Not activated for the a.y. 2023/2024


The First-level short specialisation degree in Nursing for the Neonatology and Paediatrics Area specializes professional nurses in the advanced multidisciplinary patient management techniques, in the following care contexts: paediatric and neonatology critical areas, emergency-urgency, onco-haematology, paediatric nephrology and dialysis, child neuro-psychiatry.
The course focuses on the competencies required for nursing care for child and adolescent patients and their families in the aforementioned clinical contexts, through diversified traineeships.
The purpose of the First-level short specialisation degree in Nursing for the Neonatology and Paediatric Area is helping attendees acquire the advanced knowledge required to identify highly-specialized and complex care needs of paediatric patients, to implement and critically assess the interventions required, to integrate multidisciplinary competencies and work team in multi-professional contexts.

The course units of the First-level short specialisation degree in Nursing for the Neonatology and Paediatrics Area prepare professionals to:

  • Apply methods and tools expertly, through the use of complex equipment and technologies;
  • Process and apply innovative ideas for professional quality and development purposes, using updated scientific evidence;
  • Foresee and assess the effects resulting from decision-making processes and tasks, and manage the measures to improve the quality of care provided

Furthermore, the Second-level short specialisation degree includes diversified traineeships, with the option of selecting two between:

  • Critical area and emergency-urgency
  • Onco-haematology
  • Nephrology and dialysis
  • Child neuropsychiatry

The purpose of these traineeship is to learn advanced specific competencies, such as how to manage respiratory weaning, eco-guided vascular access, dialytic treatments, immunocompromised children with cancer and their families, children suffering from neurological or psychiatric disorders, and care-related infection containment techniques.

The First-level short specialisation degree in Nursing for the Neonatology and Paediatric Area trains professionals and specialists in the paediatric and neonatal area to acquire advanced techniques that can be used for multidisciplinary patient management.

Career opportunities include the following care settings:

  • Paediatric and neonatology critical areas
  • Emergency-urgency
  • Onco-haematology
  • Paediatric nephrology and dialysis
  • Children neuro-psychiatry

Furthermore, the Second-level short specialisation degree is a requirement to access specialist professional functions, as regulated by Law no. 43/2006, implemented by CCLN 2016-2018.

The First-level short specialisation degree in Nursing for the Neonatology and Predicts Area is divided into two thematic areas:

Critical area

  • Paediatric E.R.: main access reasons, urgencies/emergencies, global triage, BLSD, workshops and simulations.
  • Intensive neonatal care: preterm infants, advanced care for preterm infants
  • Intensive paediatric care: intensive paediatric treatments, advanced care in the intensive paediatric care unit, eco-guided vascular access

Specialist area

  • General paediatrics: elements of paediatrics, paediatric nursing
  • Paediatric oncology: oncological pathology in paediatric patients, therapeutic treatments, advanced care in paediatric oncology, advanced care for children that undergo TCSE
  • Research methodology and team-work: applied clinical statistics
  • Nephrology, dialysis and paediatric transplant: nephrological diseases in paediatric patients, advanced care to children suffering from nephropathy.
  • Child neuropsychiatry: neuropsychiatric pathologies in paediatric patients, advanced care to children with neuro-psychiatric disorders
  • Humanization of care: care relationship, communication with parents and internal group dynamics
  • Law and bioethics in the neonatal and paediatric area: professional liability and ethical aspects

The general ranking of merit for the academic year 2023/24 will be published on the Italian page of this First-level short specialisation degree according to the timing provided in the Call.


Health, environment and territory
€ 1.722,50
€ 1.000,00
Find the admission titles in the selection notice 24/25.


The First-level short specialisation degree’s lessons will be held in the classrooms of the Paediatric Clinic, University Hospital of Padua, Via Giustiniani 3 in Padua, and at the UniPD classrooms that can be reached by foot or with public transportation. A 70% attendance of the lessons is mandatory, out of the total hours of lessons of the Second-level short specialisation degree.

There will be eight days of lessons per month, divided as follows:

  • five consecutive days on the first week
  • one week off
  • three consecutive days on the first week
  • one week off

for a total of six months.

There will be 330 hours between in-class lessons, seminars, workshops and hands-on practice, including the Basic Life Support and Early Defibrillation (BLSD) course.
Every day of classes lasts 8 hours, approximately from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.
In case of needs related to the Covid-19 pandemic or other emergencies, lessons can be provided remotely, except for hands-on practice and the BLSD course. No asynchronous-mode lessons will be held.

The 400-hour traineeship will be held at the U.O of the Women and Child’s Heath Department. 100% mandatory attendance is required. During the traineeship, patient observation and care activities will be carried out.
Traineeship will be held in the different departments, under direct supervision of tutors selected among the university professors and medical directors that are part of the First-level short specialisation degree’s faculty.

An open badge will be released, to attest the disciplinary knowledge, soft skills and technical competencies acquired, in a digital form.