P. Stradins Medical College of the University of Latvia began its work as a medical school in the territory of P. Stradins hospital in 1939 and was founded by the famous Latvian professor and surgeon Pauls Stradiņš.
During years the name of the school changed, reflecting the changes in the status of the school and acquired education but invariably was saved operating direction of the school – to provide the knowledge and practical skills of medical and later social care workers in the labor market.
Since December 1989 school with pride and respect carries its founder’s name.
In 1999 the College from Rīga is transferred to Bulduri, Jūrmala – city on the shore of the Gulf of Rīga, which is situated 23 km from the capital of Latvia.
In the academic year 2007/ 2008 the studies were started in Jūrmala and in Rēzekne branch of P. Stradins Medical College of the University of Latvia, where the students were offered opportunity to acquire nurse and doctor’s assistant speciality. The main goal for the branch was – to prepare highly qualified, competent and competitive healthcare professionals for the Latgale region.
According to directions of the Cabinet of Ministers, since 2nd January, 2010 the College continues to exist as an “Agency of the University of Latvia – P. Stradins Medical College of the University of Latvia”, which is legal successor of all former period authorities, ossessions, legal commitments and documentation.
College realizes two fields of study – Healthcare and Social Welfare, in which are realized 9 full time 1st level of professional higher education study programs: Nursing (in co-operation with the University of Latvia), Medicine, Esthetic Cosmetology, Medical Massage, Biomedical Laboratory Technician, Radiology Assistant, Podology, Social Care, Social Rehabilitation.
College is supported with professionally equipped preclinical study rooms. Technical base is regularly improved. Modern laboratories conform to the requirements of the professional equipment and are close to the daily medical environment.
College has received Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) and implements study mobility for students and personnel (teaching and staff training) in the framework of ERASMUS+ program.
Successful cooperation is established with the health and social care institutions, universities and businesses, both in Latvia and Europe – Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Hungary and other countries. Cooperation promotes professional development of the college’s personnel and allows to ensure comprehensive and qualitative practice for college’s students in foreign countries as well as for foreign students in Latvia.
Together with the basic studies College also implements vocational training courses and after-graduate study programs in order to maintain qualification of health and social care workers.