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Qualification awarded (in original language)
Degree in nursing. Bachelor's degree

Level of qualification
1st Cycle of Studies. EQF level 6. ISCED 2011 level 6.

Admission requirements
Students may apply to this 1st cycle program, through the general regime, if they obtain a minimum classification of 95 points (on a scale of 0 to 200) in one of the following national entrance examinations: Biology and Geology or Chemistry and Physics and Biology and Geology or Mathematics and Biology and Geology.
Application may also be possible, through special regimes, for:
. students inside the Portuguese educational system who want to re-enroll, change course of studies, or transfer education institution;
. holders of technological specialization course;
. olders than 23 who have succeed a special exam of assessment of capabilities to access the Higher Education System;
. holders of middle or high level courses;
. students coming from foreign higher education systems.
The access requirements for the 1st cycle of studies of Higher Education appear in the description of the Portuguese Higher Education System, provided by NARIC (http://www.dges.mctes.pt/DGES/pt/Reconhecimento/NARICENIC/) and presented in section 8 of the Diploma Supplement.
The pre-requisites of group A are compulsory.

Recognition of prior learning
Following the implementation of the Bologna Process and the consequent legislation regarding the mobility of students among degrees and higher education institutions, prior learning must be recognized and credited. The prior learning concept comprises all the previous learning/training undertaken in other higher education study cycles in national or international institutions (crediting of certified training), as well as previous professional experience and any post-secondary school training or education. As such, the IPB promotes the crediting of the student’s prior learning when arriving at the institution.
Aiming at a quick and full integration of the student in his/her new education programme, the recognition procedures must be submitted when enrolling at the IPB.
For further enquiries on crediting and recognizing prior learning and training at the IPB (calendars, procedures and assessment criteria), please go to the Applicant Portal at www.ipb.pt/portaldocandidato.

Qualification requirements and regulations
8 Semesters (4 years). 20 Weeks of study, per semester. 3985 total Anual contact hours . 240 ECTS Credits (30 per semester); of the 240 credits required for the training of the General Care Nurse, 50% are of Clinical Teaching / Internship, that is, 120 credits.1 credit corresponds to 27 hours.
The holders of this qualification are admitted in College of Nurses. Professional titles are awarded by this institution, according to its internal rules. Once the Professional title is obtained, they are allowed to develop the nursing Professional activity in public and private health institutions, nursing homes, kindergartens and nurseries.

Profile of the programme
The profile of the programme comprises the development of the technical-scientific knowledge and professional skills in the study areas of Nursing; Biology and Biochemistry; Philosophy and Ethics; Health. Nursing; Biology and Biochemistry; Philosophy and Ethics; Health.

Key learning outcomes
The degree is awarded to students who demonstrate their ability to act in integrity and freedom with civic ability and responsibility to consciously and competently answer scientifically, technically and relationally.
the student should acquire the following skills and competences, being able to:

a) Acquire support knowledge to the interiorisation of contents related to knowledge of human development, as a dialectic construction process between the individual and their contexts;
b) Plan, prescribe, implement and evaluate general nursing care, according to scientific methodology, in the individual, family, groups and community, throughout the life cycle, in the three levels of prevention in health care (primary, secondary and tertiary);
c) Develop professional and personal consciousness at inter and transdisciplinary level of the various dimensions related to nursing: research, training / education, therapeutic activities and health management;
d) Develop research and implement appropriate intervention strategies.

To complete the qualification, the student is required to pass all compulsory course units of the study plan.

Occupational profiles of graduates
The degree of "licenciado" (bachelor) in Nursing belongs to the education and training area of Health Sciences and Social Protection. Graduates are qualified to develop a professional activity within the profile of the programme.

Access to further studies
The bachelor’s degree in Nursing allows to proceed to post-graduate studies, according to the diagram of the Portuguese Higher Education System, provided by NARIC (http://www.dges.mctes.pt/DGES/pt/Reconhecimento/NARICENIC/) and presented in section 8 of the Diploma Supplement.

Graduation requirements

Examination regulations, assessment and grading
Examination and assessment are regulated by the IPB general regulation, available in www.sa.ipb.pt, and by the School pedagogical regulation, available in www.essa.ipb.pt.

Mode of study
Full-time, Full-time.

Programme director
Ana Fernanda Ribeiro Azevedo (
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Scientific areas of the study plan
Scientific AreaAcronymECTS Credits
Biology and BiochemistryBIB23.00.0
Education SciencesCIE2.00.0
Management and administrationGEA5.00.0
Philosophy and EthicsFIE5.00.0
Therapy and RehabilitationTER3.00.0

Course structure
YearSemTypeCodeCourse UnitScientific
11 Semestral 
Anatomohistofisiology IBIB5.0
11 Semestral 
Bioethics and DeontologyFIE5.0
11 Semestral 
Biochemistry and BiophysicsBIB4.0
11 Semestral 
Dietetics and NutritionTER3.0
11 Semestral 
Fundamental Nursing IENF5.0
11 Semestral 
11 Semestral 
Developmental PsychologyPSI4.0
12 Semestral 
Administration and Management in HealthGEA5.0
12 Semestral 
Anatomohistofisiology IIBIB5.0
12 Semestral 
Gerontological and Geriatric NursingENF3.0
12 Semestral 
Epidemiology and Public HealthSAU5.0
12 Semestral 
Fundamental Nursing IIENF6.0
12 Semestral 
12 Semestral 
21 Semestral 
Nursing in Emergencies and CatastrophesENF4.0
21 Semestral 
Nursing in RehabilitationENF4.0
21 Semestral 
Medical-Surgical Nursing IENF6.0
21 Semestral 
Medical-Surgical Nursing IIENF6.0
21 Semestral 
Oncology Nursing and Palliative CareENF5.0
21 Semestral 
Pharmacology and PharmacotherapyBIB5.0
22 Semestral 
Clinical Training I - Surgery NursingENF7.5
22 Semestral 
Clinical Training I - Nursing in Nursing in Medical and Surgical SpecialtiesENF7.5
22 Semestral 
Clinical Training I - Nursing in Internal MedicineENF7.5
22 Semestral 
Clinical Training I - Nursing in OrthopedicsENF7.5
31 Semestral 
Community and Family NursingENF6.0
31 Semestral 
Nursing in Childhood Health and PediatricsENF6.0
31 Semestral 
Nursing in Maternal and Obstetrics HealthENF6.0
31 Semestral 
Nursing in Mental Health and PsychiatryENF4.0
31 Semestral 
Methods and Techniques of Research in NursingENF8.0
32 Semestral 
Clinical Training II - Nursing in Primary Maternal and Child Health CareENF6.0
32 Semestral 
Clinical Training II - Nursing in Obstetrics and GynecologyENF6.0
32 Semestral 
Clinical Training II - Nursing in Mental Health and PsychiatryENF6.0
32 Semestral 
Clinical Training II - Infant and Pediatrics NursingENF6.0
32 Semestral 
Clinical Training II - Optional-Cuidados ContinuadosENF6.0
32 Semestral 
Clinical Training II - Optional-Cuidados PaliativosENF6.0
32 Semestral 
Clinical Training II - Optional-Estabelecimentos PrisionaisENF6.0
32 Semestral 
Clinical Training II - Optional-Estruturas Residenciais para Pessoas IdosasENF6.0
32 Semestral 
Clinical Training II - Optional-Cuidados de EnfermagemENF6.0
41 Semestral 
Clinical Training III - Community and Family Health NursingENF15.0
41 Semestral 
Clinical Training IV - Nursing in UrgencyENF15.0
42 Semestral 
Internship in Professional Life IntegrationENF30.0



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