Nursing | Undergraduate | Study Here | Riga Stradiņš University


  • Google plus

Fact file


4 years (8 semesters)

F64 20140307 RSU 207 2checklist-2016-download

Credit points:

240 ECTS


Full-time studies

Teaching language:


Degree conferred:

Nurse / Professional Bachelor's Degree in Health Care

Course places:



See Tuition Fees and Scholarships

Start dates:

September, for more see Academic Calendar

Application procedure:

To apply, click here


Faculty of Public Health and Social Welfare


The role of a medical nurse in the society is to promote health, prevent illness, care for patients and help them restore their health, and if that is impossible – help them to learn to live with chronic illnesses or to part from life in physical and spiritual peace. A medical nurse, which has acquired higher education, is primarily the bringer of change in her environment – be it at her teaching or management position at the institution, which affects patient care or research. The Nursing programme at RSU prepares nurses of today for the world of tomorrow, with strong foundation in science, humanities and nursing, using problem based learning methods.

"The studies at RSU prepared me for the competitive labour market. It also helped me to understand the link between theory and real life, and how to apply theory in my work. Both, lectures and practical classes were interesting and exhilarating. As I continued my studies at RSU, I felt how the level of my knowledge and skills was growing. I know for certain that the knowledge that I have acquired will help me grow professionally."


– Madara Gaile, alumna of the Nursing programme


Aims & Structure

Aim of the programme

The aim of the professional programme is to train qualified and academically skilled specialists in the field of nursing, who would be able to organise, coordinate and lead patient care at all health care levels. The programme strives to prepare nursing specialists, who would be able to educate other health care professionals as well as the society at large.

Nursing studies at RSU prepare students for practical work in the field of healthcare and help them master the competencies necessary for teaching in nursing. They also provide students with the knowledge they need to carry out research work in their chosen field.

Course structure

The study programme is comprised of compulsory and elective courses. Studies in nursing take place in small groups of max. 12 people, and the studies are divided into three blocks:

  • In the 1st and 2nd year, students learn the basics and study various preclinical courses – they master the basics of the human organism, master theoretical knowledge in anatomy, histology, embryology, biology and medical genetics, as well as functional and pathological physiology, medical biochemistry and genetics, philosophy, psychology and languages. 
  • In the 3rd year, students master various clinical subjects and specialised professional courses, e.g., care processes, nursing theories, care philosophy, patient care, first aid, and intensive care, and they start applying theoretical knowledge in practice in hospitals and outpatient clinics.
  • In the 4th year, students master subjects, which enhance their social, communication and management skills like teaching, health care management, organisation of patient care work, public law and the legal aspects of nursing, basics of project application and management, research methods and statistics. Students also have to defend their Bachelor's Thesis at the end of the 4th year.

For more information on Latvian Education System, please see the homepage of Academic Information Centre.


Below you can read examples of courses, which you will study over the course of your degree:

Typical Year One
Compulsory courses
  • Philosophy and Medical Ethics
  • Introduction to Evidence-based Care
  • Medical Terminology in a Foreign Language
  • Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics
  • Medical Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Transcultural Care
  • Introductory Course
  • First Aid
  • Introduction to Nursing
  • Introduction to the Use of Library
  • Introduction to Psychology and Sociology
  • Biology and Medical Genetics
  • Basics of Terminology in Latin
  • Anatomy
  • Microbiology with Virology and Pathology
  • Infection Control  
  • Histology
  • Psychosocial Needs
  • Clinical Care
  • Functional Physiology
  • Propaedeutics Placement I
Typical Year Two
Compulsory courses
  • Placement II
  • General Pathology
  • Pathological Physiology
  • Pathological Anatomy
  • Histology
  • Infection Control
  • Interpersonal Communication in Health Care
  • Care Process and Nursing
  • Theories History of Healthcare and Nursing and Phylosophy or Care Roentgenology and Radiology
  • Surgical Diseases
  • Placement III
  • Internal Diseases and Patient Care
  • Pedagogy in Heath Care
  • Pharmacology
  • Public Health and Epidemiology
  • Term Paper in Public Health
Typical Year Three
Compulsory courses
  • Clinical Pharmacology and Drug Therapy
  • Pedagogy in Heath Care
  • General Care Paediatrics and Patient Care
  • Surgical Patient Care
  • Rehabilitation in Patient Care
  • Nutrition Education
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Infectious Diseases and Patient Care
  • Internal Diseases and Patient Care
  • Oncology and Patient Care
  • Elderly Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Home Care
  • Psychiatry, Toxicology and Patient Care
  • Business module Organisation of Health Care
  • Basics of Project Development and Management
  • Language Culture for Managers
  • Safety of Work Environment and Patients
  • Legal Aspects of Healthcare
  • Placement IV
  • Informatics and Statistical Methods
  • Semester Paper "Analysis of Nursing Placement Standards"
  • Placement in Patient and Public Education
  • Bachelor's Thesis and State Examination
  • Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Placement V
Typical Year Four
Compulsory courses
  • Anaesthesiology and Resuscitation

