Date:  2 & 3 April 2019
Location: Arcada

NO examinations are organised abroad and Arcada is not part of any entrance exam co-operation.

Finnish or Swedish language requirement

Note that all applicants to the degree programme in Nursing are required to have intermediate skills in either Finnish or Swedish when they apply. The minimum requirement is level B1 on the European language framework. Language skills will be tested in the entrance exam. Only applicants who have marked the required language skills in their application will be invited to the entrance exam.

Content of the exam

The entrance exam to the degree programme in Nursing consists of both written and oral parts. It will test the applicant's suitability for the field in question and will include the following topics:

  • Human physiology/anatomy
  • Mathematics (calculator not allowed)
  • English language skills test
  • Finnish or Swedish language skills test

Detailed information on the entrance exam will be given in the invitation letter sent to applicants who have proven their eligibility.

A test in Finnish or Swedish is also a mandatory part in the entrance exam.

Health requirements

An applicant, who applies to the field of Social Services and Health care, must consider whether his/her health condition enables his/her successful practical studies and work placement.

 Those applying to the field must take into consideration that:

  • both studying and working in the profession requires good mental health
  • the field is not suitable for a person who uses illegal drugs or misuses alcohol or pharmaceuticals
  • musculoskeletal diseases, chronic dermatological diseases, and allergies can become a health issue during studies or later in professional life
  • blood-borne diseases can limit placement in professional life
  • Arcada can request that the student provides his/her criminal records extract before his/her work placement if the work placement tasks include working with children

The applicant is required to give relevant information about his/her health if the polytechnic/UAS asks for more information for admission evaluation purposes. This applies also for information about possible earlier revoked study places.

Pre-reading material published 1st February

The entrance examination can be based on pre-reading material which will be announced 1st February here below. Applicants should study the material carefully before coming to the entrance exam as he/she cannot take this material to the actual entrance exam and the material is not available during the entrance exam.

For the entrance exam, you can read on human anatomy and physiology from one of the following books.


Anatomy and Physiology (online)


You should read the following parts:

Unit 3 - Chapters 12,13,14,15 (nervous system)
Unit 4 - Chapters 18, 19, 20, 21 (cardiovascular system)


Or alternatively from one of the following sources:


a) Colbert, B., Ankney, J., Lee, K., Steggall, M. & Dingle, M. 2012. Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing and Healthcare Professionals.
2nd edition. Pearson
b) Marieb, E.N. 2015. Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology.
11th edition. Pearson.
c) Marieb, E.N. & Hoehn, K. 2013. Human Anatomy & Physiology.
9th edition. Pearson.


Entrance exam co-operation


The degree programme is not part of any entrance exam co-operation network. In order to be considered for admission to the programme, an eligible applicant must take part in and pass the entrance exam of Arcada.