Certificate in Foundation Studies in Health Sciences (Nursing)

Certificate in Foundation Studies in Health Sciences (Nursing)

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Course title Certificate in Foundation Studies in Health Sciences (Nursing)
Course code UCFSHSNFT
Postnominal Cert. FS(Melit.)
Level of qualification Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level Level 4
Duration 1 Year
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 62
Coordinator Isabel Stabile
Delivered by International School for Foundation Studies
The Certificate in Foundation Studies Programme will provide students with the knowledge as well as the personal and inter-personal skills and organisational framework upon which to base their future undergraduate nursing studies.

The primary aim of the course is to provide these students with the knowledge base, transferable skills, linguistic skills and general competence to allow them to progress successfully onto the University of Malta's undergraduate Nursing course. The course has been planned in such a way that it offers specific training and support in those core areas where these students traditionally require further assistance.

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The Course shall be open to all applicants who:

(a) present a secondary and/or high school certificate issued abroad and who studied within an educational system that is not comparable to the Maltese educational system (in terms of curriculum, years of study, etc.) and

(b) are in possession of one of the following qualifications in English at the required level:

(i) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-Based Test (iBT) with an overall score of 61, and a minimum score of 17 in the reading and writing components or
(ii) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall band score of 5.5, with a reading and writing score of at least 5.0 or
(iii) Cambridge First Certificate at grade C or better or
(iv) any other equivalent qualification approved by the Admissions Board and

(c) are in possession of qualifications allowing access to an undergraduate course in the selected discipline in the country where such qualifications originate, but

(d) are deemed to require further study to be admitted to undergraduate degree courses at the University of Malta,
provided that the Health Sciences programme, referred to in paragraph (1) of regulation 6 of the regulations for the Course, shall be open only to qualified applicants from non-EU/EEA countries in terms of agreements signed by the University with the State of Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to qualified nationals from other non-EU/EEA countries.

The number of students shall be limited to 5 students.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 6,600

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 6,600
By the end of the course the students will be able to:

1. Knowledge & Understanding

• Describe basic concepts in human anatomy, physiology and biochemistry and explain how these principles can be applied in therapeutics in patient care delivery
• Describe the appropriate actions in serious incidents, and those involving multiple casualties
• Grasp the foundations of reflective practice
• Outline the concepts and principles of evidence based practice in the health care sciences
• Discuss the communication processes through which human interaction within professional therapeutic relationships occur
• Deal with an advanced reading requirement effectively and at speed
• Demonstrate understanding of academic lectures and debates, presentations, and technical documentaries, by summarizing their main points, making use of specific details and reporting what they have learnt

2. Skills:

• Calculate appropriate dosages, drug concentrations and pH of solutions
• Assess an emergency situation quickly and calmly and administer appropriate care for life-threatening injuries
• Conduct a search for scientific literature related to evidence in nursing practice
• Reflect on personal needs, values, strengths, weaknesses and motivations
• Demonstrate effective reading skills to deduce meaning, confirm expectations, extract specific information and main points, infer opinion and attitude and identify relevant and irrelevant information
• Write useful, relevant and coherent notes and summaries
• Listen effectively when taking part in lectures, seminars and talks
• Independently produce their own ordered and coherent notes for future reference
This course is intended for students who have completed high school in their home country in school systems with less than 13 years of education.
Certificate holders will be eligible to join the B.Sc. (Hons) Nursing at the University of Malta (3 year degree).
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 22 January 2020

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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