Registration and deadlines
Detailed administrative information on the bachelor degree programme in Nursing at a glance.
Applicants who meet the formal entry requirements and have a baccalaureate (Federal Vocational Baccalaureate (FVB) or, Specialised Baccalaureate (FSB) or a Baccalaureate) can register for the aptitude test.
|Completed vocational training||Additional modules A/B/C|
|FSB in Heath Care
FSB in Health and Natural Sciences
|Additional modules A/B/C – met|
|Other FSB||Additional modules A/B/C – must be completed|
Federal VET Diploma in Health Care
|Additional module A/B/C – to the overview|
other Federal VET Diploma
|Additional modules A/B/C – must be completed|
|Swiss Red Cross diploma/degree from a College
of Higher Education and Training in health professions –
to the overview
|Additional modules A/B/C – to the overview|
|Baccalaureate||Additional modules A/B/C – must be completed|
|Registered nurse (accepted nursing qualifications: college degree / nursing diploma, level II / acute care/ paediatric nursing care / psychiatric nursing / intensive care)||Registered nurses are given the opportunity to complete their studies as part-time students. Additional information on studying for registered nurses|
Candidates with a professional diploma but no FVB, or holders of a degree from a College of Higher Education and Training, which is not mentioned on the list above, do not meet the school's formal admission requirements. They will first have to complete a Baccalaureate or a FVB (for more information go to the vocational college in your area or a careers advisory service).
The Federal Act on Universities of Applied Sciences also stipulates that students must complete a year of practical work experience in their future profession before they can apply for admission to a degree programme. For the bachelor degree programme in Midwifery, this means that students have to attend additional modules A, B and C. For more detailed information, see the information sheet “Information on additional modules in BSc Nursing”.
It is important to keep in mind that the additional modules A, B and C must be completed not more than 5 years prior to the time of the start of your studies. If this time is exceeded, the validity of the additional module expires and only the programme director can decide on exceptions to this rule. Federal diplomas do not expire.
Knowledge of English
Applicants need to have a good knowledge of English at level B2-C1 according to the European Framework of Reference (CEFR), which corresponds to a very good Cambridge First Certificate in English (grade A) or a good Certificate in Advanced English (grade C).
They are expected to read English academic texts (abstracts, reports, studies) and follow the lessons in English.
Students who fail to meet the above basic language requirements are strongly recommended to attend a language course prior to the start or during their studies.
In preparing for a career in the health professions, follow these general rules. Healthcare professionals in Switzerland are vaccinated against certain diseases (if natural immunity does not already exist). Certain vaccinations are mandatory for students in order to be fully admitted to the degree programme in Nursing at the School of Health Professions at ZHAW. Students who are not vaccinated may not be guaranteed a degree, since clinical placement providers only accept students with the recommended protective vaccinations.
Potential students must attend a specific aptitude test in their chosen degree programme before registration.
Aptitude test and interview
The evaluation of the formal admission requirements by the Programme Secretariat is followed by a fee-based aptitude test that consists of the following three stages:
- a written aptitude test with cognitive testing (tasks to test problem-solving ability, capacity for abstraction and observation skills)
- a structured interview to evaluate self-competence and social skills
- an assessment of practical suitability on the basis of your employer's reference, additional module A
The Academic Office decides on the final approval of candidates based on the results obtained in the aptitude test, practical suitability and the number of available places.
How to enrol
After passing the aptitude test, successful candidates will receive the documents for enrolment at ZHAW from the Programme Secretariat by post.
«The aptitude test was challenging but feasible. First, we had to do a series of tests – similar to intelligence tests, for which I had bought a book to prepare a bit. In the interview I was questioned about my professional motivation to study It was therefore very helpful that I had already gathered some practical experience in the nursing profession when studying for the Federal Specialised Baccalaureate.»
Adina Wehrli, BSc student in Nursing
Course fees / Expenses / Compensation
|Registration fee for admission process||once||CHF 100.–|
|Enrolment fee for Bachelor's and Master's programmes ||once||CHF 100.–|
|Tuition fees for Bachelor's and Master's programmes ||per semester||CHF 720.–|
|Fixed charge for students on leave of absence ||per semester||CHF 300.–|
|Additional tuition fees for students who are not Swiss residents ||per semester||CHF 500.–|
|Membership of the Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ)||per semester||CHF 30.–|
|Membership of the ZHAW Students Association (VSZHAW)||per semester||CHF 12.–|
|Fees for guest auditors (depending on the number of courses attended)||per semester||CHF 100.– to 600.–|
 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.
 According to §4 of the regulations on tuition fees
 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 Professions 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).
 Additional tuition fee paid by all students who come to Switzerland for the purposes of studying and who are not officially resident in Switzerland at the start of their programme. This applies only to new students with effect from the autumn semester 2012. Fact Sheet for Applicants from Abroad
|Aptitude test (part 1 CHF 300.-, part 2 CHF 300.-)||one-off expense||CHF 600.-|
|Flat rate for lecture notes||each semester||CHF 35.-|
|Registration of documents with the Swiss Red Cross||one-off expense||CHF 130.-|
Salary clinical placements
Over the period of three years: around CHF 14,000.
All students are required to purchase their own laptop or notebook computer at their own expense. The students' association at ZHAW (VSZHAW) runs Techshop, which offers students notebooks and other items at discounted rates.
To enrol in the bachelor degree programme in Nursing, you have to submit the completed registration form (available online as of mid-September) together with all mandatory attachments to the Programme Secretariat in Nursing. Following the evaluation of the formal entry requirements, you will receive information in writing and be admitted to the first part of the aptitude test (written part).
The invitation to the second part of the aptitude test is sent out by email after successful completion of the first part.