Tutkinto: Bachelor of Health Care
Opintomuoto: Full-time studies
Opintojen laajuus: 3,5 years, 210 credits
Kampus: Terveystie 1, Kokkola
Aloituspaikat: 15
Haku alkaa: 9.1.2018
Haku päättyy: 31.1.2018

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.


More information coming during autumn 2017.

More information coming during autumn 2017.

Student stories - Nursing


Multicultural learning

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
tel. +358 (0)44 725 0576

Lecturer Lena Kalliokoski
tel. +358 (0)44 725 0594


More information about admission:
Admissions Office, tel. +358 40 8086604,


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