Degree in Nursing

240 credits - Faculty of Nursing and Physiotherapy

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Nursing contributes to: protecting and improving the health, safety, and wellbeing of populations; preventing illnesses and their consequences; and promoting the sustainability of the healthcare system. Nurses are experts at providing treatment for the different health needs of people, families, and social groups at different stages of life and with different states of health, as well as identifying their own abilities, coming up with methods to compensate for their own limitations by focusing on improving their shortcomings, and creating an environment favourable for personal betterment.

The nursing degree, which allows for graduates to practice the regulated profession in Spain, complies with the following regulations regarding the professional career:


In this way, the Healthcare Professions Law (2003) indicates that graduates from nursing programmes be able to manage, assess, and provide nursing care directed at promoting, maintaining, and recovering health, as well as preventing diseases and disabilities. The profile of general nurses addresses the social issues of promoting, improving, and restoring the health of the population by utilizing technological, scientific, and human resources in order to guide, prescribe, and provide quality care for patients, families, and the community.

Future professionals must be able to work in different social and institutional contexts on local, national, and international levels while carrying out the multidimensional responsibilities inherent in their roles. In order to effectively do so, their training and education should be based on the following pillars:

  1. Combining knowledge of advanced sciences, technologies, and biomedicine to make and perform ethical decisions and actions with respect to healthcare;
  2. Acquiring the competencies necessary for exercising their roles autonomously and as integrated members of interdisciplinary teams in order to ensure effective high-quality resolution of health problems.
  3. Understanding the complexity and diversity of human beings, taking differences into account as an inherent part of people who live and grow up with differing political, social, and cultural backgrounds. Nurses must understand that health determinants shape the need for treatment and the way in which such treatments should be provided.
  4. Developing a critical and creative point of view that guides them towards high-quality work and research.


Credit Summary

Core Training Mandatory Elective Subjects External Practicum Final Degree Project Total
  60   90   6   78   6 240

Subject list by year and semester


First Year

First Semester

Psychosocial Sciences Applied to Health*
Historical and Professional Bases of Nursing*
Biochemistry and Nutrition*
Social Determinants of Health*

Second Semester

Human Physiology*
Ethics and Health Legislation*
Communication and Health*
Applied Statistics in Health Sciences*
Methodology of Nursing Care
Food and Diet Therapy

Second Year

First Semester

Epidemiology, Public and Community Health
Nursing in Adults I
Nursing in Adults II
Health Education and Promotion

Second Semester

Nursing in the Elderly
Nursing in Adults III
Nursing in Adults IV
Clinical Practice I

Third Year

First Semester

Nursing, Primary Care and Global Health
Sources of Information in Health Sciences
Sexual and Reproductive Health
Nursing in Childhood, Adolescence and Families
Clinical Practice II

Second Semester

Psychiatric Nursing and Metal Health
Nursing in Adults V
Nursing in Adults VI
Methodological Research Bases
Clinical Practice III

Fourth Year


Final Degree Project

First Semester

Clinical Practice IV
Clinical Practice V
Management of Nursing Services
Palliative Care


* Core Training

Second Semester

Clinical Practice VI
Clinical Practice VII


Core Competences

  • CG1. The ability to analyse and synthesize.
  • CG2. The ability to organize and plan.
  • CG3. Oral and written communication in the native language.
  • CG4. English language knowledge: the ability to understand, speak, and write at an intermediate level in English.
  • CG5. Knowledge of information technologies related to the field of study.
  • CG6. The ability to manage information.
  • CG7. The ability to identify problems, make decisions based on research results, and be self-sufficient when it comes to solving problems.
  • CG8. The ability to work in an international context.
  • CG9. Interpersonal skills for leading a team or a group of users, and to be able to organize and plan projects.
  • CG10. Critical thinking.
  • CG11. Moral commitment.
  • CG12. Self-directed learning.
  • CG13. Adapting to new situations.

Specific Skills

  • CE1. The ability to apply the theoretical and methodological principles of nursing acquired during internships, being mindful of quality standards regardless of the stage in the life cycle and taking into consideration diversity and multiculturalism.

  • CE2. Studying the behaviour, development, and interaction of people, groups, and the community with respect to healthcare.

  • CE3. The ability to assess, analyse, plan, and evaluate health situations likely to involve nursing care for individuals, families, and communities so as to develop educational, disease prevention, and health promotion projects.

  • CE4. The ability to provide individualized nursing care that takes into consideration all aspects of the individual and his/her family (biological, psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural), without judgement and while respecting his/her opinions, beliefs, and values, and guaranteeing professional confidentiality.

  • CE5. The ability to educate, instruct, help, and support patients, caretakers, and families in order to promote their wellbeing, comfort, safety, and independence, as well as the rights of patients with respect to participation, information, responsibility, and decision making regarding healthcare related processes.

  • CE6. The ability to skilfully lead activities dealing with health education, health promotion, and disease prevention in all stages of life, in order to promote measures aimed at encouraging healthy lifestyles.

  • CE7. The ability to effectively communicate with patients, families, social groups, and team members.

  • CE8. The ability to work cooperatively with peers and on interdisciplinary teams in different healthcare settings.

  • CE9. The ability to follow ethical and moral principles as well as understand legal responsibilities when fulfilling professional duties.

  • CE10. Knowing the principles of healthcare financing in order to prioritise and effectively manage time and resources, while ensuring that quality standards are met.

  • CE11. The ability to recognize one's own limitations and the need to maintain and update one's professional abilities, with special focus on the self-directed learning of new techniques and knowledge.

  • CE12. The ability to use and apply, in clinical practice, the scientific, technological, and technical knowledge that favour continuity and complementarity in nursing care.

  • CE13. Having the capacity to be innovative and being able to disseminate scientific findings in the healthcare sector.

  • CE14. Knowing and understanding the core sciences: biology, social sciences, and psychology, as well as how to apply them to the health sciences.