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Community Nursing

Qualification awarded (in original language)
Community Nursing. Title of "Mestre".

Level of qualification
2nd Cycle of Studies. EQF level 7. ISCED 2011 level 7.

Admission requirements
The holders of the licenciado degree or legal equivalent, the holders of a foreign academic degree and the holders of a relevant academic, scientific or professional curriculum vitae may apply to the 2nd cycle of studies, as stated 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.

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
90 ECTS credits (30 per semester). 3 semesters. 40 weeks of study per year (20 weeks per semester). 1620 total hours of study per year; 1 credit corresponds to 27 hours. A variable number of contact (teaching) hours, depending on the established schedule for each Course Unit. It includes a scientific dissertation, a project work or a professional traineeship which will be concluded with a final report comprising 30 credits ECTS.
The holders of this course are allowed to develop an expertise Professional high level. The holders of this qualification may apply to the Order of Nurses. The professional title the of Nurses is awarded by this institution, according to its internal rules.

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; Health; Psychology; Sociology; Therapy and Rehabilitation. Nursing; Psychology; Health; Management Sciences; Education Sciences.

Key learning outcomes
Students should develop skills to:
a)The provision of expertize care to the individual, family, group and community;
b) Identify the main concepts, problems and nursing interventions and their contribution for increasing the level of population’s health;
c) Take part in research teams in community/public health; participate in the organization and management of services and health care;
d) Develop a critical and reflexive sense for the professional practice at the relational, scientific, ethical-deontological and legal level;
e) Consolidate research skills, in order to develop the diagnose of health situation in groups and community, in order to develop communitarian intervention and consequent gains in health;
f) Proceed to the Epidemiological Surveillance of the phenomena of health / disease occurring in a given area geodemographic;
g) Emit Technical-scientific advice under the Community/Public Health Nursing.

Occupational profiles of graduates
The degree of "mestre" (master) in Community Health nursing belongs to the education and training area of Health Sciences. Graduates are specialized to develop a professional activity within the profile of the programme.

Access to further studies
The degree of "mestre" allows to proceed to 3rd cycle 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
Degree in Nursing.

Examination regulations, assessment and grading
Examination and assessment are regulated by the IPB general regulation, available in www.ipb.pt/sa, and by the School pedagogical regulation, available in www.essa.ipb.pt.
Consult this Guide under the option “The ECTS at the IPB” for information on the grading and qualification system.

Mode of study

Programme director
Manuel Alberto Morais Bras (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Scientific areas of the study plan
Scientific AreaAcronymECTS Credits
Education SciencesES5.00.0
Health HEA8.00.0
Management SciencesMS4.00.0

Course structure
YearSemTypeCodeCourse UnitScientific
11 Semestral 
Nursing EpistemologyNur6.0
11 Semestral 
Ethics and Law in HealthHEA4.0
11 Semestral 
Formation and Clinical SupervisionES5.0
11 Semestral 
Management in HealthMS4.0
11 Semestral 
Methods and techniques of ResearchNur6.0
11 Semestral 
Helping Relationship and Therapeutical InterventionPSY5.0
12 Semestral 
Nursing in Public HealthNur8.0
12 Semestral 
Nursing in Communitarian InterventionNur8.0
12 Semestral 
Epidemiology and BiostatisticsHEA4.0
12 Semestral 
Internship I/ Project WorkNur8.0
12 Semestral 
Communitarian PsychologyPSY2.0
21 Semestral 
Internship II/ Project WorkNur30.0


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