Option: Integrated treatment of a chronic patient

Smer Zdravstvena nega

Duration of study: 2 years (120 ECTS)

Title awarded at the end of the programme Magister zdravstvene nege, magistrica zdravstvene nege (Abbrev.: mag. zdr. nege)

Short description


The study option Integrated treatment of a chronic patient enables gaining advanced knowledge from the specialized field of integrated preventive and integrated treatment of patients with chronic contagious diseases and critical awareness about current issues, important for this practice.

The study contents enable a targeted education of students for preventive activity, health promotion, health education and comprehensive treatment, as well as monitoring of patients with chronic diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

The student upgrades, deepens and expands knowledge and skills in the field of advanced practice, namely the science of nursing care with theoretical foundations, research and evidence-based practice, anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, applied pharmacology, holistic assessment of health and clinical decision making, interpersonal relationships and therapeutic communication, leadership and management for quality and safe treatment of patients.

The study also enables a clear career development of a nurse in the health care system and is comparable to the education of nurses in west european countries.


Employment opportunities for graduates    
  • At the health care primary level (public health care centers, e.g. family medicine clinic)
  • At other levels of secondary and tertiary health care (hospitals, health care activity outside a hospital, specialized clinics).
  • At social welfare institution, nursing hospitals and
  • Other organizations connected to health care and nursing care.


Gained competences of graduates                 

General competences:

  • Use of advance clinical knowledge and critical thinking to ensure a comprehensive integrated, safe, quality, effective and responsible care of a chronic patient;
  • Comprehensive assessment of the state of health and use of clinical reasoning to identifying the need for nursing care at a chronic patient;
  • Planning a comprehensive and individual nursing care of a chronic patient;
  • Performing diagnostic methods and collaboration at therapeutic measures in the context of chronic patient management with knowledge and application of chronic patient management protocols;
  • Ability to evaluate of individual plan for chronical patient nursing care;
  • Management of chronic patients and implementation of systematic preventive treatment of the target population;
  • Ability to use evidence-based practice models that promote health promotion and prevention;
  • Integrating theory, research, and evidence-based health care to improve outcomes at chronic patients;
  • Development of caring professional relationships with chronic patients, their relatives, healthcare (co) workers and other stakeholders in the context of chronic patient care;
  • Leadership and managerial knowledge, skills and abilities to ensure safe, effective and quality treatment of chronic patients and effective work in interdisciplinary teams and the promotion of a healthy work environment.

 Subject-specific competencies are listed in the curriculum.


Implementation and exchange of elective courses                 

In case of insurmountable circumstances or for justified reasons (subsequently established overlapping of schedules, inadequate prior knowledge…), the student may, with the consent of the vice-dean, change the elective subject no later than 20 October of the current academic year. Subsequent change are not possible.


1st and 2nd year's elective courses of the 2nd cycle study programme Nursing Care will be carried our depending on the enrolled students' number:


10 or more students lectures in full
seminars in full
tutorial in full
5 to 9 students lectures 50%
seminars 50 %
tutorial in full
1 to 4 students The course is not                

carried out


Recognition of knowledge and skills in study programs            

The deadline for submission of application is November 30 of the current academic year.


Procedures for the assessment, verification, and recognition of knowledge and skills and the criteria for the recognition of knowledge and skills apply to candidates enrolling at the University of Maribor and to already enrolled students wishing acquired knowledge and skills to be recognized as part of the fulfilled study obligations of an existing study programme.

The Faculty of Health Sciences can recognize knowledge and skills which in extent, content, and level of complexity fully or partially correspond to general or subject-specific competences set in the study programme the candidate wish to enrol in, or is enrolled in

The candidate who has previously studied within another accredited study programme may have ECTS credits that were acquired through study programmes at the same level recognized. 

Recognition is based on a public document or certificate on fulfilled courses and on individual syllabuses that shall include the number of ECTS credits, the number and structure of hours, content, objectives, and competences.

The procedure for the assessment, verification, and recognition of knowledge and skills starts with a filled out application form and attached relevant annexes and supporting documents. All must be submitted to the Student’s Affairs Office.

In case the application is not complete, the Student’s Affairs Office requires a revision in a stated deadline. If the candidate reviews the application within the stated deadline, the application submission date is the date of the filed review. In case the candidate doesn’t review the application, the corresponding faculty body rejects the application with a decision.

The procedure for the assessment, verification, and recognition of knowledge and skills are charged according to the UM price list.


Advancement conditions                 

Students of the 2nd cycle master's study programme Nursing Care advance into 2nd year if they collect 40 ECTS from 1st year's obligations.





2ND CYCLE NURSING CARE - Integrated treatment of a chronic patient



Average study duration                 

 Report on average study duration of graduates for recent years of the Master's study programme Nursing Care.

2010 3,0 3,0 3,0
2011 3,3 3,2 3,4
2012 3,6 3,5 3,7
2013 4,5 4,2 4,8
2014 4,7 3,9 5,4
2015 5,4 4,3 6,4
2016 6,0 4,3 7,7

Report on average study duration of graduates for recent years of the Master's study programme Nursing Care, Nursing Care option.

2016 2,0 2,0 /
2017 2,3 2,3 /
2018 2,5 3,3 1,7

Report on average study duration of graduates according to year for ALL 2nd cycle (Master's)  study programmes

2013 4,2 4,0 4,3
2014 4,4 3,9 4,9
2015 4,7 4,1 5,2
2016 4,4 4,0 4,7
2017 5,3 4,9 5,7
2018 4,7 5,4 4,0