Programme for Specialist Nursing in Elderly Care

60 ECTS credits (start autumn-13)
The programme aims to create conditions for acquiring the professional expertise required to independently work as a nurse with specialist training within care of the elderly.

Overview

Profile - General Content

Specialist training in care of the elderly is an academic vocational programme leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Nursing. The programme aims to create conditions for acquiring the professional expertise required to independently work as a nurse with specialist training. The working methods vary and are based on individual work and group work with the aim of promoting in-depth learning and to promote and further develop the students' capacity for critical analysis. A clear link between theory and clinical work is applied throughout the whole programme. Scientific methodology is integrated into all the compulsory courses (totalling 7.5 HEC). An independent degree project comprising 7.5 HEC is included in the programme although there is the opportunity to complete a Master's thesis comprising 15 HEC. The programme prepares the individual to lead, develop, implement and evaluate knowledge-based nursing and to carry out medical care and treatment, both independently and together with other persons. The teaching takes place on campus and in part online and comprises 60 HEC.

Qualification Awarded

The programme leads to a diploma on the second cycle level designated Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Nursing - Elderly Care.
If the course requirements for a Master of Science in Caring Science have been satisfied, the programme can also lead to a second cycle degree of Master of Science (60 HEC)
Main field of study: Caring Science.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Programme period

2013-September-02 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), , full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Nursing/Nursing Science

Programme manager

Links

Number of seats

7

Admission

Prerequisites

Alternative 1. For admission to the programme a first cycle degree is required comprising 180 HEC in Caring Science/Nursing, as well as one year of documented professional experience as a nurse with Swedish registration.
Alternative 2. University Diploma in Nursing, Caring Science/Nursing, 90 HEC, plus a Bachelor of Science degree and one year of documented professional experience as a nurse with Swedish registration.

Read about general admission requirements for second cycle.

Admission Criteria

If there are more applicants who satisfy the admission requirements than there are places available when the programme is due to start, a selection process is used. The process is as follows:
For a second cycle programme there is a special selection process. The special selection process means that one or more selection criteria are examined collectively using a specific method, which produces a merit rating.
Method descriptions
The special selection process means that one or more selection criteria:
1. grades
2. national university aptitude test
3. other special examinations
4. academic merits (higher education credits)
5. work experience
6. special reasons
are taken into account collectively using a specific method, which produces a merit rating.
Method 1: For special selection based on academic merits
Only the number of completed higher education credits which the applicant has documented in conjunction with his/her application will be taken into account. Credits earned outside Sweden are converted using guidelines issued by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education.
Selection groups:
AP - academic merits
SA - late applications
This selection group is intended for late applications. Applicants who submit a late application are placed in this selection group and are allocated a merit rating based on the date of receipt of the application.
DA - direct admission can take place in special cases following individual review.
Highest merit rating:
The merit rating comprises the number of completed higher education credits over and above the admission requirements and the maximum merit rating is 225 higher education credits.
Qualified applicants with similar merits:
If two or more applicants for an application alternative on the first cycle or second cycle level have the same merit rating the places are allocated through the drawing of lots.

Admission Procedure

Read about the admission procedure.

Recognition of prior studies and studies abroad

Student who has been admitted to the programme and has earlier completed a course that corresponds to a course within the programme, can apply for recognition of prior studies. If possible, the student will be offered admission to an alternative course. Studies abroad within the programme can normally be partly or fully recognised. In these cases a decision is made via the Learning Agreement, prior the study period.

Read more about studying abroad.

Practical Information

Practical information is found under 'Prospective students'.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Programme period

2013-September-02 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), , full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Nursing/Nursing Science

Programme manager

Links

Number of seats

7

Learning Outcomes

Profile - General Content

Specialist training in care of the elderly is an academic vocational programme leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Nursing. The programme aims to create conditions for acquiring the professional expertise required to independently work as a nurse with specialist training. The working methods vary and are based on individual work and group work with the aim of promoting in-depth learning and to promote and further develop the students' capacity for critical analysis. A clear link between theory and clinical work is applied throughout the whole programme. Scientific methodology is integrated into all the compulsory courses (totalling 7.5 HEC). An independent degree project comprising 7.5 HEC is included in the programme although there is the opportunity to complete a Master's thesis comprising 15 HEC. The programme prepares the individual to lead, develop, implement and evaluate knowledge-based nursing and to carry out medical care and treatment, both independently and together with other persons. The teaching takes place on campus and in part online and comprises 60 HEC.

Learning outcomes

Apart from the nationally regulated objectives, which are to be found under Point 8, the programme also has the following local objectives.
Following completion of the programme the student shall:
  • have acquired knowledge and skills related to the principles of socially sustainable development and how such development can be implemented and applied in the specialist nursing profession and in care of the elderly,
  • have acquired knowledge of how information and communication technology can be implemented and applied in the profession as a specialist nurse and within care of the elderly,
  • have acquired knowledge and skills in how innovation can be applied for the implementation of knowledge-based nursing in the specialist nursing profession and in care of the elderly.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Programme period

2013-September-02 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), , full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Nursing/Nursing Science

Programme manager

Links

Number of seats

7

Structure

Mode of delivery

The specialist nursing programme for care of the elderly comprises 60 HEC and is arranged on a full-time basis. The programme takes place on campus but with online elements. The programme is subject to ongoing evaluation and development, which could mean the range of courses and the venue for the courses changes over time.

