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Nursing Education

The current curriculum in order to become a nurse and to continue studying – once you have attained the title that allows nurses to practise their profession – develops according to the provisions of the decree of the Ministry of University of 3rd November 1999, n. 509. 
It is constructed at various levels.

The Nursing Degree

Its aim is to ensure students an adequate mastery of the general methods and scientific contents (180 credits, 1 credit = 30 hours).
This is the educational qualification that enables nurses to practise their profession (it substitute the previous qualifications of Professional Nurse and the University Diploma of Nursing Sciences).

The academic duration of this degree is 3 years.

The Master’s Degree in Nursing Sciences

It has the aim of providing students with an advanced level in order to practise very complex activities (120 Credits).
Its duration is 2 years.

First Level Master 

It is a course of scientific deepening and high level permanent education and focuses on specific areas (critical care, geriatrics, paediatrics, mental health, public health, nursing management, etc.) accessed only by those who already have a Nursing Degree (60 Credits). 

The Second Level Master 

It is a course of scientific deepening and high level permanent education and focuses on specific areas. Only those who have a Master’s Degree may access to this Second Level Master (60 Credits).

Research Doctorate

Provides the necessary competences to practice activities of research activities and high qualification in universities, public bodies or privates. 

Who may access to postgraduate curricula?

Nurses who already have a Degree in Nursing, issued according to the law in force, as well as all the other nurses and paediatric nurses (obviously holding the qualification of a secondary school certificate), thank to the Law n. 1, 2002, that validated the previous certificates in order to facilitate the continuation of the studies.
The previous certificates were however attained in conformity with precise European directives (The Strasbourg Agreement of 1967: 4600 hours of training) and was and is till considered to be a qualification that makes nurses fit for practise throughout the European Union.

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