Undergraduate Degrees

Oferta 2019/2020

  • Degree in Nursing (Associated Center)

    General Information


    The duration of the Degree in Nursing is of 4 years. The minimum number of credits needed to obtain the degree is 240 ECTS credits.

    Responsible Center:

    Modality: Attendance required

    Teaching Languages: Spanish

    Distribution and Credits:

    • Basic Formation: 60
    • Compulsory Subjects: 72
    • Elective Subjects: 18
    • Compulsory External Internships: 81
    • Undergraduate Thesis: 9

    Registration fees for first-time enrollment in a full course:  1354,74 €

    Access and Career Opportunities

    Profile of the New Student
    • Recommended High School modalities with the PAU examination passed: Science and Technology.
    • Higher Grade formative cycle: Field of Healthcare Professions.
    • Access examination for people Older than 25, 40 or 45.
    • University degree.

    New students of the Degree in Nursing should have received a basic formation in Sciences and Health Sciences, and a solid ability of written and oral comprehension and expression. Furthermore, they must show and interest and motivation for looking after people and a disposition towards observation, analysis and reflection. They must be able to adapt to new situations, behave according the norms and show an active attitude towards learning and teamwork.

    Professional Opportunities

    The graduate in Nursing will be capable of developing their career in private and/or public fields:

    • Assitance: hospitals, health centers, old people's homes, enterprises.
    • Teachers: University, Professional Education.
    • Research.
    • Public Administrations: Ministries of Labor, International Relations (International Cooperation).
    • Armed Forces
    • Penitentiaries
    • Self-employment.

    Characteristics of the Center

    Premises and services

    Located at the premises of the Hospital of Cabueñes (Gijón), it has the following services: classrooms, computer room, library, demonstration room, meeting room, changing rooms, administrative services.

    Mobility and international relations

    Currently, there are plans for agreements with European Universities to offer ERASMUS mobility stays. Furthermore, there are agreements with the majority of Spanish universities for SICUE mobility.

    Internships, employment and tutorial action plan

    Students of the Degree in Nursing (Associated Center) of the University of Oviedo will have external internships at the Health Services of the Principality of Asturias (SESPA), the Red Cross and the Hospital de Jove Foundation.

    Further information

    Justification of the Degree

    Interest and academic suitability of the Degree

    From an academic perspective, the beginning of the Undergraduate Degree in Nursing presents a relevant interest, since it implies an improvement of the formative profile of the professional of Nursing. The incorporation of new competences to be acquired during the Degree in Nursing, such as the use of IT technology, the communicative skills, immersion in another language, and teamwork, among others, translates as a greater approach to the current needs of society. The increase in the teaching hours of the Degree in Nursery, completing the formation with an academic course for older people, including a clinical practicum, apart from the introduction of the methodology of research and an Undergraduate Thesis, bring close Spanish nursing to the European standards.

    The studies in Nursing of the University of Oviedo started during the 1978-1979 academic year with the program that led to the acquisition of the Diploma in Nursing. During the 2004-2005 academic year, the Bachelor's Degree in Nursing has been positively evaluated by the institutional evaluation program of the ANECA.

    In June 2008, the 27th class of the Diploma in Nursing graduated.

    Data and studies on the potential demand of the Degree and its interest for society

    Demand of access

    Access to the Degree in Nursing currently offered by the University of Oviedo is limited to 90 and 70 places for new students in the University Center and the Associated Center, respectively, which may be expanded should the last place available be contested by different applicants with the same average grade. Since its establishment in the 1978-1979 academic year, there has been characterized by a strong demand of access. Thus, the minimum grades for entry have traditionally been some of the highest one at the University of Oviedo.

    The following list presents the minimum average grades of the past 3 academic years and the number of students left in reserve who could not access the Degree, neither in the University Center nor in the Associated Center.

