Aim and program profile

The Nursing Studies Program (first cycle vocational program) is a professional study program of higher education in accordance with EU Directive 2005/36 / EC, on recognition of the Bologna Declaration, the structure of the education system of Kosovo, the Higher Education Act of the Republic of Kosovo and the standards and criteria of the Kosovo Accreditation Agency for Higher Education.

The program is based on generally available online guidelines from international associations such as:

– Standards for pre-registration nursing education (Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2010-NMC, 2010): UK national standards enjoying international recognition;
– Strategic directions for the strengthening of nursing and midwifery services 2011-2015 (World Health Organization-WHO, 2010);
– Global standards for primary education of nurses and midwives (WHO, 2010);
– ICN Ongoing Nursing Care Framework and Competencies (International Council of Nurses (ICN), 2008);
– Nursing and Midwifery Human Resources for Health. Global standards for primary education of nurses and occupational midwives (WHO, 2009).

Expected learning outcomes

Expected results of the study

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

– Plan and implement nursing activities at all levels of the health system (primary, secondary, tertiary);
– Integrate patient data, clinical evaluation, and priorities into health care planning and evaluation goals;
– Manage and practice their profession in an organized and independent manner;
– Educate the community in a healthy way;
– Demonstrate the integration of knowledge, skills and professional attitudes through the use of evidence and clinical reasoning;
-Think critically, evaluate and interpret expert knowledge in making clinical decisions for patients, to ensure high quality evidence-based care;
– Coordinate nursing duties in accordance with relevant legal procedures and adhere to ethical standards related to patient safety, confidentiality and the right to privacy;
– Apply ethical principles in the implementation of health care.

Students gain the basics of scientific knowledge so that they understand the overall role of nursing in promoting a healthy individual, family and community in general, with the aim of preventing and controlling disease and at the same time promoting a population of healthy.

Academic level and degree

Upon completion of studies students earn the title:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSc).

Duration of studies and workload

Nursing studies last three (3) years, with a total of six (6) semesters and are credited with 180 ECTS. ECTS credits are calculated based on the workload of students with 40 teaching hours per week, including all forms of learning, documented in the module descriptions below. During a year, a student must accumulate 60 ECTS in order to complete that year. Based on these data, a certain number of credits are allocated to each individual course. For one (1) ECTS credit the student will need to complete at least 30 hours of lectures, seminars, clinical practice, laboratory work and independent study.

Year I

Basics of Nursing - 19 ECTS

This is the introductory level where students are introduced to the basic knowledge and skills of nursing including the dependent, independent and interdependent functions of a nurse.
Basic concepts for nursing such as health and well-being, growth and development, the nursing care process, communication and holistic / holistic health are presented in this course. A special emphasis is placed in terms of knowledge of the theory and skills required for nursing practice. Students will learn practice standards and ethical and legal principles related to practice on patient care.

Nursing ethics and legislation - 3 ECTS

The course aims to recognize and study laws, regulations and ethical considerations related to the safe provision of effective and professional nursing care; in particular devoted to the influence of the political process on regulations about the practice of nursing. Also topics covered are confidentiality, nursing ethics and practices, professional boundaries, review, ethics and healthcare legislation.

Life sciences I (Anatomy, physiology and pathology) - 5 ECTS

This module will develop students’ knowledge by knowing the basic concepts and definitions of anatomy, physiology, pathology and human development over a lifetime. Students will use theoretical knowledge in practice, as well as understand anatomical nomenclature in other subjects. They will gain knowledge about patho-physiological diseases and basic pathological processes. They will apply the knowledge gained in clinical settings and take into account the requirements of pathology in the work of diagnosis, interaction between bodily organs and how each system regulates its functions. Gain skills in clinical measurements related to normal physiology and pathology. The module will also present the modern principles of pathophysiology to enable students to understand the cause and effects of disease processes and gain knowledge about diagnostic procedures in pathophysiology.

