Nursing

Tutkinto: Bachelor of Health Care
Opintomuoto: Full-time studies
Opintojen laajuus: 3,5 years, 210 credits
Kampus: Talonpojankatu 2, Kokkola
Aloituspaikat: 15
Haku alkaa: 14.3.2018
Haku päättyy: 28.3.2018
This application period is for those applying with a qualification completed in Finland.

Do you want to get close to people and take part in their different stages of life? Are you interested in promoting the health, well-being and safety of the 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 nursing in different 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 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 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, 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 14th-28th March 2018

ELIGIBILITY

During 2. application period (14th -28th March 2018) eligibility is given by a Finnish qualification that gives eligibility to higher education.

The maximum admission score is as follows:

SELECTION METHOD 1: ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

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.



Direct application to Centria 9th Jan - 31st Jan 2018. Applying takes place at www.studyinfo.fi.

Eligibility

Eligibility in this application period is given by a foreign education that provides eligibility to apply for higher education in the country in question

Those applying in this application period (with a non-Finnish qualification) must submit a copy of his or her qualification certificate translated into Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator, if the original document is in none of these languages. Such translations must be signed and stamped by the translator. The translations must be submitted by 14th February 2018 at 3 pm, +2 GMT Finnish time to the address given in the application form.

Please notice that if you are applying with a qualification completed in Finland you cannot be considered eligible in this application period but you should apply in joint application between 14th March - 28th March 2018.

Discretionary admission 2018

Centria University of Applied Sciences uses discretionary admission in Direct application to Centria in January 2018 and in Joint application in March 2018, which means that the applicant can be considered eligible 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 (14th February 2018). 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).
    • Above mentioned documents must arrive by 14th February 2018, 3:00 pm (Finnish time). Copies of original certificates must then be sent by 10th July 2018, 3 pm. If the applicant does not sent the copy of final certificate by set date, the confirmation of the study place will not be registered and the student admission will be cancelled.

 

How to apply via discretionary admission

You can apply at www.studyinfo.fi and follow the regular procedure for applying. 

The copies of the certificates (A4 size) must arrive by 14th February 2018, 3 pm (Finnish time) via webropol form (address will be given in the application form). Any later certificates will not be accepted and the applicant will not be considered as a candidate for admission. Faxed copies will not be accepted.

 

Refugees (in Finland)

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 via webropol form by 14th February 2018 at the late



Joint application 14th March - 28th March 2018. Applying takes place at www.studyinfo.fi.

Eligibility

Eligibility in this application period is given by a higher secondary education completed in Finland

Please notice that if you are applying with a qualification completed outside Finland you cannot be considered eligible in this application period.

Discretionary admission 2018

Centria University of Applied Sciences uses discretionary admission in Direct application to Centria in January 2018 and in Joint application in March 2018, 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 final certificate will not be available by the end of application period and therefore a photocopy of it cannot be sent by set date (13th April 2018). Applicant can be considered eligible if he/she can provide with an official temporary certificate or statement of results which is given by the organisation awarding degrees
    • Documents must arrive by 13th April 2018, 3:00 pm (Finnish time). Copies of original certificates must then be sent by 13th July 2018, 3 pm. If the applicant does not sent the copy of final certificate by set date, the confirmation of the study place will not be registered and the student admission will be cancelled.

 

How to apply via discretionary admission

You can apply at www.studyinfo.fi and follow the regular procedure for applying. When you apply via discretionary admission, please notice, that we need you to send all relevant certificates to the adress mentioned in the application form even if Centria UAS is not your first-choice UAS.

The copies of the certificates (A4 size) must arrive by 13th April 2018, 3 pm to Admissions office. Any later certificates will not be accepted and the applicant will not be considered as a candidate for admission. Faxed copies will not be accepted.

 

Refugees (in Finland)

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 via webropol form by 13th April 2018 at the latest.



How to apply?

When the application period is open you can apply at www.studyinfo.fi.

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.



Entrance examination for the degree programme in Nursing

The date of the entrance examination in Kokkola, Finland is 7th March 2018.
The entrance exams in other countries will be arranged during the first two weeks of March 2018 (week 10 or 11).

The entrance examination consists of three parts: two essays and a mathematical section. There is no pre-reading material but the material will be handed out in the entrance exam.

The entrance examination for the degree programme in Nursing will be held in following countries* in case of 10 or more eligible applicants.

  • China (Shanghai & Fushun)
  • Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Nepal (Katmandu)
  • Uganda (Kampala)
  • Kenya (Nairobi)
  • Russia (St. Petersburg)
  • Czech Republic (Prague)
  • Poland (Poznan & Lodz)
  • Cameroon
  • Finland (Kokkola)

 

*changes may apply



Student stories - Nursing

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

 

 

 

Multicultural learning environment

I have studied nursing at Centria UAS, and I came from Nairobi, Kenya. I chose nursing because it is a time-honoured profession and one of great significance. There are so many great reasons to become a nurse. It is relevant to know about health and nursing offers firsthand experience about health care. Besides being a job with high 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 an excellent 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 for 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.

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.

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 favours everyone, from all over the world; there are excellent lectures which are not only teachers but also mentors because they provide you with excellent guidance, motivation and encouragement towards achieving your professional goals.

Kokkola is a beautiful place, located near the sea, spacious enough with a 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, I did get used to it!  Learning the Finnish language is very important, it is made possible throughout your studies and work placements.

My studies at Centria provided me with the knowledge, team working skills and ability to be competent in this Nursing profession in a multicultural environment.

Barbra Nabuluya

 



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

Study Counsellor Merja Seppälä
merja.seppala@centria.fi
tel. +358 (0)44 725 0562

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

 


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