Mental Health Nursing (academic course)

Expert care for special needs

The course offers the opportunity to specialise in the field of psychiatric nursing. As part of this course, you will learn all the skills required to provide professional support to patients of all age groups in the special field of psychiatric nursing. This includes empathy and social skills as well as requirements such as practical experience and academic work.

Form of study: part-time
Number of student places per year/Jahr: 30
Duration: 3 semesters 
Locations: FH Salzburg (Schloss Urstein and Campus Urstein), Bildungszentrum der Salzburger Landeskiniken (BIZ), Paracelsus Medizinische Universität (PMU)
Successful completion: "Academic expert in psychiatric nursing" (Zertifikat "Akademische/r Expert/in in der Psychiatrischen Gesundheits- und Krankenpflege")
Cost: 7.200 Euro (3 semesters) + student union fee
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Why should I apply for an academic course in psychiatric nursing?

Knowledge of academic work is essential for working as a professional in the field of psychiatric nursing. The cooperation of Salzburg University of Applied Sciences with Paracelsus Medical University (PMU) provides the optimal combination of an academic and practically orientated course of study. Graduates will have recourse to well-founded training and will be well prepared to face the specific tasks in this specialist field of psychiatric nursing.

Topics covered include:

  • Caring for the mentally ill
  • Caring for people with disabilities
  • Caring for patients with neurological pathologies
  • Gerontological psychiatry
  • Caring for elderly patients and patients with multi-morbidities
  • Specific legal frameworks

After successful completion of the course, you will be able to apply for a professional permit to work in psychiatric nursing.

Key points about our academic course in psychiatric nursing

Course structure and target group

Psychiatric nursing covers a variety of fields of activity. Building on the knowledge gained from your initial nursing training, we provide you with an interdisciplinary learning setting in which you will obtain the necessary expertise for your chosen specialist field of psychiatric nursing. You will develop your skills in patient counselling and address issues such as supervision and people in critical situations.

As an expert in this field, you will become acquainted with all pathologies and the care tasks associated with them. You will deal with the care of people in all age groups with psychiatric disorders, neurological diseases, disabilities and other mental health disorders. Your activities will also include supporting elderly patients and patients with multi-morbidities. You will support people with disabilities and those who are dying. Pursuit of this profession this requires particularly strong feelings of empathy when dealing with patients.

The three-semester academic course at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences enables nursing graduates or holders of a bachelor degree to broaden their specialist knowledge.

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