Life Sciences II (Biochemistry, Biophysics and Radiology) - 3 ECTS

The student will understand the basic concepts and definitions of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Radiology. Students will know the chemical composition of the organism and the transformations that take place in living organisms, to know the cellular components and chemical molecules. In biophysics students will know the biological phenomena explained by the laws of physics. While in the field of radiology, this module aims to provide students with knowledge of the basic concepts of radiology, imaging terminology, as well as about the use of diagnostic radiological devices for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

I Year ( II semester)
Health education and promotion - 3 ECTS

This course will explore the beliefs, priorities and determinants of health, local and national policies applicable to health, resources and opportunities for health education, responsibilities nursing in teaching and health promotion, rehabilitation, contribution of other health professionals.

Nursing for the Elderly and Geriatrics - 18 ECTS

This course focuses on geriatric and rehabilitation care in the health and well-being of older people and people with disabilities. Enables students to understand the biological, psychological and social characteristics of older people and to adapt their work in accordance with these characteristics. Includes basic concepts of older people, cognitive behavior, counseling, behavioral changes, involvement in teamwork with this category, discusses the functional aspect and changes in body systems, the degree of activity of the elderly and the most common pathologies and treatment of geriatric care.

Nursing in context (Psychology and sociology) - 3 ECTS

This module aims to provide students with knowledge about different aspects of human society and to expand qualitatively and fully, the space of socio-psychological perspectives on various problems in society and health care. Being a discipline with wide application in many fields of study, often thinking from a psychological and sociological perspective proves necessary. Acquisition of important concepts in psychology and sociology, helps in the correct understanding and evaluation of various problems that develop in society and access to patients.
This course increases students’ empathy for patients, reduces prejudices, stereotypes and discrimination in the provision of health care and teaches students the socio-psychological context of patients, enhancing quality health services to patients, adherence to the nursing code of ethics and familiarity with many social, cultural, family and emotional issues of patients themselves and their families.

Foreign language - English - 3 ECTS

This course aims to enable students to master the English language, therefore the aim is to allow them to use modern literature in medicine and to search in such literature. Students will acquire basic English language skills, with an emphasis on medical vocabulary and its use in research.

Elective modules (select one from the selection list - List B) - 3 ECTS

Year II

Nursing and health in children and adolescents with pediatrics - 11 ECTS

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the family-centered approach to the treatment of infants and children. Stages of growth and physical and psychosocial development, their importance during nursing care. Promoting breastfeeding and vaccination as very important factors for the healthy development of the baby. Promoting healthy food for the normal development of children. Familiarity with acute and chronic diseases according to systems, assessment and management of pain in children. Promoting health at all stages of child development, to achieve the most optimal functioning of the child-family unit and strengthen healthy relationships within this unit.

Nursing for women's health, gynaecology and obstetrics - 10 ECTS

The aim of the course is to enable students to know the anatomy, physiology of the female genital organs and gynaecological diseases. Family planning and methods of contraception. Pregnancy, complications, childbirth, physiological and pathological conditions. Care and treatment of malignant processes in the female genitals. Recognize sexually transmitted diseases, prevention, protection and ways of treatment. In addition they will be able to interpret the ethical reflection of the nursing profession in the professional and social community.

Pharmacology in Nursing - 3ECTS

The purpose of this course is to examine the pharmacotherapeutic agents used in the treatment of diseases and the insurance, maintenance, restoration and well-being of various individuals throughout their lives. The main emphasis is and falls on the principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenetics in the treatment of selected diseases. The focus is on the concepts of safe administration and monitoring the effects of pharmacotherapeutic agents.

Diagnostic-Therapeutic Program - 3 ECTS

The aim of this course is to acquaint students with nursing diagnoses and their classification (eg NANDA categories). To get acquainted with the methods and tools of nursing evaluation and therapeutic nursing treatment, the principles and responsibilities of nursing care in the therapeutic and diagnostic program. Get acquainted with the basic medical knowledge about the most common diseases. Get acquainted with the independent nursing management of a patient with various diseases as well as specific knowledge of the nature of the particular disease to provide proper nursing care. All the elements of taking the anamnesis, the physical nursing examination and the proper nursing approach of a patient with a certain disease.

Elective modules (select one from the selection list - List B) - 3 ECTS
II Year (IV semester)
Nursing care for internal medicine patients and internal medicine - 11 ECTS

Students will be introduced to internal diseases as well as the basic concepts of nursing care for inpatient patients. Will be trained in theoretical and practical knowledge of patient treatment, development of competencies on assessment, diagnosis, planning, reporting and nursing intervention. They will gain knowledge about prevention, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and ways of treating internal diseases.

