Tutkinto: Bachelor of Health Care
Opintomuoto: Full-time studies
Opintojen laajuus: 3,5 years, 210 credits
Kampus: Talonpojankatu 2, Kokkola
Haku alkaa: 10.7.2019
Haku päättyy: 7.8.2019
Application period has closed on 7 August at 3 pm (Finnish time)

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 three 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.


ADMISSION CRITERIA / APPLICATION PERIOD 24th July - 7th August 2019 (Applicants with Finnish certificate only)

Eligibility to the degree programme is given by following FINNISH qualifications:

  • the Finnish general upper secondary school syllabus and/or the matriculation examination;
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma completed in Finland;
  • a European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma completed in Finland;
  • Reifeprüfung (RP) Diploma completed in Finland;
  • Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification with a scope of 120 credit units or 180 credit points, or a comparable previous Finnish vocational qualification with a minimum scope of 80 credit units;
  • Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma; 
  • a  Finnish vocational upper secondary  qualification  or  a  further or specialist vocational qualification as a competence-based qualification, or a comparable previous qualification
  • discretionary admissions

Anyone applying through discretionary admission is required to submit copies of the certificates that he or she wishes to use to the admissions office of Centria university of applied sciences by 7 August 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time. Discretion only concerns an applicant’s eligibility to apply.



Entrance examination     70 points, minimum 30 points

In cases of equal admission scores applicants will be ranked on the following grounds:

  1. entrance examination points

  2. applicant’s first-choice programme on the application form

  3. over quota/under quota/drawing of lots

The university of applied sciences may cancel admission if an applicant fails to submit qualification certificates/certificates of employment by the specified deadline, or if an applicant has provided false information.




The following education gives you eligibility in Centria's direct application:

- International Baccalaureate completed outside Finland
- Reifeprüfung completed outside Finland
- European baccalaureate completed outside Finland
- foreign education that gives eligibility to apply to higher education in the country in question

Centria University of Applied Sciences uses discretionary admission in direct application 2019, which means that the applicant can be considered eligible for the entrance examination even if he/she would not meet the general admission criteria. Discretion may come in question in the following situation:

  • applicant’s (who is not a citizen of an EU/EEA-country) final certificate will not be available by the end of application period and therefore a photocopy of it cannot be sent by set date. Applicant can be invited to the entrance examination if he/she can provide with an official temporary certificate or statement of results which is given by the organisation awarding degrees (for example in Nigeria or Ghana an official statement of results sent to Centria directly from WAEC or NECO or in Kenya statement of results sent directly from the KNEC).

If you are a refugee or in a refugee-like situation and the qualifications you have obtained cannot be proven through documentary evidence, the UAS' concerned can still invite you to the entrance examination. In this case you must prove the refugee status by a decision made by a competent authority and send a copy of the decision (a decision on asylum or a residence permit granted on the basis of a need for protection) to the admissions office by the set date.


The maximum admission score is as follows:


Entrance examination     70 points

In cases of equal admission scores under selection method 1, applicants will be ranked on the following grounds:

  1. entrance examination points
  2. applicant’s first-choice programme on the application form
  3. over quota/under quota/drawing of lots

The university of applied sciences may cancel admission if an applicant fails to submit qualification certificates/certificates of employment by the specified deadline, or if an applicant has provided false information.

How to apply?

Direct link to the application at

When the application period is open you can apply at

You can find all Centria's programmes that are open for application by using "Centria" as a search word and by limiting the search results to "Application period ongoing". By filtering by language you can also view the degree programmes that are conducted in Finnish.

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

Lecturer Maria Björkmark
tel. +358 (0)44 725 0568

Study Counsellor Merja Seppälä
tel. +358 (0)44 725 0562

More information about admission

Admissions Services
tel. +358 40 8086604

Entrance examination

Entrance examination 14th August 2019 from 12 to 2 pm Finnish time. 

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