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Bachelor of Health Care, Nursing

Bachelor of Health Care, Nursing

The overall aim of the degree programme in nursing is to educate students from the point of view of working in international and multicultural nursing contexts. Nurse education covers all the fields included in nursing care, and provides the students with skills to support individuals, families and communities in order to help them achieve favourable health and avoid illness.

A nurse is able to carry out and develop nursing which both promotes and maintains health, prevents illnesses and heals and rehabilitates. A nurse works independently as a nursing expert when treating patients and, at the same time, carries out medical treatment of the patient as prescribed by the doctor. 

Only graduated, registered general nurses can act in the nurse’s profession. You are able to apply for professional rights after graduation from the permission office and supervision office of National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health, Valvira.

Study contents

The main teaching language is English, but also Finnish at certain level (B1-level) is needed at clinical practice. The studies consist of core and professional studies, free-choice studies, the Bachelor's thesis and practical training. Studies contain lectures, network and simulation teaching, independent studies and clinical practice.

The objective of the core studies is that the student develops his or her skills in communications and internationalism, adopts evidence-based work methods as a healthcare expert and acquires the language skills needed in the profession. During the professional studies the student will develop in addressing health problems of people of different ages and will become familiar with the essential problem areas and adaptations in his or her respective professional field. 

The work placement is an essential part of the studies. Part of the training placement is completed as class and simulation exercises in a classroom environment, where the student practices and develops his or her basic skills. The other part of training is completed as clinical practice in working life. 

How to Apply?

Next application period is on 9 - 24 January 2018.

Applications are submitted through the online joint application system at Read more about joint application.

More information at Studyinfo

At Studyinfo you'll find

  • student selection criteria
  • eligibility criteria
  • health requirements
  • more information about the degree programme
  • the application form

Go to Studyinfo


Entrance examination

The entrance examination is held on 13 April 2018. The exam includes English and Finnish language test. 

The materials for the entrance examination will be published on this webpage on 15 February 2018. 

Parts of the entrance exam:

  • English language test
  • Finnish language test
  • Mathematics test
  • Anatomy and physiology

Pre-reading material:

Principles Of Anatomy And Physiology 12th Ed G. Tortora, B


  • 61-163 (The cellular level of organization, The tissue level of organization, The integumentary system)
  • 198-257 (The skeletal system: The axial skeleton; The skeletal system: The appendicular skeleton)
  • 337-409 (The muscular system)
  • 689-740 (The cardiovascular system: The blood; The cardiovascular system: The heart)
  • 760-781 ja 786-822 (The cardiovascular system: Blood vessels and haemodynamics)
  • 874-896 (The respiratory system)
  • 921-966 (The digestive system)
  • 1018-1046 (The urinary system)