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.
This programme is also offered in Latvian.
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.
Course code Study course title Offered by Course leader Credit points/ETCS AURK_001 Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Irina Evansa 2 / 3 MK_001 Anatomy Ludmila Gavričenkova 4 / 6 MDAK_312 Basic Principles of Prevention and Control of Health Care Infections Lilija Antoņēviča 2 / 3 MDAK_255 Basics of Clinical Care Skaidrīte Šapovala 2 / 3 VC_027 Basics of Latin terminology Aija Zilvestre 2 / 3 BUMK_027 Biology and Medical Genetics Agnese Zariņa 2 / 3 FK_058 Biophysics Renārs Erts 1 / 1.5 MDAK_085 Care of Surgical Patients Liāna Deklava 1 / 1.5 MDAK_310 Care Process Diāna Platace 4 / 6 KPUMTK_010 Civil and Environmental Defense, First Aid Oļegs Sabeļņikovs 2 / 3 MDAK_066 Clinical Care Skaidrīte Šapovala 4 / 6 FLK_010 Clinical Pharmacology And Medical Care Līga Henke 2 / 3 MDAK_314 Clinical Practice I (Preclinical) Eva Cela 2 / 3 MDAK_079 Course Work Anna Ribakova 2 / 3 MDAK_080 Course Work in Public Health Diāna Platace 2 / 3 VC_021 Culture of Language for Managers Inta Urbanoviča 1 / 1.5 MDAK_306 Elderly Patient Care; Home Care Eva Cela 1 / 15 VC_042 English in Nursing Māra Dirba 2 / 3 CFUBK_029 Functional Physiology Normunds Limba 2 / 3 MDAK_031 Health Care, History of Nursing and Philosophy of Care Olga Fokina 2 / 3 SVUEK_052 Infectious Diseases and Patient Care Baiba Rozentāle 1 / 1.5 SL_016 Informatics and Statistical Methods Andrejs Ivanovs 2 / 3 ISK_194 Internal Diseases Eduards Krustiņš 2 / 3 MDAK_250 Internal diseases and patient care Skaidrīte Šapovala 1 / 1.5 MDAK_017 Interpersonal communication in health care Liāna Deklava 4 / 6 MDAK_057 Introduction to Evidence-Based Care Ilona Zariņa 2 / 3 MDAK_055 Introduction to Psychology and Sociology Liāna Deklava 2 / 3 MDAK_240 Legal Aspects of Healthcare Liāna Deklava 1 / 1.5 CFUBK_045 Medical biochemistry Ināra Nokalna 1 / 1.5 BUMK_046 Microbiology with Virology and Parasitology Natālija Bērza 2 / 3 NUNK_004 Neurosurgery and Patient Care Lana Vainšteine 1 / 1.5 DUGK_017 Obstetrics and Gynecology Intra Kļaviņa 1 / 1.5 MDAK_308 Oncology and Palliative Care of Patients Eva Cela 1 / 1.5 MDAK_029 Organisation of Health Care Eva Cela 2 / 3 PEK_007 Paediatrics and Patient care Inga Lāce 1 / 1.5 PAK_006 Pathological Anatomy Ilze Štrumfa 2 / 0 PAK_008 Pathological physiology Andrejs Ancāns 3 / 3 SUUK_103 Patients’ Nutritional Care Zigurds Zariņš 5 / 7.5 MDAK_101 Pedagogy Health Care Ilona Zariņa 2 / 3 FLK_029 Pharmacology Līga Henke 2 / 3 LUSDK_036 Philosophy and Medical Ethics Olafs Brūvers 2 / 3 MDAK_121 Placement II Eva Cela 2 / 3 MDAK_123 Placement III Eva Cela 6 / 9 MDAK_126 Placement in Patient and Public Education Diāna Platace 2 / 3 MDAK_124 Placement IV Eva Cela 6 / 9 MDAK_238 Placement V Eva Cela 10 / 15 MDAK_129 Project development and management basics Eva Cela 1 / 1.5 ISK_034 Propedeutics Eduards Krustiņš 2 / 3 MDAK_132 Psychiatry and Mental Health Care Velga Sudraba 1 / 1.5 MDAK_005 Psycho-social needs Kristaps Circenis 2 / 3 MDAK_247 Psychosomatic Medicine Velga Sudraba 2 / 3 MDAK_012 Public Health and Epidemiology Diāna Platace 2 / 3 REK_205 Rehabilitation in Patient Care Ailī Horna-Butkeviča 1 / 1.5 RAK_007 Roentgenology and radiology Gaida Krūmiņa 2 / 3 MDAK_237 Safety of Work Environment and Patients Eva Cela 1 / 1.5 MDAK_246 State Examination 2 / 3 KK_011 Surgical Diseases Kaspars Zeiza 2 / 3 MDAK_021 Trancultural care Ilona Zariņa 2 / 3
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):