Nursing is not an isolated profession - it is an integral part of the health care system. In recent years, the health care system has undergone rapid and significant change, and nursing hasn’t been left out of the process. Interest in integral health care in Slovenia keeps growing. As people require increasingly complex health care services, various groups of health care professionals and specialists have to combine their knowledge and experience.

By developing the second and third Bologna cycle study programs in Slovenia, we make it possible for nursing professionals to gain the knowledge and skills needed for advancement of nursing according to the needs of the healthy and the ill populations.
With advanced education, nursing will develop into a scientific discipline, providing solid foundations for evidence-based practices in nursing.

The overall aim of the master's program Advanced Nursing Care is to promote, develop and put into practice evidence-based nursing.

The second cycle (Master’s Degree/2 yrs) study program Advanced Nursing Care consists of obligatory and elective subjects, as well as the master’s thesis. During the course of the study, students earn 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). Out of the total 120 ECTS, 60 ECTS are earned for obligatory subjects, 40 ECTS for elective subjects, and an additional 20 ECTS are earned for preparing and defending the master’s thesis. The ECTS guarantee that the study program is comparable with similar programs abroad. One ECTS represents 25-30 hours of student work.

Obligatory subjects: Research and research methodology, Theory and practice of nursing, Advanced application of ethical theory in clinical nursing practice, Evidence based practice in nursing, Education and mentoring process in clinical nursing practice, Basics of management and quality in health care and nursing. Elective subjects: Oncology Nursing with Oncology, Continuous and Integrative Nursing and Palliative Care, Epidemiology and Introduction into Demography, Mental Health, Gerontologic Nursing with Gerontology, Health Promotion, Design of Clinical Microsystems and Continuous Quality and Patient Safety Improvement, Primary Health Care and Community Nursing, Nutrition, Epidemiology and Controlling Hospital- Acquired Infections, Clinical Nutrition, Nutrition II, Molecular Aspects of Clinical Syndromes and Conditions - Selected Themes, Elective subjects of second cycle programs at the College of Nursing or other Slovenian or EU higher education institutions.

Elective subjects are to be combined according to the topic of the master's thesis and in accordance with your needs and interests.

The study program is structured in a way that allows students to receive the core knowledge of nursing and related disciplines. All the Slovenian and foreign lecturers have been carefully selected - they are all experts with a range of references from the clinical environment and research. When visiting lecturers from abroad are invited, our lecturers make sure that there are no language barriers when it comes to understanding them.

Conditions for enrollment into the next year are set down in ABFHC Rules of admission to the next year of study for the second cycle Advanced Nursing Care program. Instructions for registering the master’s thesis title and disposition are defined in the ABFHC Rules of writing and defending a master’s thesis at the second cycle study program Advanced Nursing Care.

The criteria for assigning credits to course units in study programs ensure the comparability of educational systems and study programs, and enable the recognition of study requirements gained at other educational institutions.

Students enrolled in a higher education professional study program are entitled to recognition of prior knowledge and skills, obtained before enrollment into the study program through different formal education activities and demonstrated with report cards or other certificates specifying the type and scope of learning activity completed. The Student Affairs Committee will review all relevant materials submitted by students who wish to have prior knowledge and skills recognized, in accordance with ABFHC regulations, and its decision must be confirmed by the ABFHC Senate. The documentation supporting the recognition of prior knowledge and skills must be submitted to the subject instructor who then compares the evidence of prior knowledge and skills with the curriculum of the ABFHC course for which the student applies to have credits awarded. According to the provisions of the Higher Education Act and the Criteria for credit assignment to study programs according to ECTS, students have the option of transferring at least 10 ECTS credits from either the required or elective course units from one study program to another.

Students can select a required or elective course unit at another higher education institution and submit an application for the recognition of ECTS credits to the Student Affairs Committee.