The aim of the programme is to develop a health care system for patients based on the economic and social needs of Latvia, by providing qualified specialists – nurses.
Programme Fact File
Professional Bachelor's Degree in Health Care
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
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.
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.
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
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):