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Bachelor in Nursing for Registered Nurses

"Nursing requires qualified professionals who are willing to expand their competencies and skills through lifelong learning. We support your efforts."

Irène Ris, Head of BSc in Nursing Programme

A part-time nursing programme offering a university degree and a licence to practice.

Three good reasons for studying Nursing at ZHAW

A BSc in Nursing that suits my needs

Entry requirements for BSc in Nursing for Registered Nurses

  • Evidence of a formal qualification in nursing (acute care/psychiatric nursing/paediatric nursing care/intensive care/Level II nursing diploma/College of Higher Education and Training

Additional information on entry requirements

Programme structure

From the start of the 2021 academic year, the Bachelor’s degree programme for registered nurses takes four years to complete.

Classes on campus take place two days a week during the semester. The course structure allows students to pursue a part-time job in nursing of up to 3 days (60%) a week.

Clinical placement module

The direct practical implementation of what has been learned is part of this Bachelor’s degree programme. The clinical placement module must be completed during the first three semesters at the student’s regular workplace. The clinical placement module is worth 30 ECTS credits.

Bachelor thesis

For their Bachelor’s thesis, students work on a topic relevant to their profession and apply the scientific methods they have learned throughout their studies.

Professional profile and training objectives

Building on your knowledge and experiences, the Bachelor’s degree programme enables you to master the current and future career challenges in nursing so that you can take on demanding nursing duties in different subject areas and for people of all ages. You assume a crucial role in the treatment process. Patients and their relatives will directly benefit from the new skills you acquire.

Competencies in seven roles

During your studies you will acquire competencies in seven different roles:

  • As a communicator, you facilitate the building of trusting relationships and selective sharing of information.
  • As an expert in your field, you perform specialist nursing tasks and make appropriate decisions.
  • As a collaborator, you are proactive and participate in interdisciplinary teamwork.
  • As a manager, you assume professional leadership, contribute to the effectiveness of the organisation, and develop your own professional career.
  • As a health advocate, you are committed to helping patients responsibly within the healthcare system.
  • As a scholar, you are committed to lifelong learning and the development, transfer, and application of knowledge.
  • As a professional, you promote the professionalisation process in nursing through reflective practice.

At a glance

Degree: Bachelor of Science ZFH (Zurich University of Applied Sciences and Arts) in Nursing

Workload: 90 ECTS credits

Duration of study: 4 semesters (2 years)

Course structure: Part-time

Start of the course: September

Registration deadline: 15 April

Teaching location: Winterthur

Language of instruction: German

Tuition fees: CHF 720 semester fees + additional study and living expenses

Postgraduate courses: Master of Science in Nursing