Diploma in Health Sciences – Nursing Studies

MQF Level 5


Health Sciences – Nursing Studies

April/May 2023
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Price  (Non-EU)
12 months
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Course Description

This bridging course aims to lead the candidate nurse through a study journey to advance in knowledge, skills and competences amidst the challenges presented in a multicultural healthcare service.

The content covers developmental, physical, physiological and spiritual aspects of human health, as well as tools to deal with illness and challenging behaviour.

The course is structured in three mandatory components:

a. Modular (theoretical) component;
b. Simulation practices component, where the candidate nurse role-plays with a simulated patient to replicate nursing care;
c. Work placement within a multidisciplinary team in different health clinical settings.

Completion of this study programme will allow successful candidates to be eligible to apply for registration as first level nurses with the Maltese Council of Nurses and Midwives.*

*Please ensure that you have all requirements in place, as stipulated on the website of the Council of Nurses and Midwives.

Entry Requirements

Candidates who apply for this course must possess one of the following:

• a qualification at MQF Level 4 (or comparable as per MQRIC) in Nursing;


• a qualification at minimum MQF Level 5 (or comparable as per MQRIC) in Nursing.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate English language capability at either:

• Academic IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent;


• OET with a minimum of a ‘B’ grade in speaking and a minimum of ‘C+’ in writing, reading and listening.

Target Audience

This course is targeted at:

• Nurses who are in possession of an MQF Level 4 (or comparable as per MQRIC) in Nursing, who need to upgrade their knowledge, skills, and competences in order to apply for registration with the Maltese Council of Nurses and Midwives as first level nurses.

• Non-EU trained nurses who are in possession of a minimum MQF Level 5 (or comparable as per MQRIC) in Nursing, seeking a bridging course to enable them to apply for registration with the Maltese Council of Nurses and Midwives as first level nurses.

Career Paths

The programme aims to get nurses who are non-EU nationals adequately trained so that they can register as first level nurses in Malta.


You are required to complete all 9 compulsory modules (60 ECTS) and the work placement to fulfil the requirements of this diploma

If you stop here, you will get:

MQF Level 5

Certificate in Health Sciences – Nursing Studies

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How you’ll be assessed

This programme is offered both on a full-time and on a part-time basis. It consists of 9 compulsory modules. Assessment is carried out via three mandatory components:

• lecturer-led sessions;
• 100 hours of supervisor-led simulation practice sessions;
• work placement amounting to 510 hours in a healthcare setting under supervision.

Work Placements
Practice Hours

Course Intake Dates

April/May 2023

Additional Information

Reading for the entire Diploma in Health Sciences – Nursing Studies as presented herein costs €5,000.*

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible for a 70% refund of the cost through the ‘Get Qualified’ scheme.**

*Prices are applicable to students who reside in Malta at the time of applying.
**Terms and conditions apply.


Learning Outcomes

1. Competence to independently diagnose the nursing care required using current theoretical and clinical knowledge and to plan, organise and implement nursing care when treating patients.
2. Competence to work together effectively with other actors in the health sector, including participation in the practical training of health personnel.
3. Competence to empower individuals, families and groups towards healthy lifestyles and self-care.
4. Competence to independently initiate life preserving immediate measures and to carry out measures in crises and disaster situations.
5. Competence to independently give advice to, instruct and support persons needing care and their attachment figures.
6. Competence to independently assure the quality of, and to evaluate, nursing care.
7. Competence to comprehensively communicate professionally and to cooperate with members of other professions in the health sector.
8. Competence to analyse the care quality to improve his own professional practice as a nurse responsible for general care.

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