Degree level and field of study

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

Starting group code


Forms of study

Full-time studies

Structure of studies in Peppi

Individual courses

Contact information

Palovaara Marjo

Palovaara Marjo

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
HYVI T&K, Research and Development
Hyvinvointi, School of Health and Social Studies


The programme prepare professional nurses (BA) who are able to plan, implement and develop nursing practice in a multi professional healthcare team. Nurses are trained to promote health and prevent diseases, provide care, support, guidance and rehabilitation. The graduates of the programme can operate flexibly in multi-professional and multi-cultural settings, while promoting health and providing hospice care to individuals, families and communities. The practical part of the education takes place in varied and multi-disciplinary area of healthcare.

Students plan studies according to their own study path and interests choosing from our versatile course offerings. Prior competences can be accredited to shorten the study time. Modern healthcare lab environment is provided to learn skills, knowledge and decision-making together with lecturers, experts and fellow multi-cultural students. The nursing programme offers the opportunity to meet people from around the world, learn about different cultures and simultaneously study to be a competent nurse. All students are encouraged to take part in an exchange programme that are available to deepen global and intercultural competences. The programme meets the requirements of EU legislation, allowing graduates to face the challenges in global healthcare as a nurse or as an entrepreneur.

Key learning outcomes

The overall learning outcome of the Degree Programme is that students possess extensive professional knowledge in nursing and are able to critically apply their knowledge in the diverse and changing environments. Students possess basic entrepreneurship and leadership skills. They are able to perform professional nursing tasks on the basis of the best possible evidence in various nursing environments. They can comply with ethical principles and are able to assume responsibility for developing themselves and their field of work as a nursing professional in a multiprofessional and multicultural team.

Professional growth and know-how

The studies are based on nursing sciences as well as on other supporting scientific fields, such as medical, natural or social sciences.

The first year studies focuses on basics of nursing, social and health care environments, clienthood, wellbeing, health promotion and functional ability. During the second and third year, the studies consist of different nursing areas based on theoretical and clinical nursing competences which enhances clinical decision making, guidance and counselling skills, evidence based practice, as well as quality assurance and patient safety issues. During the last half hear students are able to deepen their professional competence in a chosen area of nursing. The students at this point strengthens their knowledge in leadership, management and entrepreneurship as well. The students also deepened their ethical and professional competences at the final stage of the education. A bachelor thesis base on the needs of the working life is part of research, development and innovation work as part of the degree programme.

Nursing 2019

Working life cooperation and learning

Approximately a third of the studies are completed as professional practice in various healthcare settings. Professional practice can be implemented in private and public sectors, or in projects and in simulation environment in the school's premises. There are possibilities for to do practical training abroad as an exchange student. The exchange period is based on student´s interest and is planned personally to the studies with tutor teacher. The exchange period is especially recommended for Finnish students to strengthen their international competence. Finnish language is essential during practical training in Finland. Non-native speakers are therefore required to learn Finnish language during their studies to support a smooth implementation of the practices. Part of the studies can be done in research and development projects and/or in an environment enchasing entrepreneurship.


The Prior Learning Recognition Procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and the Study Guide. Students also have alternative study options available to them in partner universities (e.g. other universities of applied sciences and universities as well as EduFutura) and in open online study portals (CampusOnline).


Being awarded a Bachelor’s degree certificate requires the student to 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

Bachelor of healthcare title is awarded upon completion of the degree and it´s requirements.

In accordance to the act (559/949), national Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) grants, upon application, the right to practice as a licensed nurse and authorises the use of the occupational title of registered nurse.

The education meets the European Union directives (2013/55/EY) in recognizing the professional competences for nursing.

Professional profiles of graduates with examples

The Bachelor of Health care allow graduate to work in different public and/or private social and healthcare settings or in the third sector. Graduates can work as experts in different nursing fields such as: health centres, outpatient units, different hospital wards, homecare, and in private caring facilities. They are also able to work in projects or as entrepreneur.

The student may, after graduation and a work career of at least three years, continue his/her studies in a Master's degree programme. A Master's degree from a university of applied sciences is a higher post-secondary degree. Completing a master degree in university of applied sciences awards eligibility to vocational teacher education. A master´s degree in university of applied sciences also enables applying to doctoral studies in universities (37 §/558/2009).

Further studies

Students may, after graduation and a work career of at least three years, continue their studies in 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 in 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 receive an opportunity for postgraduate studies in science or arts at universities (Act 558/2009, Section 37).


​The key learning outcomes of a Degree Programme in Nursing are based on the JAMK curriculum work document 2015-2016 and on the national and international qualifications for the degree programme. The programme was evaluated by students, working life partners and academic professionals during year 2017. ​The competences required in the world of work and in the future are defined in further detail and are annually included in the courses, based on the challenges arising from current research data and practical work environment in health care.

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