Bachelor's Degree Programme in Nursing

General

Program Description

A versatile profession in healthcare and wellbeing

Nursing is about supporting people’s health and wellbeing throughout their lives. The professional nurse’s role is to protect, promote, and enhance the health of individuals, families and communities to improve their quality of life.

Our Degree Programme in Nursing educates internationally oriented professionals for the field of health care. The studies will provide you with the skills needed in varied healthcare settings. During the programme, the latest research and evidence-based nursing practices will be integrated with hands-on professional skills.

As the studies proceed, you will focus on medical-surgical nursing preparing you for a nursing career in acute and long-term health care, social welfare organisations, international positions or as an entrepreneur.

The curriculum is based on EU directives and the qualification complies with the European standards. As a Bachelor of Health Care, you will have many further educational opportunities in Finland and abroad.


Study objectives

The aim of the degree programme is to educate students to become nurses (RN) in the field of health care. Nurses protect, promote, and enhance the health of individuals, families and communities, thus improving the quality of life. The prevention of illness and injury, as well as the alleviation of suffering, are core parts of nursing. Nurses are able to support people in health and wellbeing promotion, maintenance of health, and care for the ill in a holistic way throughout the lifespan.

The nurse is an expert who carries out and develops nursing independently and in multidisciplinary teams. The studies provide students with the skills needed in varied healthcare settings. During the programme, the latest research and evidence-based nursing practice will be integrated into professional skills. The curriculum is based on EU directives so qualification fulfils the European standards.


Theoretical studies are in English. The Finnish language is used in clinical training.


Study contents

Studies are divided into three stages: initial, middle, and advanced. Initial stage studies consist of modules Theoretical Basics of Nursing, The Basics of Competence in Professional Nursing, and Basics of Pharmacotherapy and Fluid Therapy.

Middle stage studies include modules Outpatient Health Care and Gerontological Nursing, Medical Nursing, Surgical and Perioperative Nursing, Women, Families and Children as Nursing Clients, and Mental Health and Substance Abuse Nursing.

Advanced professional studies consist of theory courses Nursing of Chronic Diseases and Acute Care Nursing and clinical training.

More than one-third of the studies are supervised clinical training in various simulated and authentic healthcare environments. Language studies consist of academic English, and occupational Finnish or Swedish depending on the student's educational background. Modules Development and Administration of Nursing, and Project Studies will stretch from initial stage studies to advanced professional studies.

The university collaboration enables TAMK students to choose five credits of elective studies from the courses provided by Tampere University besides courses available throughout the network of universities of applied sciences.


Choosing a field of specialisation

The Degree Programme in Nursing's advanced studies will focus on medical-surgical nursing, preparing students for a nursing career in acute and long-term health care facilities, social welfare organisations, and international positions in the field or as an entrepreneur.


Structure of studies

The extent of the degree programme is 210 ECTS credits and it takes three and a half years to complete. Full-time studies begin in August 2019. Studies are divided into three stages: initial, middle, and advanced. The initial stage is completed during the first year. The middle stage starts at the end of the first year and lasts for three full semesters. During the final academic year, there will be 30 credits of advanced studies.

  • Initial, middle stage, advanced nursing studies (109 credits)
  • Supervised Clinical Training (75 credits)
  • Bachelor's Thesis (15 credits)
  • Language skills (6 credits)
  • Elective Studies (5 credits)

Final project

The aim of the Bachelor's thesis (15 credits) is to develop and demonstrate your ability to apply your knowledge and expertise to a task pertaining to your professional studies. The task undertaken has to conform to the needs of working life, and develop professional practices, knowledge and skills. Students will be able to use evidence-based knowledge and must follow ethical research principles in their bachelor's thesis.


Internalisation

During the second or third academic year, it is possible to apply to do one or two clinical pieces of training abroad in one of about 40 partner universities' clinical environments all around the world. The period abroad can also include project studies. Other means of guaranteeing a truly international and multicultural study experience are to immerse yourself in language studies, peer tutoring for other international students, friend-family activities and international projects and themed weeks.

The curriculum is based on EU directives so qualification is in accordance with European standards, thus enabling applying registration in European countries outside Finland after the graduation.


Career opportunities

Nurses work in all different sectors and levels of health care in Finland. Medical-surgical field of nursing is vast, covering acute and long-term health care facilities, social welfare organisations, and international positions in the field or as an entrepreneur.


Postgraduate study opportunities

The Bachelor of Health Care degree gives you eligibility for Master's programmes in Finland and abroad. In Finland, further education can be for example in the fields of Health Care Management, Public Health or Nursing Science.

Tuition fees and scholarships

The tuition fee for the programme is 9800 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.

You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:

  • an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. a citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.


Scholarships

  • 50% Early Bird -scholarship, if acceptance is done within 7 days
  • Academic Award -scholarships 25% - 50% based on credits gained and GPA

Graduating students can qualify for Academic Excellence -scholarships for a variety of reasons: exceptional thesis work, success in practical placements or project work. These scholarships are governed and awarded by the TAMK R&D Fund.

Students can also be sponsored by either family or organisations/companies. TAMK is currently negotiating company sponsorships for future students.

Last updated February 2019

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