    University Center

    Year University Access Exam Graduates Formative Cycles Older than 25 Enrollment Reserve
    2005-06 7,30 2,60 9,80 6,60 90 376
    2006-07 7,60 2,28 9,80 6,11 98 561
    2007-08 7,70 2,48 9,50 7,29 101 508

    Associated Center

    Year University Access Exam Graduates Formative Cycles Older than 25 Enrollment Reserve
    2005-06 7,10 2,23 9,6 6,10 80 328
    2006-07 7,30 1,09 9,5 6,19 76 470
    2007-08 7,30 2,11 8,90 6,94 77 407
    2008-09 7,40 2,26 9 6,63 79 507

    Study of the employability and satisfaction of the graduates in Physical Therapy of the U.S. of Nursing and Physical Therapy of the University of Oviedo (2008)

    This study was conducted due to a proposal by the Committees of Internal Evaluation (2004) and External Evaluation of the Degree in Physical Therapy (2004), that the direction of the U.S. of Nursing and Physical Therapy of the University of Oviedo included in its schedule of priorities. For a university center, the employability of its graduates in a job related to their Degree constitutes a priority objetive. Furthermore, knowing the results of the formative program and the insertion of students in the labor market are cuantitative markers of quality that must be known.

    During the months of January to May in 2008, a study was conducted to gather information about the employment situation of the last three classes of graduates in Nursing from the U.S. of Nursing and Physical Therapy of the University of Oviedo (classes of 2005, 2006 and 2007) and get to know their level of satisfaction with the university formation they had received for their careers, with the aim of contributing to the understanding of the results of the educational process of nurses, and also to know if they would study Nursing again in this University School.

    The methodology employed was based in the gathering of the descriptive values through a phone survey to a total of 90 graduates during the period comprised between September to October in 2008. To achieve this, a modification of the model of data gathering used by ANECA in its study of employability was used. The survey included different questions easy to answer (n=11) and it was structured into 5 parts.

    The results obtained show that it took less than a year to start working as a physical therapist for the majority of the graduates surveyed who are currently being, or have in the past been, employed in a job related to their Degree after graduating, either in self-employment or wroking for an enterprise. The data shows that the levels of satisfaction of the graduates of this school are very high. Most of them would study Nursing again if given the choice, and would also choose this center again. A small number of them, though constantly growing, coordinates their studies with a job.

    Scientific pertinence of the Degree

    The Degree in Nursing is offered all around the world. In order to offer a personalized and quality care, the nursing professional must be able to interpret the scientific contributions that generate new perspectives of intervention and research, as well as the different scientific methodologies for the construction of knowledge. Moreover, there is a growing social demand for efficiency and effectiveness in healthcare that makes therapies be beneficial and produce the expected results. Thus, Nursing professionals have to be trained to transfer the results of scientific research to the professional practice. This is not enough on its own, and so they also have to take upon themselves the responsibility of actively and efficiently acting in the different stages of the process of scientific research. Education, as a consequence, is also directed at the development of scientific research and the importance of experience.

    In this sense, the establishmento of the Undergraduate Degree in Nursing and the access of the graduates in Nursing to the Master's Degrees that allow them to, afterwards, access a PhD Program favor the interest of Nursing for a specialized formation that, without a doubt, will positively affect its assistence practice, but which will also allow for the composition and defense of a PhD Thesis.

    According to the study conducted by López Sela and collaborators in 2003, of the 15 countries that at the time were part of the European Union, in 9 of them the graduates in Nursing could access a Master's Degree and in 7, a PhD Program. All of the European countries studied that do not belong to the Union (Bulgaria, Lithuania and Norway) allowed their graduates access to a Master's Degree, and two of them to a PhD Program. Graduates in Nursing could not access neither a Master's Degree nor a PhD Program. In Spain, until a year ago, it was necessary to complete another university Bachelor's Degree to access a PhD Program or second-cycle Degrees in Social Anthropology or Library Sciences and Documentation, which were, for the most part, the fastest ways to have a Bachelor's Degree and thus be able to access a PhD Program. But with the adaptation to the European Higher Education Area, according to the guidelines established by the Royal Decree 1393/2007 of October 29, which establishes the organization of official university education, the situation of the Degree in Nursing is normalized with the rest of Europe.

    Professiona pertinence of the Degree

    Order CIN/2134/2008, dated July 3, that established the requirements for the verification of the official university Degrees that enable graduates to work as a Nurse.

