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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: 15
Haku alkaa: 5.1.2022
Haku päättyy: 19.1.2022

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!



Centria University of Applied Sciences educates qualified nurses who care for patients, support them and maintain rehabilitation for people of various ages. Our objective is to train nurses who can work both in Finland and in international positions around the world. During your nursing studies, you will learn interpersonal and interactional skills, guidance skills, decision-making skills, as well as diverse caretaking skills. Your main task as a registered nurse is to ensure clients' health and safety, which means you need to be responsible, cautious, and accurate. Nurse work is usually done in multi-professional teams. The ability and skills to work independently are required in nurse work as well.

The nursing studies at Centria are very practical, and from the first year onwards, you get to dive deep into the different fields of nursing. The studies are conducted in English on weekdays. Theory courses are carried out as contact teaching, online studies, and independent studies. Nurses must be familiar with different treatments, so part of the teaching happens in workshops and simulations. In simulations, you get to practice real-life care situations as part of a team or a group. We also have experts from the working life visiting our lectures. Nursing studies include several practical work placement periods in different environments, such as hospitals and health centres. During the work placement, you get to familiarize yourself with various work assignments with the support of the instructors from the workplace and your Centria teacher.

The nursing teachers at Centria University of Applied Sciences have extensive experience in different sectors of nursing. We are proud of the fact that we know our students and can give them very individual teaching. We also have modern study spaces and a diverse variety of different teaching equipment – during your studies, you get to use the same equipment that nurses use in clinical settings.

Our students come from all around Finland and the world. During your studies, you get to experience a multicultural atmosphere.


Structure of Studies

The scope of the Bachelor’s degree programme in Nursing is 210 ECTS, and the studies last 3,5 years. Nursing studies consist of core studies, profiling studies, work placement and a bachelor’s thesis. The teaching takes place at our Talonpojankatu campus in Kokkola on weekdays.

During the nursing studies, you go through the basics of health care. You learn how the human body functions and how to advance the health and capability of the patient. You will also study ethics and learn customer service skills and communication skills. You get acquainted with the operational environment of the social and health sector, patient safety in different clinical environments and research and development operations.

The studies of clinical nursing begin from the basics. During your studies, you will dive into internal medicine, pharmacology, surgical nursing and acute care. You will study the nursing of children and families, as well as mental health nursing. All the different sectors of clinical nursing will be covered during your studies.

At the end of your studies, you will carry out your own thesis project on a topic that interests you. The thesis is a bridge between studies and work life, and it will advance your transition to specialist positions. The objective of the thesis is to develop and demonstrate the student’s ability to apply the evidence-based knowledge and skills they have learned to practical specialist tasks. The scope of the thesis is 15 ECTS.


International Nurses

The nurse’s work is becoming more and more international, which is why in addition to the occupational skills, language and communication skills are emphasised in the studies. At Centria, nursing studies include communication studies and Finnish language studies. In addition, you can choose more language studies as optional courses. You will also learn to utilise international research results in different written assignments and in your bachelor’s thesis.

You can complete some of your studies abroad. Short, as well as longer, work placement periods can be spent in many different countries. Nursing students are offered options for exchange studies example in the Nordic countries, Belgium, Portugal, Poland, Italy, China, Kenya and Uganda and many other countries. All our students have the chance to study in a genuinely international environment and we recommend that you take full advantage of the possibilities Centria UAS offers.

Work possibilities

Registered nurses who graduate from Centria University of Applied Sciences have excellent employment possibilities locally, as well as around Finland, but also internationally. Nurses who have graduated from Centria are currently working in hospitals, health centres, first aid, medical centres, home care, nursing homes, patient associations and other third sector organisations. In addition to these, some graduates work in different development and project positions.

Some of our work-life partners are Central Ostrobothnia Federation on Municipalities for Social and Health Care Services Soite, the City of Kokkola, The Regional Council of Central Ostrobothnia, The Jakobstad Region, municipalities of the Ylivieska region, local associations, congregations and private sector companies of social and health care services. Centria University of Applied Sciences is involved in many national UAS networks. We are also active in international university cooperation.

The title Registered Nurse (BHC) may only be used and practised by a registered nurse who has completed the degree of Bachelor of Health Care. 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.


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 for nurses.

How to apply?


Spring 2022 first joint application round

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 (English page) or here (Finnish page). The application period will end on 19 January 2022 at 3 pm Finnish time (UTC +2).

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

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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