Preparatory Course for Higher Diploma in Health Science in Nursing Studies

Preparatory Course for Higher Diploma in Health Science in Nursing Studies

Course information

Course title Preparatory Course for Higher Diploma in Health Science in Nursing Studies
Course code UPRCNUR5
Level of qualification Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level Not Applicable
Duration 1 Year
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 60
Coordinator Carmel Bezzina
Delivered by Faculty of Health Sciences
The overall aim of the preparatory course for the Higher Diploma is to equip prospective students on the Higher Diploma with the required basic knowledge, skills and attitudes to successfully read for a Higher Diploma in Nursing. In view of this, the programme includes a diversified content of basic anatomy and physiology, underlying concepts of health and wellness, nursing care and nursing theory and practical study units including laboratory-based simulation and clinical placements to develop nursing skills and practice. The programme also allows students to explore their values and areas of personal development required to practice as a health care professional.

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To be admitted into the Course applicants are required to be in possession of one of the following:

(a) passes at Grade 5 or better in the Secondary Education Certificate Examination in six subjects, including Maltese, English Language, Mathematics, and Biology or

(b) the MCAST-BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies) or the MCAST Advanced Diploma in Health Sciences, or equivalent,
provided that applicants wishing to join a Preparatory Course leading to admission to the Higher Diploma course with Nursing Studies as the area of study may, instead, present the Certificate in Nursing Practice awarded by the Institute of Health Care, or the Certificate of Enrolled Nurse awarded by the Department of Health.

Applicants are further required to be aged not less than 18 years within three months following the date on which the Preparatory Course commences.

An academic proficiency test will be held for applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause'. The closing date for receipt of applications from applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' (those who will be sitting for the test) is 31 August 2019. Closing date for other applicants is 30 September 2019.

The notice regarding the Academic Proficiency Test for Adult Learners is available here.

Past Paper - Academic Proficiency Test for Adult Learners is available here.

Whilst filling in the online application, applicants must have their Police Certificate of Conduct in hand as they are required to include certain details from the Police Certificate of Conduct in the application form.

On acceptance, applicants are required to submit a recent Police Certificate of Conduct (not more than 6 months old) to the respective Departmental Secretary at the Faculty of Health Sciences (Block A, Level 1, Mater Dei Hospital). It is advisable that this mandatory document is submitted by hand. Further instructions will be communicated to accepted applicants at a further stage.

Prior to registering for the Preparatory Course, eligible applicants are also required to undergo a medical fitness test as directed by the Board so as to ascertain that they are fit for the duties related to their proposed studies.

Further information, including a schedule of interviews for applicants for courses with a limited number of students and for 'adult learners/mature applicants' (in the case of undergraduate courses), as well as important information on the occupational health protocol, to be submitted by the 30 October 2019, can be accessed here. Prospective students are encouraged to go through these documents carefully as early as possible.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.

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.

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
By the end of the preparatory programme students will be able to:
• Demonstrate an understanding of human anatomy and physiology, chemistry and biochemistry in written assessments
• Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues and legal issues as applied to formal care contexts through written assignments
• Demonstrate an ability to deliver first aid and basic life support in a simulated setting
• Demonstrate an understanding of care of individuals in acute and non-acute settings
• Demonstrate good interpersonal and intrapersonal skills in a simulated setting
• Demonstrate an understanding of the health care related concepts, including health and wellness
• Demonstrate an ability to provide basic care to clients in selected health care practice placements, whilst applying related evidence
• Demonstrate suitable attitudes to care.
This course programme is suitable for individuals who aspire to a career in nursing. Such persons should have a caring attitude, including respect to clients and their families. They should have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to work collegially with their peers as well as health and social care professionals whilst upholding their professional and personal integrity.
Students will be eligible to proceed to the Higher Diploma in Nursing Studies if they successfully obtain the credits outlined in the programme of study and obtain an average mark of 55%.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0.

Last Updated: 7 October 2019

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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.