Bachelor of Health Care, Degree programme in Midwifery spring 2017, 270 cr

General information

​Description

A midwife (bachelor’s degree) who has completed the degree programme in midwifery is a specialist in nursing, especially in the field of sexual and reproduction health. The midwife possesses demonstration-based basic information and skills in nursing and midwifery as well as good interaction and co-operation skills. Those who have completed the degree programme in midwifery are also qualified to work as nurses. The basis of midwifery is in the promotion of the sexual and reproduction health of an individual, a woman and family. The midwife (bachelor’s degree) is independently in charge of the supervision and care during a normal pregnancy, childbirth and puerperium. The midwife (bachelor’s degree) also serves as a specialist in female health and in the care of gynaecological diseases as well as 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 almost half of 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. The learning takes place in, for example, simulation learning environments, working life-oriented projects and various kind of online environments. The studies can be directed towards entrepreneurship or internationalisation.

​Degree level

Bachelor's degree (EQF 6)

Starting group code

​SOK17K1

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 2015–2016 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 have assimilated entrepreneurial operations and are capable of developing and renewing their competence in the changes of the working life. 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 team work based on multiple competencies and students’ opportunities to develop their own professional skills in midwifery from the perspective of internationalisation and/or entrepreneurship, while making use of digitalisation.

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 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

A registered health care professional who has completed the degree programme in midwifery (bachelor’s degree)/nursing (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 Development and Management. The master's degree provides the qualification to apply for the vocational teacher education. 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).

Studies can also be continued by applying for a university master’s degree programme or similar programmes. 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.

In addition, the university of applied sciences offers continuing education possibilities in specialisation studies and in working life-based continuing education. All further studies must be applied for separately.

​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 2015–2016 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.

The planning has observed, among other things, anticipatory results on the qualification requirements of nursing professions from nursing development projects by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the National Institute for Health and Welfare.

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

Programme Coordinator: Elina Tiainen, Senior Lecturer, + 358 400 989 451
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