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Occupational Health Nurse Education

The first factory-nurse course has been started in 1933 led by Dr. Mária Baloghy in Budapest. Students of the two-year full-time course learnt about health, social, legal and cultural knowledge. Each week of the course was 45 hours, which gave a total of 2400 hours for the whole course.

In Hungary the repeatedly amended Decree 27/1995 (VII. 14.) of the Minister of Welfare stipulates the structure of Occupational Health Care Service. This Decree defines, what kind of nursing qualifications are eligible for this field.

These are the followings:

  • Industrial Nurse (vocational qualification – 1-year-programme) /The first “Industrial Nurse” course started in 1953. The last course finished in 1997. This qualification is still acceptable in these days.
  • Occupational Health Care nurse (high vocational qualification – 1-year-programme) /The first course started in 1999 and 2013 further changes took place with this course being developed.
  • General Nurse (based on secondary school qualification – 3-year-programme, 4600 hours, multidisciplinary) /The first course started in 1993. In 2008 changes took place with this course being developed.
  • Nurse with B.Sc. degree (4-year-programme, multidisciplinary) /The baccalaureate programme was started in 1995. At present college level programmes are provided in 9 sites of the country.
  • Nurse with Masters degree  (5.5-year-programme, multidisciplinary) /From year 2000 nursing graduates can continue their studies in a 1.5-year Master in Nursing programme.

At present there is one educational programme especially for occupational health nurses. Specialising course have to meet certain requirements of content and form: the educational framework is prescribed by the Act CLXXXVII. of 2011 and a ministerial decree (Decree No. 37/2013. (V. 28.)EMMI) and local programmes are approved by expert groups. This programme is an undergraduate, post-basic on-job training course, which can be accessed only after completing minimum the 3 years basic training as a General Nurse.

Length of study    1 year (2 semesters) 
   1 educational day per week 
   500-720 hours 
   50% practical activities, 50% theoretical study 

Criteria for eligibility:

  • Secondary School Leaving Certificate  
  • General Nurse qualification  
  • Medical Certificate 

Fees:  Tuition  cca.135,000–190,000 HUF  (500-700 €) 
   Examination fee  50,000 HUF  (190 €) 
   Incidental expenses  22,000 HUF  (80 €) 

Language  Hungarian 

The main topics covered in the curriculum:

  • occupational toxicology
  • methodology of prevention
  • administration of occupational health services
  • occupational diseases
  • work hygiene
  • health screening and examinations
  • work psychology
  • ergonomics
  • work physiology
  • screening tests (e.g. ECG, audiometry, lung function testing, vision testing, etc.)
  • oxyology
  • basic computer skills

Educational Institutes in Hungary

Foundation for the Capitol’s Public Health 
Hungarian National Public Health and Medical Officer Service
Central Hungarian Regional Directorate

(A Főváros Népegészségügyéért Alapítvány ÁNTSZ Közép-magyarországi Regionális Intézete)
174 Váci street.
Phone: +36-1-465-3842
Contact person: Jolán Szalóky 


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