Nursing education

The program Nursing education has a mandatory pre-medical Spanish proficiency course for non-Spanish speaking students unless showing the mastery of the Spanish language, demonstrated through a proficiency test (oral and written) at a price of 75.00 USD which is not included in the price of any of the under grade careers.

The purpose of the course is to prepare is to arm the student with deep knowledge of the Spanish language and all relevant vocabulary related to Biomedical Sciences. It also prepares students in the development of the teaching process including evaluations

Non-Spanish speaking students:

The program’s duration is 6 years. Total cost of the program, including premedical and Spanish language courses, is 47,300.00 USD and is divided as follows:

Accommodation in CubaHeal students’ residence for the 1st year of Spanish Pre-med program is included.

Career Pre-med (including Pre-medical and Spanish courses) * PRICE (USD) 1st year PRICE (USD) 2nd year PRICE (USD) 3rd year PRICE (USD) 4th year PRICE (USD) 5th year Total Program cost
Bachelor’s in Nursing $14,140.00 USD $6,000,00 USD $6,000,00 USD $7,000,00 USD $7,000,00 USD $7,000,00 USD $47,140.00 USD

Spanish speaking students:

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Important Notices:

  1. All non-Spanish speaking students are required to enroll in a 1-year pre-med program intended to deepen students’ knowledge of the Spanish language related to Biomedical Sciences and also to train the students in the development of the teaching process.
  2. Upon submitting your application, it will be recorded in a database and is only valid for the academic year in which it was requested. Otherwise, if you do not attend in that period, you must make a new formal request.

The above prices include the following:

  • Enrollment
  • Right of attendance to all practical and theoretical teaching activities
  • Right to all the exams including the final state examination.
  • Marks certification.
  • Title duly legalized by the University of Medical Sciences where the student has attended studies at the end of the program.
  • Use of library services during the studies.
  • Access to sport and cultural areas of the University of Medical Sciences
  • Participation in its various manifestations and scientific advisory for research works.

The above prices do not include the following: 

  • Accommodation for year 1st – 6th year
  • Meals
  • Learning materials
  • National or international transportation
  • Telephone services and/or internet services
  • Books
  • Printing
  • Immigration procedures in Cuba
  • Change of migratory status
  • Identity document for year 1st – 6th year
  • Translations and legalization at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or embassies
  • Health insurance or medical care
  • Paperwork and transfer of the deceased in case of death.


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    Brief Overview of the BSc in nursing curriculum

    Background The training of the Bachelor of Nursing, with more than a century of experience in Cuba, has undergone a sustained process of change, which has led to a significant contribution to the achievement of indicators that support the efficiency and effectiveness of international career. During the colonial period, the care of patients in Cuba was performed by practitioners through the empirical imitation of basic procedures that applied at the time. The teaching of nursing in Cuba begins with the formation of a technical level, in the late nineteenth century during the American intervention in 1899 with the founding of the First Practical School of Nursing in the formerly known “Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes”. Hospital – the present Manuel Fajardo university hospital. During the early twentieth century, about 8 schools of nursing were established in some provinces.

    Since 1959, the accelerated development of the Cuban public health brought changes in the schools and nursing programs. Nursing training was characterized by an increase in the number of schools and the continuous improvement of plans and training programs. Nursing studies at the university level were initiated in 1976 for licensed practical nurses and in 1987, it was extended to senior high school graduates (12 schooling years) with no previous nursing studies, with a 5-year plan of study that began in Havana, and was later extended to all the Universities of Medical Sciences in the country.

    At present the curriculum for the training of nursing graduates is characterized by having a draft that incorporates contemporary trends in university education. It emphasizes early involvement of the student work, from the beginning of the study through on-the-job training activities, in the formative period of five years in the classroom. The uniqueness of this model is that during the fifth year of the career training program, the main integrative discipline is applied in the work scenarios, with the participation of a the tutor who is a nursing trainer who develops a relevant role in the education and instruction learners

    Main features of the profession

    Nursing is a profession of health sciences, whose object of study is the provision of nursing care to the individual, family, community and environment. It deals with diagnosing and treating the area of competence of individual and collective responses to the manifestations of health-disease process, applying the logic of the Nursing Care Process as a scientific method of the profession, taking into account promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation to ensure the physical, mental and social welfare of the individual. This process also uses teaching, administrative and research skills to ensure the quality and optimization of the nursing services in the pursuit of excellence.

    Study plan

    It is a 5-years curriculum, with a face-to-face training model for those who have completed their senior high school or any equivalent level.

    It aims at training a professional with a broad profile, mainly based on a solid basic education, enabling him/her to solve the main health problems that arise in different areas of their performance. The basic training concept has gone more broadly, incorporating equal priority basic aspects going from the race-specific to other more general issues, essential for today’s professional. There is a balance between the scientific and professional skills development during the training process, through the studies. It has structured a research-work that should encourage the development of the skills required for the future professional and he/she should also have an acceptable degree of independence in designing a research project on a health problem identified in the context of performance. All subjects have a final assessment, characterized by the provision of more value to the frequent and partial evaluation, an increase of its qualitative and integrative view, and the inclusion of a selection of content not offered previously. In the case of the nursing discipline, the final evaluations also include content taught in the optional and electives courses that are delivered.

    Education and instruction go together, the same as the work-study principle, which is embodied in the work and education in fundamental organizational form of the training process are the two fundamental principles of any nursing with a bachelor degree.