    The last few years have been characterized by a quick transformation towards new social forms. The changes that affect the health professions and, thus, nursing are numerous: internal changes of the profession, structural changes in the healthcare systems and global external changes of society. During the last two decades, Nursing has been affected by several interrelated factors (i.e. economic, social, cultural, political, demographic, sanitary and technological).

    Nursing as a service profession is influenced and conditioned by these changes that create new health and social scenarios, which must be faced by health professions. Nursing cannot limit itself to ask how it should adapt to them, as it also needs to understand what are the changing values, needs and expectations of society and educate itself to be able to offer expert care of an optimal quality.

    The associated center

    The University School of Nursing of the SESPA "Cabueñes" (Gijón), was created by the National Institute of Prevision in 1975 as the School of Technical Health Aides. In 1978, it was transformed into the University School of Nursing (RD 2128/1977 of July 23), academically dependent from the University of Oviedo, and its functioning is regulated by the General Regulations of Internal Regime approved via a report of the Executive Presidency of the now-extinct INSALUD, number 3/2000, from April 25, which has a common nature to all of the schools of INSALUD.

    When the health competences were transfered to the Principality of Asturias, these Regulations were adapted to the new situation of the Health System in Asturias, managed by the Health Service, which was approved by the Resolution of November 4 of the Direction of Management of the SESPA after the favorable reports of the Committee of Normative Activity and the Governing Council of the University.

    So far, the School has had more than 1,500 graduates in Nursing, of whom a vast majority work at the Health System with a highly-competitive level of quality and perfectly adapted to the needs of health of the Asturian population.

    There are currently 308 students spread across the three courses that make up the current curriculum of Nursing. Each year, more than 75 new students enroll in the Degree, despite it having an offer of only 70 places.

    The number of students who entered and graduated from the Degree in the past 6 years is shown in the following tables, alongside the students who were put in reserve.

    Number of students of the year 2003/2004 2004/2005 2005/2006 2006/2007 2007/2008 2008/2009
    1st 75 80 91 81 76 79
    2nd 116 99 112 103 98 98
    3rd 102 114 91 93 124 131
    TOTAL 293 293 294 277 298 308
    Number of students who finished the course 2003/2004 2004/2005 2005/2006 2006/2007 2007/2008
    Total calls 71 76 84 53 68
    Number of students in reserve 2003/2004 2004/2005 2005/2006 2006/2007 2007/2008 2008/2009
    University Access Exam 312 273 219 336 305 386
    Professional Education - 2nd Cycles 89 78 66 82 48 77
    Graduates 38 50 33 44 38 28
    Older than 25 - 5 10 8 16 16
    Total 439 406 328 470 407 507

    Number of students who abandon their studies (transfer, dropping out, etc.):

    Curso 2003/2004 2004/2005 2005/2006 2006/2007 2007/2008
    Cancelations 2 3 4 3 1

    "At this time, the Degree in Nursing has a high demand by society that is currently not met, in general terms, by the university. This demand of society is validated by the need to reach an adequate number of professionals to guarantee a quality assistance to the general population and to the patients, following the recommendations of the WHO. Therefore, it is still necessary to train quality nurses in enough quantities so that they can perform the required cares". (White Book of Nursing. ANECA). The School is recognized to supervise and coordinate the specialized formation in Mental Health Nursing since 1998 and Obstretic-Gynecological Nursing (Midwives) since 2001, a referent for the Specialities in Nursing.

    After all that has been said, we expect a decisive plan for the future that allows a historical institution like the University School of Nursing of the SESPA "Cabueñes" continue to answer the needs of the Asturian population and to collaborate in the new framework of the European Convergence to give prestige to the institution it belongs by motivating the students to acquire the competences needed to develop their professional careers.

    Termination of the Curriculum

    Adaptation to the Degree

    While waiting for the general regulations by the University of Oviedo, and always seeking to prevent students from being affected by the process, a process to adapt subjects has been created and detailed in the following table:

    View table of adaptation to the Degree

    Programs that cease to exist after the proposed Degree is established

    The establishment of this Degree by the University of Oviedo carries the supression of the current: Diplomatura en Enfermería tanto en el Centro Propio (Resolución de 22 de septiembre de 2000, BOE 14-10-2000) como en el Centro Adscrito (Resolución de 27 de junio de 2001, BOE 10-09-01).