General information


In the degree programme in Rehabilitation Counselling, the students complete the degree of Bachelor of Health Care in health and social studies.

In the degree programme, the students gain the skills to work in guidance, counselling, planning, coordination and development positions in the different operating areas of rehabilitation in the public and private sector, non-governmental organisations and as entrepreneurs. Rehabilitation counsellors who have completed their degree are able to assess and promote coping in everyday life and opportunities for being active for families and individuals of different ages and with different life situations. They can implement and coordinate effective rehabilitation in cooperation with other professionals in the field of rehabilitation.

The studies are implemented as part-time studies and are practically-oriented. Practical training accounts for about one-third of the studies. The student’s previous competence will speed up graduation. The studies enable the creation of an individual career path by focusing on the entrepreneurship and internationalisation capabilities, for example. A part of the studies are completed in English, and student exchange abroad is possible.

​Degree level

Bachelor's degree (EQF 6)

Starting group code


Degree-related qualifications

There are no specific degree-related or statutory qualification requirements in the field.


Targeted competence

The rehabilitation counsellors who have graduated from JAMK University of Applied Sciences are able to act as experts in rehabilitation services in the public and private sector, non-governmental organisations and as entrepreneurs. They are familiar with the multidisciplinary knowledge base of rehabilitation, evidence-based rehabilitation activities, good rehabilitation practice and the current legislation and instructions on rehabilitation, and are able to utilise them in different kinds of client situations in rehabilitation. They have mastered the principles of networking, rehabilitation communications and multi-professional cooperation. Rehabilitation counsellors have versatile skills in guidance and advice as well as interaction and teamwork skills. Rehabilitation counsellors utilise the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in their work.

Rehabilitation counsellors have the skills to work with an investigative, developing and evidence-based approach, as entrepreneurs and in project management. They can describe, productise and market their own competence to promote their employment and career planning.

Degree profile

In the degree programme in Rehabilitation Counselling, the students can specialise further based on their own career plan.

The students learn entrepreneurial thinking in the common studies of JAMK University of Applied Sciences, as well as the School of Health and Social Studies' own courses and those of the degree programme. Students have the opportunity to specialise further via an individual study path supporting entrepreneurship and/or multidisciplinary team activity.

Internationalisation competence is realised systematically and in a goal-oriented manner based on the student's career plan. Internationalisation at home is learnt through language and culture studies as well as studies in a foreign language. During international student exchange, students have the opportunity to complete theoretical studies or practical training.

Rehabilitation counsellors have the capabilities for development work, and can identify opportunities for rehabilitation in preventive multi-professional activities that utilise digital methods and maintain well-being.

Structure of studies in Peppi

Individual courses


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

During the first study year, the focus is on the common studies in health care and social services as well as transferable skills. Studies in the subject of rehabilitation counselling itself are highlighted during the second and third year of studies. In the study module for developing professional expertise, the students can focus their studies on the area of rehabilitation counselling that they have selected. Approximately one third of the studies involve practical training that promotes vocational skills; it is carried out in accordance with the student’s Personal Learning Plan and career plan in development projects and work in the field, such as in specialised health care, municipal health care, social welfare services, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela), insurance companies, labour administration, organisations or companies. Practical training, elective studies and the thesis can be completed flexibly during different study years.

Students may complete a part of their studies in the JAMK Generator, the shared entrepreneurship development environment for the entire JAMK, or by participating in the labs of the Future Factory operation model. The focus of these studies is on deepening innovation and development competence.

Further information is available in the Study Guide:

​Assessment and learning guidance

Forms of study

Part-time studies combine online learning, independent studies, group work and classroom learning. Working methods include e.g. learning tasks, lectures, small group work and counselling. The studies also include LAB work which refers to the quick testing of service products created from real working life needs as well as from research, development and innovation projects. The studies require to have an active approach to studying about 40 hours per week, motivation, and the desire to take responsibility for one's own learning. Online learning requires basic IT skills.

During the first year, the students meet to study on approximately two days per month.  In addition, the studies may include some theme weeks. During the following years, the studies include classroom learning and practical training periods.


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

Students who have graduated as rehabilitation counsellors (bachelor’s degree) work under many different job titles, such as rehabilitation counsellor or counsellor involved in outreach work. Other job titles include job coach, regional secretary, rehabilitation specialist, rehabilitation liaison, project employee or similar.


Further studies

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.

The student who has graduated with a Bachelor's degree may continue his/her studies in a Master's degree programme after gaining at least three years of work experience. A Master's degree from a university of applied sciences is a higher post-secondary degree. 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.

A student who completes a Master's degree may receive an opportunity for further studies in science or arts at universities (Section 37/558/2009). All further studies must be applied for separately.

​Other information


In addition to the teachers, the planning work for the degree programme has involved representatives of the students as well as representatives of the field of health care and social services from public, private and non-governmental organisations. The events organised have featured discussions on the common competence in health care and social services and profession-specific competence in the future.

Contact information

Teppo Karapalo, Programme Coordinator, +358 50 307 0775
Piippukatu 2
FI-40100 Jyväskylä