The programme objectives are achieved through the courses that form part of the degree. Assessment and examination take place on the course level and information regarding examinations and grading are to be found in each course syllabus.
During the programme, each course is evaluated and the course evaluations form the basis for future development.

NOTE! It is the start term of the course that is stated below. See each course to find out the actual length of the course.
 

Courses autumn semester 2013

Compulsory courses

Science, Theory and Methods in relation to the Nursing Profession, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire more in-depth knowledge of key concepts within the main field of study in both a theoretical and empirical context as well as the relationship between science, theory, methods, research, evidence and the profession.

Read all information about the course 'Science, Theory and Methods in relation to the Nursing Profession' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Nursing Older People Focusing on Health and Ageing Well, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire knowledge of wellness, illness and diseases. The course also aims to help the student, independently and systematically, understand, analyse and assess the need for care among the elderly and which factors can influence care and ageing well.

Read all information about the course 'Nursing Older People Focusing on Health and Ageing Well' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Dignity, Independence and Quality of Life in Ageing, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire knowledge of ethical and moral principles and their significance to care and dealing with the elderly and their relatives. The course also aims for the student to acquire knowledge of the research process and of research, tested experience and evidence with regard to fundamental concepts of importance to the provision of care for the elderly.

Read all information about the course 'Dignity, Independence and Quality of Life in Ageing' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Geriatric Nursing, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire a deeper capacity to initiate and implement health-promoting, preventive work in geriatric nursing. The course also aims to help the student to be able to independently assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions and measures that promote the physical, mental and social health of the elderly.

Read all information about the course 'Geriatric Nursing' (the link opens in a new window)
 

Courses spring semester 2014

Compulsory courses

Palliative Nursing within Geriatric Care, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to intensify his/her capacity to identify a need for care and nursing based on the nursing process and the principles of palliative nursing.

Read all information about the course 'Palliative Nursing within Geriatric Care' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Organisation, Management and Development in Nursing Care, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire more in-depth knowledge of different theories of importance to the core subject and the purpose is also to acquire the capacity to systematically organise, plan, lead, co-ordinate and evaluate care work and the care process.

Read all information about the course 'Organisation, Management and Development in Nursing Care' (the link opens in a new window)
 

Elective courses

Caring Science – Continuation Course, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire advanced knowledge within caring science and to put this knowledge into practice in primary or secondary healthcare and also be able to lead and develop care within district nursing or geriatric nursing.

Read all information about the course 'Caring Science – Continuation Course' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Diploma Project, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire knowledge of the research process and to complete an independent diploma project in the form of an improvement/development/quality assignment linked to research and development within the main field of study, caring science.

Read all information about the course 'Diploma Project' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Master's Thesis (60 credits) in Caring Science, 15 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to apply all the stages in the research process in one individual, caring science thesis.

Read all information about the course 'Master's Thesis (60 credits) in Caring Science' (the link opens in a new window)
 
Research Design and Methods I, 7.5 ECTS credits, second cycle.
 
The aim of the course is for the student to acquire knowledge of research design within the paradigms naturalism, positivism and pragmatism as well as their philosophical and scientific theory points of departure applicable within the healthcare system.

Read all information about the course 'Research Design and Methods I' (the link opens in a new window)
 

Written Work

The programme is concluded with a written thesis equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits or a master's thesis equivalent to 15 ECTS credits.

International element

International studies can either be pursued at one of our partner universities or at another suitable university.

Read about study abroad

Job Profiles

There is at present a considerable need for specialist nurses and consequently there is good potential for securing a position with a county council, municipal authority or private care provider.

Further Studies

A student with a degree from the programme can generally apply for a third cycle degree within the main field of study Nursing/Caring Science.
At BTH the following programmes on the third cycle level are open to students with a degree from this programme: Applied Health Technology.

Programme Advisory Board

The purpose of a small programme committee is, in co-operation with (mainly local) representatives from different areas and students to jointly reflect on the programmes, their quality and their relevance. Provision of advice prior to strategic decisions.
Participants: Programme director, representatives from the main fields of study, a faculty representative, a student representative, a past student, representative(s) from the labour market/supervisors for students in the field or equivalent.
Work specification: Meet at least once each term. Discuss course and programme evaluations, plan possible improvement measures and assure the usability of the programme. Takes place both at the operative representatives and at the School of Health Science.
Contact person: Ewy Olander.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Programme period

2013-September-02 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), , full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Nursing/Nursing Science

Programme manager

Links

Number of seats

7

Examination

Qualification Awarded

The programme leads to a diploma on the second cycle level designated Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Nursing - Elderly Care.
If the course requirements for a Master of Science in Caring Science have been satisfied, the programme can also lead to a second cycle degree of Master of Science (60 HEC)
Main field of study: Caring Science.

Assessment and grading

Assessment and examination vary between the different courses in the programme. Reference should be made to the information for each individual course.

Programme Evaluations

During the programme, each course is evaluated and the course evaluations form the basis for future development. The programme as a whole is evaluated during the final course.

Alumni

At BTH we have a network for our alumni. If you want to know how it´s like to be a student at BTH, you may send an e-mail to alumni@bth.se.

Application

It is no longer possible to sign up for this occasion.

Programme period

2013-September-02 until
2014-June-02

Mode of delivery

On campus (face-to-face), , full-time

Location

Karlskrona

Level

Second cycle

Main field of study

Nursing/Nursing Science

Programme manager

Links

Number of seats

7

 

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