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.
Next application period for this programme is in January 2023. You can also enrol for path studies on 22-24 July, 2022.
- 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 can enrol for path studies
You can enrol for so called path studies for the degree programme on July 22-24. The path studies of the Open University of Applied Sciences are an alternative route to a degree student. Path studies mainly consist of studies in the first year of education. With 60 credits completed in path studies, you can apply to become a degree student through a separate application. Read more about path studies.
Note: All applicants for the degree programme in Nursing are required to have basic Finnish skills (level B1) and English skills (level B2).
Laurea is the largest educator of nurses in Finland. In our nursing programme taught in English, you will study in multicultural and international student groups. The nursing studies are practically oriented and contain lectures, workshops, and simulation exercises. As a registered nurse, you will work for the holistic wellbeing of individuals, their families, and other groups. Promoting and maintaining good health as well as preventing and treating illnesses will be your main interests. Good interaction skills and communication skills are required in nursing.
Degree studies at Laurea consists of core competence studies, that are obligatory for all students, and complementary studies that allow you to deepen or extend your knowledge. Nurse education contains seven work placements 75 credits), where you work with your future colleagues in various health care settings, developing professional skills and the nursing profession.
Core competence (180 ECTS)
Core competencies are taught in English. Core competence studies include 60 ECTS of work placements in different types of health care environments. Placements give you valuable experience and skills of working with real patients in authentic health care situations.
Core competencies studies give you fundamental skills and competencies in the following areas:
Health Promotion and Nursing of Non-communicable Diseases
These studies enable you to understand the significance of evidence-based health promotion and you learn to plan, implement and evaluate evidence-based nursing care and support the self-care of patients with internal medicine and infectious diseases.
Decision-Making in Clinical Nursing
During these studies you will learn to plan, implement and evaluate the evidence-based nursing care of a surgical patient, patients requiring immediate treatment and patients with mental health and substance abuse issues.
Nursing Care in the Promotion of Client’s Participation and Well-Being at Different Life Stages
The core competence accomplished in these studies is the nurse's activities in services promoting the well-being of vulnerable clients and clinical nursing at different life stages.
Changing social and health care services
These studies enable you to critically assess your own, the team's and the work community's activities from the perspective of the quality of the services and assume responsibility for client-oriented and continuous development of social and health care services.
Nursing care of seriously ill patients
During these studies you will learn to integrate extensive nursing competence in comprehensive patient care, and you learn to find creative solutions and make decisions in unexpected work and patient care situations.
Complementary competence (select 30 ECTS)
Complementary competencies can be studied in either English or Finnish. During complementary competence studies, you can specialize and develop your skills in specific areas. 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. Half of these studies, 15 credits, will be done on work placement.
Professional Development in Practice 15 ECTS
- A practice environment that supports professional competence chosen by the student.
Complementing professional competence 15 ECTS
The Finnish studies are recommended to degree nursing students whose language of prior education is not Finnish. Finnish language studies are oriented towards a career and nursing and the vocabulary and professional terms are related to nursing. Studies are designed to strengthen your employment potential. Our Finnish language lecturers help you choose the right language courses and help you develop your language skills.
Introduction to Health Care Finnish
After completing these studies you will be able to communicate both orally and in writing in frequent situations on professional field (level B1.1) and further develop skills and understanding of communication culture in Finland.
Nursing Documentation in Finnish
These studies enable you to develop skills and understanding of professional instructions, documentation and multi-disciplinary interaction and use relevant information of nursing practices and producing structured professional documents.
Boosting Professional Finnish by Simulations
After these studies you will be able to guide patients in their care (clinical care, home care instructions, medications, etc.). You will broaden your nursing and medical vocabulary and be able to read and utilize evidence-based nursing recommendations and guidelines in Finnish.
If you don’t need Finnish courses, you can choose all 15 credits yourself.
Studying in the nursing programme
The nursing programme taugh in is a day-time programme and it 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.
Multicultural student groups gives you the possibility to get to know new cultures every day. Our students speak tens of different languages and our groups have many Finnish second-generation immigrants.
At the beginning of your studies, you will attend workshop where you assess your previous studies and design a study path suitable especially for you. Your previous studies and work experience can be recognized as a part of your nursing studies using methods of recognition of prior studies and demonstration of competence. Previous work and study experience from other fields can also be recognized.
All courses on clinical nursing include theory lessons, workshops and simulation exercises. Nursing skills (such as taking the blood pressure or administering injections) are practiced in simulation at first. After learning 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.
Close cooperation with companies and other organizations is part of Laurea's pedagogical model known as Learning by Developing. During the studies 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 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.
Because of the compulsory and complementary Finnish language courses, Laurea's nursing graduates have the sufficient skills in Finnish to be employed in Finland.
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.
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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 scholarships
This programme has no tuition fees for EU students.
Non-EU/EEA area students in degree programmes taught in English are charged tuition fees.
Tuition fee: €8 000/ 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.
Learn more about the Nursing programme
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