Qualification awarded: Yrkeshögskoleexamen inom hälsovård och det sociala området, Förstavårdare (YH) och Sjukskötare (YH); equivalent to Bachelor of Health Care
Level of qualification: 1st cycle
Scope: 240 ECTS credits
Duration: 4 years
Mode of study: full-time
Language of tuition: Swedish
Programme director: Christoffer Ericsson

The main purpose of the degree programme is to educate professional paramedics who with a strong base in prehospital emergency care. Graduation encompasses a degree in nursing and the comprehensive competence a nurse has (see education in nursing).

The aim is that the student has the knowledge and ability to function in prehospital emergency care at an advanced level. The student can initiate intensified care independently according to given treatment protocols and to maintain and secure the vital functions of a patient with a medical condition or a severe injury at the scene, during transport and at the hospital. The student has a knowledge of decision-making processes and leadership structures used in different forms of accidents and is able to cooperate with representatives of different professions in emergency situations.

Bilingualism is an advantage, and the students have to speak both Swedish and Finnish fluently to be able to work in the emergency care in Finland. In the end of the education the students are expected to be able to interview and examine the patient in his or her own native language, Swedish or Finnish. English terminology in emergency care becomes familiar through English examination literature.

Lifelong learning and constant updating and acquiring of new knowledge is stressed, and the student is supported in gaining 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 EU directives supports the student in reaching the goals 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.

Research, development and innovation

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.

Research, development and innovation

Degrees from universities of applied sciences are vocationally oriented undergraduate degrees at bachelor level and 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 and the degree of employment for students from Arcada after finished studies is good. After graduating you are able to work as a specialist within your field both in private and public social- and healthcare or in the third sector.

The paramedic primarily works within ambulance services and other alternative medical transportation. You can also work on the emergency departments or bed wards within hospital care.

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 as part-time studies 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 five 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 (in cooperation with Diak UAS). Through the Open UAS you can also carry out studies on master level without three years’ professional experience.

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.