Nursing

Tutkinto: Bachelor of Health Care
Opintomuoto: Full-time studies
Opintojen laajuus: 3.5 years, 210 credits
Kampus: Terveystie 1, Kokkola
Aloituspaikat: 15
This programme is currently running at Centria UAS - No intake in 2017 (more information coming during the spring 2017)

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.

Co-operation 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 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.



Each university of applied sciences determines which of the following selection methods are to be used for each programme choice. All applicants are included in the selection methods used in their chosen field, but each applicant can only be selected on the basis of one selection method. Selection methods that Centria UAS use can be found here.

The maximum admission score is as follows:

SELECTION METHOD 1: ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Entrance examination              40/70/100 points

SELECTION METHOD 2: SCHOOL PERFORMANCE AND ENTRANCE EXAMINATION (only available to those applying with a matriculation examination certificate)

ALTERNATIVE 2A

School performance                            30 points (matriculation examination grades)

Entrance examination                          70 points

Total                                                100 points

ALTERNATIVE 2B

School performance                            60 points (matriculation examination grades)

Entrance examination                          40 points

Total                                                100 points

SELECTION METHOD 3: ENTRANCE EXAMINATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Entrance examination                          70 points

Work experience                                 30 points

Total                                                100 points

Admission is conditional until the university of applied sciences has checked school and employment certificates. The university of applied sciences may cancel admission if an applicant fails to submit certificates by the specified deadline, or if an applicant has provided false information.

 

Conversion formula for EB, IB and Reifeprüfung Diplomas

Applicants who have completed an International Baccalaureate (IB), a European Baccalaureate (EB) or a Reifeprüfung (RP) Diploma will convert their diploma grades according to the following conversion table:

EB Diploma

IB Diploma

Reifeprüfung Diploma

Finnish matriculation examination

 

 

Mathematics

Other subject-specific test

 

 

 

 

9.50–10.00

9.00–10.00

7 (Excellent)

13–15 points

Laudatur (L)

 

8.50–9.45

8.00–8.95

6 (Very good)

12–10 points

Eximia cum laude approbatur (E)

 

7.00–8.45

7.00–7.95

5 (Good)

8–9 points

Magna cum laude approbatur (M)

 

6.00–6.95

6.00–6.95

4 (Satisfactory)

7 points

Cum laude approbatur (C)

 

5.00–5.95

5.00–5.95

3 (Mediocre)

5–6 points

Lubenter approbatur (B)

 

4.00–4.95

4.00–4.95

2 (Poor)

4 points

Approbatur (A)

 



Entrance examination date in Finland: 19 April 2016. 

All the eligible applicants participate the entrance examination in the spring of 2016. The student selection is based on the entrance examination.

Please find the list of cooperating degree programmes below:

  • Centria University of Applied Sciences Bachelor of Health Care, Nursing, full-time studies
  • JAMK University of Applied Sciences Bachelor of Health Care, Degree Programme in Nursing
  • Lapland UAS Bachelor of Health Care, Nursing, full-time studies

 



Student stories - Nursing


   

Multicultural learning
environment

I am a third year nursing student at Centria UAS, and I come from Nairobi, Kenya. I chose nursing because it is a time honored profession and one of great significance. There are so many great reasons to become a nurse. It is relevant to have knowledge about health and nursing offers firsthand experience about health care. Besides being a job with great demand all over the world, I chose it because I want to make a difference in people’s lives. It’s a field that will give me an opportunity to interact with people from different age groups every day.

Studies are interesting because they are varied - classwork, practice in different fields, workshops, seminars and group work. Besides nursing studies, we have Finnish language classes which are very crucial for working life in Finland. Finnish is quite challenging, but also logical and therefore with motivation, hard work and courage it is possible to speak it eloquently. Practicing in the different medical fields gives a good opportunity to use and learn more Finnish.

I chose Centria UAS because it is one of the best nursing schools in Finland. It has an admirable reputation of producing competent nurses. What is special about Centria UAS is the multicultural learning environment it provides. The teachers are also very supportive and great mentors. The learning environment is relaxed which makes studying in Centria UAS lovable.

Generally, studying nursing is a wonderful experience and an exciting journey. I am learning so much every day and enjoying every bit of it!

Mary Kariuki

   

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

 



More information about studies:
Lecturer Timo Kinnunen
timo.kinnunen@centria.fi
tel. +358 (0)44 725 0576

Lecturer Lena Kalliokoski
lena.kalliokoski@centria.fi
tel. +358 (0)44 725 0594

 

More information about admission:
Admissions Office, tel. +358 40 8086604, admissions@centria.fi

 



   
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