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The Bachelor's degree programme in



Bachelor of Health Care (Registered Nurse)




3,5 years


210 ECTS

Language profile


The Degree Programme in Nursing is taught in English, but please note that language skills in either Swedish or Finnish are necessary to complete your work practice periods, and that these skills are required already at the application stage.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Please note that applicants from countries outside the European Union/EEA-area are required to pay tuition fees. The cost is 5 000 euros/academic year for bachelor’s degree studies in English.

Scholarship is available for this degree programme from the second study year onwards (only for students that are required to pay tuition fees). Read more about tuition fees and scholarships here.


You can familiarize yourself with the current curriculum and courses below, but keep in mind that changes might be made for the next academic year.

More detailed information about the degree programme can also be found at Arcada’s digital study guide

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 advanced clinical care or management and leadership.

The programme is offered jointly with Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (Diak).

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In short

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
  • Leadership
  • Health promotion
  • Patient safety

Examples of future positions

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. 

From a student's perspective


Nimo Ahmed

Has studied Nursing

– I have a passion for how technology can be implemented in the field of health care and I’m always willing for trying new methods. The facilities we have here at Arcada are simply amazing. In the Arcada Patient Safety and Learning Center APSLC we work a lot with simulation. This means we recreate actual cases and train on dolls in an environment that looks like nothing you’ve seen before. Both reading and doing are part of almost every step of the degree as well as practical training, and for me personally this has been a perfect balance.

High quality, hands-on education

Using the latest modern technology

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 studies qualify you for EU competence

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 Healthcare

The Department of Healthcare, with closer to 700 students, is characterized by quality and vast experience. We know that transparency and curiosity are key to educating a skilled and competent workforce that makes an actual difference on the labour market.

Within research and development, we are particularly interested in patient safety, health promotion and social participation.


Pamela Gray, PhD

Degree Programme Director, Senior Lecturer

+358 (0)294 282 575

Maria Forss

Maria Forss

Head of Department, Healthcare

+358 294 282 871