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Bachelor of Health Care, Registered Nurse

Would you like to have an expert job in social and health care?

Why study nursing at Savonia?


Versatile career possibilities

Get a human-centric and esteemed profession that provide you expertise also in unpredictable situations.


A sense of community

In addition to a degree you will get lifelong friendships and a chance to develop language skills in an international environment.


Simulation center

Multiprofessional learning context in modern learning facilities and intensive periods with hands on nursing skills.

Name of the study programme: Bachelor of Health Care, Registered Nurse
Degree title: Bachelor of Health Care
Extent of the study programme: 210 credits, 3.5 years
City: Kuopio, Finland
Mode of teaching: Full-time, on Campus
Language: English
Application period: January 2021
Study places: 25
Studies begin in the end of August 2021


Objectives of Studies

After having completed the nursing studies you will be a competent and skilled nursing expert. You will have extensive knowledge of nursing; you will master the required concepts, methods and skills to enable critical assessment and decision-making in changing and unpredictable nursing situations.

After graduation you will be an expert in nursing patients and have an ability to apply your knowledge and skills when solving complex and unpredictable nursing problems.

During your studies you will learn to be in charge of professional work or projects as well as to work in expert jobs in the field of nursing.  You will also learn to assess your own skills and the skills and development of other people and teams. You will be able to apply, assess and analyse your nursing skills in different situations. You will also be able to coordinate the work and to work independently as a nursing expert both in your home country and abroad.  You will be prepared for lifelong learning and have the ability to communicate both verbally and in writing with different audiences in and outside the field of nursing. You will also have good communication skills both in Swedish and in English.

Students' stories

Philemon Nkwentie comes from Cameroon and is a Nursing student. - I choose Savonia because I believe it is one of the largest and most adaptable Universities of Applied Sciences in Finland. Savonia also has many international partners and they are offering the Nursing degree program in English. I believe Savonia would give me an opportunity to transform myself and unleash my potentials.

Philemon Nkwentie





Student selection and instructions for the preliminary task

** The student selection information for the 2021 Admissions will be updated during the autumn 2020.

Student selection of Nursing is based on the preliminary task and the interview. Applicants must pass all the parts of the examination in order to be selected for admission.

Structure of the entrance exam:

  • Preliminary task (min. 15 / max. 30 points)
  • Interview (min. 16 / max. 40 points)

Preliminary task:
All eligible applicants are required to complete the preliminary task without specific invitation. Part of the questions are based on the article. Preliminary task tests also applicants’ proficiency in written English.

Instructions for the preliminary task (available during 8 - 29 January 2020)

An article related to the preliminary task (available during 8 - 29 January 2020)

Preliminary task must be uploaded to the application form in by 29 January 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time. It is not possible to submit the preliminary task after the deadline. Applicants must also upload to the application form a recent photo of themselves, preferably a portrait, by 29 January 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish time. The photo will be used during the possible interview.

40 eligible applicants who got the highest score from the preliminary task will be invited to interview. Interview consists of topics such as the motivation and ethical issues, social skills, learning abilities and applicants’ proficiency in spoken English. Interviews are arranged during 24 – 27 February 2020 by using Zoom.

Savonia UAS is not co-operating with other UASs and therefore the result of the preliminary task and the interview is accepted only at Savonia UAS. Savonia UAS will not accept the entrance exam result of any other UAS.

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Health requirements and aptitude

Legislation relating to aptitude

Legislation applies to education leading to a degree in applied sciences in the field of health care and social services, the humanities, physical exercise and maritime navigation. These fields have requirements concerning the safety of minors, patient and customer safety or traffic safety which restrict student admission.

In the field of health care and social services the studies include working with customer groups requiring special protection, in which case ethical requirements and requirements for patient or customer safety are crucial. The health and functional capacity of students shall be such that they are capable of performing assignments and practical training related to their studies.

Those applying to the field should bear in mind that:

  • studying and working in a profession of this field requires sufficient physical, mental and social capacity
  • the field of health care and social services is not suitable for individuals convicted of one of the following: offences against children, sexual offences, violent offences, crimes against freedom, or drug offences
  • the field is not suitable for those who have been drug or alcohol abusers during the last two years
  • conditions such as musculoskeletal diseases, chronic skin diseases, allergies and mental health disorders may lead to health issues during studies or later on in working life
  • blood-borne illnesses may restrict practical training and, after graduation, the students’ placement in work assignments
  • many health care and social services operating units care for patients/clients susceptible to infections, and in order to work at these units, students and staff must have up-to-date vaccination cover (e.g. measles, chicken pox, whooping cough). In addition, annual influenza vaccination is required. The required vaccinations are free of charge for students in the field of health care and social services.

