Nurse, Full-time studies, Fall, 2022


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Acquiring Basic Nursing Skills
The Basics of Nursing Care
Nursing Interventions 5
Nutrition 1
Ergonomics 1
First Aid Training 1
Anatomy and Physiology 1 3
The Basics of Pharmacotherapy 2
Pharmacology 1
Information and Communications Technology 1
Professional Development 1 2
Practical Training 1 6
Multiple Professional Perspectives on Social and Health Care
Promotion of Health, Wellbeing and Functional Capacity 1 2
The Client as an Active Agent in Social and Health Care 1 3
Reporting and Written Communication 2
Prevention and Treatment of Non-Communicable Diseases
Medical Nursing 5
Internal Medicine and Neurology 1
Prevention, Control and Treatment of Infections 1
Sample Collection and ECG 1
Anatomy and Physiology 2 2
The Basics of Fluid and Pharmacotherapy 1
Production and Use of Patient or Client Data in Multi-Professional Social and Health Care 2
Practical Training 2 8
Multi-Professional Work in Social and Health Care
Promotion of Health, Wellbeing and Functional Capacity 2 2
The Client as an Active Participant in Social and Health Care 2 2
Promotion of Health, Wellbeing and Functional Capacity, Practical Training 2
English at Work for Nursing 3
Applying Nursing Knowledge
Strengthening Resources and Supporting Functional Capacity Through Nursing
Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Crisis Nursing 4  
Psychiatry 1  
Gerontological Nursing 4  
Geriatrics 1  
Professional Development 2 1  
Practical Training 3A 8  
Practical Training 3B 7  
Surgical Nursing
Perioperative Nursing 6  
Surgery and Anaesthetics 1  
The Basics of Oncological and Palliative Nursing 2  
Applied Fluid and Pharmacotherapy 1  
Thesis Planning 5  
Practical Training 4A 8  
Practical Training 4B 3  
Multiprofessional Work in Social and Health Care
Research, Development and Innovation Activities 1 2  
Research, Development and Innovation Activities 2 4  
Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Finances 5    
Swedish Language for Nursing Working Life 3  
Developing Nursing Practices
Nurses as Providers of Support for Families
Nursing Care of Childbearing Families 1    
Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents 2    
Paediatrics 1    
Disability Nursing 1    
Sexual and Reproductive Health 1    
Thesis Implementation 5    
Practical Training 5 8    
Evolving Competence in Nursing
Improving Patient Safety 2    
Advanced Fluid and Pharmacotherapy 1    
Medical Physiology and Pathophysiology 1    
National Vaccination Competence Basic Module 2    
Nursing NOW 2    
Professional Development 3 1    
Thesis Finalising 5    
Practical Training 6 10    
A Professional in Nursing
Enhancing Expertise in Nursing
Practical Training 7 15      
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Bachelor of Health Care, Nursing, daytime and multimodal education

The programme in Nursing at Karelia University of Applied Sciences focuses on health promotion, disease prevention and treatment, and self-care based on the patient’s/client’s own resources. Nursing education is closely linked to the strategic objectives of Karelia University of Applied Sciences and also supports the implementation and development of wellbeing services in sparsely populated areas. At graduation, you will have a wide range of skills and extensive knowledge enabling you to work as a nurse in public, private and third sector jobs or to start your own business. In your studies, you use variable learning methods and have a possibility to complete part of your studies abroad.


Degree title: Bachelor of Health Care
Extent: 210 cr. / 3.5 years

Description of Competences

A nurse (Bachelor of Health Care) is an expert in the holistic care of the client/patient and their close relatives. The nurse's work focuses on assessing the client’s care needs and functional ability, guiding and supporting, assisting with the basic activities of daily living, monitoring the vital functions, administering medication, and performing nursing procedures and examinations. The aim of nursing care is always to maintain and further strengthen the functional capacity of the person being cared for and to support self-care.

The nursing degree is based on the national competence requirements for general nurse education and the generic competence requirements for the degrees granted by universities of applied sciences. The national competence requirements for general nurse education are:

- 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, Utilisation of Research Knowledge and Decision-Making
- Entrepreneurship and Development
- Quality Management
- Service System of Health Care and Social Welfare Services
- Patient and Client Safety

Working in a multidisciplinary team and using health and wellbeing technology are key aspects of nursing. You will be able to apply your skills in new and changing contexts. The constant changes in society and working life require you to be able to continuously learn and develop your own work. This is also addressed by the common competences of the universities of applied sciences, which are, learning to learn, operating in a work place, ethics, sustainable development, internationality and multi-culturalism and proactive development.

