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Bachelor in Nursing

«Career opportunities in nursing are attractive and very diverse. ZHAW prepares you with the best available current knowledge and its direct application into nursing practice.»

Irène Ris, Head of BSc in Nursing Programme

Human beings with their individual health, psychological and social needs and demands are the focus of nursing practice.

Three good reasons for studying Nursing at ZHAW

A Bachelor in Nursing that suits my needs

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Human beings with their individual health, psychological and social needs and demands are the focus of nursing practice. A nurse’s work environment ranges from caring for next of kin to exchanges with specialists in healthcare institutions and other professional groups, such as social workers, insurance experts and case managers in a complex healthcare system.

Entry requirements for BSc in Nursing

  • Baccalaureate + additional module
  • Federal Specialised Baccalaureate + additional module
  • Federal Vocational Baccalaureate + additional module
  • Degree from a College of Higher Education and Training

Additional information on entry requirements

Structure of the course

The full-time undergraduate course in Nursing lasts three years and offers dual benefits:

  • firstly, the licence to practice as a fully qualified nurse
  • secondly, the applied degree Bachelor of Science ZFH in Nursing

Study achievements are evaluated using ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), which make your degree comparable across Europe. The course is valued at 180 ECTS credits, with one credit equal to 30 hours of studies.

Our BSc in Nursing fulfils the required national and international standards as well as the educational requirements. The study programme is divided into 40 percent classroom teaching and 60 percent self-directed study. Our teaching is a combination of presentation-based teaching and independent and action-oriented learning (exercises, case studies, project work, workshop instruction and simulations).

Profession-specific modules

  • Fundamentals of professional nursing: fundamentals of science, nursing as a science, nursing process, caring, symptom management, nursing of specific age and patient groups, nursing management, ethics, education
  • Physical examinations and interventions: nursing techniques, pharmacology, clinical assessment, assessment of families, best practice

Interprofessional modules

ZHAW offers a number of bachelor degree programmes at the School of Health Professions: BSc in Occupational Therapy, Health Promotion and Prevention, Midwifery, Nursing and Physiotherapy providing students with the opportunity to engage in intensive interprofessional exchanges during their studies. Topics that are important for all five professional fields are addressed in joint lessons with students of other health professions as learning with, from and about each other stimulates thinking beyond professional boundaries, a quality that is essential to practising the professional activity.

Practical experience

Students complete three clinical placements of 11 to 17 weeks in different clinical disciplines during their studies. At the end of the sixth semester, they must undertake another further ten-month clinical placement (additional module C, depending on previous qualifications).

Clinical placement providers are mostly located in the canton of Zurich and the neighbouring cantons and can be contacted through ZHAW.

Bachelor thesis

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

«I like that instruction at ZHAW is given through a combination of classroom block teaching and practical learning in the form of clinical placements in different external institutions. I completed my first clinical placement on a children's ward. I then broadened my skills in long-term nursing and finally I was able to care for adult patients at Zurich University Hospital.»

Adina Wehrle, BSc student in Nursing

Professional profile and training objectives

Registered nurses work in a wide variety of health settings such as hospitals, psychiatric care, retirement and nursing homes, home care nursing (Spitex) or outpatient healthcare facilities. They perform nursing duties in different areas of expertise for all age groups – from infants to children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. Experienced professionals with continuing education can be responsible for a team, run an entire department, work as vocational trainers or fill positions in academic teaching, research and health promotion and prevention.

Competencies in seven roles

Registered nurses with a degree from the University of Applied Sciences have wide practical, theoretical and scientific expertise in the areas of health promotion, illness prevention and nursing.

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

Workload: 180 ECTS credits

Duration of study: 3 years

Course structure: full-time, practice-oriented bachelor degree programme

Start of the course: Autumn

Registration deadline: April 30

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