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University expert certificate in Nursing in the Penitentiary Environment

Pre-enrollment open

Medi penitenciari
  • Modality
    Hybrid learning format
  • Languages
    Catalan, Spanish
  • Duration
    1 year
  • Credits
  • Schedule

    Once a month

    Friday from 3.30 pm to 8 pm

    Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Date
    October 2022
  • Places
  • Location

    Blanquerna-URL - Carrer Padilla, 326-332. 08025 Barcelona

  • Faculty

    Blanquerna School of Health Sciences

Who is it for?

This degree is aimed at all nursing graduates who want to deepen their knowledge in the prison environment. It focuses on advanced practice in infectious diseases, chronic diseases, mental health, drug addiction, emergencies. Knowledge of penitentiary regulations and regulations

Expand your training

The degree in Nursing aims to train general nursing professionals with training to assess, identify, act on and assess the health and care needs of individuals and families. The curricula do not include care for the population in a situation of deprivation of liberty, which requires specific nursing care conditioned by a closed regime context and its own socio-demographic and health characteristics, such as the prisons.

For this reason, the title of university expert in Nursing in the Penitentiary Environment of Blanquerna-URL, unique in Catalonia, includes a highly specialized program, based on advanced practice, in the areas of care (mental health, drug addiction, emergencies, infectious diseases, chronic pathologies), and in the knowledge of regulations and norms.

  • Identify health problems for their therapeutic and preventive approach, with the aim of guaranteeing the best quality of care in this specific context.
  • To train nursing professionals with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes in the face of common health problems in the prison environment.

  • Expertise in managing vulnerable populations, at risk or in situations of social exclusion.
  • Expertise in the care of patients in infectious diseases, mental health, drug addiction, chronicity and emergencies.
  • Degree in Multipurpose Nursing, with an autonomous role and a social component - specified in the penitentiary environment.


El Títol d'Expert Universitari en Infermeria en el Medi Penitenciari de Blanquerna-URL, únic a Catalunya, inclou un programa altament especialitzat, a partir de la pràctica avançada, en diferents àmbits assistencials (salut mental, toxicomanies, urgències, malalties infectocontagioses, patologies cròniques), i en el coneixement de la reglamentació i normativa penitenciàries.

Academic information

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The course is structured in 3 modules:​​​​​

  • MODULE 1 Contextualisation of nursing care in the penitentiary environment (6 ECTS).
  • MODULE 2 Approaching nursing care in the penitentiary environment (9 ECTS).
  • MODULE 3 Practices (3 ECTS).


You can download in the following link, the detailed calendar of the course 2022-2023 (pdf)

Professional projection

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Primary care, mental health care and substance abuse monitoring teams

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Care in penitentiary hospital units

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A direct link to your future career

Our work doesn't finish the moment you graduate. The Alumni department will support you to enable us to achieve an employment rate of 90% of students in the first year after graduation

State-of-the-art equipment at the students' disposal

All the services you need throughout university

Management and Teaching Staff

Antònia Coll Cámara, PhD. Nurse. Degree in Psychopedagogy. Former Head of Nursing at the Penitentiary Centers of Catalonia. Professor at the Blanquerna Faculty of Health Sciences-URL.

Montserrat Sánchez Roig. Nurse. Degree in Psychopedagogy. Master in Social and Educational Interventions. EAPP in La Roca del Vallès 1. Professor at the Blanquerna Faculty of Health Sciences-URL.

Olga Canet Velez, PhD. Nurse. Degree in Humanities. Professor at the Blanquerna Faculty of Health Sciences-URL.

Xavier Cardona Iguacen. Doctor. Master in Bioethics. Professor at the Blanquerna Faculty of Health Sciences-URL.

Noemí Carreras Corchado. Nurse. EAPP Barcelona Nurse 2. (CP Women)

Rafael Clúa Garcia, PhD. Nurse. Anthropologist. Nurse CAS CP Brians1

Félix Collada Cañamares. Nurse. Master in Critical Patient Care and Emergencies, Master in Urgent Prehospital Care, SVA, SVAT, AMLS and EPC Instructor. Medical Emergency Nurse (SEM).

