Degree level and field of study

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

Starting group code


Forms of study

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

Structure of studies in Peppi

Individual courses (full-time studies)

Individual courses (part-time studies)

Contact information

Tyrväinen Hannele

Tyrväinen Hannele

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


The profile of the degree programme in nursing (bachelor’s degree) is focused on the promotion of families’ well-being and health, strong clinical competence, internationalisation and entrepreneurship. The studies put an emphasis on team working based on multiple specialists and the possibility to develop their own nursing professional skill from the perspective of digitisation, internationalisation and/or entrepreneurship. The degree programme gives the students the opportunity to enhance their innovation competence and working life contacts by producing shared, multidisciplinary, multi-stage and working life-oriented study modules, such as practical training in multidisciplinary student modules and Future Factory activities.

Key learning outcomes

The learning objectives of the degree programme in nursing at JAMK University of Applied Sciences are based on the document Principles of the Curricula 2018 as well as Finnish and international nursing degree-specific competence.

According to the curriculum, the degree programme graduates are specialists with wide-ranging nursing competence who are able to apply the information and skills of the profession critically in the different, multi-cultural operating environments of nursing. They are capable of operating in nursing specialist positions making use of research information as the basis of actions. They embody a strong internal sense of entrepreneurship and want to operate in an entrepreneurial manner. They can operate according to the ethical principles of nursing and assume responsibility for the development of both themselves and the work community.

Professional growth and know-how

The studies in the degree programme in nursing (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.

During the first year of your studies, you can familiarise with 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 your studies, you acquire demonstration-based theoretical and clinical competence in nursing while you strength decision-making skills in nursing, guidance and teaching competence as well as competence related to the quality and safety of social and health services. During the final six months of studies, you may specialise in an area of nursing practice of your choice. For example, you can focus on health centre reception activities or in-patient ward work, operating room work or emergency clinic work, mental health work or children’s hospital care. In your studies for developing professional expertise, you will strengthen your competence in the assessment of the patient’s state of health, in management and entrepreneurship, and in the ethics of nursing and professionalism. 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.

Approximately one-third of the studies are implemented as practical training promoting professional skill according to the student’s Personal Learning Plan (PLP) in social and health care services in the public and/or private sector, projects as well as in the simulation environments of JAMK University of Applied Sciences. 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. Part of the studies included in the degree programme are completed in English in Finland.

Part of the studies you can complete in research and development projects and/or in an environment supporting entrepreneurship competence, such as cooperative operations or the labs of the Future Factory operation model according to your own Personal Learning Plan.

Forms of study

In full-time studies the students form multi-professional teams at the start of their studies. Students from different degree programmes in health care and social services study in your team. The teams operate independently and responsibly in different kinds of learning situations, such as projects. 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. After the first study year, the teamwork continues with students in one's own field.

People in the team learn by doing together, and the importance of dialogue in learning is highlighted. The team's coach supports learning. Team study includes dialogue practice, lectures, learning tasks both together with the team and individually, exams, online studies and practical training that promotes vocational skills, as well as participation in working life projects. The full-time studies require participation in studies on weekdays.

Part-time studies combine online learning, independent studies, group work and classroom learning. Working methods include learning tasks, lectures and small group work either on classroom days or in webinars. The study requires having an independent, active approach to studying, motivation, and the desire to take responsibility for your own learning. Online learning requires basic IT skills, a data connection and equipment. During the first year, the students meet on approximately two days per month to study in multidisciplinary teams. In addition, the studies may include some theme weeks. During the following years, the studies include classroom learning and practical training periods of varying lengths, and the number of classroom days will increase. Part-time studies will suit you if you have previous experience in the field or if you want more flexibility due to your life situation regarding the time or place of completing your studies.

Working life cooperation and learning

The studies during the first academic year include practical training in 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 to the effect that the practical training will cover the principal specialties required by the EU directive (e.g. surgical nursing, internal medicine nursing, paediatric nursing, nursing of the elderly, home nursing). Authentic working life assignments will be carried out as part of the courses and in the form of projects and theses. The practical training to promote vocational skills is developed and renewed in close collaboration with working life representatives.


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).


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 title of nurse (Bachelor’s degree) can only be used and the profession practised by a graduated registered nurse (Bachelor’s degree).

The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (VALVIRA) registers a person having completed the degree programme in nursing (Bachelor’s degree) according to the Health Care Professionals Act (559/1994).

The education meets the directive (2013/55/EU) of the European Union on the recognition of professional qualifications.

Professional profiles of graduates

A nurse (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 nurse (Bachelor’s degree) works in nursing specialist positions, for example, at the receptions of health care centres and outpatient clinics, at the wards of health care centres and hospitals as well as in home care, in companies of the nursing and caring field, associations and project positions. A nurse (Bachelor’s degree) can also work as an entrepreneur as well as in international positions. A typical company is a company that employs a few people and provides home care services.

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).

After completing the Degree Programme in Nursing (bachelor’s degree), you may choose to pursue studies in the Master’s Degree Programme in Social Services and Health Care specialising in advanced nursing practice, health promotion, business network management, multidisciplinary rehabilitation or health care and social services management.


The planning work of the degree programme and the definition of the curriculum learning objectives have involved not only teachers, but also nursing students as well as working-life representatives from basic health care’s outpatient and institutional care and special health care.

Based on research information and anticipatory information arising from working life as well as 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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