After completing the studies you will have the following competences:

  1. Generic competences
  2. Professional competences
  3. Official language competence

You can read about the generic competences and language competence in the section on competences.

Degree specific competences:

  • Competence within occupational therapy
  • Competence regarding the occupational therapy process and professional reasoning
  • Competence regarding professional relationships and companionship
  • Competence regarding professional independence and professional responsibility
  • Competence regarding research and development in occupational therapy and activity science
  • Competence regarding administration and marketing of occupational therapy

Placement in working life/career openings

Degrees from universities of applied sciences are vocationally oriented undergraduate degrees at bachelor level and, as opposed to a bachelor’s degree from a university, provide a professional identity and a direct connection to the labour market. Students who have studied at Arcada have placed themselves well in working life. The degree of employment for students from Arcada after finished studies is among the best in the country. After graduating you are able to work as a specialist within your field for a range of enterprises and organisations both in private and public social- and healthcare. The education also provides good prerequisites for working within the field abroad.

Further studies

Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree at a university of applied sciences and acquired at least three years’ experience in working life can deepen their professional competence by completing a master’s degree at a university of applied sciences. The master’s degree programmes consist of 60 or 90 ECTS credits and can often be completed while working. The education involves a deepening of knowledge, skills and abilities aiming at developing the student’s prerequisites to engage in professional endeavours requiring independence or research, development and innovation activities within the field. A master’s degree at a university of applied sciences provides eligibility for public employment with requirement of higher academic degree.

Arcada offers Master’s programmes within social- and healthcare: the social field, health promotion, rehabilitation and advanced clinical care (focus on patient safety) as well as global health care.

The professional competence can also be developed by attending specialisation studies that do not lead to a degree. Specialisation studies are arranged in a flexible way and are therefore suitable for persons in working life.

After completing a bachelor’s degree at a university of applied sciences, students can also apply to a master’s degree programme at a university. The admission decisions are made by the receiving higher education institution. A person who has graduated with a master's degree has access to third-cycle university programmes (licentiate and doctoral degrees) at universities. The university assesses individually for each case whether the applicant has sufficient knowledge and skills for university postgraduate education.