of a professional exercise independent of the graduate:
Demonstrates current and relevant knowledge of nursing theories, procedures and techniques in a reasoned manner, supporting nursing care in research results / evidences and degrees of recommendation.
Demonstrates current and relevant knowledge of theories related to personal and professional development of problem solving, decision-making and conflict resolution, social, health and behavioral sciences, information technologies, national and international policies, which can be applied in nursing practice.
It collects and critically analyzes relevant data, diagnoses and prioritizes problems, defines objectives, prescribes and implements a care plan based on an effective partnership with the client / caregiver. Creates moments of evaluation and updating, aiming at the quality of care.
It mobilizes technical and scientific knowledge and meaningful and safe clinical experiences in the establishment of diagnoses, plans of action taking into account the health and social policies, as well as the resources available in the context in which it is inserted.
It collaborates effectively with other actors in the health sector, in particular in the training of health personnel, based on a body of knowledge and skills.
Demonstrates the ability to educate, facilitate, promote, support and encourage the health, well-being and comfort of populations, communities, groups, families and individuals in the context of their health project.
It establishes immediate first aid measures and emergency procedures in the preservation of life and acts in situations of crisis and catastrophe.
Demonstrates the ability to respond to a person’s needs throughout the life cycle, in health / disease situations, and in specific contexts, using nursing skills and medical devices to safely administer drugs and other therapies, safeguarding prevention and control measures of infection.
It develops a safe, responsible and informed practice, aware of the competencies, responsibilities and functions of the nurse.
Establishes culturally sensitive communication / therapeutic relationship with the client and / or caregivers.
Cooperates with other health professionals, ensuring respect for the determinants of effective communication.
It assumes the role of privileged interlocutor of the multi-professional team, being the client in the center of the care.
Demonstrates the ability to practice within the context of professional, ethical, legal, and regulatory codes, recognizing and responding to ethical moral dilemmas and issues in daily practice.
It demonstrates the ability to practice in a holistic, tolerant, nonjudgmental, caring and sensitive way, ensuring that the rights, beliefs and desires of different individuals and groups are not compromised.
Demonstrates the ability to recognize and interpret health indicators.
Demonstrates the ability to use medical devices and new information technologies to properly assess and respond to the needs of the person / caregiver.
Demonstrates the ability to enable clients and caregivers to express concerns, to identify and manage challenging behaviors, to recognize states of anxiety, stress and depression, to provide emotional support and to identify when specialized counseling or other necessary interventions (using communication techniques for promote well-being).
It focuses its intervention on the complex person / environment interdependence, using strategies of quality assurance and risk management.
Demonstrates the ability to perceive that client / client well-being is achieved through the resources and actions of all team members / social health care combined.
Demonstrates the ability to assess risk and actively promote the well-being and safety of all people in the workplace (including them).
Demonstrates the ability to critically use tools to evaluate and audit care according to relevant quality standards.
It assesses the need and type of care to be given to the client, prioritizing them, assumes the delegation of activities and their supervision to functionally dependent personnel, maintaining full responsibility for the care provided.
It assumes the essential role in health care for citizens, creating and giving visibility to their space in multidisciplinary work, assuming the leadership of the processes whenever the professional is best placed to do so.
It participates in quality improvement programs, acting simultaneously as promoter and executor of the processes, mobilizing and continuously disseminating new knowledge about good practices.
Demonstrates current and relevant knowledge of the research and nursing research process in support of care delivery and management.
It adopts a reflexive attitude about its practices, identifying areas of greater need for training, seeking to remain at the forefront of quality of care in a continuous improvement of its practices.

Professional outputs

Public or private healthcare units that are oriented to the different levels of prevention / intervention and oriented towards the individual, families and community.

Primary care, continuity, rehabilitation and social reintegration units:
Personalized Healthcare Units
Family Health Units
Community Care Units
Integrated Continuing Care Units
Palliative care units
Integrated integrated mental health care units
Rehabilitation centers
Local Authorities
Prisions Establishment

Organizations / Pre-hospital and differentiated healthcare units:
Hospital Centers
National Institute of Medical Emergency (INEM)
Clinics and Laboratories

Particular institutions of social solidarity:
Day Care center for the elderly
Residential Structures for the Elderly

Educational and research institutions:

Sports and recreation institutions

Health, Wellness and Leisure Facilities:
Thermal institutes
Maritime Companies

Entrepreneurship / Professional Liberal Work

Non-Governmental Organizations

Management of health services

Pre Requirements

The prerequisites required for access to the courses in Group A are intended to demonstrate the candidates’ ability to communicate interpersonally appropriate to the course requirements. The prerequisite is selection, and the respective result is expressed as Apt or Not Apt, and does not influence the calculation of the application grade for higher education.

Printed proof of satisfaction of the pre-requisite of Group A, to be presented at registration: Regulation (Printed)

Pre-requisites – Determination No. 218/2018, of 02/26, rectified by Declaration of Rectification No. 309/2018, de 04/24/2018

Course Code
8 semesters
Normal student: € 900.00
International student: € 1,500.00
Status: Accredited
Process no.: ACEF / 1516/19162
Number of years of accreditation: 6
Date of publication: 18-07-2017
Accreditation A3ES
Script for self-evaluation
Register DGES
Status: Accredited
Nº register: R/A -Ef 718/2011/AL01
Record date: 27-11-2017


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