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Tutkinto: Bachelor of Health Care
Opintomuoto: Full-time studies
Opintojen laajuus: 3,5 years, 210 credits
Kampus: Talonpojankatu 2, Kokkola
Aloituspaikat: 10
Next application round is planned for spring 2022

Do you want to get close to people and take part in their different stages of life? Are you interested in promoting health, well-being and safety of individuals and the whole community? Do you like changing situations and multicultural environments?

If you are a team player, enjoy taking responsibilities and can work independently, then you are suitable for nursing studies!



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

Nurses need to have good social interaction skills as well as management, decision-making and nursing skills. In addition to these competencies, 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 are carried according to the study objectives, in approved practical placements, either in Finland or abroad. Part of the training takes place in workshops and simulation environments.

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 by enhancing self-assessment and communication skills. During the third and fourth study year, part of the 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.

Work possibilities

A registered nurse can work in hospitals, health centers, acute and home nursing settings, elderly service units, inpatient - and other organisations and different projects.

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

The 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 "health care professional " according to the Act on Health Care Professionals (559/949).

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


Cooperation with companies

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 two 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. Universities also offer Master's studies in social work and health care destined to nurses.


How to apply?


Applying with a qualification completed outside Finland 

The next application period for degree programmes conducted in English will be arranged between 5 January and 19 January 2022. The offered programmes and more information about them can be found here. The application period will end on 19 January 2022 at 3 pm Finnish time (UTC +2). This application period is going to be only for applicants applying with a qualification completed outside Finland. For applicants accepted in this application round, the studies are set to begin in August 2022.

More information concerning the application process for applicants applying with a qualification completed outside Finland can be found here.

APPLICATION LINK (will be published in January 2022):



Student stories - Nursing


Interaction with the patients

We are Milcah from Kenya and Huyen from Vietnam, and we are studying nursing at Centria.

The nursing programme takes three and half years and it is divided into sections: studying theory, doing work placements and doing independent studies. The first year is for basic clinical skills, then nutrition, surgical nursing and medical nursing and so on. They all prepare you really well for the work placement. You are able to go to the ward with the knowledge you receive at school. We have simulations and we are really prepared before going to the ward. In the class, you will learn the basic sills: how to do wound care, how to place a catheter or a canula, or even subcutaneous, intramuscular injections.

We have had practical training in elderly ward, home care, surgical ward where we took care of patients that were in surgery before they can go home, and in internal medicine ward, which is specialized in lung, kidney and liver diseases. A nice experience but a tough one was training period in palliative care unit.

What is different in Finland, comparing to our home countries, is the use of tutor nurses – you get really one-on-one support. It gives them a possibility to evaluate you as a student and they will provide you the support that you need. The tutors do not put that much pressure on your shoulders, they guide you but you do not bear as much as responsibility as the other nurses. It means that you can take the chance to learn and practice at your own pace without too much responsibility.

We knew Finland had one of the best educational systems before applying here. The structure is quite relaxed - you can focus on one part at the time. You do not need to learn too much theory at the same time before going to practice.

After coming to Centria we understood why the Finnish educational system is so famous – yes, it is cold here and the language is difficult, but the educational aspect is so logic. You study and then you go to practice, you just need to take one step at the time. The teachers take care of you: not only of your studies but also of your wellbeing.

We start learning Finnish at school, and working with Finnish patients encourage you to learn the language. It is quite a challenge, but when talking with the patients, you notice that communication is more than the words that come out - it is about the interaction with the patients, the body language.

Kokkola is a small city. If you come from a congested city, this place stands out by how organized it is. You have enough space, you don’t have to push anyone to cross the street. There are loads of outdoor activities that you can do all year round. The student union of Centria, COPSA, organizes loads of activities.

At Centria, you get the best school and the best friends!

Milcah Kipkoech
Huyen Dao Nguyen

Nursing students

Vincent Centria amk


A work placement became my dream job!

I am originally from Belgium but I studied in the degree programme in Nursing in Kokkola. I graduated from the degree programme in Nursing, and I now work as a nurse in the ER, intensive care unit and surgical ward. 
When I came to Finland, it was because of love. I had a different career in Belgium, where I was a chemistry and biology teacher. I would not have been able to pursue that career here, as I didn’t speak Finnish back then.

I applied to study to become a nurse because I have always been interested in the field of healthcare, as my mother is a psychologist.

Our class was extremely international: there were students from Kenya, China, the USA, Finland and me, from Belgium. We studied using the PBL procedure, meaning Problem Based Learning: we were presented with a situation, a patient’s story or care plan, we had to come up with a treatment or figure out how to deal with the situation and why. It was a pleasant way to study; it was both a participative and active way of learning: we had to look for information by ourselves.

At school, we learnt everything that was related to nurse’s work: how to place a cannula, how to inject drugs into muscles, and so on. We learnt the theory at school and the practice through the work placement, which we had in various places: ER, intensive care, at centre for handicapped… It taught us how to deal with people, both our counsellors and the patients taught us a lot. We learnt that each is unique, each person has an individual story and should be cared for as such. I became sure of my future career when I was a trainee in the emergency; I knew that I wanted to work there. I like the chaotic aspect! My Finnish skills have been improving thanks to the internships, even though I have also made use of my English and French skills at the central hospital here in Kokkola! Many of the Finnish students in my class were interesting in going to work abroad as nurses and become fluent in the Nursing vocabulary thanks to this programme.

Centria has excellent teachers as well as a fantastic environment. What I enjoyed the most was the possibility to take part in exciting work placements. The school collaborates actively with the central hospital in Kokkola.

Vincent Gleviczky, Bachelor of Healt Care



More information about studies

Senior Lecturer Timo Kinnunen
tel. +358 44 7250 576

More information about admission

Admissions Services
tel. +358 40 808 6604

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