The goal of the education is a degree in nursing with focus on an independent and responsible mode of operation anchored in the caring sciences field of knowledge. The patient or client is in focus and the student is able to care for the sick and suffering, but also employ health promotion on an individual, group and societal level.

Qualification awarded: Bachelor of Health Care; equivalent to Yrkeshögskoleexamen inom hälsovård och det sociala området, Sjukskötare (YH)
Level of qualification: 1st cycle
Scope: 210 ECTS credits
Duration: 3.5 years
Mode of study: full-time
Language of tuition: English
Programme director: Terese Sjölund

The student has the ability to develop methods for evidence-based care procedures and contribute to the development of the health and medical care in Finland and globally. The student is able to participate in multi-professional teams as an expert. The student can function as a representative for the care process from a broad perspective, as an expert within the areas of health promotion and disease prevention and has the competence required to further educate themselves to teacher, manager and researcher.

Lifelong learning and constant updating and acquisition of new knowledge is underlined, 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.

The study environment

Many courses are based on so-called multi-form teaching with lectures, workshops, case exercises, simulations, web-based courses, work-related projects, internships and visiting experts as well as theme days and seminars.

Arcada's Patient Safety and Learning Center (APSLC) offers an active simulation environment that unites theory and practice. Through simulation exercises you will learn how to handle risky situations and special equipment, as well as practice leadership and teamwork. Today, a wide range of difficult crisis and accident situations can be recreated with the help of the patient simulator that, in a natural way, reflects reality. The environment is safe and secure, easily adjustable and realistic. Compared to the more conventional teaching methods such as lectures simulation has an evolving and innovative approach with a high degree of knowledge processing, personal creativity and reflection.

Study exchange

Arcada has a cooperation agreement regarding training for first-time nurses with colleges in the Nordic countries and Europe. One or two semesters of study / internship abroad promotes the development of knowledge and skills and supports the development of international competence. Exchange studies enable international contacts within their own industry. The recommended time for exchange studies is the last three semesters in the program.

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.

Placement in working life/career openings

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.

With an education in nursing, you can function within children, adults and elderly, within open care or at institutions. You can work with somatic- or mental problems at care units, special units, outpatient clinics or in perioperative or intensive care. You can work in the private or in the public sectors or as a private entrepreneur. You can also work nationally or internationally.

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 extend 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 one Master’s programmes within social- and healthcare: Leadership in Nordic Healthcare

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.