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Registration and deadlines for the BSc in Nursing for Registered Nurses

Detailed administrative information on the Bachelor’s degree programme for registered nurses at a glance.

Entry requirements

All registered nurses with a diploma in nursing (acute care/psychiatric nursing/paediatric nursing care/intensive care/Level II nursing diploma/College of Higher Education and Training) are eligible to register for this Bachelor’s degree programme.

Additional requirements include:

* If this requirement is not met at the time of registration, applicants must submit proof of their own accord no later than 31 July (otherwise admission is not granted).

Admission procedures

The admission procedure includes:

  • an evaluation of the formal admission requirements on the basis of the detailed application documents
  • an admission interview of approx. one hour.

The Head of the Institute of Nursing will decide on the final admission.

Course fees / Expenses / Compensation

Description Frequency Cost
Registration fee for admission process [1] once CHF 100.–
Enrolment fee for Bachelor's and Master's programmes [2] once CHF 100.–
Tuition fees for Bachelor's and Master's programmes [3] per semester CHF 720.–
Fixed charge for students on leave of absence [4] per semester CHF 300.–
Additional tuition fees for students who are not Swiss residents [5] per semester CHF 500.–
Membership of the Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ) per semester CHF 35.–
Membership of the ZHAW Students Association (Alias) per semester CHF 20.–
Fees for guest auditors (depending on the number of courses attended) per semester CHF 100.– to 600.–

[1] Fee according to § 2 ordinance on tuition fees 
[2] Applicants are exempt from paying the registration fee for the admissions process if they pass the admissions assessment/test and enrol for the next available programme start date.
[3] According to §4 of the regulations on tuition fees
[4] According to § 25, paragraph 5 of the general examination regulations for Bachelor's and Master's programmes at the ZHAW, students on leave of absence are exempt from paying tuition fees. According to the regulations on fees and contributions (in German), they pay a fixed charge per semester of CHF 300.– to cover their e-mail account, campus card, use of the University Library and general administration costs. This fixed charge also applies to students on the Bachelor’s programmes at the School of Health Sciences who attend the additional module C and to students who do delay the completion of their programme (e.g. by postponing submission of their thesis).
[5] Under Swiss law, non-Swiss nationals who come to Switzerland to study are not considered residents of Switzerland (Art. 23 Swiss Civil Code). In addition to the regular tuition fee, they pay an additional tuition fee of CHF 500.– during the entire duration of their studies (even if they move their official place of residence to Switzerland after commencing their studies). Official residency under civil law is not possible if the residence permit was issued for study/educational purposes.

Additional costs


Recurrence Fees

Admission interview*

one-time charge CHF 600

Flat rate for lecture notes

each semester CHF 35

Registration of documents with the Swiss Red Cross

one-off expense CHF 130

Applicants wishing to cancel the admission interview must notify the Programme Administration Office in writing by post no later than one week in advance (date of the postmark). Students who are absent without prior notice will owe the amount of CHF 600. Their entry registration will be cancelled, and all submitted documents returned.

Notebook computer

All students are required to purchase their own laptop or notebook computer at their own expense.


To enrol in the Bachelor’s degree programme for registered nurses, you have to submit the completed registration form (available online as of mid-September) together with all mandatory attachments to the Programme in Nursing Administration Office.

After the formal entry requirements have been reviewed, which must be met in full, applicants will receive an invitation to the admission interview by email.