Competence Development and the Content of Studies

In addition to evidence-based knowledge, your education will focus on interpersonal, organisational and problem-solving skills, as well as ethical and professional conduct. At the beginning of your studies, you will become familiar with basic nursing skills, different nursing interventions and the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases. In your second year of study, you will learn how to strengthen clients’ resources and support their ability to function, as well as how to care for surgical and short stay procedure patients. In your third year of study, you will develop your skills in the nursing care of children, adolescents and families, and how to critically review and develop the quality of nursing care and patient safety. At the end of your studies, you will deepen your knowledge through complementary studies of your choice and demonstrate your ability to function as a professional who is able to carry out nursing care independently and as a member of a work community.

The degree contains common core studies (184 cr.) and complementary studies (26 cr.). The common core studies are compulsory to all students. The common core studies include 75 credits of practical training and a thesis of 15 credits.

The complementary studies can help you expand or deepen your knowledge and skills. You can utilise the course supply of Karelia UAS or that of other universities. Your professional core competences can be further developed by complementary studies offered by Karelia UAS nursing and public health nursing programmes, for example, Acute Nursing Care, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Nursing, Palliative Care and Promoting Sexual Health.

Complementary studies may also include Sports Academy coaching for competitive and elite athletes, as well as student union and tutor activities for up to 15 credits. If the aforementioned complementary studies are not in line with your own professional goals, you can discuss other options with your tutor or study adviser.

During the education, you will learn how to care for clients in a holistic way, taking into account their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. This holistic approach will also be strengthened through joint multi-professional studies in the field of health care and social services, where you study together with students of public health nursing, physiotherapy, social services and applied gerontology.

Work-Related Learning

At Karelia UAS, you act as a student in a modern learning environment that has close connections with the professionals in the field. We work closely with the provincial healthcare and social service providers, who offer you a variety of practical placements. In multi-professional cooperation with our partners, we develop products, services, policies and technological solutions that support sustainable well-being. During your education, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the promotion of health and well-being and active ageing.

Pedagogical Choices

Nursing studies are carried out in a multi-professional and multidisciplinary way. Studies are conducted both in teams and individually in forms of contact teaching and distance learning. Studies include theoretical studies, practical training and project work. Modern technology and a variety of learning environments are used. Each semester, real-life nursing situations are practised in clinical lessons and simulation exercises.

The education utilises team learning, which is goal-oriented working with team members with the emphasis on listening and participatory interaction. During your studies, you can apply for Karelia Business Academy (Y-akatemia) to study entrepreneurship in multidisciplinary teams. It offers you the opportunity to combine entrepreneurship with your studies. You will complete your degree there in accordance with the Business Academy curriculum and complete the professional studies in your field.

Flexible Course Implementations

At the beginning of your studies, you will familiarise yourself with the nursing curriculum and compare its content with your previous knowledge. You have a possibility to apply for the recognition of prior studies or for the validation of the competence acquired elsewhere as part of your degree. Accreditation is based on the separate RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) procedures.

Various implementations enable flexible studying that is partly independent of time and place. Multimodal education allows you to study and work simultaneously. Daytime education involves more contact teaching. You can also speed up your studies by designing individual study paths and through studification. You can accomplish complementary studies at any stage of your studies by choosing study units from the course supply offered by Karelia and other universities of applied sciences. Furthermore, the supply of summer studies is constantly increasing.


You have a possibility to enhance your international competence through international course supply, project work, online courses and through student exchanges. Karelia UAS cooperates with several educational institutions, for example, in Zambia, Malawi, Indonesia, Canada and Europe. You can participate in study exchange or practical training in partner institutions around the world. Karelia also receives a larger number of exchange students from other countries, which offers good opportunities for internationalisation at home. Furthermore, language learning is made as practical as possible by integrating it into professional studies, which will strengthen your international competence.


Assessment is an ongoing process throughout your studies. Assessment takes place, for example, in practical trainings, learning assignments, exams and in competence demonstrations. Students’ self-assessment, peer feedback and work-based feedback are also utilised. Studying is supported by reflection sessions where you analyse and evaluate your learning against the set learning objectives. Assessment and feedback help you to follow your development and to set new objectives for your learning. Karelia has defined general assessment principles, yet, the specific assessment criteria are explicated in course descriptions.

Career Opportunities

When you graduate as a nurse, you will be entered as a licensed healthcare professional in the database of the Finnish National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health. You can work in a wide range of jobs and settings, such as hospitals, health centres, outpatient clinics, inpatient wards, nursing homes, telenursing, healthcare organisations or your own enterprise. In the future, nurses will increasingly work independently when they provide nurse appointments and nursing care in people’s homes. Job and professional titles for nurses could include, among others, nurse, expert in development, planning and education, project expert or manager, healthcare planner, pharmaceutical representative, nurse researcher, care manager and e-professional. The Finnish nursing degree will enable you to work as a professional in different parts of the world.

Transformation of work and personal career progress require continuous learning after the degree is completed. As a qualified nurse, you can take specialisation studies as part of your continuing professional education. Furthermore, you can continue your studies at master level in a university or a university of applied sciences and this can open recruitment opportunities for expert, development and management jobs. Teacher-tutors and study counsellors support your career planning throughout your studies.