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Bachelor of Health Care, Degree programme in Midwifery spring 2018, 270 cr

General information

​Description

A Bachelor of Health Care who has completed the degree programme in midwifery is a specialist in midwifery, especially in the field of sexual and reproduction health. Those who have completed the degree programme in midwifery are also qualified to work as nurses. A midwife is independently in charge of the supervision and care during a low-risk pregnancy, childbirth and puerperium. The midwife also serves as a specialist in female health and in the care of gynaecological diseases as well as a promoter of sexual health. The human-oriented work emphasises supporting, guiding and caring for a woman/family as well as the development and management of midwifery.

Studying is practically-oriented, with half of the studies taking place as practical training. A part of the studies is implemented in a multidisciplinary fashion with other students in the social and health care field in simulation learning environments and in working life-oriented projects, using online and project-based learning. The studies enable the creation of an individual career path. Students can, for example, focus on developing entrepreneurial and internationalisation skills. International experience can be accumulated by completing part of the theory studies or practical training abroad.

​Degree level

Bachelor's degree (EQF 6)

Starting group code

​SOK18K1

Degree-related qualifications

The occupational titles of midwife (bachelor’s degree) and nurse (bachelor’s degree) can only be used and the professions practised by a graduated registered midwife (bachelor’s degree) and registered nurse (bachelor’s degree). The degree programme in midwifery (bachelor’s degree) includes the degree programme in nursing (bachelor’s degree) (Health Care Professionals Act 559/1994, Section 5: dual registration). The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (VALVIRA) registers a person having completed the degree programme in midwifery (bachelor’s degree) as both a nurse and midwife health care professional.

The degree programme in midwifery (bachelor’s degree) meets the requirements set for the education in the Health Care Professionals Act (559/1994) and Decree (564/1994) as well as in the directive (2013/55/EU) of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications.

A registered midwife (bachelor’s degree) can independently carry out the follow-up check of a regular childbirth and issue a certificate for the parental allowance according to the Health Insurance Act (437/2010) and the related Government Decree (No. 1090/2010).

Studies

Targeted competence

The learning objectives of the degree programme in midwifery of the JAMK University of Applied Sciences are based on document Principles of the Curricula 2017 and degree-specific competence.

According to the curriculum, the degree programme in midwifery qualifies the graduates in the double degree to serve as midwifes who apply the information and skills of the profession critically in the different, multicultural operating environments of midwifery and nursing. They are capable of client-oriented, demonstration-based operations and decision-making in specialist positions in midwifery and nursing. They embody a strong internal sense of entrepreneurship and want to operate in an entrepreneurial manner. They observe the ethical principles of midwifery and assume responsibility for the development of both themselves and the work community.

​Degree profile

The degree programme in midwifery (bachelor’s degree) is profiled in the promotion of families’ well-being and health, especially in the promotion of sexual and reproductive health. The studies put an emphasis on teamwork based on multiple competencies and students’ opportunities to develop their own professional skills in midwifery from the perspective of digital methods, internationalisation and/or entrepreneurship. The degree programme gives the students the opportunity to enhance their innovation competence and working life contacts by producing shared, multidisciplinary and working life oriented study modules, such as practical training in multidisciplinary student modules.

Structure of studies

Individual courses

Intended competence

Accreditation

Prior learning recognition procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and in the Study Guide.

Degree programme application and admission

Structure and completion of studies

The contents of the studies in the degree programme in midwifery (bachelor’s degree) are based, besides nursing science, on other health sciences and branches of science supporting it, such as natural science and medicine, social science and behavioural science.  

The first three years of studies comprise studies belonging to the degree programme in nursing (bachelor’s degree). The first year of studies focuses on the operating environment and clientship of the social and health services in multi-professional student groups as well as on the promotion of well-being, health and functional capacity. During the second and third year of studies, demonstration-based theoretical and clinical competence in nursing and midwifery is acquired while strengthening decision-making skills in nursing, guidance and teaching competence, sexual health competence as well as competence related to the quality and safety of social and health services. The studies in the degree programme in nursing include a bachelor's thesis that is a research, development or innovation project implemented based on the development needs of working life.

During the last one and a half or two years, the degree programme in midwifery focuses on the midwifery professional studies that also include the development of midwifery. This is implemented as a working life-oriented project. Approximately half the studies are implemented as practical training promoting professional skill in social and health care services in the public and/or private sector, projects as well as JAMK’s simulation learning environments. The student can also develop his or her competence by completing theory studies and/or practical training promoting professional competence abroad either in English or some other language that he or she has mastered. A part of the studies included in the degree programme are completed in English in Finland.

A part of the studies can be completed in research and development projects and/or in an environment supporting entrepreneurship competence, such as in cooperative operations or Future Factory labs according to the Personal Learning Plan.

Further information is available in the Study Guide:

​Assessment and learning guidance

Forms of study

Full-time studies

Graduation

To be awarded a Bachelor’s degree certificate, the student must complete the studies of the degree programme within his/her study period in accordance with his/her Personal Learning Plan. Further information in the Degree Regulations.

Employment and further studies

​Professional profiles of graduates with examples

A midwife (bachelor’s degree) can be employed in diverse positions of the social and health services in the public and private sector as well as in associations. A midwife (bachelor’s degree) works, for example, in delivery rooms, maternity wards, gynaecological disease outpatient clinics and wards as well as maternity and family planning clinics.  A midwife (bachelor’s degree) can also work as an entrepreneur.

 Further studies

The University of Applied Sciences offers various opportunities for studying and learning throughout one’s career. These include Master's Degree studies, specialisation studies, diplomas of higher education, the extensive range of courses offered through open studies and continuing education, such as the Prescribing Competence Programme for Nurses.

A registered health care professional who has completed the degree programme in midwifery (bachelor’s degree) can apply, after at least three years of work experience, to become a student in a master's degree in the social and health studies (90 credits). The programmes leading to a master's degree in the social and health studies at the JAMK University of Applied Sciences include Health Promotion, Advanced Nursing Practice and Health Care and Social Services Management. Studies can also be continued by applying for a university master’s degree programme. After a bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences, it is also possible to continue studies at higher education institutes abroad in master’s degree level programmes.

A student who completes a master's degree may receive an opportunity for further studies in science or arts at universities (558/2009, Section 37).

​Other information

Planning

The planning work underlying the Degree Programme in Midwifery includes the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications (2013/55/EU), the national competency description for midwives (2014), the national competence requirements for nursing training (2015), and the Principles of the Curricula 2017 for the degree programmes leading to a bachelor’s degree from JAMK University of Applied Sciences. In addition, the planning work has observed the requirements set for the education by the Health Insurance Act (437/2010) and the related Government Decree (No. 1090/2010).

The planning work of the degree programme and the definition of the curriculum learning objectives have involved not only teachers, but also nurse and midwife students as well as working-life representatives from basic health care and special health care.

Based on research information and anticipatory information arising from working life, the contents of the courses are reviewed annually in order to guarantee the competence required in working life.

Contact information

Elina Tiainen, Senior Lecturer, Programme Coordinator, + 358 400 989 451
Piippukatu 2
FI-40100 Jyväskylä
firsname.lastname@jamk.fi