The branch ranks among so called regulated non-medical professions and is governed by the Directives of European Commission. The fulfilment of the requirements on the contents of professional education of general nurses, on its scope and structure, as well as the competences acquired by the education allow free movement of graduates from the discipline all over the labour market of the European Union.
In the first year, emphasis is put on theoretical subjects including nursing subjects; in subsequent years, clinical nursing disciplines (nursing care for patients in internal medicine, in surgery, in gynaecology and obstetrics, nursing care for children, etc.), community care, etc. constitute a significant component of the study program. The studies include also lessons of other important humanistic subjects (general and developmental psychology, medical psychology, ethics and philosophy, communication, English, etc.), information systems in health care, management, medical law in relation to nursing, etc.
The branch prepares general nurses able to provide general nursing care to children and adolescents, to adults and seniors in case of acute and chronic health disorders, in case of somatic and mental problems, both in and out of hospitals. General nurses must be able to protect, maintain, return and support health of individuals and groups of persons, to support their autonomy and self-reliance in the area of physical and mental life functions, under consideration to mental, social, economic and cultural differences of way of life of such persons. Within their profession, they will also be able to direct and evaluate the quality of nursing care provided, they will be prepared for the role of educators and mentors in clinical conditions of practice.