Nursing in Mental Health and Psychiatry - 10 ECTS

This course introduces students to theories related to common psychiatric disorders and the specific needs of people with mental disorders. Includes a summary of the various treatments that are available for people with mental disorders. Ethical issues such as patient compliance with treatment, informed consent, and immediate hospitalization will be considered. Students will develop awareness of the potential effects of mental illness that may affect the family. Students will examine the negative attitudes that some members of society may have toward those with mental disorders and also those who have learning difficulties. The student will be informed about the social and health services that are available for people with mental disorders and for those who have learning difficulties. The student will develop appropriate communication and professional care skills.

Emergency care and health care in special circumstances - 3 ECTS

The aim of this course is to gain knowledge by students about the basic methods of diagnosing and treating situations in which it is necessary to provide first aid, including acute illnesses and those chronically acute, injuries, burns, bleeding, poisoning, and contemporary methods of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Infectious diseases with (Bacteriology, virology and parasitology – 3ECTS

This module will include basic knowledge for nursing students in the field of infectious diseases.Epidemiology and terminology related to infections will be studied, as well as knowledge about disease-causing organisms. information to enable infection recognition.Diagnostic procedures and evidence-based treatment will be described.The effects and knowledge about infection of individuals and communities will be reviewed.This will include review of infection control.Diversity information will be provided of common infectious diseases and will discuss the proper Nursing care to be provided in hospitals and communities for persons with these conditions.

Elective modules (select one from the selection list - List B) - 3 ECTS

Year III

Nursing Research - 3 ECTS

This course will develop students’ knowledge of the research process, and is designed to enable students to read and critically evaluate research with an emphasis on application in practice. their clinical. The course aims to train Nursing students to work independently in writing high quality research and to provide them with knowledge of methodological issues in the research process. The types of scientific research in the field of Nursing will be taught and analyzed; students will be trained in independent research planning and how to write a scientific article. They will be introduced to the importance and characteristics of research work.

Nursing Management and Leadership - 3 ECTS

This course aims to broaden students’ understanding of the management, management of nursing activities and services in the context of planning, organizing and providing appropriate nursing care. This course will facilitate the development of critical and analytical skills related to nursing care delivery, management and leadership.

Health care - home care (in the context of Kosovo health) - 10 ECTS

The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the role and importance of community nurses in the health care system, where students will be able to recognize and integrate social science concepts and theories and the latest research evidence. Students will identify the impacts of political and social development on health care at home and abroad. Will be informed and able to understand the benefits of integrated care for individuals, their families and the community. The course will help students to get acquainted with the advantages and obligations for respecting the standards of nursing care, as well as providing nursing care and applying knowledge according to the community health care plan based on analysis, synthesis and evaluation of nursing care literature. in the community. Students will become familiar with the ethical and legal standards of nursing care in the community by not overlooking the information regarding nursing care documentation

Nursing care for surgical patients with Surgery - 11 ECTS

This course is based on students’ knowledge of healthy development to enable the understanding of the needs of adults with physical illness. This will examine the pathopsychological of the disease, its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of both acute and chronic conditions. Short-term and long-term physical and mental effects on future health and well-being will be examined. Psychomotor care skills and a variety of care procedures will be held in the classroom, while competencies will be achieved in the hospital or in the community.

Elective modules (select one from the selection list - List B) - 3 ECTS
III Year (VI semester)
Advanced Nursing Practice - 18 ECTS

This course consolidates the program. Students will be offered opportunities to develop their skills in clinical nursing; to practice management skills in different environments; demonstrate systematic, individualized, and ethical based research as well as managing access to care for patients, family members, and other health professionals.

Diploma Thesis - 6 ECTS

The course aims at the general explanation of the research methodology and relevant terminology. Lectures on defining and developing the steps that follow a scientific paper, from defining research topics, preparing research project, reviewing literature, defining research design, population and relevant sample, selecting and defining measuring instruments and data collection, analysis and interpretation of data, compilation of research report and evaluation of this report, are accompanied by practical tasks which are developed in parallel with the academic preparation of students. Also, different quantitative and qualitative approaches as well as mixed methods in scientific research will be explained.

