BSc.(Hons.) Mental Health Nursing
The BSc. Mental Health Nursing course offered by the Department of Mental Health, University of Malta, is a three-year full-time course. Until now, the entry requirements were the Matriculation certificate and an advanced level pass in Biology. This has now been changed to an intermediate level pass or A level pass in biology. Then there are two other routes to the course, namely through the maturity clause (over 23 years of age) and possession of a pass in the MCAST-BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies) or the MCAST Advanced Diploma in Health Sciences, together with the MCAST Level 5 Award in Health Sciences.
Subjects covered during the course are all based on psychiatry, psychology, sociology and the biological sciences. However, this does not really describe the depth of the study topics. There is great emphasis placed on the students' interpersonal skills and several study units explore these skills, personal growth, ethics and self awareness. Therapies are addressed in several units looking at counselling and psychotherapies whilst the nervous system, drugs and psychopharmacology consider another side of psychiatric care. We also explore several areas such as child and adolescence mental health, adult and old age psychiatry, drug abuse, crisis intervention, community, psychiatric intensive care and forensics.
Students participate in placements in the clinical area, mainly at Mount Carmel Hospital and in the community. It is not an easy course, but an extremely rewarding one with lots to learn and much to help you develop both as a mental health nursing practitioner and personally as an individual. We only recruit small groups so the teaching is very personal and the groups tend to bond well and support each other. Past students report a high sense of achievement and satisfaction with the programme as a whole.
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