Degree level and field of study

Bachelor's degree (EQF 6), Health and welfare

Starting group code

SOK20K1

Forms of study

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

Structure of studies in Peppi

Individual courses

Contact information

Tiainen Elina

Tiainen Elina

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
HYVI Terveysala, Health Studies
Hyvinvointi, School of Health and Social Studies
+358400989451

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. The studies provide opportunities to develop one’s own professional skills in midwifery from the perspectives of digital methods, internationalisation or entrepreneurship.

Key learning outcomes

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 observe the ethical principles of midwifery and assume responsibility for the development of both themselves and the work community. They embody a strong internal sense of entrepreneurship and want to operate in an entrepreneurial manner.

Professional growth and know-how

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. The second and third year of studies centre around demonstration-based theoretical and clinical competence in nursing and midwifery, 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.

The last one and a half to two years are spent in deepening one’s professional skills in midwifery, which includes professional conduct in midwifery, customer relationships in midwifery, promotion of sexual and reproductive health and clinical expertise as well as development of midwifery. 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, such as in Future Factory labs according to the Personal Learning Plan.

Forms of study

In full-time studies, the students form teams at the beginning of their studies. The teams have both nursing and midwifery students pursuing studies in them. The teams operate independently and responsibly in different kinds of learning situations. The students’ common basic skills in health care and social services, which form a basis for the work, are constructed with the help of team dialogue. People in the team learn by doing together, and the importance of dialogue in learning is highlighted. The team coach supports the learning process.

After the first study year, the studies will continue with students from one’s own field. The studies include dialogue practice, lectures, individual and group assignments, exams, online studies and practical training that promotes vocational skills, as well as participation in working life orientated projects in one’s own field or multidisciplinary Future Factory projects.

The full-time studies require participation in studies on weekdays.

Working life cooperation and learning

Half of the studies in the Degree Programme in Midwifery consist of practical training that covers the specialties required by the EU directive. The studies during the first academic year include practical training in home-like sheltered housing units for the elderly with 24-hour assistance or on in-patient wards in primary health care. During their second and third year of study, the students will practise in primary health care and specialised health care units, such as internal medicine nursing, mental health and substance abuse nursing, perioperative nursing, and paediatric and adolescent nursing. Practical training in the specialisation stage in midwifery studies is completed in different maternity nursing units, such as maternity and child welfare clinics and delivery units as well as gynaecological nursing units. The studies include working life assignments that can be completed in the form of theses, working life orientated projects in one’s own field or multidisciplinary innovation and Future Factory projects. The practical training to promote professional skills is developed and renewed in close collaboration with working life representatives.

Accreditation

Prior learning recognition procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and in the Study Guide. Students also have alternative study options available to them at partner universities (e.g. other universities of applied sciences and universities as well as EduFutura) and in free-access online portals (CampusOnline).

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.

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 (2005/36/EC) / (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).

Professional profiles of graduates

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

Students may, after graduation and a working career of at least three years, continue their studies on a master’s degree programme. 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 on master’s degree-level programmes. A university of applied sciences also provides opportunities for continuing education in the form of specialisation studies, open studies, online study portal (CampusOnline) and working life-based continuing education.

A student who completes a master’s degree at a university of applied sciences may apply to continue on to postgraduate studies in science or arts at universities (Act 558/2009, Section 37).

Planning

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, working-life representatives from basic health care and special health care, as well as representatives from associations.

Based on research information and anticipatory information arising from working life, as well as the results of the periodic evaluation of degree-awarding education, the contents of the courses are reviewed annually in order to guarantee the competence required in working life.

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