Elective modules (select two from the selection list - List A) - 6 ECTS


Preoperative nursing care - 3 ECTS

The purpose of this course is for the student to be acquainted with the mental and physical preparation before the surgical intervention. General, specific preparation of a patient. The student is introduced to the intraoperative period. Standards of asepsis storage in the operating room as well as patient safety in the ward. Classification according to ASA of patients.

Academic writing - 3 ECTS

The aim of this course is the methodology and technique of writing, as one of the forms of communication. The methodology and technique of clearly expressing thought on paper to suit the reader to whom it is addressed, and to keep his interest alive. This course aims to develop critical and creative thinking both in reading and writing. Academic writing aims to eliminate the shortcomings that accompany the writing process, to teach the student how to write a letter, report, essay, lecture or research paper.

Patient Safety and Infection Control - 3 ECTS

The purpose of this course is to identify safeguards to prevent infection. Familiarity with infectious diseases and how to transmit infections. Students will also be introduced to the definitions and definitions of communicable diseases and risk during diagnostic work. Students will be informed, and trained regarding hygiene and surveillance of nosocomial infections.

Pain Management - 3 ECTS

Through this module students will be able to define pain and clarify on the psychic consequences of long-term pain. They will learn about how to treat pain with medication; to get acquainted with the physiology of pain, to get acquainted with the basics of pharmacology and side effects of drugs, to apply measures with primary peripheral and central central impact as well as basal stimulation.


Oncology and palliative nursing care - 3 ECTS

This course will develop students’ knowledge about the treatment of advanced terminal diseases as well as their impact, development and specific characteristics of palliative nursing care, students learn how to evaluate and plan interventions for the most common end-of-life symptoms such as pain, dyspnoea, nausea, and delirium. Students learn how to prepare an integrated assessment of the psychological and social and spiritual needs of the patient and family as well as plan treatment accordingly. Recognize and understand the importance of an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to palliative care. They are trained in the preparations for the terminal stage of the disease, the death process and the legal rules in force for this process.

Quality in Nursing - 3 ECTS

Students will become familiar with modern approaches and the latest evidence of management and leadership, healthcare management and nursing management. Learn about healthcare management in the social environment, understand the importance of integrating healthcare management with nursing management, understand the importance of leadership for successful healthcare delivery management, understand leadership theory and manage change in nursing management ; distinguish between management and leadership; use leadership theories in practice; use leadership elements in practice; become familiar with successful change implementation techniques for problem solving.

Evidence based on nursing care - 3 ECTS

The aim of this course is to acquaint the student with the importance of evidence-based nursing, gain knowledge about the evolution of evidence-based nursing, how to ask relevant clinical questions, find evidence relevant as well as evaluate critically. The student must acquire the skills to apply research evidence in nursing practice. Familiar with the obstacles to using evidence in nursing practice, and learns how to write professional articles.

Introduction to Transcultural Nursing - 3 ECTS

The purpose of transcultural nursing care theory is to recognize, assimilate and apply nursing care research findings to ensure that cultural specifics are culturally aligned with the patient’s origin to ensure health, well-being, healing and assistance. persons facing illness, disability or even death.
Challenges prospective nurses to discover and acquire transcultural knowledge about human care and learn how to use it as a guide to providing culturally acceptable care and contributing to the application of basic notions of the nursing profession.

Informatics in Nursing Care - 3 ECTS

The aim of this course is to inform students about the research methodology and basics of health informatics. Students will be trained in the use and interpretation of the most common statistical methods in the medical field. Knowledge from different fields on which nursing care is based on the connection with informatics in health care.

Diet and nutrition - 3 ECTS

Students will learn about the importance of fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals that an organism needs at different periods of life, understand and are familiar with the basic definitions and metabolic functions of health; understand the importance of clinical nutrition as an integral part of preventive and curative medicine; specify clinical nutrition activities within the country health care system; distinguish between healthy nutrition in the at-risk population and the sick population, as well as recommendations for different diets depending on the patient’s health status.

Communication and interpersonal relationships in nursing and healthcare - 3 ECTS

Students will understand how the communication process works; choose appropriate communication models; need to know how to determine the listening process; understand the difference between non-verbal and verbal communication; understand the importance of therapeutic communication; know how to use empathy; use at least the minimum communication standards; are able to understand asymmetric communication: nurse-patient.