Bachelor of Health Care - Nursing

Centria University of Applied Sciences

Program Description

Bachelor of Health Care - Nursing

Centria University of Applied Sciences

  • Examination: Bachelor of Health Care
  • Length & duration: 3.5 years, 210 credits, full-time studies
  • Places: 15
  • Campus: Terveystie 1, Kokkola
  • Application period: 8.-27.1.2016
  • Student selection: All the eligible applicants participate the entrance examination in the spring of 2016. The student selection is based on the entrance examination.

Do you want to get close to people and take part in their different stages of life? Are you interested in promoting wellbeing and safety of the individual and the community? Do you like changing situations and multicultural environments? In case you like working with people as a member of a team, if you are able to take responsibility and work independently, then you are suitable for nursing studies!

Theory studies are implemented as face-to-face teaching, online studies and independent studies. In addition to Nursing Science-based professional studies, the studies also include languages, IT, welfare entrepreneurship and other basic studies. Advanced professional studies strengthen the knowledge and skills of nursing in di¿erent fields of nursing and medical specialities.

Nurses need to have social interaction skills as well as management, decision-making and nursing skills. In addition to these competences, nurses are to be responsible; diligent and accurate in order to ensure patient safety.

The degree programme in Nursing includes 75 credits of supervised practical training, which is carried according to the study objectives, in approved practical placements, either in Finland or abroad. Part of the training takes place in workshops and in a simulation environment.

The teaching method used in the Degree Programme in Nursing is Problem Based Learning (PBL). PBL supports the student’s professional growth by providing them with the capacity for independent research and multidisciplinary cooperation, receiving and providing feedback and enhances self-assessment and communication skills. During the third and fourth study year part of study courses can also be in Finnish so students should be able to communicate in Finnish at the end of their studies. Therefore, the degree programme provides students with expertise to work both in Finland and in an international environment.

Nurses work e.g. in hospitals, health centres, acute and home nursing settings, elderly service units, in patient - and other organisations and in different projects.

The title Registered Nurse (UAS) may only be used and practiced by a registered nurse who has completed the degree (UAS).

National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) grants, upon application, the right to practice as a licenced or authorised professional and authorises the use of the occupational title of healthcare professional according to the Act on Health Care Professionals (559/949).

The degree programme fulfills the European Union’s Directive (2013/55/EC) on the requirements for recognition of professional qualification.

We co-operate with different units of Social and Health Care, City of Kokkola, Central Ostrobothnia Central Hospital, other non-governmental organisations and communities.

Postgraduate studies:

A Registered Nurse may after 3 years of relevant work experience continue for a Master’s degree from a UAS. As a nurse you may also take part in different continuing courses and education. Also Universities offer continuing studies in social and health care for nurses.

Tuition fees:

At the moment there are no tuition fees for degree programmes in Finland. However, we would like to inform the applicants that there is nationwide discussion going on about the tuition fees for students outside European economic area (EAA). The law about tuition fees is under preparation.

Although education in Finland is tuition-free students must provide for their own living costs, travel expenses and other costs during their studies. The cost of living in Finland is on average comparable to the rest of Europe. Basically, for expenses such as rent, food and personal costs, you will need approximately 560 Euros per month, that is 12 x 560 = 6 720 Euros for one year. Centria UAS does not provide any financial help for students.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Best type of education

My name is Nabulya Barbra from Uganda. I wanted to study a Nursing degree and experience an international study environment, that is why I chose Centria University of Applied Sciences. I am about to start my third year. At Centria, you receive the best type of education: it focuses on practical skills and professional relevance, that prepares you for career development. The multicultural environment at Centria favors everyone, from all over the world; there are good lectures who are not only teachers but also mentors because they provide you with good guidance, motivation and encouragement towards achieving your professional goals. Kokkola is a wonderful place, located near the sea, spacious enough with lot to explore, lots of activities to get involved, easy to make friends, affordable and suitable for a student and your studies. Though Finnish winter was cold for me in the beginning but I got used to it. Learning the Finnish language is very important, it is made possible throughout your studies and work placements. My studies at Centria provide me with the knowledge, team working skills and ability to be competent in this Nursing profession under a multicultural environment.

Barbra Nabuluya

After having study nutrition in her home country for a couple of years, Ann Wangare wanted to become independent and see the world. She chose Kokkola as her new home town and the international degree programme in Nursing as her new field of study.

  • I am really enjoying myself in Finland and in Kokkola, says Ann. She describes Kokkola has being a calm and pleasant town. When moving from Kenia to Finland, snow and cold winters were a totally new experience.
  • Winter sceneries are beautiful, even though it feels like this season seems really cold and long. Ann is in her second year of studies in the nursing field and she feels comfortable in her small and international study group.
  • We have gathered here, from all over the world to study in this field we are all interested in. My classmates are nice and our studies will provide us many opportunities for the future, rejoices Ann.
  • Teachers are skilled people and the training periods, that belong to the studies, have been successfully organized. Finnish is a difficult language and I am a bit too shy to open my mouth even though I would be able to communicate in Finnish, admits Ann.
  • Each day here in Finland feels like an adventure, even though I do feel homesick from time to time. Ann Wangare

Last updated December 7, 2015
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2016
7 semesters
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Start date Sept. 2016
Finland Kokkola
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