Bachelor’s Degree, Full-Time Studies ...

Nursing (aimed at immigrants)

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Basics on Nursing Profession
Orientation to the Profession 2
Basics of Clinical Nursing 8
Holistic Health Promotion 3
Pharmacotherapy and Medical Calculations 4
Infection Control 2
First Aid 2
Anatomy and Physiology 1 2
Holistic Nursing
Nursing Documentation 2
Intravenous Fluid Therapy and Blood Transfusion 3
Nursing Care of Internal Medicine and Palliative Care 5
Pharmacology 2
Natural Science and Medicine 1 3
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Operative Nursing
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Social and Health Care Service System 2  
Education and Teaching Competence and Digital Communication 2  
Structured Data Search and Utilization 2  
Family Nursing
Nursing of Children and Young People and Nursing of the Disabled 5  
Woman’s Health 4  
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Nursing 7  
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Nursing in Changing Environments
Communicable Diseases and Vaccination 3    
Nursing at a Health and Social Services Center 3    
Nursing Research 3    
Nursing Care for the Elderly 4    
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Nursing Administration and Working Life Skills 2      
Bachelor´s Thesis
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Reporting Thesis 5    
Advanced Professional Studies, Medical-Surgical Nursing
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Supervised Clinical Training
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The curriculum has been planned so that the student completes 60 ECTS credits per academic year and 30 ECTS credits per semester

Studies of syllabus is planned so 60 credits are studied in academic year and length of studies is 3,5/4/4,5 years. Planned syllabus may change during studies.

This Degree Programme in Nursing is aimed at immigrants. By the time of graduation, the goal is that you will be able to work in health care services in Finland using the Finnish language.

In the beginning, the studies will mostly be conducted in English, with Finnish language teaching gradually taking over. You must have the minimum of B2 level in the English language. There is no requirement for Finnish language skills.

The core values of Degree Programme in Nursing include respect for individuals, human dignity, confidentiality, responsibility and high-quality professional conduct. Learning to be a nurse includes both evaluation of prior knowledge and conduct in a reflective, critical and ethical way, realisation of new ways of action, and processing of personal attitudes. The starting point of learning is the multidimensional reality and knowledge of many levels. Learning rises from the key competence needs of the professional field.

The professional competencies of registered nurses have been defined based on national and European standards, and they consist of professionalism and ethics, client-centred care, communication and multi-professionalism, health promotion, leadership and professional co-operation skills of the employee, information technology and documentation, guidance and education competence and supporting self-care, clinical nursing, evidence-based practice, utilization of research knowledge and decision-making, entrepreneurship and development, quality management, service system of health care and social welfare services, and patient and client safety. The professional competencies of registered nurses are based on evidence-based nursing, nursing science and other disciplines such as medicine and social and behavioural sciences.

Degree Programme in Nursing includes the following competences in addition to the previously mentioned: competences in individualised care, digital communication, utilisation of digital solutions, wellbeing technology and principles of service occupation. The student will recognise and utilize the principles of sustainable development in the profession. At Tampere University of Applied Sciences, the degree programme in nursing has a strong profile in demanding clinical nursing and individualised health promotion.

The registered nurse supports people in health and wellbeing promotion and maintenance of health, and cares for the ill in a holistic way. The nurse is an expert who carries out and develops nursing independently and in multi-professional teams. The registered nurse can work in different environments in social and health care, in the service of primary health care, specialised health care, private sector or third sector organisations.

The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health authorises Bachelor of Health Care degrees according to the Act on Health Care Professionals (559/94). The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health authorises Bachelor of Health Care degrees according to the Act on Health Care Professionals (559/94).

The degree is comparable with equivalent degrees in other EU countries (2013/55/EU). The Finnish Nursing degree allows for the comparability of the degree and employability as a nurse in other EU countries. In case you wish to work outside the EU/EEA area, you need to check the country-specific qualification requirements upon graduation.

Studies’ structure

The studies consist of core, professional and Finnish language studies (120 ects), final project (15 ects) and supervised practical training (75 ects). Finnish language studies (20-23 ects) are included in the degree programme in nursing. In addition to language studies Finnish language is included to core and professional studies. Student should be motivated and commit to develop Finnish language skills to the required level by National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira).

The student’s competence in nursing expands and deepens throughout the studies. After the first semester of the studies, the nursing student knows the basics of caring for ill patients. The student obeys all laws and ethical codes concerning health care. The student recognises and predicts possible health problems of individuals and communities and knows the basic principles of genome data. The student knows how to monitor basic vital signs, recognise nursing needs and use appropriate nursing methods. The student has mastered medical calculations and knows how to administer medication safely. The student is able to consider the meaning of different cultures in nursing.

During the second, third, fourth and fifth semester of the studies the student develops his/her clinical know-how in different areas of nursing. The student can estimate the nursing needs of patients/clients of different ages, and plan, implement and evaluate nursing in cooperation with the patients/clients and their significant others. The student utilizes multidisciplinary knowledge as the basis for his/her work. The student can guide and support patients/clients in self-care and utilize user-oriented wellbeing technology. The student knows how to act in multi-professional collaboration to the benefit of the patient/client. The student can critically evaluate his/her own work.

During sixth and seventh semester, towards the end of the programme the competence of the student strengthens and deepens. The student can make ethically sound decisions based on evidence and act professionally as a nurse. The student can meet the nursing needs of families and patients of different ages in medical-surgical nursing field. The student can act as a primary nurse to patients and their families throughout nursing processes according to the principles of primary nursing. The student can develop nursing and his/her conduct responsibly. The student deepens his/her knowledge in a nursing field through the bachelor’s thesis.

The Degree Programme in Nursing includes 75 credits of supervised clinical training to enhance professional skills. Clinical trainings are situated in real patient/client contacts, extensively in different nursing specialities and health care environments.

In completing the studies, the following principles are followed:

30 ECTS of first and second semester studies need to be completed before starting third semester studies. These 30 ECTS should include course Pharmacotherapy and medical calculations. Before the second clinical training the student should participate in the courses Infection control, Pharmacotherapy and medical calculations and Basics of clinical nursing.

The student must have passed courses Infection control, Pharmacotherapy and medical calculations and Basics of clinical nursing before the third clinical training. In addition to this, before clinical trainings 3-7 the student must participate in the courses related to the nursing area of the supervised clinical training (e.g. before surgical nursing clinical training the student must participate in surgical nursing course).

Supervised clinical trainings 2-9 in the Degree Programme in should be planned and placed extensively in different fields of nursing care. The student will have clinical trainings with patients and clients of all ages in the basic health care, specialised care, inpatient and outpatient care (in public and private health care and third sector). The student will develop competence in general nursing and mental health and substance abuse nursing care.

By the start of sixth semester, before the advanced professional studies the student must have studies completed, at least 135 credits, including the basic level studies in the field of the optional professional studies. These studies need to include six supervised clinical trainings and anatomy and physiology.

Before Bachelor's Thesis the student has participated in the courses Structured Data Search and Nursing Research. The student has completed Supervised Clinical Training 1-3.


Degree programme in nursing students form a multicultural group. During the studies the student will have the opportunity to participate in international activities such as projects and joint teaching by international partners.

Graduates are equipped to work in multicultural environments. The Finnish Nursing degree allows for the comparability of the degree and employability as a nurse in other EU countries. In case you wish to work outside the EU/EEA area, you need to check the country-specific qualification requirements upon graduation.