  • Research Methods
  • Bachelor's Thesis and State Examination
  • Bachelor's Thesis
  • State Examination
Depending on your chosen field of specialty (operating room nurse, palliative care nurse etc.), you will have to choose elective courses from this list
Elective courses
  • Basic Speciality of Ambulatory Care Nurse
  • Infectious Diseases and Patient Care
  • Patient Care at Primary Health Care Level (during placement, at home)
  • Internal Diseases and Patient Care
  • Surgical Diseases and Patient Care; Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Patient Care Neurology and Patient Care
  • Paediatrics and Patient Care
  • Senior and Palliative Care
  • Basic Speciality of Surgical Care Nurse
  • Traumatology, Orthopaedics and Patient Care
  • Neurosurgery and Patient Care
  • Cardiac Surgery and Patient Care
  • Thoracic Surgery and Patient Care
  • Blood Vessel Surgery and Patient Care
  • General Surgery and Patient Care
  • Abdominal Surgery and Patient Care
  • Proctology and Patient Care
  • Urology and Patient Care
  • Gynaecology and Patient Care
  • Purulent Surgery and Patient Care
  • Oncology and Patient Care
  • Maxillofacial Surgery and Patient Care
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Patient Care
  • Sense Organ Diseases, Traumas and Patient Care
  • Endocrine Surgery and Patient Care
  • Basic Speciality of Operating Room Nurse
  • Types of Surgical Operations
  • Suture Material and its Application during Operations
  • Paediatric Surgery and Principles of Operative Care
  • Observation of Infection Control Principles
  • Environmental Safety and Work Safety
  • Organisation and Planning of the Work of Operating Room Nurses
  • Neurosurgery and Principles of Operative Care
  • Traumatology and Principles of Operative Care
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery and Principles of Operative Care
  • Laser Surgery, Electrosurgery  and Principles of Operative Care Cardiac Surgery and Principles of Operative Care
  • Angiosurgery and Principles of Operative Care
  • Thoracic Surgery and Principles of Operative Care
  • Abdominal Surgery and Principles of Operative Care
  • Proctology and Principles of Operative Care
  • Urology and Principles of Operative Care
  • Gynaecological and Principles of Operative Care
  • Basic Speciality of Mental Health Care Nurse
  • Psychiatry and Patient Care
  • Toxicology and Patient Care
  • Paediatric Psychiatry and Patient Care
  • Geriatry and Patient Care
  • Psychotherapy in Psychiatry Therapeutic Communication
  • Rehabilitation in Psychiatry
  • Basic Speciality of Internal Care Nurse
  • Internal Diseases and Patient Care III
  • Internal Diseases and Patient Care I
  • Internal Diseases and Patient Care II
  • Basic Speciality of Paediatric Nurse
  • Organisation of Work of Paediatric Nurses in Paediatric Care
  • Clinical Processes in Paediatric Care
  • Basic Speciality of Anaesthetic, Intensive and Emergency Care Nurse
  • Anaesthetic Care
  • Intensive Care
  • Emergency Care
  • Placement (Basic Speciality of Ambulatory Care Nurse)
  • Placement (Basic Speciality of Anaesthetic, Intensive and Emergency Care Nurse)
  • Placement (Basic Speciality of Paediatric Care Nurse)
  • Placement (Basic Speciality of Mental Care Nurse)
  • Placement (Basic Speciality of Internal Care Nurse)
  • Placement (Basic Speciality of Surgical Care Nurse)
  • Placement (Basic Speciality of Operating Room Nurse)


Upon graduation

Upon a successful completion of the four year undergraduate course, you will receive your Bachelor's degree of Science in Health Sciences (Nursing), which is a primary medical qualification. Upon graduation, you will be able to demonstrate basic and specialised knowledge required for a nurse, as well as critical understanding of main concepts and regularities in the field of nursing. You will also be able to carry out professional work or research work in the field of nursing by applying theoretical knowledge and skills. Most notably, you will be able to provide patients of all ages with care during the preoperative and postoperative period, ensure their care either during acute or chronic pain, and educate patients and their family members regarding illness prevention. 

