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Programme Fact File

Study direction:
Health Care
Bachelor’s study programme
accredited until
Degree conferred:
Professional Bachelor's Degree in Health Care
Language: English
Credit points/ECTS: 160/240
Study location: Rīga
Full time on-site
4 years
12 paid

After completion of the study programme the graduate is awarded a professional Bachelor’s degree in health care with the professional qualification – medical nurse and specialisation in one of the seven basic specialisations – Ambulatory Care Nurse, Surgical Care Nurse, Operating Room Nurse, Mental Health Nurse, Internal Care Nurse; Anaesthetic, Intensive and Emergency Care Nurse or Paediatric Care Nurse; the programme prepares for further postgraduate studies.

Study environment and methods

Study environment

Intensive nursing practice already starts in the first study year, allowing to successfully combine theoretical studies and practical training. The placement period is longer than in other universities, is individually-tailored and involves not only observation, but actual work with patients. All students are given access to the RSU internal network and students’ portal which contains all study materials – course descriptions, curricula, lecture presentations and other materials, as well as the possibility to have regular and timely communication with lecturers outside lectures and classes. Students are introduced to the best practice of patient safety and care, they are taught to think critically, to solve problems and provide care in a safe and simulated environment, where mistakes do not pose a risk or danger to patients.

Clinical placement is a fundamental part of the study process and is carried out in the main university and regional hospitals and clinics of Latvia:

  • Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital
  • Riga East Clinical Hospital
  • Hospital of Traumatology and Orthopaedics
  • Children’s Clinical University Hospital
  • Riga 1st Hospital
  • Riga Maternity Hospital
  • Riga 2nd Hospital
  • SIA “Veselības centru apvienība”
  • Liepāja Regional Hospital
  • Daugavpils Regional Hospital
  • General practice, etc.

Within the framework of the study programme students are given the opportunity to acquire the experience and study methods of other countries by participating in the ERASMUS+ student mobility programme, which allows to improve skills in the relevant field and opens up new horizons. Due to the fact that RSU is a scientific university, students can already participate in scientific work from the 1st study year. In the 4th study year students attend the university 3 times a week on average and devote the remaining time to writing the Bachelor’s thesis.

Study methods

The programme has been based on the Scandinavian model and has a student-centred approach as its basic principle. Study groups are small and the study process is personalised. The study process integrates both individual and teamwork and involves the use of various study methods: lectures, seminars, preparation and discussion of research projects, teamwork, problem-solving, as well as individual work in the RSU library containing up-to-date and current theoretical literature collections and access to international scientific databases.

Practical classes are held at the most cutting edge simulation technology centre in the Baltic States, where students master the necessary clinical skills through simulation, starting from simple manipulations (venepuncture, injections, sounding, respiratory and hearing tests, artificial breathing, stitching, etc.) to complicated surgical operations and assistance in delivery. Simulation-based training improves clinical skills, the ability to work in a team, communication skills and self-confidence. It is a valuable experience for future work in real-life conditions.


