Laurea Magistrale (Second cycle degree/Two year Master - 120 ECTS) in Nursing and Midwifery Sciences

Degree programme

Programme type Laurea Magistrale (Second cycle degree/Two year Master - 120 ECTS)
Academic Year 2018/2019
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 8488
Degree Programme Class LM/SNT1 - Nursing and Midwifery Sciences
Years in which the programme is being held

I, II

Teaching mode Traditional lecture (classroom-taught)
Admission typology Restricted access
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Programme Director Francesca Ingravallo
Teachers Teachers
Language Italian

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

Applicants to the 2nd cycle degree programme in Nursing and Midwifery Sciences must hold a five-year secondary school diploma or equivalent suitable qualification obtained abroad, or a four-year secondary school diploma and diploma for the relative supplementary year, or, where no longer active, will be assigned additional learning credits. They shall also meet the following requirements:

1. One of the following degrees in class SNT/1:

- 1st cycle degree in Nursing (qualifying for the Nursing profession) or Midwifery (qualifying for the Midwifery profession), or Paediatric Nursing (qualifying for the Paediatric Nursing profession) (class SNT/1).

2. University Diploma qualifying for one of the healthcare professions covered by 2nd cycle degree class LM/SNT/1.

3. Any other qualification valid for the exercise of one of the healthcare professions covered by 2nd cycle degree class LM/SNT/1, as laid down in Italian Law no. 42/1999.

4. Any other suitable qualification obtained abroad, in particular:

An academic qualification obtained abroad only if the secondary school diploma refers to a period of at least 12 years' of schooling.

Alternatively, a post-secondary qualification obtained from a non-university higher institute which locally leads to second cycle university studies, only in the case in which the secondary school diploma refers to a period of at least 12 years of schooling.

The Board appointed annually by the School Board will assess the suitability of foreign qualifications compared to the Italian qualifications required for admission to the entrance exam, based on the assessment of the exams passed abroad, the list of which must be annexed to the pre-registration application submitted by the student).

The 2nd cycle degree programme in Nursing and Midwifery Sciences has restricted access, according to the available resources.

The number of allocated places, the exam methods and any admission conditions set for additional places are established annually by Ministerial Decree and published yearly in the call for applications.

Applicants shall also demonstrate the knowledge and competences defined annually by ministerial decree for the entrance exams to degree programmes with nationally restricted access. This knowledge is assessed in the entrance exam.

Programme profile

Admission to the 2nd cycle degree programme is also subject to the assessment of the students' personal competencies and skills.

Personal competencies and skills are assessed in the written entrance exam, which is passed by all students achieving a minimum score of 32.

Any categories of persons exempted from the entrance exam as established by the Ministry are also exempted from the assessment of personal competencies and skills, based on the same provisions of the Decree.

Specific learning outcomes of the Programme

The 2nd cycle degree programme in Nursing and Midwifery Sciences trains professional nurses and midwives with in-depth healthcare and management skills in four macro-areas: "advanced care and coordination", "organisation and management", "research and innovation", "training and education".

The degree programme aims to achieve the following outcomes.

- Organisation and management: Identify the psycho-socio-cultural influences on human behaviour, as a basis for improving staff management.

- Design and implement innovative models to prevent and manage priority health issues in the community, the elderly and in families.

- Analyse the evolution and changes in healthcare services to draw up plans, programmes and projects for the organisation and development of the healthcare system/services in the nursing and midwifery field.

- Manage nursing and midwifery services in healthcare organisations and social services.

- Design and implement practical solutions to organisational problems and organisational models for nursing and midwifery services.

- Plan, manage and assess care services with a view to quality improvement (planning, organisation, management and control).

- Design complex healthcare interventions in areas of high epidemiological value or of high impact on the population.

- Research and innovation.

- Assess the methods and tools used for applied nursing and midwifery research and transfer the results of care research.

- Apply scientific evidence to decision-making processes and the organisation of nursing and midwifery care.

- Critically assess the knowledge acquired in biomedical and human sciences in order to apply it to the organisation of nursing, midwifery and vocational training.

- Integrate scientific knowledge and advanced nursing and midwifery methods, education and management skills to respond to the health needs of the population and promote innovative care models.

- Training and education.

- Design and deliver specific teaching activities to various levels of nursing and midwifery staff and design health education programmes for groups and individuals.

- Promote the development of the profession through the knowledge of nursing and midwifery theories and models and professional organisation.

- Assess staff skills to increase their potential also using strategies to promote multi-professional and organisational integration processes.

- Manage complex situations which require updated theoretical references to law, legal medicine, economic sciences and healthcare legislation.

- Analyse the ethical aspects of care and multi-professional and multicultural problems.

- Adopt professional and organisation behaviour consistent with the ethical and legal dimensions and the code of conduct of healthcare.

- Assess staff skills to increase their potential also using strategies to promote multi-professional and organisational integration processes.

The first year of the programme pursues objectives focusing on the development of clinical, care and teaching skills. The second year mainly focuses on research, organisational and managerial skills. Specialist internships are performed in both years of the programme. The degree programme includes a number of elective course units on emerging topics of health care and health professions.

Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master universitario di secondo livello.

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