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Bachelor’s degree in Nursing

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Branch of knowledge

Health Sciences

ECTS credits

240. One ECTS credit represents 25 hours of work as a student.


Eight semesters (four years).

Teaching method


Teaching language/s used

The core language is Spanish.

Students may, however, take some modules in Basque, depending on availability:



Educational objectives

The aim is to prepare Nursing graduates responsible for general health care who are:

I. Professionals

  • Capable of providing and managing competent, safe, considerate Nursing care aimed at promoting, maintaining and aiding the recovery of health, preventing disease, disability and dependency, and applying palliative care strategies to help relieve the situations of extremely ill or terminal patients.
  • Capable of providing professional, technical health care suited to the health requirements of individuals, families or communities in accordance with current scientific knowledge and with the levels of safety established in applicable legal and deontological rules, respecting, at all times, human dignity and personal autonomy.
  • Capable of forming part of multidisciplinary teams, providing an efficient, high-quality service in line with their social responsibility, bearing in mind the characteristics, needs and possibilities of the socio-economic and cultural environment in which they operate.

II. Citizens who respect the fundamental right of equality between men and women, and respect and promote human rights according to the values inherent to a culture of peace and democratic values.




Recommended applicant profile

Students should be:

  • Balanced and interested in ensuring people’s well-being and health.
  • Committed to personal advancement, responsibility and ethics.
  • Particularly interested in discovering, exploring and analysing human behaviour.
  • Aware of and sensitive to the cultural diversity present in modern-day society.
  • Interested in and have a flair for interpersonal communication and group leadership.



Professions for which the course qualifies students

Nurse responsible for General Health Care.



Teaching method

The Degree course involves a variety of educational activities:

  • Lectures
  • Participatory classes
  • Practical classroom and lab classes
  • Cooperative learning activities
  • Group projects
  • Self-reliant study and work

These activities entail a number of teaching methodologies:

  • Lecturing
  • Exercises and problem solving
  • Case- and problem-based learning
  • Cooperative learning in small groups
  • Project-oriented learning

External supervised work experience accounts for 90 ECTS credits.

Continuous assessment is used to evaluate the competences defined for the Degree, applying different assessment criteria depending on the type of activity performed.



Language competence

See all the information on language skills here



International and national mobility

See all the information available here



Types of students

Student status and minimum number of credits to enrol for

The following student statuses exist depending on the number of credits enrolled for:

  • Fulltime students: 60 - 84 ECTS credits per academic year. Students remain as fulltime students even when they need less than 60 credits in order to complete their studies.
  • Part-time students: 30 - 59 ECTS credits per academic year. This is a voluntary status and no justification is required.
  • Reduced-timetable students: 12 - 29 ECTS credits per academic year. This status is granted in exceptional circumstances by the Rector or competent Vice-rector. Applications must be presented on a general request form at the Office of the University Registrar, together with supporting documentation.
  • In addition to the previous categories, the possible existence of special educational needs may give rise to a fourth status granted on the basis of case-by-case analysis.

Students must enrol in all the first-year modules before enrolling in modules pertaining to subsequent years. If a student fails or does not pass one of these modules, he/she does not have to enrol in it again[.1] .

Students may abandon option modules which they fail to pass and enrol in new option modules. The assessment processes for the abandoned modules are not taken into account.

Students have 6 opportunities to pass each module. For assessment purposes, enrolment in a module implies an attempt to pass the module in the same semester. The “No show” grade does not count as an attempt the 1st and 2nd times a student enrols in a module; it does count as an attempt the 3rd and subsequent times.


Rules of continuance


Students registered as fulltime or part-time students must achieve the following learning outcomes in order to continue with their studies (validated and adapted modules are not taken into consideration):

At the end of the academic year corresponding to their

They must have earned :

First registration

20% of the total number of credits for which they have enrolled to date

Second registration

20% of the total number of credits for which they have enrolled to date

Third registration

35% of the total number of credits for which they have enrolled to date

Fourth and subsequent registrations

20% of the total number of credits for which they have enrolled in the academic year

Those students who fail to meet the conditions of continuance may present a request form, together with documentation justifying their request to continue, to the Continuance Committee via the Office of the University Registrar. Calendar.

Students who fail to achieve the outcomes described above must abandon the course, one of the following two options remaining open to them (the two options are mutually incompatible; students must choose one or the other):

  • Start another university course, meeting the conditions of the general admission procedure, or
  • Wait two years before continuing with the course they originally started.

See the regulations here (and their later modification)



Competences and Job Opportunities

See the competences for the Undergraduate Degree in Nursing here

Nurses can work in health centres belonging to public and private health systems in specialised care, primary health care and home care.

  • Specialised health care (adults, the elderly, children and pregnancy): inpatients, outpatients, central services such as operating theatres, labs, radiology, day hospitals, hospital management, quality units, etc.
  • Primary health care: Primary health care centres, rural emergency services, doctors’ surgeries.
  • Mental health care: Mental health care centres, inpatients, day care services.
  • Geriatric health care: Old people’s homes.
  • Palliative health care: home care, long-stay units.

Other jobs available include:

  • Teaching and research
  • Occupational health services
  • Health insurance companies
  • Pharmaceutical industry: sale of medicinal products
  • Dental surgeries
  • Home carers
  • School nursing
  • Urban health spas
  • Patient associations



Application and admission

Number of new places available: 100

Who can apply?

Find out about the registration procedure for this degree here




Support and monitoring


The objective of the plan is to receive and guide Public University of Navarre (UPNA) students through personal support and monitoring by tutors from initial entry until completion of their studies, aiming to make full use of the personal tutors’ educational experience.

In order to help students adapt to university life, the Public University of Navarre provides them with a personal support and monitoring system which focuses on their academic development and offers professional guidance regarding continuing their studies or entering the job market. Students also receive tutoring support regarding specific subjects from the teaching staff in charge of each module throughout the course.

The Faculties and Schools, in coordination with the Vice-rector of Students’ Office and the Student, Academic Support and Communication services, hold a welcoming session for new students on the first teaching day of each new academic year.

At the session, students are informed about their course, the organisation and governance of the University, student representation, student life, the services available to students (particularly the Guidance service, provided through the University’s Tutorship plan), their programme, safety rules, administrative procedures, academic regulations and resources available through the University website.

In application of the Public University of Navarre Tutorship Plan, each student is assigned a Professor as his/her Personal Tutor. This tutor accompanies him/her throughout his/her time at the University unless one of the two parties expressly requests otherwise.

Consult the process here



Further studies at the UPNA

  • Master’s in Health Science Research.
  • Master’s in Nursing Care Management.
  • Master’s in Public Health.
  • Master’s in Health Promotion and Social Development (I-proms)




Ubicación en el campus

Student procedures

Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud
Avenida de Barañain, s/n
31008 Pamplona
Tel. (+34) 948 16 6206
Fax. (+34) 948 270902
Contact by E-mail

31500 Tudela
Campus de Tudela
Tel. (+34) 948 41 7880 (Ext. interna 3880)
Contact by E-mail