Course codeStudy course titleOffered byCourse leaderCredit points/ETCS
AURK_001Anestezioloģija un reanimatoloģijaAnestezioloģijas un reanimatoloģijas katedraIrina Evansa2 / 3
MK_001AnatomijaMorfoloģijas katedraLudmila Gavričenkova4 / 6
MDAK_255Klīniskās aprūpes pamatiMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraSkaidrīte Šapovala2 / 3
VC_027Latīņu valodas terminoloģijas pamatiValodu centrsAija Zilvestre2 / 3
BUMK_027Bioloģija un medicīnas ģenētikaBioloģijas un mikrobioloģijas katedraAgnese Zariņa2 / 3
FK_058BiofizikaFizikas katedraRenārs Erts1 / 1.5
MDAK_085Ķirurģisku pacientu aprūpeMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraLiāna Deklava1 / 1.5
MDAK_078Aprūpes process un māszinību teorijasMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraDiāna Platace4 / 6
MDAK_307Klīniskā aprūpe un rehabilitācija pacientu aprūpēMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraEva Cela4 / 6
FLK_010Klīniskā farmakoloģija un medikamentozā aprūpeFarmakoloģijas katedraLīga Henke2 / 3
MDAK_079Kursa darbs Māszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraAnna Ribakova2 / 3
MDAK_080Kursa darbs sabiedrības veselībāMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraDiāna Platace2 / 3
VC_021Valodas kultūras vadītājamValodu centrsInta Urbanoviča1 / 1.5
MDAK_306Veca cilvēka aprūpe; aprūpe mājāsMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraEva Cela1 / 15
VC_042Angļu valoda māszinībāsValodu centrsMāra Dirba2 / 3
KPUMTK_007Pirmā palīdzība un civilā aizsardzībaKlīnisko prasmju un medicīnas tehnoloģiju katedraOļegs Sabeļņikovs2 / 3
CFUBK_029Funkcionālā fizioloģijaCilvēka fizioloģijas un bioķīmijas katedraNormunds Limba2 / 3
MDAK_031Veselības aprūpes, māszinību vēsture un aprūpes filosofijaMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraOlga Fokina2 / 3
MDAK_059Infekciju kontrole aprūpēMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraLilija Antoņēviča2 / 3
SVUEK_052Infekciju slimības un pacientu aprūpeSabiedrības veselības un epidemioloģijas katedraBaiba Rozentāle1 / 1.5
FK_004Informātika un statistikas metodesFizikas katedraJevgenijs Proskurins2 / 3
ISK_194Iekšķīgās slimībasIekšķīgo slimību katedraEduards Krustiņš2 / 3
MDAK_250Iekšķīgās slimības un pacientu aprūpeMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraSkaidrīte Šapovala1 / 1.5
MDAK_017Starppersonu saskarsme veselības aprūpēMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraLiāna Deklava4 / 6
MDAK_057Ievads uz pierādījumiem balstītā aprūpēMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraIlona Zariņa2 / 3
MDAK_052Ievadkurss māszinībāsMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraEva Cela1 / 0
MDAK_055Ievads psiholoģijā un socioloģijāMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraLiāna Deklava2 / 3
MDAK_240Veselības aprūpes juridiskie aspektiMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraLiāna Deklava1 / 1.5
CFUBK_045Medicīniskā bioķīmijaCilvēka fizioloģijas un bioķīmijas katedraInāra Nokalna1 / 1.5
BUMK_046Mikrobioloģija ar virusoloģiju un parazitoloģijuBioloģijas un mikrobioloģijas katedraNatālija Bērza2 / 3
NUNK_004Neiroloģija un pacientu aprūpeNeiroloģijas un neiroķirurģijas katedraLana Vainšteine1 / 1.5
MDAK_137Veselības jēdziens un koncepcijaMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraIlona Zariņa1 / 1.5
DUGK_017Dzemdniecība un ginekoloģijaDzemdniecības un ginekoloģijas katedraIntra Kļaviņa1 / 1.5
MDAK_308Onkoloģija un paliatīva pacienta aprūpeMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraEva Cela1 / 1.5
MDAK_029Veselības aprūpes organizācijaMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraEva Cela2 / 3
PEK_007Pediatrija un pacientu aprūpePediatrijas katedraInga Lāce1 / 1.5
PAK_006Patoloģiskā anatomijaPatoloģijas katedraIlze Štrumfa2 / 0
PAK_008Patoloģiskā fizioloģijaPatoloģijas katedraAndrejs Ancāns3 / 3
SUUK_103Uztura mācībaSporta un uztura katedraZigurds Zariņš5 / 7.5
MDAK_101Pedagoģija veselības aprūpēMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraIlona Zariņa2 / 3
FLK_029FarmakoloģijaFarmakoloģijas katedraLīga Henke2 / 3
LUSDK_036Filozofija un medicīnas ētikaLabklājības un sociālā darba katedraOlafs Brūvers2 / 3
MDAK_120Prakse IMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraEva Cela2 / 3
MDAK_121Prakse IIMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraEva Cela2 / 3
MDAK_123Prakse IIIMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraEva Cela6 / 9
MDAK_126Prakse pacientu un sabiedrības izglītošanāMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraDiāna Platace2 / 3
MDAK_124Prakse IVMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraEva Cela6 / 9
MDAK_238Prakse VMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraEva Cela10 / 15
MDAK_129Projektu izstrādes un vadības pamatiMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraEva Cela1 / 1.5
ISK_034PropedeitikaIekšķīgo slimību katedraEduards Krustiņš2 / 3
MDAK_132Psihiatrija un narkoloģijaMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraVelga Sudraba1 / 1.5
MDAK_005Psihosociālās vajadzībasMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraKristaps Circenis2 / 3
MDAK_012Sabiedrības veselība un epidemioloģijaMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraDiāna Platace2 / 3
RAK_007Rentgenoloģija un radioloģijaRadioloģijas katedraGaida Krūmiņa2 / 3
MDAK_237Darba vides un pacientu drošībaMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraEva Cela1 / 1.5
MDAK_246Valsts pārbaudījumsMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedra2 / 3
KK_011Ķirurģiskās slimībasĶirurģijas katedraKaspars Zeiza2 / 3
MDAK_021Transkulturālā aprūpeMāszinību un dzemdību aprūpes katedraIlona Zariņa2 / 3

