Degree level

Bachelor's degree (EQF 6)

Starting group code


Forms of study

Part-time studies. Please, see the further information below.

Structure of studies in Peppi

Individual courses

Contact information

Karapalo Teppo

Karapalo Teppo

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
HYVI Kuntoutus- ja sosiaaliala, Rehabilitation and Social Studies
Hyvinvointi, School of Health and Social Studies


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. A rehabilitation counsellor evaluates client needs for rehabilitation and services, offers support for rehabilitation clients of different ages in their management of daily activities and working life and is involved in the planning, instruction and coordination of rehabilitation processes and coordination of the various services. The studies offer insight on, for example, the methods used to evaluate functional abilities and working capacity, the various methods of counselling, such as responsible client counselling (case management) as well as rehabilitation service systems, legislation and the different types of rehabilitation, such as at home and remote rehabilitation.

The studying has a hands-on approach with its basis on multidisciplinary theory, and approximately one third of the studies is completed in practical training.  A part of the studies is implemented in a multidisciplinary fashion with other students in joint Lab environments. The studies can be completed flexibly by taking advantage of team, online and project learning. 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. All students complete a part of their studies in English, and student exchange abroad is also possible.

Degree-related qualifications

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

Targeted competence

After graduating as a rehabilitation counsellor, you are able to take on an expert role in the planning, coordination, implementation and development of goal-targeted, client-oriented and effective multidisciplinary rehabilitation who takes advantage of innovative solutions and digital services. A rehabilitation counsellor is familiar with the multidisciplinary knowledge base of rehabilitation, evidence-based rehabilitation activities, good rehabilitation practice, the diversity of the rehabilitation and service system as well as up-to-date legislation and guidelines concerning rehabilitation, and is able to utilise these in different types of rehabilitation client contacts. A rehabilitation counsellor is able to evaluate a client’s rehabilitation needs by taking into account the various operating environments, to make client and rehabilitation plans, to steer and coordinate rehabilitation processes and the various services and to support rehabilitation clients in the various stages of the rehabilitation process. A rehabilitation counsellor has mastered the principles of networking, rehabilitation communications and multi-professional cooperation. A rehabilitation counsellor has versatile skills in guidance and advice as well as interaction and teamwork skills. A rehabilitation counsellor utilises the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in his/her work.

A rehabilitation counsellor follows and recognises the ongoing changes in society and in the social services and health sector and participates in the development of rehabilitation services so that they correspond to the needs of the various client groups.

A rehabilitation counsellor has the skills to work with an investigative, developing and evidence-based approach, as entrepreneurs and in project management. He/she can describe, formulate, productise and market their own competence to promote their employment and career planning. He/she takes into account the viewpoints of expenses and effectiveness of rehabilitation activities and complies with the professional and ethical guidelines of the profession.

Degree profile

The degree programme in Rehabilitation Counselling specialises in the rehabilitation needs evaluation methods, the rehabilitation service system and various segments of rehabilitation and counselling methods as well as coordination of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation counsellors have the skills needed to carry out development work, and they are able to identify opportunities for rehabilitation in preventive multidisciplinary activities that utilise digital methods and maintain well-being. 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, projects and practical training of the degree programme. Students have also the opportunity to specialise further via an individual study path supporting entrepreneurship and/or multidisciplinary team activity. Entrepreneurship skills are also given particular support in the various stages of the studies.

Internationalisation competence is realised systematically and in a goal-oriented manner based on the student's career plan. During international student exchange, students have the opportunity to complete theoretical studies or practical training.


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

Multidisciplinary, client-oriented rehabilitation expertise is the penetrating theme of the studies, and it provides the students with in-depth understanding of innovative solutions in the field of rehabilitation counselling. During the first study year, the focus is on the common studies in health care and social services as well as transferable skills. Studies that are specific to the degree in Rehabilitation Counselling are given emphasis 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. The topics of the bachelor's thesis and the development task that are completed as a part of the studies can be approached from the viewpoint of one’s career plan or they can contribute to the development of the sector. Practical training, elective studies and the thesis can be completed flexibly during different study years.

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 and webinars. During the following years, the studies include face-to-face learning, distance learning and practical training periods.

The studies include LAB work which refers to the quick testing of service products created from real working life needs and as a result of research, development and innovation projects. Digital learning opportunities, such as electronic materials, network interaction, production of video materials and remote participation, are utilised increasingly in the studies.


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.

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. Titles also include work rehabilitator, career instructor, job coach, regional secretary, rehabilitation specialist, rehabilitation liaison, project employee or similar.

Rehabilitation counsellors are employed in the public, private and third sector and as self-employed professionals. Typical work places and responsibilities include rehabilitation counselling tasks in central and university hospitals, service and social counsellor tasks in municipalities, insurance rehabilitation, Kela, TE services (employment services), non-governmental organisations, rehabilitation centres and counselling tasks of various client groups in sheltered housing units.

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.


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.