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Master in Prehospital Critical Care part-time

Demands for quality in prehospital services are increasing. At UiS, we offer an interdisciplinary master's programme for health personnel in prehospital emergency care and medicine.

Facts
Duration

4 years / 8 semesters

Number of study places

20

ECTS credits

120

Language of instruction

English

Study start

August every year

No tuition fee

Master's programme for people who work in prehospital emergency care.

Hospital structures change, the transport distances increase as the patient is sent directly to sufficiently competent hospitals, and more advanced treatment is applied in the prehospital phase. The evidence base for various prehospital treatments is challenged. Therefore, there is an increasing emphasis on and demand for quality in prehospital critical care.

One aim of the programme is to supply prehospital care providers with academic ability to critically appraise the knowledgebase in their field. This programme is the only international master in Prehospital Critical Care (PHCC), and the teaching language is English.

  • Do you want to develop yourself as a critical care provider?
  • Do you need more insight in pre-hospital research and development?
  • Do you want to develop your analytical and diagnostic abilities?
  • Do you want an International Master’s degree in Prehospital critical care?
  • Do you want to study in a multidisciplinary environment?
The master's programme is open for international applicants (Photo: Per Kristian Hyldmo).

The programme is either full-time with an estimated duration of 2 years, or part-time with an estimated duration of 4 years. New admissions will take place annually, starting every fall semester. The PHCC part-time programme is flexible and accessible for participants who work full time. Admission to the full-time programme may qualify for a Norwegian study permit.

There are no similar programmes in Norway or Scandinavia, and it is the only international master within this field. The programme was developed in collaboration with the Norwegian Air Ambulance (SNLA) and the University of Stavanger.

Career prospects

Different positions within prehospital and emergency medicine/critical care and teaching, requiring the ability to initiate, develop and evaluate research and quality improvement projects.

Completed master's degree qualifies for admissions to PhD studies.

Learning outcomes

All study programmes at the UiS have a set of defined learning targets. Read more about the learning outcome for this study programme.

A candidate who has completed this master program will have learnt the following:

Knowledge

The candidate:

  • Have thorough knowledge of philosophy of science, health care ethics and scientific methodology
  • Has advanced knowledge within prehospital critical care, and specialized insight in a limited area
  • Can explain advanced medical equipment and critically evaluate the medical equipment's strength and limitations
  • Can critically appraise quality improvements systems related to advanced prehospital emergency care
  • Can critically appraise the different operational management strategies used in the management of mass casualty and major incidents, both in a national and international context

Skills

The candidate:

  • Can analyze existing theories, methods and interpretations in prehospital critical care and work independently on practical and theoretical problems
  • Can analyze the strengths and weaknesses of multi-organizational work environments, specifically in relation to management, communication and teamwork
  • Perform advanced inter- and intraprofessional crisis management related to major incidents and disasters
  • Design and execute an independent research and development project in accordance with applicable norms for research

General Competence

The candidate:

  • Can analyze relevant academic, professional and research problems
  • Can communicate extensive independent work and masters language and terminology of prehospital critical care
  • Can apply his/her knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects
  • Can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed either a Medical degree (physician) or a bachelor's degree in nursing or paramedic. Applicants must also have at least two years post-qualification experience (full-time) in prehospital emergency care.

Other applicants may be considered if they have at least five years of full-time working experience in prehospital emergency care and minimum 60 ECTS in paramedic sciences or equivalent study programmes.

How and when to apply?

How to apply?

Deadlines, English requirements, documentation requirements and more

Important information

All applicants to the Master in Prehospital Critical Care (both local and international) have to apply between 1 February and 1 March.

Contact

For inquires regarding admission to this programme, send an email to masteropptak@uis.no

Study plan and courses
Find the full study programme descriprion here
  • Master i Pre Hospital Critical Care (PHCC) - compulsory courses

  • Compulsory courses

    • Major Incidents: Medical Management and Preparedness

      ÅR 3 SEMESTER 6

      Major Incidents: Medical Management and Preparedness

      Study points: 10

    • Master Thesis in Pre Hospital Critical Care

      ÅR 3 SEMESTER 6

      Master Thesis in Pre Hospital Critical Care

      Study points: 30

  • Term 5: Exchange study or courses at UiS

  • Compulsory courses

    • Scientific Methods

      ÅR 2 SEMESTER 3

      Scientific Methods

      Study points: 10

    • Philosophy of Science, Health Care Ethics and Human Rights

      ÅR 2 SEMESTER 4

      Philosophy of Science, Health Care Ethics and Human Rights

      Study points: 10

    • Traumatology in Pre Hospital Critical Care

      ÅR 2 SEMESTER 4

      Traumatology in Pre Hospital Critical Care

      Study points: 10

    • Major Incidents: Medical Management and Preparedness

      ÅR 3 SEMESTER 6

      Major Incidents: Medical Management and Preparedness

      Study points: 10

    • Master Thesis in Pre Hospital Critical Care

      ÅR 3 SEMESTER 6

      Master Thesis in Pre Hospital Critical Care

      Study points: 30

  • Term 5: Exchange study or courses at UiS

  • Compulsory courses

    • Communication and Decision making in Pre Hospital Emergency Medical Care

      ÅR 1 SEMESTER 1

      Communication and Decision making in Pre Hospital Emergency Medical Care

      Study points: 10

    • Pre Hospital Emergency Medical Care

      ÅR 1 SEMESTER 1

      Pre Hospital Emergency Medical Care

      Study points: 20

    • Scientific Methods

      ÅR 2 SEMESTER 3

      Scientific Methods

      Study points: 10

    • Philosophy of Science, Health Care Ethics and Human Rights

      ÅR 2 SEMESTER 4

      Philosophy of Science, Health Care Ethics and Human Rights

      Study points: 10

    • Traumatology in Pre Hospital Critical Care

      ÅR 2 SEMESTER 4

      Traumatology in Pre Hospital Critical Care

      Study points: 10

    • Major Incidents: Medical Management and Preparedness

      ÅR 3 SEMESTER 6

      Major Incidents: Medical Management and Preparedness

      Study points: 10

    • Master Thesis in Pre Hospital Critical Care

      ÅR 3 SEMESTER 6

      Master Thesis in Pre Hospital Critical Care

      Study points: 30

  • Term 5: Exchange study or courses at UiS

Prehospital Care at University of Stavanger

The Faculty of Health Sciences is involved in a variety of research projects within prehospital care (Photo: Elisabeth Tønnessen).

The University of Stavanger offers educational programs on all levels within prehospital care.

The Bachelor Program in Paramedicine was started in 2019 and was the most popular university program in Norway that year, measured in applicants per place. The program forms the basis for an educational pathway in prehospital care. 

The international Master Program in Prehospital Critical Care aims to train prehospital care providers to critically appraise the knowledgebase in their field and develop skills for quality and competence improvement. The students are paramedics, nurses and physicians with clinical experience from prehospital care. The program started in 2014, and currently has students from four continents. 

The PhD program in Health and medicine has several PhD students with research topics within prehospital care and in cooperation with the Norwegian Air Ambulance a research cluster in prehospital patient safety has been established as part of the research centre SHARE - Centre for Resilience in Healthcare. In cooperation with local key players in innovation a PhD project is running focusing on remote learning in prehospital ultrasound examinations.

Student life in Stavanger

Contact:

Avdeling for kvalitet og helseteknologi
Førsteamanuensis
Questions?
General inquiries

Katrine Maritvold helsefag@uis.no

Admissions office

For questions regarding the application process please contact masteropptak@uis.no