NURSING AND MIDWIFERY SCIENCES
Dates and places available to be confirmed by Ministerial Decree.
Profile of the programme
The Course started in the 2005-2006 academic year under the name “Specialized Degree Course in Nursing and Midwifery Sciences”, before taking the current name in the 2011-2012 AY, in accordance with new regulations (Ministerial Decree 270/04). From its first year, the Course has featured a multidisciplinary approach, focusing on its fields of interest and development, namely:
• Management area (organization – management)
• Research area
• Training and education area
• Advanced clinical area (aimed at the study and development of nursing/midwifery management experience, as in the case, for example, of some types of long hospital stays).
Most students attending the Course are Nursing graduates, while a smaller percentage are Midwifery graduates. The available places, in accordance with Ministerial Decrees, vary between 18 to 25, with a prevalence towards the latter. Selection and admission tests have always attracted a high number of applicants, around 100 (with much higher peaks in some years). The Second Cycle Degree in Nursing and Midwifery Sciences is designed to provide advanced academic and professional training that enables students to participate skilfully in health care, managerial, training and research processes in an area pertaining to one of the category 1 healthcare professions (nurse, midwife). The degree is organized in a single module over two years. Teaching activities of the course can include all the forms specified by current legislation as well as other experimental ones (lectures and seminars; tutorials and laboratory activities with small groups of students supervised by a tutor, etc.). Attendance at theoretical and practical activities planned for the course is compulsory. As a rule, absences must not exceed 50% of the hours of formal and informal teaching activities. A certification of attendance for the compulsory teaching activities of a subject is required in order for the student to sit the exam. Attendance of the internship is entirely obligatory. The internship sites are identified together with the student, in accordance with the training objectives of the course. Internship experiences are categorized according to specific characteristics, they must be supervised by a tutor in a 1:1 ratio and must be carried out in one of the following areas:
• managerial and organizational (for examples, in healthcare management offices, working alongside the manager)
• research (that is, an internship aimed at research carried out in special study centres)
• training and teaching (in degree courses, alongside an educational coordinator, or in company training sectors, where the person in charge is either a nurse or a midwife)
• advanced clinical area (that is, aimed at the study and development of nursing/midwifery clinical management experiences, for example in long-term hospital stays, alongside the manager).
Admission to the second cycle degree course requires a three-year degree or university diploma, or other suitable study qualification obtained abroad. In the event of Second Cycle Degree courses for which the regulations in force governing university access should not stipulate a limited number of entries, the university sets specific access criteria for each Second Cycle degree course. In any case, this criteria states that candidates must possess the academic requisites and a suitable level of individual knowledge assessed by universities with methods detailed in the course regulations. . Enrolment in the second-cycle degree courses may also be consented by the university when an academic year is already underway, on condition that it allows sufficient time to take part in the courses, in accordance with the rules established by the course regulations. Admission to the Second Cycle Degree Course in Nursing and Midwifery Sciences is governed by the provisions stipulated under Law 2 August 1999, no. 264, article 6, paragraph 2 of Ministerial Decree. 270/2004 and Category 6 of Ministerial Decree 8/01/2009 (taking into account Law 1/2002), the University Course Regulations and the University Department involved. Those in possession of one of the following qualifications are eligible to sit the entry test for the Second-Cycle Degree Course:
- Three-year diploma qualifying the holder to exercise one of the Medical Professions in Category 1 of Medical and Nursing Professions and Medical Obstetric Profession Degrees;
- A University Diploma entitling the holder to exercise one of the Medical Professions in Category 1 of the Degrees in Medical and Nursing Professions, and in the Medical Obstetric Profession;
- Qualifications entitling the holder to exercise one of the Medical Professions in Category 1 of the Second-Cycle Degree in Nursing and Obstetric Sciences as per law no. 42/1999.
In order to gain access to the Second-Cycle Degree course, only applicants with a secondary school leaving diploma or other qualification obtained abroad recognized as equivalent, in accordance with Article 6, paragraph 2 of Ministerial Decree 3/11/1999 no. 509 can be admitted.
Graduates of the following three-year Degree Courses obtained at any University will be admitted onto the Second-Cycle Degree course in Nursing and Obstetric Sciences without training debts and with full acknowledgement of training credits acquired.
NURSING (qualification for Professional Medical Nurse);
PAEDIATRIC NURSING (qualification for Professional Paediatric Medical Nurse);
OBSTETRICIAN (qualification for the Professional Medical Obstetrician).
