Qualification awarded: Yrkeshögskoleexamen inom hälsovård och det sociala området, Barnmorska (YH) och Sjukskötare (YH), Bachelor of Health Care, Midwife and Registered Nurse
Level of qualification: 1st cycle
Scope: 270 ECTS credits
Duration: 4.5 years
Mode of study: full-time
Language of tuition: Swedish
Programme director: Pernilla Stenbäck
The education in midwifery has the goal of educating professional midwives with qualification as registered nurses where the competence is wide and has a strong connection to the perspective of the caring sciences and thus supports a comprehensive view of the woman as a patient/client and her new-born child. The mode of working is characterised by evidence-based care secure for the patient and where the patient/client is in focus and participates in their own care and the decisions connected to it.
The lifelong learning and constant updating and acquisition of new knowledge is emphasised and the student is elevated to independence and responsibility while the education simultaneously prepares for work in multi-professional teams.
A competence-based curriculum that on the one hand is in line with the national competences and on the other conforms to the EU directives for education in midwifery supports the student to reach the goal of the education.
Many courses are based on so-called blended learning with e.g. lectures, workshops, case studies, simulations, web-based courses, projects related to working life, practical training and visiting experts as well as theme days and seminars.
The Arcada patient Security and Learning Centre (APSLC) offers an active simulation environment that connects theory and practice. Through simulations you learn to handle risk-filled situation and specialised equipment as well as gain practice in leadership and teamwork. A wide spectrum of difficult crisis and accident scenarios can today be recreated through the patient simulator, which in an authentic manner reflects reality. The environment is safe and secure, easily adjustable and realistic. In comparison to more conventional teaching methods, e.g. lectures, simulations have a developing and innovative approach with a great degree of knowledge processing, personal creativity and reflection.
For the education of midwives/registered nurses, Arcada has collaboration contracts with institutions of higher education in the Nordic countries and Europe. One or two terms of studies/practical training abroad promotes the knowledge- and competence development as well as supports development of international competence. Exchange studies facilitate international contacts within the chosen field. The recommended time for exchange studies is the three last terms of study of the education.
Research, development and innovation
Research, development and innovation (RDI) is strongly integrated in the education and degree theses and different projects connected to working life are part of the RDI-activities. In the RDI-activities within the department for health and welfare we primarily focus on three areas of knowledge development:
Within health promotion, expert knowledge within the production of health promoting and preventive services and the areas of workplace health promotion, physical activity and health exercise and support of living conditions for elderly in their home environment are developed. The knowledge development concerns the individual’s health and welfare on an individual, group and societal level within varied health promoting arenas within daily and working life.
Within the area of social participation one target area for knowledge development is groups with special needs, another is the social capital. To facilitate community, a sense of belonging, active participation and responsibility in the development of the society within vulnerable and exposed target groups is a comprehensive focus area. Another challenge is to develop rehabilitation models and –networks that support the physical, psychological and social functional capacity and control for risk groups with functional challenges such as mental illness and various functional hindrances.
The area of patient safety focuses on three sections; advanced clinical care, safety in relation to human factors and simulation as a means of pedagogy to increase patient safety. The section concerned with advanced clinical care concerns ensuring patient safety in high-risk areas of care such as resuscitation, medical treatment, emergency-, intensive- and anaesthetic care as well as childbirth. The section dealing with human factors is concerned with how risks can be minimised and a safe and secure care and treatment can be guaranteed by developing processes taking into account leadership, decision making, task management and situation assessment as well as anticipatory reporting.
In addition to a wide academic network within education, research, development and innovation activities and a versatile cooperation with the partner institutions, Arcada has close contacts to working life. In addition to guest lecturers from our partner institutions we also invite representatives for working life and alumni as guest lecturers and inspirers. In order to meet the demands of the future labour market, both representatives for working life and alumni participate in the development of the educational programmes of the institution. Through these networks with institutions of higher education and working life the students at Arcada profit of the latest expertise and valuable work experience already during their studies.