Carlos Gallego Castellví. Family and Community Health Physician. Master in AIDS. Diploma in Outpatient Emergency Medicine. Diploma in Preventive Clinical Medicine. Member of the Infectious Diseases in Prison Group (GRUMIP). Member of the Spanish Society of Penitentiary Health (SESP). EAPP doctor La Roca del Vallés 1. (CP Quatre Camins).

David Garriga Guitard. Nurse. Psychologist. Criminologist. Master in Arab and Islamic World. Mental Health Nurse in the Penitentiary Psychiatric Hospital Unit and in the Sant Joan de Déu Health Park.

Antonia Gómez Vázquez. Nurse. Psychologist. EAPP Tarragona nurse.

A hard tackle from Rafael Alonso to Guerrero Moreno. Family and Community Health Physician. Higher Technician in Public Health. ICS Penitentiary Health Program.

Laura Macià Astorc. Mental Health Nurse. Nurse of the Individualized Penitentiary Open Environment Monitoring Program. St John of God Health Park

Andrés Marco Mouriño. Family and Community Health Physician. Addiction Specialist. Master in AIDS. Higher Technician in Public Health. Referent for HIV / AIDS and Viral Hepatitis of the ICS Penitentiary Health Program. Member of the Infectious Diseases Group in Prison (GRUMIP). Member of the Spanish Society of Penitentiary Health (SESP). ICS Penitentiary Health Program.

Raimon Milà Villarroel, PhD. Diploma in Design and Statistics in Health Sciences. Degree in Food Science and Technology. Intensification. Master in Statistics and Operations Research. Professor at the Blanquerna Faculty of Health Sciences-URL. Accredited by the Catalan Agency for the Quality of the University System of Catalonia (AQU).

Monica Pagarolas Soler. Nurse. Expert in Penitentiary Nursing. Referent Liaison Nurse, EAPP Sant Esteve Sesrovires 2 (CP Brians 2).

Nuria Parra Ortega. Nurse. Referral nurse of pharmacy of the EAPP La Roca del Vallés 1. (CP Quatre Camins).

Arturo Puig Bresco. Nurse. EAPP nurse La Roca del Vallés 1 (CP Quatre Camins).

Salvador Quintero del Rio. Nurse. Prison Tuberculosis Expert. Expert in chronic care and diabetic foot. EAPP nurse Sant Esteve Sesrovires 2 (CP Brians 2).

Lourdes Rubí Carrión. Social educator. Security expert. Official of the CP Quatre Camins

Francesc Torralba Rosselló, PhD. Degree in Philosophy. Degree in Theology. Professor of the Blanquerna-URL Faculty of Health Sciences and of the Blanquerna-URL Faculty of Psychology, Education and Sport Sciences. Accredited by the Catalan Agency for the Quality of the University System of Catalonia (AQU). Accredited by the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA). Director of the Ethos Chair in Applied Ethics (Blanquerna-URL).

Yolanda Tarrés Madero. Nurse. Expert in Addictions. Primary Care Nurse at the Catalan Institute of Health.

Cristina Varoucha Azcárate. Nurse. Degree in Humanities. Referral Nurse of the EAPP La Roca del Vallés 1 (CP Quatre Camins).


Application process

To access the master degree and/or university specialization diplomas, you must hold an official Spanish university degree, or a degree from another country in the European Higher Education Area. These studies are also open to students with a degree issued by an education system outside the European Higher Education Area, who do not need to have it approved, provided that the level of training is equivalent to that of an official Spanish degree and that, in the country of origin, the degree gives access to graduate studies. However, admission does not in any case imply the convalidation of the degree or any other type of recognition beyond allowing the student to access master and graduate studies at the University.

Furthermore, these courses are open to people who do not have a degree but who, due to their professional or personal background, are considered qualified to take them. In these cases, the degree they will obtain will be a university extension.

The application process consists of two parts:

  1. Pre-enrollment
  2. Enrollment


Students can pre-enroll online (by accessing Pre-enrollment | Blanquerna or the pre-enrollment option for each course). It can also be done in person at the School.

