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Bachelor's Degree Programme in Nursing, Bachelor of Health Care: 210 cr
Bachelor of Health Care

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Study Counsellor Eija Piikkilä, tel. 050 5915560, eija.piikkila(at)
Head of Competence Area
Päivi Hautaviita

Qualification Awarded and the Level of Qualification

Bachelor of Health Care, EQF 6 (European Qualifications Framework) 

Special Admission Requirements

Admission criteria and language requirements, see TAMK’s websites.
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Recognition of Prior Learning

It is possible for students to have their prior competence recognised. Previous studies in Finnish or foreign higher education institutions/universities, which are equivalent to the studies in the curriculum, or other applied competence, which meets the competence goals and criteria, can be recognised.
See TAMK’s credit transfer guidelines

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

General qualifications for university of applied science required.

Profile of the Programme

The degree is a bachelor-level professional higher education degree.
The degree complies with the criteria set by the Finnish national degree system as well as with the European framework for degrees and other competence. The programme meets the standards of the European Union Directive (2013/55/EU) on the recognition of professional qualifications.

TAMK's nursing education is profiled in demanding clinical nursing and individualized health promotion.

Key Learning Outcomes

After finishing the degree programme in nursing the student will have wide and evidence-based competence and know-how on taking care of people, their health, and the environment. The student is able to work according to the principles of primary nursing in all stages of the care process, with patients and their families. The student can utilise variety of different guidance methods in nursing care. The student has a strong professional identity, ethical competence, and an ability to reflectively assess and develop his/her own actions.

After the first year of studies the student knows the basics of taking care of a sick person. He/she will follow the health legislations in his/her own work as well as the ethical guidelines of nursing. Student will be able to recognise and predict health problems in both individuals and communities.
Student has learned to monitor person’s vital functions, recognise what kind of treatment the patient needs, and will know how to use various nursing methods safely. The student will already know pharmacotherapy and medical calculations. He/she is skilled in giving emergency first aid. The student will be able to consider the meaning of different cultures in nursing.

During intermediate studies the student will develop clinical expertise in the different fields of nursing. He/she will be able to define the kind of care various clients of different ages require. Student will plan, implement, evaluate and carry out care with clients and their families. He/she uses information from different sciences as a basis for the actions. Student knows how to guide and support clients in self-care in a natural manner and will be competent in working in a multiprofessional environment, looking after clients’ interests. He/she will be able to critically evaluate own actions.

During the advanced professional studies student will enhance his/her competence. Student will be able to make ethically sound, evidence-based decisions and work professionally. Student can take care of clients of different ages. He/she will also take the client’s family into account as part of the nursing process. Student will be able to act as a primary nurse for a client in all stages of the nursing process.

Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples

TAMK’s graduate nurses have good employment opportunities in different fields of nursing. Registered nurses have possibilities to work with clients of different ages, in different care environments. They can work in various expert duties which require either comprehensive or specialised skills. There are jobs in primary health care, specialised health care, social services as well as in private or third sector services both in Finland and abroad. Workplaces can be for example in hospital inpatient units, outpatient or emergency units or in the operation units. They can work in home care, in different rehabilitation centres, nursing homes, medical stations or clinics or within digital health care services. In addition to these, the degree programme in nursing enables working in specialist or consultant tasks, as an entrepreneur, or in voluntary organisations and international jobs.

Access to Further Studies

Bachelor's degree in nursing graduates can complement their competence in many ways. There are several further and postgraduate education possibilities. Registered nurses can deepen and extend their competence in different professional specialisation, further or higher education studies in social and health care services. TAMK offers wide range of choices for continuous learning.

After the Bachelor's degree in health care, nursing, it is possible to continue studies in universities, by applying to bachelor’s or master’s degree studies in nursing sciences or health sciences.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Completed courses are evaluated on the scale excellent (5), good (3-4), satisfactory (1-2), and fail (0). The marking pass (S) can exceptionally be used if it has been separately stated in the study guide or individual study plan. Further, more detailed information on assessment can be found in the course implementation descriptions. The joint assessment framework forms the basis for competence assessment at TAMK

Graduation Requirements

Graduation as a registered nurse requires the completion of studies and achievement of competence objectives in the structure and extent set by the curriculum. As TAMK’s graduate the student will have strong working life skills for the future and an ability to develop nursing.

Mode of Study

The scope of the degree programme is 210 credits. The completion time is 3,5 years. The studies are carried out as full-time studies using different learning methods. The studies can be contact or online teaching and learning, skills practices, simulation practices, independent study and team/group work. Part of the studies can be distant learning or arranged at evenings. Nursing education includes 75 credits of clinical training to enhance professional skills, in different care environments. Bachelor’s thesis, 15 credits, is part of the studies. Student’s competence and know-how in nursing deepens and expands during the studies.

Degree Programme in Nursing and Health Care, Nursing, is full-time studies, study language is Finnish, and some courses are available also in English.

Curriculum-specific principles are followed in the completion and progress of studies. A more detailed description and principles of the curricula can be found from the study guide, tab curricula.

Development of the Programme

Finland’s health policy programmes and TAMK’s strategy have been considered in the curriculum. Act on Health Care Professionals and National core competences for nurses and their contents have been considered when developing the degree in nursing.

TAMK’s nursing education advisory committee and working life cooperation partners have taken part in the curriculum planning by offering comments on the contents and the structure of the curriculum.

The degree complies with the criteria set by the Finnish national degree system as well as with the European framework for degrees and other competence.