The Faculty of Health Care Studies of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (FHCS) was established with effect from 1 June 2008 by a resolution of the Academic Senate of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. Its legal predecessor was the College in Pilsen, o.p.s., which ceased to exist on 31 December 2008. The students and staff of the College in Pilsen became members of the academic community of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. FHCS now implements the accredited Study Programmes in the same range as they were carried out by the College in Pilsen. In 2001, the College in Pilsen, o.p.s., became the first college of non-university type in the Czech Republic offering education in undergraduate health care programmes The Study Programmes are designed according to the requirements of WHO and the EU, respecting the Sorbonne Declaration and other documents such as the Lisbon Convention and the World Declaration on Higher Education in the 21st Century.
The Faculty of Health Care Studies of UWB offers study in four Study Programmes:
- Nursing (field of study: General Nurse – full-time and combined study)
- Midwifery (field of study: Midwife)
- Specializations in Health Care (fields of study: Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Paramedic, Orthotic-Prosthetic, Medical Laboratory Technician; Radiology Assistant – full-time and combined study)
- Public Health (field of Assistant in Protection and Promotion of Public Health)
The length of study is three years for the Bachelor’s degree, and two years for the follow-up Master’s degree. Graduates receive the title Bachelor (Bc.) and Master (Mgr). The professional competence to pursue the profession in all fields of study is regulated by Act no. 96/2004 Coll., on Health Care Professions. The contents of individual fields of study is specified in Decree no. 424/2004 Coll., which sets out the activities of health care professionals.