Admissions requirements

Study bases

Career opportunities following studies

Medical nurses work in health care institutions and in a health care capacity within the community, providing independent patient care, providing treatment, educating patients, their family members and others in the health care team and the community. Nurses work in clinics, family medical practices and health care centres, private practice, doctor's offices, as well as institutions that coordinate patient care. 

Our graduates work at:

  • Ministry of Health of Republic of Latvia,
  • Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital,
  • Riga East Clinical University Hospital,
  • Hospital of Traumatology and Orthopaedics,
  • Children's Clinical University Hospital,
  • Riga 1st Hospital,
  • Riga 2nd Hospital,
  • SIA "Veselības centru apvienība",
  • Liepaja Regional Hospital,
  • Daugavpils Regional Hospital,
  • Health Centre 4,
  • Medical Centre "ARS" and others.



A nurse is a medical specialist whose profession is based on knowledge, skills and a willingness to help. I am an internal care nurse, and I chose this speciality because I want to help patients from the admission stage onwards, thus gaining the patients' trust and providing support throughout the entire treatment process.

Jana Janevica, diabetes nurse, Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital


The studies at Rīga Stradiņš University were an overwhelming challenge, however they provide you with excellent knowledge, skills and competences in the chosen speciality and research. The university brings together different students from all over Latvia and this diversity helps you find like-minded people and broadened my horizons. In my opinion, the study environment at the university is one of the most valuable and interesting things that remains memorable after graduation.

Lana Misa, surgical care nurse, Latvian Centre for Plastic, Reconstructive and Microsurgery


Rīga Stradiņš University gave me the opportunity to gain a top-quality higher education, now available in my hometown Liepāja (RSU Liepāja Branch). Because of this, I have the opportunity to pursue a profession I like in the city I love. The university allowed me to combine studies and practical work, making it possible to gain theoretical knowledge alongside learning practical skills. RSU gave me a good knowledge base and taught me how and where to look for answers to various questions and for solutions in different situations.

Solvita Urbanoviča, head nurse, Liepāja Regional Hospital


This programme is undoubtedly one of the best in Latvia. During their studies, students have the opportunity to acquire technical skills in a contemporary well-equipped environment and to learn the fundamental principles of nursing. Students learn to apply theoretical knowledge in practice using various quantitative methods, such as discourse analysis and different index calculations. Field specialists develop students' professional qualities – a nurse’s empathy, sincerity, kindness and patience while taking care of patients, as the nurse is a person of trust for the patient. Our graduates have long demonstrated their high qualifications in the labour market. Students also continue their studies at prestigious universities in Western Europe and USA. Students' sound analytical skills and theoretical and practical knowledge are highly valued in Latvia; most of the graduates pursue a successful career at university hospitals and other top rated healthcare institutions.

Ingrīda Savicka, president of the Surgical Care Nurses Union of Latvian Nurses Association

Further studies

Studies may be continued in the following RSU Master's programmes (only Public Health, Health Management, Rehabilitation, Social Work with Children and Youth are offered in English):

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