Bachelor in Nursing for Registered Nurses

«Nursing requires qualified nurses who are willing to expand their competencies and skills through lifelong learning. We support you.»

Irène Ris, Head of BSc in Nursing Programme

Studying for a bachelor degree part-time

Three good reasons for studying Nursing at ZHAW

  • The undergraduate programme provides the necessary knowledge to create evidence-based nursing concepts and develop standards to lay the foundations for nursing process optimisation. The additional knowledge that BSc graduates acquire, e.g. in clinical assessment or scientific work, enables them to give patients the best possible care and to take on a decisive role in interprofessional team work.
  • Undergraduates in Nursing benefit from a wide range of continuing education programmes and can enrol in the Master degree programme in Nursing (MScN). Equipped with professional experience and the appropriate continuing education, graduates are ready to assume management, teaching or research responsibilities.
  • The Institute of Nursing at Zurich University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest and most respected centres of education in Switzerland. We aim for the continuous further development of nursing knowledge and the professional field through our training and research projects.

A BSc in Nursing that suits my needs

Entry requirements for BSc in Nursing for Registered Nurses

Evidence of formal qualification in nursing (acute care/psychiatric nursing/paediatric nursing care/intensive care/nursing diploma, level II/college degree)

Additional information on entry requirements

Structure of the course

The bachelor degree programme for registered nurses takes 2.5 years to complete. Teaching takes place two days per week in the form of classroom teaching during the semester.

In addition, several block weeks of up to two weeks form part of the training. The course structure allows students to pursue a part-time job in nursing (up to 3 days a week).

Clinical placement module

The direct practical implementation of what has been learned is part of the bachelor degree programme. The clinical placement module must be completed during the first three semesters of your studies and takes place at your regular workplace. The clinical placement module is worth 30 ECTS credits.

Bachelor thesis

Students work on a relevant topic for their bachelor thesis and apply their sound theoretical and scientific methods from classroom learning.

Professional profile and training objectives

Building on your knowledge and experiences, the bachelor 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 your newly acquired competencies.

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, you perform specialist nursing tasks and make appropriate decisions.
  • As a collaborator, you proactively participate in interdisciplinary team work.
  • As a manager, you assume professional leadership, contribute to the effectiveness of the organisation and develop your own professional career.
  • As a health attorney, you are committed to help 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 using reflected practice.

At a glance

Degree: Bachelor of Science ZFH in Nursing from Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Workload: 90 ECTS credits

Duration of study: 2.5 years

Course structure: Part-time

Start of the course: February

Registration deadline: 30 September

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