Education / Social- and health care
The bachelor's degree programme Nursing is aimed at you who enjoy working with people in a multi-professional environment, wish to carry out your studies in close co-operation with working-life, and already have skills in either Swedish or Finnish.
- Degree title
Bachelor of Healthcare (Registered Nurse)
- Studies begin
- Education duration
graduate (2020), Nursing
Diversity, innovation, and opportunity are some of the words that come to mind when I think about my time at Arcada. The Nursing programme incorporated well-established and original teaching methods that allowed me to learn quickly and gain new perspectives in a fun and safe environment. I owe my successful career as an ICU nurse to Arcada and feel confident the future will continue to offer limitless opportunities.
graduate (2020), Nursing
The thing I like most about Arcada is that studies are based on modern technology. The facilities are unique and of a high standard, particularly the simulation rooms. Thanks to the simulation rooms, students have the possibility to practice what it is like to work in a hospital environment. The simulations prepared me for working life and really boosted my confidence as a student and future nurse. After graduation, you are almost guaranteed to have a job – it is only up to you to choose within which particular area. There is even a possibility to work as an entrepreneur. Graduating as a registered nurse from Arcada has given me the joy and passion to work in different areas within the healthcare sector.
The aim of the Degree Programme in Nursing is to educate competent nurses with good knowledge of encountering, supervising and caring for patients with different levels of health issues. The programme 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 programme 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.
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).
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
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.
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 percent 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 you as registered nurse with EU competence.
How to apply
Please visit the Application pages for all the information on how to apply.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Please note that applicants from countries outside the European Union/EEA are required to pay tuition fees. The cost is 5 000 euros/academic year for bachelor’s degree studies in English.
We offer scholarships for bachelor's level studies. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic performance. How much the scholarship covers depends on the amount of credits achieved during the previous year as well as grade point average. It is given from the second study year onwards. Learn more on our Application pages.
You can familiarize yourself with the current curriculum on Arcada's digital study guide Start (External link), but be aware that changes to the content may occur for the next academic year.
Contact us about the programme
Degree Programme Director
We answer anything related to admission or application. You can contact us by email. For other questions, please contact the degree programme director.