The nursing education at the University of Agder (UiA) is an overall, integrated professional education. The study program qualifies candidates for practicing caring and professionally sound nursing based on up-to-date knowledge, professional suitability, and respect for human autonomy and participation. It means being able to attend to the basic needs of human beings, promote health, prevent and treat illness, relieve suffering and ensure a worthy death. The study program qualifies candidates to collaborate cross-professionally, interact across levels of health care, and contribute to the development of equal, patient-safe and knowledge-based services.
The study structure ensures coherence, progression, and integration between theory and practice in a way that supports the descriptions of the learning outcomes. Each academic year contains theory studies and practical placement studies. The courses are structured so that they collectively cover the areas of knowledge in the Regulation on National Guidelines for Nursing Education:
The study program is a three-year, integrated bachelor's program, cf. Regulations on Studies and Examinations at the University of Agder, § 6 (1).
The study is based on
|1. sem||SY-121-G Human anatomy, physiology and biochemistry 12 sp||SY-120-G (1/2) Foundations of Nursing 9 sp||SYP120-G (1/2) Clinical studies in basic nursing 10 sp|
|2. sem||SY-122-G Human pathology 10 sp||SY-120-G (2/2) Foundations of Nursing 9 sp||SYP120-G (2/2) Clinical studies in basic nursing 10 sp|
|SY-123-G Drug calculations 0 sp|
|3. sem||Clinical practice||SY-220-G Nursing in various diseases - work methods 10 sp||SYP220-G Ferdigheter og prosedyrer 5 sp|
|4. sem||SY-221-G Nursing for children and adolescents 5 sp||SY-222-G Mental health work and health promotion in nursing 5 sp||SYP225-G Clinical studies - Interaction 5 sp|
|5. sem||SY-320-G Complexity and leadership 10 sp||Valgemner|
|6. sem||SY-323-G Bachelor's thesis in nursing 15 sp|
It is expected that the candidate after completing his bachelor's degree program:
The study program prepares for professional and personal development so that during the course the students may develop professional competence and professional identity. Students will develop the ability to apply knowledge and skills, master challenges and critically evaluate and analyze the issues they face. By meeting the students as responsible participants in their own learning, a learning environment is prepared for which is characterized by social and academic fellowship between students, teachers and practice supervisors. There is an exchange between learning based on specific situations and experiences and learning where one starts with general principles or theory. A wide range of learning and teaching methods are used for the teaching of practical and theoretical teaching material in both campus-based and practical placement studies.
On campus, there is time and space to think, train and reflect, both individually and in collaboration with fellow students and teachers. To take advantage of this opportunity, learning and teaching methods such as self-study, lectures, seminars, team-based learning, skills learning and simulation are planned. Various digital learning resources are used. In some courses, students are divided into groups that are followed by a teacher over time, as well as across learning activities and courses. Such team-based learning partnerships allow for interaction, reflection and discussion. This helps students reach advanced levels of understanding and develops the ability for analytical problem solving and critical thinking.
Practical placement studies
The health services provide the opportunity for learning in real and complex situations in direct interaction with patients and health professionals. In order to ensure that students gain experience from the breadth of the Norwegian health service, the students are placed in the specialist and municipal health services. The practical placement courses have a duration that gives the student the opportunity to develop academic competence. The practical placement studies are guided in the sense that each student is followed up by the practice supervisor at the practice site and the practice teacher from the university. Simulation on campus and systematic reflection on experiences along the way are included in all practice subjects.
Significant parts of the teaching program are compulsory.
The language of instruction is Norwegian, but for some courses or parts of courses the language is English.
The study program has varied forms of assessment. Sometimes there is a clear distinction between learning and assessment, at other times assessment is to a greater extent part of the learning process. In some contexts, the student is actively drawn into the assessment of himself or her fellow students.
In the campus-based courses various types of exams are used such as school exams, home exams, folder submission and bachelor's thesis. Assessment terms are graded and pass / fail. The practical topics are assessed to pass / fail.
The courses often have exam requirements that must be approved before the student can sit for the exam. There may be compulsory attendance, written assignments and oral presentations, individually or in groups. In the course SY-1X1 The anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of the body are national exams.
The nursing profession and nursing science are to a large degree international something which is reflected in the knowledge base in the education. Topics of an international nature are addressed in all three years of study.
In some of the courses, the teaching is offered in English only. Parts of the teaching in other courses may also be in English. Several of the courses include English language literature. The program also offers a course in global health.
The program offers student exchange agreements with many countries in Africa, Australia, USA, Europe and the Nordic countries. The program has a special offer of exchange for incoming students in the fourth and fifth semesters.
Students can participate in the International Certificate Scheme; International Certificate of Learning (CIL).
Students in the program may travel on exchange during the practice placement periods in the fourth, fifth and sixth semesters. In addition, it is possible to take the entire fifth semester abroad at one of our partner institutions. The bachelor thesis may also be written in connection with exchange.
In the fifth semester, entering exchange students can take the courses SY-321-1 Global Health (5 credits) or SY-322-G Innovation in Nursing (5 credits) and SYP321 (SYP322, SYP323, SYP324) Practice Studies - Complex and Composite Conditions I (15 credits). It will also be possible to facilitate other practice placement exchanges for incoming students.
See other prerequisites in the information about each course.
Completed studies qualify for authorization as a nurse, and provide the basis for a varied and diverse professional life in all parts of the health care system.
The program qualifies for a number of studies at the master's degree and further education level at colleges and universities, both in nursing and interdisciplinary areas.
The program leads to the Bachelor of Nursing degree.
For further information contact:
Study Program Manager - Grimstad: Senior Lecturer Kari Brodtkorb (https://www.uia.no/kk/profil/karibr)
Program Program Manager - Kristiansand: University Lecturer Åsne Knutson de Presno (https://www.uia.no/kk/profil/asnekdp)
Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences