Bachelor's Degree Programme in Nursing (Bachelor of Health Care)

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The award
Bachelor of Health Care

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 5000 per year

All study options

About Bachelor's Degree Programme in Nursing at Savonia University of Applied Sciences

After having completed the nursing studies you will be a competent and skilled nursing expert. You will have extensive knowledge of nursing; you will master the required concepts, methods and skills to enable critical assessment and decision-making in changing and unpredictable nursing situations.

After graduation you will be an expert in nursing patients and have an ability to apply your knowledge and skills when solving complex and unpredictable nursing problems.

During your studies you will learn to be in charge of professional work or projects as well as to work in expert jobs in the field of nursing. You will also learn to assess your own skills and the skills and development of other people and teams. You will be able to apply, assess and analyse your nursing skills in different situations. You will also be able to coordinate the work and to work independently as a nursing expert both in your home country and abroad. You will be prepared for lifelong learning and have the ability to communicate both verbally and in writing with different audiences in and outside the field of nursing. You will also have good communication skills both in Swedish and in English.

The degree studies are full-time studies and attendance is required in part of the courses. The study methods include eg contact lessons, distance and independent studies, eLearning and internship as well as RDI work. Internship periods are full-time studies and attendance is required.

We use versatile methods in our education, eg skills workshops and simulation. The guiding principles in nursing education are intercourse between theory and practice, contact lessons and independent studying both by oneself and in teams as well as learning in different expert cultures. The student takes an active role in the studies.

During the first year of your studies you will learn to observe a human being as a psychophysical entity and you will learn the basics of nursing. You will learn to use the nursing values and principles to enhance health and functional ability as well as in nursing medical patients.

During the second year you will learn to use evidence-based information in the medication of the most common diseases and in perioperative nursing. Perioperative nursing covers nursing before, during and after surgical operations. During the training periods you will learn to apply and expand knowledge of nursing children, adolescents and families as well as of mental health and addiction care.

During the third year you can apply and analyse information on ageing and the clients’ needs and you can implement nursing in different environments. You will be able to assess the development needs in nursing as well as plan and implement solutions to renew and develop nursing. You will also be able to apply the RDI skills you obtained during your studies when planning and writing your thesis.

During the final year of your studies you will be able to apply, assess and analyse your nursing skills in different fields, to coordinate your work and to work independently as a nursing expert in an international environment. You will have the ability to communicate both verbally and in writing with different audiences in and outside the field of nursing.

The content of nursing studies start with becoming familiar with nursing and proceed to applying the nursing skills in different patient work situations, eg patients at different ages and with different diseases. Your skills are developed and deepened during the study process.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBachelor of Health CareHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course feesEUR 5000 per year

Notes about fees for this course

In the first academic year all students who are obligated to pay the tuition fee will get the scholarship, which covers 70% of the tuition fee. In the following academic years the scholarship covers 50% of the tuition fee and to qualify for the scholarship Bachelor student must complete at least 55 credits by 31 July.

If you are EU/EEA or Swiss citizen, you don’t have to pay the tuition fee.

EU countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.

EEA countries:

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Entry requirements

A degree or qualification completed outside Finland, which gives eligibility for higher education in the awarding country (e.g. a high school diploma, an upper general certificate of education, a higher secondary school certificate).

If the applicant is graduating during the spring of the application period, he / she must submit a copy of the transcript of records or other certificate to the first choice UAS Admission Services by post or as email attachment by 7 February 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time. The transcript of records or other document must state that the applicant is graduating during the spring of the application period and will receive the final certificate / final diploma by 31 august 2018.

If an applicant is a refugee or in a refugee-like situation and is unable to submit documentary evidence of his / her qualification, he / she can still apply to Savonia UAS. The applicant must have an official decision attesting to his / her refugee status, e.g. a decision on asylum or a residence permit granted on the basis of a need for protection.

Those applying to study in the field of Health Care and Social Services must have a sufficient good health status and functional capacity to be capable of completing practical assignments and work placement periods as part of the studies.

Please see the Eligibility section of the website for more information regarding applications.

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    Testimonial from Sudipta Chatterjee-Paukkonen, student at Savonia University of Applied Sciences

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    On my graduation, along with my Bachelor’s degree certificate I received an offer to work for Savonia as a project planner. During my work, I was able to utilize my knowledge of international business and communication skills that I gained during my studies at Savonia. The work helped me realize how well I was prepared by Savonia to face the outside world once I graduate. What could have been a better start of a career for a fresher like me?

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    New thinking and unconventional approaches to work have always been my main inspirations in life. When I came from Russia to Kuopio to learn about international business, I had a vision of Savonia UAS as a place where students were taught to be innovative not only in technology but in marketing as well. And I was not mistaken. Studying business at Savonia together with people from different cultures and countries and under the guidance of passionate professionals - our teachers - made me acquainted with the various facets of trade I had never heard about before! We were brought up to be the qualified and open-minded people able to provide smart solutions to the global marketplace; able to facilitate this up-to-date global shift from the economy of extraction to the economy of creation.

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    Barbara Juhász-Kiss

    Testimonial from Barbara Juhász-Kiss, student at Savonia University of Applied Sciences

    When I visited Finland for the very first time, I was only 22. I had still ongoing university studies in Hungary, I came only for a personal reason and I had no intention to study or apply to the university. But life gave me the opportunity to come back and stay in Kuopio much longer than I supposed to in 2011. I couldn’t find any full time job in Kuopio in English; therefor applying to Savonia University of Applied Sciences seemed to be the best decision. Since I realized this was the best decision of my life.

    I got so much during this 3 and a half year that I couldn’t wish for more: knowledge, friends, personal, professional and cultural opportunities. I got involved actively in Savonia’s student life as an international tutor, I got classmates and friends from all around the world by being student of International Business class. The flat hierarchy of Savonia UAS made the studies easy going and more fun. The expectations were reasonably high but clear and achievable. All Savonia staff was always for the students, always helpful and always flexible.

    If I should highlight one, most memorable thing from Savonia, is our exchange trip opportunity to China. During that one month period I got lifelong friends, experiences and memories that helped to find my place and decide what I want from life.

    Thanks to the study method in Savonia and the mandatory 5 months internship period, in 2013 I had to find a place which personally and professionally also suits my expectations. I got an offer from a Hungarian PR Agency, Open Communications Ltd. to work for them for 5 months as a paid PR trainee. I was actually happy to come home with all my international experience and see how much I can implement my knowledge to real life work here, in my home country. Seems Savonia taught me well as since June 2013 I am working for Open Communications; after the 5 months trainee period they’ve asked me to stay as a full time worker in PR Assistant position. After a year, in 2014, I’ve got promoted to Junior PR Consultant and just a couple of days ago, as another year passed by I’ve got promoted again, so now I am working as a PR Consultant. Most of my projects are related to P&G corporate and brand issues, new product launches, CSR projects, corporate collaborations etc.

    To sum up the years I’ve spent in Savonia and the time since: Savonia is a place of opportunities you just have to find the right one for yourself and seize it.

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