Subject to approval of the Course Council, for admission purposes, qualifications obtained abroad with an overall course content equivalent to the Italian one may be recognised as suitable study qualifications where duly translated and validated by the competent Italian organisation (in accordance with article 6, paragraph 2 of Law no. 509 of 3/11/1999). The prior academic career of Candidates in possession of other study qualifications will be assessed by the competent academic bodies which, solely with regard to those in suitable positions in the ranking, will evaluate them and identify any educational shortfalls or credits. The method used to cover any educational shortfalls will be established by the competent academic bodies. The number of Students admitted onto the Second Cycle Degree Course is determined according to national and regional programming, the availability of teaching staff, educational facilities (classrooms and laboratories) and assistance facilities which can be used for the Internship, according to the standards defined by the relevant University Department. Access to the Course is governed by an entry test: the method and contents are determined by the relevant Ministerial decree upon which the entry rules issued by the University of Parma are drafted each year. Regardless of the entry examination and by way of departure from the national programming of available places, the following may also be admitted to the Second Cycle Degree course by virtue of the fact that those involved already perform operative roles:
- applicants who have already received an appointment in accordance with and for the purposes of Article. 7 of law 10 August 2000, no. 251, paragraphs 1 and 2, for at least two years on the date on which the Ministerial Decree governing admission to the Degree Course is issued;
- applicants who have the qualification issued by Special Purpose Schools for Managers and Lecturers in Nursing Assistance in accordance with Presidential Decree no. 162/1982 and who have held the title of Director or Coordinator of Nursing Degree Courses, awarded with a formal appointment on a given date, for at least two years on the date of the Ministerial Decree governing admission procedures to the Degree Course;
- applicants who have the qualification awarded with a formal appointment on a given date, for at least two years on the date of the Ministerial Decree governing admission procedures to the Degree Course, of Director or Coordinator of one of the Degree Courses covered in the Second Cycle Degree of interest.
A maximum of 5 places are available for these supernumerary Candidates, in relation to the educational facilities and teaching staff available. If the entry requests presented by this category of Candidate should be higher than the planned number, the competent academic bodies will assess the entire school and professional curriculum of those involved and draft a ranking according to qualification. The candidates who achieve one of the stipulated qualifications by 23 December of the same calendar year as the entry examination may also be allowed to sit the entry test. Candidates who obtain a valid position in the ranking on sitting the entry examination may conclude enrolment in the Second Cycle Degree Course only once the three-year Degree Diploma has been obtained. Failure to attain the three-year degree Diploma by 23 December of the same calendar year as the entry examination shall result in the Candidate’s exclusion from the ranking.
An additional place is available for Candidates with disabilities or with certified invalidity equal to or above 66%. The invalidity must be compatible with the activities performed during the Internship; the compatibility will be ascertained by a Board appointed specifically for the purpose. If necessary, disabled individuals are provided with suitable structural and functional forms of support.
Key learning outcomes
The Second Cycle Degree in Nursing and Midwifery is designed to provide an advanced academic and professional training that enables students to participate skilfully in health care, managerial, training and research processes in an area pertaining to one of the category 1 healthcare professions (nurse, midwife). Graduates at the end of the second-cycle degree course must be able to demonstrate advanced competences of an educational, preventive, assistance, rehabilitative, palliative and complementary nature, in response to priority health problems of the population and issues concerning the quality of the services. According to the knowledge acquired, they will also be able to take into account, when planning and managing medical personnel, both the needs of the community and the development of new methods for organising work, technological and IT innovation, also with regard to forms of remote assistance and remote education. They will additionally be capable of planning and organising educational and training events, while ensuring operative standards are brought into line with those of the European Union. The normal duration of the second-cycle degree course is two years, divided into two semesters for each academic year. As a result, with the experience gained during the course, graduates develop an integrated approach to organisational and management-related problems of the medical professions and become qualified by a sound command of the techniques and procedures of medical management, thus respecting their own competences and those of others.
Final examination, if any
The final examination for achieving the Second Cycle Degree Course in Nursing and Obstetric Sciences makes it possible for the student to draft, present and discuss (before a designated Board) a thesis in original form, under the guidance of a supervisor. In order to sit the final examination for obtaining the qualification, students must:
a) have passed all the relevant course examinations and knowledge tests and have acquired all the certificates and credits stipulated by the Regulations;
b) be up to date with payment of university taxes, fees and additional expenses;
c) enrol in the final examination.
The final examination consists of drafting, presenting and discussing a thesis written in original form by the Student, under the guidance of a Supervisor. The grade of the final exam for attaining the academic qualification is expressed out of 110 marks. The exam is deemed to have been passed if the grade is at least 66/110. Honours can only be awarded if the board gives its unanimous approval. The final grade is composed of the average of the marks awarded in the course exams. Further marks can be awarded by the examining Board at the end of the degree thesis dissertation and may therefore contribute towards determining the final mark. The Board for the Final Examination comprises no less than 7 and no more than 11 members appointed by the Dean in accordance with the proposal of the Course Council. Two degree sessions are planned, usually in December and April.