Nursing course

Course presentation

Nursing course, bachelor’s degree, with the predominant scientific area 723 Nursing, lasts 4 years with 240 credits according to the European credit transfer system.
The total hours are 6486 with contact hours 4113. Of these hours 2104 are internship (Clinical Education – 51.15%).
The course structure consists of theoretical, theoretical-practical, laboratory practices, internship and tutorial guidance. It works during the day, and some activities, namely, clinical teaching take place at night, on weekends and on public holidays. It can be attended on a full-time and part-time basis, as stated in the current regulation.


The Nursing Course, aims to ensure scientific, technical, human and cultural training, based on the references of the Schools of Thought in Nursing, Dublin Descriptors, Directive 2013/55 / ​​EU of the European Parliament and of the Council and Order Regulation of Nurses, necessary for:
Reflective practice supported by the recontextualization of updated knowledge in a critical and constructive understanding;
Ability to understand that shows the mastery and innovation necessary to solve complex and unpredictable problems;
Critical thinking in the collection, selection and interpretation of relevant information in decision-making that enables you to support interventions as a general care nurse;
Communicational and relational skills that allow you to transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions, in the multiprofessional team;
Technical, scientific and ethical skills, in caring throughout the life cycle, at different levels of prevention, assuming responsibilities in the multiprofessional team with an evidence-based practice;
Lifelong self-learning capabilities, with a high degree of autonomy;
Research practices in nursing and health;
Being an active agent in training, nursing care management participating in service management.


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

Professional outputs

The graduate in Nursing from ESSV has a profile of skills that enable him to practice professional nursing, in the fields of clinical intervention, management, teaching, consultancy and research, namely:

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)

Determination No. 262/2020, of 24/02/2020, rectified by  Declaration of Rectification No. 307/2020, of 06/04/2020

More information

Dispatch no. 9211/2019

Test Guide:
Publications of Admission Tests

Legislation – Higher Education

Statistical information: InfoCursos ou DGEEC

Course Code
8 semesters
Normal student: € 697.00
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
External evaluation report
Register DGES
Status: Accredited
Nº register: R/A -Ef 718/2011/AL01
Record date: 27-11-2017


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