During the process, the candidate must submit the requested documentation:

  • ID card, passport or NIE residence card.
  • Certified photocopy of the qualification that gives the student access to the course or documentary proof that the relevant document has been requested.
  • Copy of the official academic transcript with grades for the courses taken and the average mark of the qualification justifying admission.
  • Students with studies qualifying them for access completed outside Spain: certificate issued by the relevant body (university, embassy, consulate) confirming that the studies qualify the student to undertake master degree or graduate studies in the country of issue. Students who come from a foreign university must provide details of the grading system used at their university, as well as the aforementioned documentation, which must comply with the requirements for translation and legalization established in current regulations.
  • Payment of €100 pre-enrollment fee. If you are not admitted to any of the options requested or if the course is cancelled by the School of Health Sciences-Blanquerna, the amount will be refunded during the academic year in which you pre-enrolled, subject to presentation of the corresponding receipt. Payment is by credit or debit card using a secure, confidential process.

Once pre-enrollment is complete, the documentation will be assessed, and the student will be informed of the result and how to enroll, if applicable.


Enrollment is the final step in the procedure to access the master degree or graduate studies. Each student will be informed in the letter of admission of his/her enrollment date. When enrollment is complete, with payment of the corresponding fee, the student will have definitively secured a place. If the student leaves the course, the enrollment fee will not be refunded in any case. The School reserves the right to cancel any courses for which the required minimum number of enrolled students has not been reached. In this case, the amount paid for enrollment will be refunded in full.

Documentation to be provided:

  • Certified photocopy of the degree certificate or certified photocopy of the university studies completed.
  • Official academic certification (list of subjects studied with their grade).
  • Current account number for direct debit in case of payment by installments.

When students enroll, they will have two business days to pay the total cost of enrollment, by bank transfer, credit card or barcode. Studies can be paid in full or in installments, without any interest, by bank transfer.

If payment by installment is selected, students will have two business days following completion of enrollment to pay 33.3% of the total cost of the enrolled credits, using their chosen form of payment; this payment cannot be made by direct debit. The remaining 66.4% is split into two monthly installments, in January and March, payable by direct debit using the bank account number provided upon enrollment.

School alumni are given a 15% discount on the enrollment fee (non-cumulative discount). Distinctions obtained in the fourth academic year of the bachelor degree are not eligible for a discount in own master degrees and graduate studies. Prices are updated each academic year. Once enrollment is complete, the amount paid will not be refunded under any circumstances.​

When a student enrolls, a contract for the provision of teaching services is formalized between the student and the Blanquerna Foundation, which is legally binding from the time of payment. Payment includes the corresponding insurance and, for students under the age of twenty-eight, compulsory academic insurance. If a student declines to take up a place, he/she will lose in full any amount he/she has paid.

The student accepts the rules for the use of computer services established by the Blanquerna Foundation. The student's personal data will be included in an automated file under the responsibility of the Blanquerna Foundation, so that this contract can be maintained and fulfilled. Students should note that their data may also be used to inform them about the future activities of the Foundation, or for the institution to send them publications.

In accordance with the provisions of Organic Law 15/1999 on the protection of personal data, students have the right to access their data to update, rectify or cancel them, or object to their use, by sending a letter, indicating which right they want to exercise.

This section is a summary of the general conditions for enrollment. It is only for guidance and therefore has no contractual value. In the event of any discrepancy, the provisions of the general conditions for enrollment specified in the receipt generated at the time of enrollment will prevail; this receipt formalizes the contract between the student and the Blanquerna Foundation; students can consult it on the intranet whenever they wish.

Foreign students

The School reserves the right to ask candidates with qualifications outside the EES for a letter from their university, embassy or consulate to certify that their studies enable them to pursue a master degree or graduate studies.

Students are responsible for having all the official documentation necessary for their stay in Spain while studying at the School. Applicants can ask for a pre-acceptance document attached to the pre-enrollment receipt to initiate applications for visas or scholarships or carry out any other administrative procedure. Under no circumstances does this document guarantee a place if all the access and admission requirements are not met. Once applicants have been accepted and enrollment is complete, they can request a letter of admission from the Academic Secretary, if required, by paying the corresponding fees.

Contact us

For more information, please contact the prospective students department.
[email protected]

Prices, scholarships and financing

Price of credit
€ 100
Total course price
€ 1,800


Tuition is divided into three payments:

  • Initial payment: 34% at the time of formalizing the registration.
  • January: 33%
  • March: 33%
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