    The fundamental principles underlying the training are the priority of the educational aspects of the training process, which are very close to the instructions and the link between study and work, which historically has resulted in the Bachelor of Sciences studies of the adoption of the on-the–job training skills as a fundamental organizational form.

    The training process, in which the objectives and essential content are structured, i.e. vertically with regards to subjects, and horizontally regarding the academic years is understood as an essential element of curriculum design.

    Correspondingly, interdisciplinary or transversal curriculum strategies have been established and they are aimed at going deeper in the students´ preparation.

    Professional model

    A professional who has acquired the scientific skills – techniques for care and support of healthy or sick people (children, pregnant women , teenagers, adults and elderly), family and community, performing administrative, teaching, research and care functions, in institutions and services in any of the three levels of health care, a professional with a decision-making authority and deep professional knowledge in the biological, psychosocial and environment, and having theoretical and practical skills in specific and high complex techniques when performing his/her profession, and also trained in the invasive procedures

    Main professional nursing problems to be solved by the nursing graduate

     1. No-satisfaction of the needs of the healthy or sick people.

    2. No-satisfaction of the needs of families, groups and communities.

    3. Humoral and clinical responses to diagnostic and therapeutic actions of different nature. 4. Difficulty in establishing communication.

    5. Risks and epidemiological changes and other hygienic environment. 6. No satisfaction of the individual and collective educational needs

    7. Problematic situations in their job specifications which undoubtedly lead to scientific problems of the profession and related fields.

    8. Administrative nursing requirements in health services that affect the professional´s work.

    Purpose of study

    Nursing care to the individual, family and community healthy, people at risk or sick links in a reciprocal relationship with their natural and social environment, based on human health needs and their satisfaction through the implementation of the Nursing Care Process, extended to family and community.

    Areas of action

    This nursing professional will perform at the three levels of care and at different levels and places of the administrative, care, teaching and research structures.

    Mode of action

    To Diagnose: The performance of the Nursing Diagnosis applied to the individual, family and the community taking into account the context in which it develops and their professional competence. This diagnosis is characterized by being in correspondence with human needs and health problems, either real or potential risk. It contains the issues to be dealt with independently by the nurse. It involves the accuracy of individual and collective responses to the manifestations of health-disease process and results from the assessment as part of the professional method.

    To Treat: The planning and running of a nursing care by independent and interdependent actions, taking into account the diagnoses made for the solutions of the detected situations in time of peace, war and disaster-like situations in relation to their professional competence.

    To Research: The implementation of the scientific method in addressing priority scientific issues that arise in their clinical, teaching and administrative practice, in connection with their professional competence. To Manage: The implementation of administrative processes and management practice in nursing and health in relation to their professional competence. To Educate: The development of the teaching-learning process in the training of nursing human resources, personnel and activities related to health education to individuals, families, and community.

    Bachelor degree in nursing (organized by semesters)

    First year

    Semester I Semester 2
    Fundamentals of Nursing 1 Fundamentals of Nursing 2
    Introduction to Public Health. Health Statistics
    Computers History of Nursing
    Physical Education 1 Physical Education 2
    Fundamentals of communication and learning English II
    English 1 Philosophy and Society 1
    History of Cuba 1 History of Cuba 2
    Nursing core course Public Health
    Optional course / elective Nursing core course
    Disaster Nursing basics 1 Optional course / elective

    Second year

    Semester 3 Semester 4
    Clinical-Surgical Nursing-1 Clinical-Surgical Nursing-2
    Morphophysiology1 Morphophysiology 2
    English 3 English 4
    Elements of Qualitative Research in Health Physical Education 4
    Physical Education 3 Pharmacology 2
    Pharmacology 1 Psychology 1
    Nursing core course History of Cuba 3
    Optional course / elective Nursing core course
    Optional course / elective

    Third year

    Semester 5 Semester 6
    Ginecobstetric Nursing Pediatric Nursing
    Morphophysiology 3 Philosophy and Society 2
    English 5 English 6
    Psychology 2 Nursing core course
    Nursing core course Optional course / elective
    Optional course / elective

    Fourth year

    Semester 7 Semester 8
    Emergency Nursing Nursing in Primary Health Care
    Teaching-learning process Mental Health Nursing
    Conceptual Foundations of Nursing Workshop on research projects
    Research Methodology and Introduction to statistical inference Nursing core course
    Nursing core course Optional course / elective
    Optional course / elective Disaster nursing basics 2

    Fifth year. Pre-professional practice

    Primary Care Nursing Pediatric Nursing Ginecoobstetric Nursing Clinical -surgical Familiarization Phase State examination
    10 weeks 10 weeks 10 weeks 10 weeks 2 weeks 4 weeks


    Prior and upon the student’s arrival to the Republic of Cuba, CubaHeal Inc. will be responsible for coordinating and concluding the following logistical issues:

    Prior to the student’s arrival:

    1. Ensure adequate accommodation in or near the school.
    2. Keep constant line of communication with the university’s administration to confirm seat reservation.
    3. Arranging for airport pickup

    Upon Student’s arrival:

    1. Airport pickup
    2. An orientation session to familiarize the student with:
      • CubaHeal team.
      • local transportation.
      • Other aspects relating to and city’s facilities as well as relevant immigration and legal laws that must be adhered to in the Republic of Cuba.
    3. Establishment of bank
    4. Stand as a permanent point of reference for the student should a need arises.
    5. Stand as a permanent point of reference to the student’s relatives overseas should the need arises.

    For students interested in the above program, kindly note the following:

      CubaHeal requests an initial deposit of $ 200 CAD for the submission of all university admittance forms.

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