What you will learn
- Nursing (e.g. internal- and surgical nursing, pediatric nursing and mental health)
- Medicine and natural sciences (e.g. anatomy and physiology).
- The basics in research and development
- Health promotion
- Patient safety
The curriculum for the academic year 2017–18 will be published as the start of the studies draws near. You can familiarize yourself with the previous year’s curriculum and courses, but keep in mind that changes might be made for the upcoming year.
More detailed information about the degree programme can also be found at Arcada’s digital study guide start.arcada.fi.
The Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Nursing is aimed at you who enjoy working with people in a multi-professional environment, relish responsibility, are willing to develop and are looking for a meaningful job.
The aim of the degree programme is to educate competent nurses with good knowledge of encountering, supervising and caring for patients with different levels of health issues. The education provides you with competence to act in different caring settings, from open counseling centres to intensive care units. You can choose to work with children, youth, adults or elderly in Finland, the rest of the Nordic countries or even more internationally.
The Degree Programme in Nursing will qualify students as registered nurses with EU competence. The curriculum is based on caring science with multidisciplinary elements from natural sciences (medicine), as well as social and behavioral sciences. The international programme is built on solid in-house expertise from the parallel programme in Swedish, yet it is unique as it embraces diversity and multicultural values in its teaching.
The studies are carried out in close co-operation with working life, e.g. through projects carried out both individually and in groups. Extension studies give you possibilities to specialize in for example rehabilitation or management and leadership.
A nursing degree prepares you for a job working with people and an almost guaranteed employment in various milieus within health and nursing. The need for health services is continuously growing in our society. Alongside community service, an increasing amount of private health care organisations are established, and add to the need for health care personnel.
After graduation you can work with health promotion or with critically ill patients in hospitals or open care. You can work in municipals or in private organisations, as an employee or by starting your own company. You can work in Finland, provided that you meet the Finnish language skills requirements, and the education’s high international standard qualifies you for work abroad.
Modern technology is used in teaching and theoretical lessons are varied with computer-based self-studies, practical skills training in class, simulations and clinical training in working life. The simulations are carried out in Arcada’s Patient Safety and Learning Center with the support of medical doctors and registered nurses. About 50% of the studies are carried out as practical training in different nursing settings and in open counselling centres.
The learning process advances from basic nursing skills and nursing in different contexts (medical, surgical and psychiatric nursing, nursing of women and children) to extended studies in e.g. rehabilitation, elderly care, mental health or leadership. The degree programme will qualify students as registered nurses with EU competence.
The Department of Health and Welfare is the largest department at Arcada with over 1100 students and somewhat fifty teachers and researchers in emergency care, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing, sports and social services.
When it comes to research and development we are particularly interested in patient safety, health promotion and social inclusion. Students often participate in research and development projects – by working with teachers and researchers you gain invaluable hands-on knowledge already during your study time.