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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
Weekdays
8:00–19:00
Places:
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.

Syllabus

Course codeStudy course titleOffered byCourse leaderCredit points/ETCS
AURK_001Anaesthesiology and Intensive CareDepartment of Anaesthesiology and Intensive CareIrina Evansa2 / 3
MK_001AnatomyDepartment of MorphologyLudmila Gavričenkova4 / 6
MDAK_312Basic Principles of Prevention and Control of Health Care InfectionsDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyLilija Antoņēviča2 / 3
SL_016Basic StatisticsAndrejs Ivanovs2 / 3
MDAK_255Basics of Clinical CareDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyLilija Antoņēviča2 / 3
VC_027Basics of Latin terminologyLanguage CentreAija Zilvestre2 / 3
BUMK_027Biology and Medical GeneticsDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyAgnese Zariņa2 / 3
FK_058BiophysicsDepartment of PhysicsRenārs Erts1 / 1.5
MDAK_085Care of Surgical PatientsDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyLiāna Deklava1 / 1.5
MDAK_310Care ProcessDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyDiāna Platace4 / 6
KPUMTK_010Civil and Environmental Defense, First AidOļegs Sabeļņikovs2 / 3
MDAK_066Clinical CareDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferySkaidrīte Šapovala4 / 6
FLK_010Clinical Pharmacology And Medical CareDepartment of PharmacologyLīga Henke2 / 3
MDAK_314Clinical Practice I (Preclinical)Department of Nursing and MidwiferyEva Cela2 / 3
MDAK_079Course WorkDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyAnna Ribakova2 / 3
MDAK_080Course Work in Public HealthDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyDiāna Platace2 / 3
VC_021Culture of Language for ManagersLanguage CentreInta Urbanoviča1 / 1.5
MDAK_306Elderly Patient Care; Home CareDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyIlona Zariņa1 / 15
VC_042English in NursingLanguage CentreMāra Dirba2 / 3
CFUBK_029Functional PhysiologyDepartment of Human Physiology and BiochemistryNormunds Limba2 / 3
MDAK_031Health Care, History of Nursing and Philosophy of CareDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyOlga Fokina2 / 3
SVUEK_052Infectious Diseases and Patient CareDepartment of Public Health and EpidemiologyBaiba Rozentāle1 / 1.5
ISK_194Internal DiseasesDepartment of Internal DiseasesEduards Krustiņš2 / 3
MDAK_250Internal diseases and patient careDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferySkaidrīte Šapovala1 / 1.5
MDAK_017Interpersonal communication in health careDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyLiāna Deklava4 / 6
MDAK_057Introduction to Evidence-Based CareDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyIlona Zariņa2 / 3
MDAK_055Introduction to Psychology and SociologyDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyLiāna Deklava2 / 3
MDAK_240Legal Aspects of HealthcareDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyLiāna Deklava1 / 1.5
CFUBK_045Medical biochemistryDepartment of Human Physiology and BiochemistryInāra Nokalna1 / 1.5
BUMK_046Microbiology with Virology and ParasitologyDepartment of Biology and MicrobiologyNatālija Bērza2 / 3
NUNK_004Neurosurgery and Patient CareDepartment of Neurology and NeurosurgeryLana Vainšteine1 / 1.5
DUGK_017Obstetrics and GynecologyDepartment of Obstetrics and GynaecologyIntra Kļaviņa1 / 1.5
MDAK_308Oncology and Palliative Care of PatientsDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyEva Cela1 / 1.5
MDAK_029Organisation of Health CareDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyEva Cela2 / 3
PEK_007Paediatrics and Patient careDepartment of PaediatricsInga Lāce1 / 1.5
PAK_006Pathological AnatomyDepartment of PathologyIlze Štrumfa2 / 0
PAK_008Pathological physiologyDepartment of PathologyAndrejs Ancāns3 / 3
SUUK_103Patients’ Nutritional CareDepartment of Sports and NutritionZigurds Zariņš5 / 7.5
MDAK_101Pedagogy Health CareDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyIlona Zariņa2 / 3
FLK_029PharmacologyDepartment of PharmacologyLīga Henke2 / 3
LUSDK_036Philosophy and Medical EthicsDepartment of Welfare and Social WorkOlafs Brūvers2 / 3
MDAK_121Placement IIDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyEva Cela2 / 3
MDAK_123Placement IIIDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyEva Cela6 / 9
MDAK_126Placement in Patient and Public EducationDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyDiāna Platace2 / 3
MDAK_124Placement IVDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyEva Cela6 / 9
MDAK_238Placement VDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyEva Cela10 / 15
MDAK_129Project development and management basicsDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyZane Tauriņa1 / 1.5
ISK_034PropedeuticsDepartment of Internal DiseasesEduards Krustiņš2 / 3
MDAK_132Psychiatry and Mental Health CareDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyVelga Sudraba1 / 1.5
MDAK_005Psycho-social NeedsDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyLaila Laganovska2 / 3
MDAK_247Psychosomatic MedicineDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyVelga Sudraba2 / 3
MDAK_012Public Health and EpidemiologyDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyDiāna Platace2 / 3
REK_205Rehabilitation in Patient CareDepartment of RehabilitationAilī Horna-Butkeviča1 / 1.5
RAK_007Roentgenology and radiologyDepartment of RadiologyGaida Krūmiņa2 / 3
MDAK_237Safety of Work Environment and PatientsDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyEva Cela1 / 1.5
MDAK_246State ExaminationDepartment of Nursing and Midwifery2 / 3
KK_011Surgical DiseasesDepartment of SurgeryKaspars Zeiza2 / 3
MDAK_021Trancultural careDepartment of Nursing and MidwiferyIlona 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.

Graduates

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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

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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

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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

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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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