Degree level and field of study

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

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. Principal competences in the Degree Programme in Rehabilitation Counselling include rehabilitation needs assessment competence, rehabilitation service system and legislation competence, counselling competence and rehabilitation planning and coordination competence. 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 and the different types of rehabilitation, such as at home and remote rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation counsellors have the skills needed to carry out development work and design of rehabilitation services, and they are able to identify and promote opportunities for rehabilitation in transdisciplinary activities that utilise digital methods and maintain well-being. In the Degree Programme in Rehabilitation Counselling, the students may deepen their competence based on their personal career plan in fields such as working capacity rehabilitation, functional capacity rehabilitation and social rehabilitation.

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.

The studying has a hands-on approach with its basis on multidisciplinary theory. A part of the studies is implemented in a multidisciplinary fashion with other students. The studies can be completed flexibly by taking advantage of team, online and project learning. The student’s previous competence will speed up graduation.

Key learning outcomes

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 utilises the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in his/her work. 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 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.

Professional growth and know-how

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. During their second year, the students will study a range of rehabilitation themes and methods, such as rehabilitation needs assessment, rehabilitation service systems and legislation, rehabilitation processes and rehabilitation counselling methods. During their third year, the students will study subjects such as assistive technology and matters related to accessibility and service design of operating environments. Toward the end of their studies, in the study module for developing professional expertise and in their bachelor’s thesis, the students may focus their studies on their chosen area of rehabilitation counselling.

Forms of study

The studies in the Degree Programme in Rehabilitation Counselling are offered in the form of part-time studies. Working methods include e.g. learning tasks, lectures, small group work and counselling. In the first academic year, the students will meet on two to three days or theme weeks per month to pursue in transdisciplinary teams the studies included in their degree programme. In the following years as well, there are two to three classroom teaching days per months. Part-time studies require an active approach to studying, motivation and willingness to take responsibility for your own learning, theoretically 40 hours a week on average.

Part-time studies will suit students who, due to their life situation, want more flexibility regarding the time or place they complete their studies. Digital learning opportunities, such as electronic materials, network interaction, production of video materials and remote participation, are utilised in the part-time studies. In project and development assignments, the students will have an opportunity to participate in the development, modelling and testing of service products, working methods and innovations that stem from working life needs.

Working life cooperation and learning

60 ECTS credits of the studies consist of practical training that is carried out in accordance with the student’s personal career and learning plan in a variety of workplaces in the field, such as social services and health care, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland, insurance rehabilitation, employment and economic development services, organisations or companies. Students may complete part of their studies by participating in JAMK’s projects or Future Factory activities dealing with authentic working life projects in a transdisciplinary way. Students will also participate in the Innovation Week organised by JAMK, with assignments from various working life organisations and projects.


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

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

Professional profiles of graduates

Students who have graduated as rehabilitation counsellors (bachelor’s degree) work under many different job titles, such as rehabilitation counsellor, vocational rehabilitation counsellor, outreach youth work counsellor, job coach, career counsellor, rehabilitation liaison and rehabilitation specialist.

Rehabilitation counsellors work in health care and social welfare services. A rehabilitation counsellor is a licenced social welfare professional. 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. In the future, rehabilitation counsellors will be needed in health and social services centres for coordination and counselling duties and in occupational healthcare for planning and providing counselling on rehabilitation of those with a partial ability to work.

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).


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.

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