Hospital structures change, the transport distances increase as the patient is sent directly to sufficiently competent hospitals, and more advanced treatment is applied in the prehospital phase. The evidence base for various prehospital treatments is challenged. Therefore, there is an increasing emphasis on and demand for quality in prehospital critical care.
One aim of the programme is to supply prehospital care providers with academic ability to critically appraise the knowledgebase in their field. This programme is the only international master in Prehospital Critical Care, and the teaching language is English.
The programme is either full-time with an estimated duration of 2 years, or part-time with an estimated duration of 4 years. New admissions will take place annually, starting every fall semester. Admission to the full-time programme may qualify for a Norwegian study permit.
There are no similar programmes in Norway or Scandinavia, and it is the only international master within this field. The programme was developed in collaboration with the Norwegian Air Ambulance (SNLA) and the University of Stavanger.