Bachelor of Nursing
The Bachelor of Nursing seeks to train nurses with a generalist profile who can provide direct and indirect high-quality care for individuals, families, groups, communities and populations. The knowledge acquired allows them to design, manage and coordinate the care and act as members of the profession. This care is aimed at promoting, maintaining and recovering health, preventing unhealthy lifestyle behaviours and habits and caring for the sick.
The Bachelor of Nursing is evaluated and accredited by the AQUA (Andorran Agency for the Quality of Higher Education), which ensures its quality and European recognition. Students who pass these courses can obtain a Bachelor of Nursing, a state qualification issued by the Andorran Government.
EHEA’s first cycle
180 European credits
Catalan and some subjects in English
from September to June
The students have laboratories with cutting-edge technology to carry out high-fidelity clinical simulations. The robotic dummies enable the students to interact with each other and learn to act in the most common cases, as well as more complex ones, making them better prepared and more secure in the periods with practical work, in real situations. The simulations are recorded on video in order to subsequently analyse the performance of each student.
The clinical internships, which are used to facilitate the application of the knowledge, skills and attitudes in real situations, can be completed at centres in Andorra, Spain, France, Portugal and Monaco.
The UdA offers grants to cover some of the costs resulting from the compulsory internships completed abroad.
The academic contents are divided into four areas: basic nursing, specialised nursing, medical sciences and the social and research area.
The employment rate of graduates in Nursing at the UdA is almost 100% (according to the labour market outcomes studies conducted by AQUA).
The University of Andorra is a member of:
- L’Associació de directives i directius de centres universitaris d’infermeria de llengua catalana (ADEIC)
- Conferencia Nacional de Decanos de Enfermería (CNDE)
And participates in the following projects related to nursing:
- POCTEFA APTITUDE
- Nursing Now Andorra
Applicants must hold one of the following qualifications:
- Andorran high school diploma
- Andorran Advanced Professional Diploma
- Access test to higher education for people aged over 25
Or an equivalent qualification, recognised by Government of Andorra.
In the event that there is more demand than places on offer, an admission test is carried out.
Students who obtain the Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Andorra will be able to obtain the following competencies, among others:
- To communicate, orally and in writing, at least in Catalan and in English, including the analysis and summary of the discourse.
- To communicate with other people by providing information tailored to the needs of the interlocutor, to establish fluent communication and to work in inter-disciplinary and networked teams.
- To use strategies to predict and resolve problems, conflicts and changes in the professional field.
- To search for, manage, analyse and use the information independently in a professional environment.
- To know how to apply both analysis and synthesis to organise and plan work.
- To use and apply information technology in the academic and professional fields, abiding by the code of ethics and the current regulations.
- To be aware of the legal implications of professional activities.
- To know how to learn independently and update and further knowledge on a constant basis.
- To interpret and apply knowledge in accordance with ethical values.
- To apply the nursing process by providing individualised care by means of assessment, data collection and the formulation of problems and nursing diagnoses.
- To evaluate the nursing process.
- To promote healthy lifestyles with actions promoting health, illness prevention and health education in the different healthcare areas.
- To manage resources in the application of protocols and procedures.
- To care for people in specific situations.
- Capacity for communication and relationships with patients, families, groups and communities.
- The ability to become involved in the performance of the nursing profession.
- Respect for the principles and ethical values that guide the profession and the rights of people.
- The ability to comprehend and understand the person in a holistic manner.
- The ability to use the skills and activities to provide optimal care in a suitable manner.
- The ability to lead, manage and work in teams in accordance with quality criteria.
The syllabus of the Bachelor of Nursing includes 180 European credits divided into:
- 103 European theory credits
- 77 European practical credits (clinical internships). The practical credits are distributed throughout semesters 2, 4 and 6 to facilitate the application of the knowledge, skills and attitudes in real situations.
The academic contents are divided into four areas:
- Basic nursing area: This includes basic knowledge of nursing, aspects of the professional role, the bases for communication, the work methodology and clinical internships.
- Specialised nursing area: This includes the specific aspects of the development of the nursing role in the different fields of action and clinical internships.
- Area of medical sciences: This includes knowledge of the physical and psychological structure and functioning of the human being and the pathology bases required to successfully perform the role of a nurse.
- Social and research area: This includes more specific aspects related to health policy, basic knowledge of research and the public health environment.
The Nursing School at the University of Andorra has agreements with seventy hospitals and social healthcare and primary care centres both in and outside Andorra to enable the students to complete the compulsory clinical internships in university hours during part of the second semester and the fourth and sixth semesters.
Throughout the bachelor’s degree, a total of 10 clinical internship periods are established so that each student can understand the different fields of action: basic care, gerontological and geriatric care, maternity and women’s care, hospital and/or social healthcare, primary care, mental healthcare, community care, critical care and paediatric and children’s care.
The aim is for the students to implement their theoretical knowledge and, in the case of internships abroad, to get to know other health systems and to enhance their linguistic competencies. To facilitate this compulsory academic mobility as much as possible, the University of Andorra offers grants to cover the costs of the internships.
During the clinical internships each student receives the support and accompaniment of a centre/service tutor and an academic tutor. The tutor guides the student through the process of learning and decision-making, both in real situations and by means of a process of reflection through learning and evaluation activities with the use of the pedagogical tools in the portfolios.
Director of the College of Health and Educational Sciences: Virginia Larraz Rada
Head of the School of Nursing: Sara Esqué Boldú (email@example.com)
The teaching staff of the Bachelor of Nursing is made up of lecturers with extensive academic and professional experience.
The list of lecturers that teach the subjects of the Bachelor can be viewed in the teaching plans of each of the subjects, which have links on the Syllabus list.
In addition, the Directory of the University of Andorra enables students to search for and access the contact information on the UdA’s teaching, technical and administrative staff.
The Bachelor of Nursing offers a wide range of career opportunities, taking into account the changing health needs of society, the ageing population, the emergence of new diseases and the increase in chronic diseases:
- Management of nursing in the healthcare field
- Management, evaluation and provision of nursing care geared towards the promotion, maintenance and recovery of health and the prevention of illnesses and disabilities.
- Teaching, management and research.
As a regulated profession, the syllabus of the Bachelor of Nursing is adapted to the current European guidelines, with 77 credits for clinical internships. The degree is recognised in France in accordance with the provisions of the Code de la Santé Publique, art. L4311-3.
The Bachelor of Nursing provides access to second cycle studies (master’s degrees) in the countries in the European Higher Education Area.
It also allows access to the specialised Bachelor of Obstetrical and Gynaecological Nursing (midwifery) taught at the UdA.
In addition, each year the University of Andorra designs a wide range of lifelong learning courses related to the health sciences area to meet the training needs of the profession.