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University Expert Certificate in Nursing in the Penitentiary Setting

Pre-enrollment open

Medi penitenciari
  • Modality
    Hybrid learning format
  • Languages
    Catalan, Spanish
  • Duration
    1 year
  • Credits
  • Date
    October 18, 2024
  • Planning

    Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Except 26.04 and 17.05.24 (from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)

    Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Except 05.18.24 (from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)

  • Places
  • Location

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

  • Faculty

    Blanquerna School of Health Sciences

Who is it for?

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

Improve your qualifications

1. Programa Únic: Formació única a tot l’Estat espanyol que inclou un programa altament especialitzat a partir de la pràctica avançada en els àmbits assistencials i en el coneixement de la reglamentació i normativa penitenciaria.

2. Professorat: Professorat amb llarga trajectòria clínica i en el medi penitenciari

3. Formació pràctica: La formació pràctica es realitza en el centres penitenciaris per tal d’adquirir els coneixements habilitats i actituds necessàries en front els problemes de salut habituals a l’entorn penitenciari.

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.


The University Expert Certificate in Nursing in the Penitentiary Setting at Balnquerna-URL, unique in Catalonia, includes a highly specialized program based on advanced practice in different areas of care (mental health, drug addition, emergencies, infectious diseases, chronic diseases), and in knowledge of penitentiary regulations.

Academic information

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You can download a detailed calendar for the 2024-2025 academic year via the following link (pdf)


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

MODULE 1 Contextualization of nursing care in the penitentiary setting (6 ECTS).

MODULE 2 Approaching nursing care in the penitentiary setting (9 ECTS).

MODULE 3 Placements (3 ECTS).

Career prospects

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Primary care, mental health care and substance abuse monitoring teams

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Care in penitentiary hospital units

Alumnes a la Graduació Blanquerna 2019

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 during your course

Management and Teaching Staff


Antònia Coll Cámara, PhD. Nurse. Graduate in Psychopedagogy. Former Nursing Manager of the Centres Penitenciaris de Catalunya. Professor at the Facultat de Ciències de la Salut Blanquerna-URL.

Montserrat Sánchez Roig. Nurse. Graduate in Psychopedagogy. Master in Social and Educational Interventions. EAPP a La Roca del Vallès 1. Professor at the Facultat de Ciències de la Salut Blanquerna-URL.

Teaching Staff

Olga Canet Velez, PhD. Nurse. Graduate in Humanities. Professor at the Facultat de Ciències de la Salut Blanquerna-URL.

Xavier Cardona Iguacen. Doctor. Master in Bioethics. Professor at the Facultat de Ciències de la Salut Blanquerna-URL.

Noemí Carreras Corchado. Nurse at EAPP Barcelona 2.

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

Rafael Clua García, PhD. Nurse. Graduate in Anthropology. Master's Degree in Ethnographic Research. CAS CP Brians 1 nurse.

Carlos Gallego Castellví. Family and Community Health Doctor. Master in AIDS. Diploma in Out-of-Hospital Emergency Medicine. Diploma in Clinical Preventive Medicine. Member of the Infectious Diseases in Prison Group (GRUMIP). Member of Societat Espanyola de Sanitat Penitenciaria (SESP). Doctor of the EAPP La Roca del Vallés 1. (CP Quatre Camins).

David Garriga Guitard, PhD. Nurse. Psychologist. Criminologist. Master in Arab and Islamic World. Mental Health Nurse in la Unidad Hospitalaria Psiquiátrica Penitenciaria del CP Brians 1. Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu.

Antonia Gómez Vázquez. Nurse. Psychologist. Nurse EAPP Tarragona (CP Más Enric).

Laura Macià Astorc. Mental Health Nurse. Nurse of the Open Penitentiary Monitoring Program.Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu.

Andrés Marco Mouriño. Family and Community Health Doctor. Addiction Specialist. Master in AIDS. Higher Technician in Public Health. Reference for HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis for the ICS Prison Health Program. Member of the Group of Infectious Diseases in Prison (GRUMIP). Member of Societat Espanyola de Sanitat Penitenciaria (SESP). ICS Penitentiary Health Program.

Raimon Milán Villarroel, PhD. Diploma in Design and Statistics in Health Sciences. Graduate in Food Science and Technology. Master in Statistics and Operations Research. Professor at the Facultat de Ciències de la Salut Blanquerna-URL. Accredited by the Agència Catalana per a la Qualitat del Sistema Universitari de Catalunya (AQU).

Mónica Pagarolas Soler. Nurse. Expert in prison nursing. Referent nurse of EAPP Sant Esteve Sesrovires 2 (CP Brians 2).

Nuria Parra Ortega. Nurse for EAPP La Roca del Vallés 1. (CP Quatre Camins).

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

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

Lourdes Rubí Carrión. Social educator. Security expert. CP Quatre Camins.

Francesc Torralba Rosselló, PhD. Degree in philosophy. Graduate in Theology. Professor at the Facultat de Ciències de la Salut Blanquerna-URL and Facultat de Psicologia, Ciències de l'Educació i de l'Esport. Blanquerna - URL. Accredited by Agència Catalana per a la Qualitat del Sistema Universitari de Catalunya (AQU). Accredited by the Agencia Nacional de Evaluación de la Calidad y Acreditación (ANECA). Director of the Cátedra Ethos de Ética Aplicada (Blanquerna-URL).

Elena Yela Gonzalez. Nurse. University Expert in Penitentiary Nursing. Master in advances in Public and Community Health. Specialization in Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV. Postgraduate in Psychosocial and Community Rehabilitation. Nurse at EAAP Sant Esteve Sesrovires 1 (CPBrians1).


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:




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 in terms of pre-registration fee. The amount of the application will only be returned in case of cancellation of the course by the center. The amount will be returned during the course in which pre-registration has been made, upon presentation of the corresponding receipt. Payment is by credit or debit card using a secure and 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

Tuition fee per credit
€ 103,5
Total tuition fee for the academic year


The tuition is payable in three installments:

Initial payment: 34% at the time of enrollment.

January: 33%

March: 33%

Facultat de Ciències de la Salut FCS

Scholarships and grants Blanquerna

Descomptes disponibles per a estudis de Màster i Postgrau

*Els descomptes són aplicables en Màsters Universitaris, Màsters de Formació Permanent i Títols Propis, i no són acumulables: només es pot aplicar 1 dels descomptes.

15% - Descompte Alumni URL

Alumni URL de qualsevol pla d’estudis associat a una matrícula de pagament prèvia. Només s’ofereix una vegada per a cada tipus de títol diferent on l’alumni es vulgui matricular.

10% a 15% - Descompte a empreses col·laboradores

Empreses amb les quals existeix un conveni de col·laboració formal, sigui de pràctiques o de qualsevol altre model d’associació.

10% - Descompte a institucions universitàries

Professorat, PAS, Estudiants i Alumni d’institucions universitàries amb les quals hi hagi conveni d’estudis/intercanvis, per exemple, Emerson College.

10% - Descompte a col·legis professionals

Amb tots els col·legis professionals amb qui existeixi conveni de col·laboració vigent. S’ha d’acreditar el fet d’estar col·legiat.


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