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The Nursing Program of the University of Magdalena will contribute to the training of professionals with great human quality, critical and ethical sense, able to lead and promote healthy living practices in all stages of life, as well as providing comprehensive health care to the person, the family and the community, at a clinical level. All the above through a flexible curriculum based on the areas of basic, technological, humanistic and research training.


The Nursing Program of the University of Magdalena will be the main alternative for training professionals in this area of ??health for their significant contributions to improving the living conditions and health of the inhabitants of the department, the region and the country. The professional training will be within the framework of values ??such as tolerance, respect for life, human dignity, peaceful coexistence and fraternity.


From the Re-foundation of the University of Magdalena, the opportunity to create new programs like Nursing, Dentistry, Psychology, and Medicine of the Faculty of Health Sciences was open. Although this proposal had been made previously, it was legal until the Departmental Assembly approved Ordinance number seven (7) of December 7, 1998. This ordinance reads in its second article: “The Faculties of Higher Nursing, Instrumentation, Medicine, Nutrition and Dietetics, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Bacteriology, Hotel and Tourism Administration, Accounting and Economics are open”. Since then, the Institution's governing body proposed to initiate feasibility studies to open the Health Sciences programs to respond to the needs of the community. In that time, 1998, the Cooperative University was the only entity that trained health professionals as a private entity with its main office in Medellin, which had students in the sixth semester in the Medicine Program and the first graduating class in the Nursing program.

The University carries out a feasibility study in order to determine the relevance of the opening of the new programs, to this effect, it applied 3800 surveys in public and private schools in Santa Marta and municipalities in the departments of Magdalena, Cesar, and Guajira. The institution performs detailed studies, reviews pertinent literature, studies District, Departmental and National development plans, and documents from the National Health Superintendence, UNESCO and the UN. The institution selected the possible universities of recognized trajectory to make support and advisory agreements for the creation of the new programs.

In January 1999, the University of Magdalena appointed a group of health professionals who visited the University of Cartagena. During that visit, they conducted a study to analyze in which way and which of the university programs this institution could support; as a result, they could sign the Agreement for the Development of New Programs with the University of Cartagena. Afterward, officials visit the institution to evaluate the infrastructure of the University of Magdalena in order to open the Nursing Program offering.

Subsequently, the university held an agreement for the creation of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the holding of a Forum Workshop on May 6, 1999, to determine the profile of the graduate of the Faculty. Representatives of the Institute Colombian for the Promotion of Higher Education, ICFES, Colombian Association of Faculties of Nursing, ACOFAEN, Colombian Association of Dentistry Faculties, ACFO, University of Cartagena, and a large group of leading professionals from the Caribbean Coast attended this forum. The memories of this encounter reflect the support and strengthening of the creation of the Faculty of Health Sciences with the Nursing, Medicine and Odontology programs. The training of teachers and advice in the setting up of the Nursing Program was made through the signing of a Cooperation Agreement with the University of Cartagena.

Thus, through Agreement No. 017 of October 29, 1999, the Academic Council created the new academic programs, including Nursing. After the university sent the curriculum proposal of the program to ICFES, it was incorporated into the National Information System of Higher Education on September 14, 2001, with the code No.121346100734700111100.

In this way, the Magdalena University would offer the opportunity to enter the programs of the health area to low income students.

In 2001, the decree 917 establishes the quality standards in undergraduate academic programs in Health Sciences. Following these standards, the program began to work to obtain the qualified record, which was granted for the first time in 2007. The work and execution for the self-assessment processes continued forging the accreditation of the Nursing Program as a priority, achieving this certification in 2012, the renewal of the qualified registry in 2014 and the accreditation by the high quality for four years in 2017.


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Informe de gestión 2012-2016

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High Quality currently accredits the Nursing Program for 4 years, with a current resolution.