Degree Programme in Nursing
As an expert in nursing, you will monitor the patient’s condition, administer medication, coordinate the overall treatment and provide guidance for patients and their family members.
All applicants for the Degree Programmes in Nursing and Social Services are required to have Finnish language skills corresponding to level B1 (Common European Framework of Reference).
- Degree programme: Bachelor's Degree Programme in Nursing
- Degree title: Bachelor of Health Care
- Duration of studies: 210 cr, 3,5 years
The Bachelor’s degree in nursing makes you eligible to work within the EU without additional training.
You will study the skills required of a nurse in various theory lessons, workshops and simulation exercises. In addition, the studies include 60 credits' worth of work placements in authentic nursing environments, such as hospital wards or health centres.
Core competence (180 ECTS)
Core competencies are taught in English. Finnish language is needed especially in clinical placements.
The compulsory core competencies give you fundamental skills and competencies on the following areas:
- Basics of client-oriented nursing
- Health Promotion and Nursing of Non-communicable Diseases
- Decision-Making in Clinical Nursing
- Nursing Care in the Promotion of Client’s Participation and Well-Being at Different Life Stages
- Changing social and health care services
- Nursing care of seriously ill patients
- Complementing Professional Competence
Complementary competence (select 30 ECTS)
Complementary competencies can be studied in either English or Finnish.
Complementary competencies make it possible to deepen or extend your knowledge. We recommend that you take more than one study unit or project from the field of specialization to develop your overall competence, but you can also take separate studies. One half of these studies, 15 credits, will be done on clinical placement.
Complementing professional competence 15 ECTS
- Finnish language studies 2ECTS – module 1.
- Finnish language studies 3ECTS – module 2.
- Finnish language studies 5ECTS – module 3.
- Complementary competence 5ECTS
The Finnish studies are recommended to degree nursing students whose language of prior education is not Finnish. If you don’t need Finnish courses, you can choose all 15 credits by you self.
Professional Development in Practice 15 ECTS
- A practice environment that supports professional competence chosen by the student.
Studying in the nursing programme
The nursing programme taught in English includes contact teaching and face-to-face instruction. Student groups are multicultural and international. One of the benefits of contact teaching is the opportunity to discuss the definitions of health, illness and family with others and reach a common understanding.
You carry out projects in authentic environments. For instance, students have carried out projects that include visiting English-speaking schools to give health education for children and teenagers. They have talked about topics such as the importance of sleep, a healthy diet and physical activity.
All courses on clinical nursing include theory lessons, workshops and simulation exercises. Nursing skills (such as taking the blood pressure or administering injections) are practised in simulation at first. After learning the practical skills, you advance to problem-solving situations. You will consider different scenarios and actions for different nursing situations, patients and illnesses. After this, you will deepen your knowledge and problem-solving skills in work placements in different nursing environments.
All applicants for the degree programme in Nursing are required to have basic Finnish skills (level B1) and English skills (level B2). Link to the Common European Framework of reference for languages.
Finnish language will be strongly supported throughout your studies. The programme also includes Finnish studies, particularly focusing on nursing-related vocabulary. All students whose first language is not Finnish will take a preliminary Finnish proficiency test, on the basis of which they will be offered different courses for learning Finnish.
As an expert in nursing, you will monitor the patient’s condition, administer medication, coordinate the overall treatment and provide guidance for patients and their family members. The most important areas of expertise in a nurse's job include support for health and functional ability, prevention and treatment of illnesses and disabilities, support for recovery and rehabilitation and alleviation of suffering. Encounters with customers and good social skills are also important areas of a nurse’s work.
Nurses graduating from Laurea have excellent employment opportunities in a wide range of jobs. According to your personal interest, you may be employed in an inpatient ward, an operating theatre, home care services, a paediatric ward, a psychiatric hospital or substance abuse care.
You will develop networks with workplaces already during your studies.
Nurses often find a summer job already after their first work placement. The work placement is usually in elderly care, so many nurses are employed as substitute practical nurses for the summer. After earning 140 credits, you can also start working as a substitute nurse.
Internationality in studies
In your work as a nurse, you will meet people representing different cultures and backgrounds. Therefore, it is important to possess international and multicultural knowledge, regardless of whether you will be based in Finland or abroad.
You may also go abroad on an exchange programme or work placement.
After your second year of nursing studies, you may apply for admission to a so-called dual degree programme. This Dual Degree involves one academic year of studies at Nazareth University in the USA. The student receives a degree certificate from both countries, Finland and the USA.
Tuition fees and grants
Non-EU/EEA area students who have been selected through the Finnish joint application for admission to degree programmes taught in English are charged tuition fees.
Tuition fee: €8000/ academic year for non EU/EEA students.
After completing your Bachelor’s degree, you can apply for a Master’s programme either at Laurea or other universities or higher education institutions to continue your studies. It is possible to continue your study path all the way to a doctor’s degree.
Frequently asked questions about nursing degree
Is attendance in class required?
As a rule, attendance in face-to-face instruction is always required. The nursing degree programme taught in English is offered as a daytime programme and requires full-time studying.
What prior learning can I have recognised?
If you have previously completed studies in a higher education institution in Finland or abroad, you may be entitled to have prior learning recognised as part of your nursing studies.
For instance, if you have completed nursing studies in another university of applied sciences, these studies may be recognised as part of your professional studies. If you have a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, for instance, it may be possible to recognise some basic project studies or management studies as part of your nursing degree. In addition, it is possible to recognise studies completed at other higher education institutions as complementary studies. If you have a practical nurse degree, it is not possible to have those professional studies recognised as prior learning.
Recognition of prior learning is always based on certificates and subject to individual decisions that support students in their studies.
Do I have to excel in mathematics?
Many students are unnecessarily afraid of pharmaceutical arithmetic. If you have normal skills in mathematics, you will have no problems. Pharmaceutical arithmetic is nothing more than just basic maths, so no special skills are required.
What do you learn in Nursing programme?
Nursing student Senja: ‘I want a meaningful job’
Student interview: Senja Multala from the English-language nursing programme.Read more
Nursing student Nina: "Medicine was my hobby, in Laurea I can change it into a profession"
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