Our graduates have successfully continued their education and professional pursuits as outpatient clinic nurses, operation theatre nurses, mental health nurses, internal medicine nurses, intensive care and first aid nurses or paediatric nurses, working in hospitals, clinics, health centres, GP offices etc. Upon graduation from the programme, you can continue your studies in Master's degree programmes like Nursing or Nutrition.

* Diploma is a document that attests that you have fulfilled all the requirements of the programme, and it is issued along with Diploma Supplement, which includes information on the content of your studies as well as your academic performance. You can see Diploma Supplement sample here.

Additional information on accreditation

There is no centralised EU accreditation for Universities in Europe. Universities, including Rīga Stradiņš University, are accredited locally by the Ministry of Education and Science with international experts present. RSU study programmes receive official accreditation every 6 years. In addition, all RSU study programmes in regulated professions, including Nursing, are developed according to EU directives on regulated professions.

Secondly, given that Latvia has been an EU member state since 2004, The Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region, usually referred to as the Lisbon Convention, applies also to Latvian universities, including RSU. Besides, many others, the main point of the Lisbon Convention is as follows: holders of qualifications issued in one EU member state shall have adequate access to an assessment of these qualifications in another EU member state.

In short, the Lisbon Convention, and the fact that RSU is an officially accredited state University, ensures that qualifications obtained at Rīga Stradiņš University are recognised in all EU and EEA member states. 

Entry criteria

1. Completed secondary education

To apply, you must have completed secondary education (secondary/high-school diploma). This usually grants university entrance qualification, which qualifies you for university study - this basically means that you have acquired a secondary-school certificate that makes you eligible to continue your studies at a university in your home country or abroad.

We require that you have studied at least two semesters, and acquired a passing grade in Biology. Please note that we accept both - exam grades or final semester grades.

Please see minimum requirements for secondary education (pages 22-26).

2. English language requirements

All applicants, except native English speakers, must demonstrate their English language proficiency by submitting documents that testify their knowledge of English. Preferably you should submit one of the following certificates with a minimum score of:

GCSE (or GCE) C level
Cambridge First Certificate in English Level B2 (CEFR)

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

Level B2 (CEFR)

NB! International English proficiency certificates and corresponding test results are valid for 2 years.

If none of the above applies, you may submit a substitute certificate or other proof of English language proficiency; e.g., if you have studied English at Secondary School, the grade from the Secondary School Official Transcript may also be accepted, provided that the grade received is very good or excellent; however, in case of any doubts, RSU reserves the rights to ask for an official language certificate as listed above.

3. Age restriction

There is no age restriction to apply for studies at RSU. However, please note medical studies in general, and at RSU in particular, are very demanding and rigorous. The study process will require your full attention at all times, individual studies on everyday basis, excellent memory and determination.

If during the RSU application period and before coming to Riga to start your studies you are under age (you have not turned 18 yet), in accordance with Latvian law you need a legal guardian in Latvia until you come of age, i.e., turn 18.

The guardian can be:

  • a citizen of the Republic of Latvia, who is at least 18 years old,
  • a citizen of an EU/EEA state that can legally reside in Latvia, and who is at least 18 years old,
  • other residents of Latvia with a permanent residence permit or a temporary residence permit that covers full duration of your planned stay in Latvia, and are at least 18 years old.

Your parents need to sign a document prepared and issued by a notary which states that your parents authorise (full name, personal code, passport No. or your guardian’s residence card number and validity period) a certain person to be your legal guardian in Latvia until you come of age. For further details please contact the notary offices of your country.

Rīga Stradiņš University, 16 Dzirciema Street, Rīga, LV-1007, Latvia, +371 67409261 (UTC +2),