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Nursing programme very popular among applicants

The number of applicants to the spring term programme at the Faculty of Health Sciences is significantly higher than in the same period last year. The nursing programme has received 55% more applications than last spring.


A total of 7,459 people have applied to the Faculty of Health Sciences’ spring programmes, compared with 6,343 people for the same programmes in 2012, an increase of over 1,100 applicants. The programme that has seen the most dramatic increase is nursing, with a 55% increase in applications.

“The courses are evaluated constantly by our students and a system has been put in place to take into account these student opinions. Collaborating with our students in this has been rewarding,” says Karin Kjellgren, Pro Dean in charge of education at the Faculty of Health Sciences.  The nursing students study parts of their programme together with other courses, for example occupational therapy, medicine and physiotherapy, something highly appreciated by many students. This may be a contributing factor to the increase in applications.

Twice as many applied to Norrköping. The nursing programme is conducted in both Norrköping and Linköping. The greatest increase in the number of applicants to the nursing programme was for the course at Campus Norrköping, with almost twice as many applicants as in the same period last year.

“We are very pleased and proud of the high number of applicants, especially because the number of applicants to Campus Norrköping has increased so much. Since 2009 the nursing programme and the Faculty of Health Sciences have been conducting a strategic quality initiative so that both students and teachers on the programme, regardless of campus, can feel they belong to a programme with the same features,” says Margareta Bachrach-Lindström, nursing programme coordinator.

Good work opportunities for Biomedical Analysis course
Applications to the one-year course, supplementary to the biomedical analysis degree, are on the rise – a 31% increase in total applications. Interest in this possibility of a professional qualification for those with a foundation training in biomedicine has been increasing steadily since the programme began at the Faculty of Health Sciences just over three years ago. There are 3.1 first choice applicants per place for the course next spring.

“It is very pleasing to have such an increase in applicants; it is also extremely positive if we can succeed in taking advantage of much of the broad skill base to be found among the many applicants. As biomedical analysis has been considered for a number of years to be an occupation with a shortage of people, many who go through this supplementary course improve their chances on the job market by getting a professional qualification and registration in biochemical analysis,” says Per Whiss, coordinator of the biomedical analysis programme.

The total number of first choice applicants per place at the Faculty of Health Sciences has also increased from 3.2 to 4 applicants per place. And here too the nursing programme is performing outstandingly well, with the number of first choice applicants rising from 2.8 to 3.8 applicants per place.

Story: Elias Söderström Aupeix
Photography: David Einar Nygren


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Last updated: 2014-07-02