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COURSE TITLE Preparatory Course for Higher Diploma in Health Science in Nursing Studies






Not Applicable

Not Applicable

1 Year



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.
LEARNING OUTCOMES 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.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY 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%.
COURSE INTENDED FOR 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.
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 a Science subject or

(b) the MCAST-BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies), 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.

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.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2015.

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



Last Updated: 19 March 2017
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.

For applicable fees please check the link on the Finance Office webpage.
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During Semester 2 of Academic Year 2017/8, the Department of Mental Health shall be offering the study-unit MNH4001 Child and Adolescent Mental Health to registered professionals in possession of a first degree, currently working with children or adolescents.

Applications shall be received between the 27th November and the 1st December 2017.


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