Applicants are required to provide information concerning their health status and functional capacity as required to assess admission at the request of the university of applied sciences concerned, as well as information on any possible prior decision on cancellation of their study entitlement.

Students are required to produce an extract from criminal records at the request of the university of applied sciences if working with minors forms an essential part of the tasks assigned to them during their studies or work placement periods that are part of their studies.

Universities of applied sciences are entitled to require a student to produce a certificate of a drugs test if there is any reason to suspect that the student is under the influence of drugs during practical assignments or during a work placement that is part of their studies, or that the student is addicted to drugs.

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Choosing the Major or Specialisation

The degree consists of 180 ECTS of common studies and 30 ECTS of alternative studies.

At the final stage of the studies you can choose 30 ECTS of alternative professional studies. The study modules include eg Mental Health and Addiction Care in different environments, Clinical Nursing of Medical Patients in different environments, Perioperative Nursing in different environments, and Acute and Intensive Care Nursing. You can also include courses in foreign languages and entrepreneurial courses into the alternative studies. You can develop your entrepreneurial skills also during the training periods.


The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (VALVIRA) grants licensing, upon application and upon the announcement of the UAS, to practice nursing as a licenced professional. The professional qualification of a nurse and the education of a nurse working in general nursing are regulated by the directive 2013/55/EY of the European Parliament and of the Council as well as by the European Qualifications Framework, 2006.

Content of Studies

The degree studies are full-time studies and attendance is required in part of the courses. The study methods include eg contact lessons, distance and independent studies, eLearning and internship as well as RDI work. Internship periods are full-time studies and attendance is required.

We use versatile methods in our education, eg skills workshops and simulation. The guiding principles in nursing education are intercourse between theory and practice, contact lessons and independent studying both by oneself and in teams as well as learning in different expert cultures. The student takes an active role in the studies.

During the first year of your studies you will learn to observe a human being as a psychophysical entity and you will learn the basics of nursing. You will learn to use the nursing values and principles to enhance health and functional ability as well as in nursing medical patients.

During the second year you will learn to use evidence-based information in the medication of the most common diseases and in perioperative nursing. Perioperative nursing covers nursing before, during and after surgical operations. During the training periods you will learn to apply and expand knowledge of nursing children, adolescents and families as well as of mental health and addiction care.

During the third year you can apply and analyse information on ageing and the clients’ needs and you can implement nursing in different environments. You will be able to assess the development needs in nursing as well as plan and implement solutions to renew and develop nursing. You will also be able to apply the RDI skills you obtained during your studies when planning and writing your thesis.

During the final year of your studies you will be able to apply, assess and analyse your nursing skills in different fields, to coordinate your work and to work independently as a nursing expert in an international environment. You will have the ability to communicate both verbally and in writing with different audiences in and outside the field of nursing.

The content of nursing studies start with becoming familiar with nursing and proceed to applying the nursing skills in different patient work situations, eg patients at different ages and with different diseases. Your skills are developed and deepened during the study process.

Structure of Studies

The extent of the Degree Programme in Nursing is 210 ECTS. You are expected to complete 60 ECTS during each study year; this means 1600 hours of student work.

The courses in the curriculum constitute wide modules; they are not separate but support the student’s overall development and the development of his or her expertise. Consequently, teaching and work-based RDI are combined during the process.

1st year: Building Professional Nursing Identity 60 ECTS

  • Basics of Nursing
  • Basics of Nursing Knowledge

 2nd year: Developing Professional Skills 60 ECTS

  • Strengthening Nursing Knowledge
  • Expanding Nursing Knowledge

3rd year: Deepening Professional Nursing Knowledge 60 ECTS

  • Deepening Nursing Knowledge
  • Developing Nursing Expertise
  • Passing the national exam for the generalist nurse’s core competences

4th year: Applying Professional Knowledge 30 ECTS

  • Applying professional nursing skills in different areas of operation

Bachelor's Degree in Nursing - Structure of Studies

Career Possibilities

You can work as a nursing expert eg at health clinics, in hospital wards and home care services. In addition, care and health care companies, special health care outpatient clinics, wards and operating theatres as well as mental health clinics can be your future employers. You can also have an international career or become an entrepreneur.


You can study international issues and develop your intercultural skill at different stages of your studies both at Savonia UAS in a multicultural environment and at our foreign partner universities. In addition, you can improve your intercultural skills by being a peer tutor student and/or by hosting our foreign exchange students.

Our exchange partners are eg in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, India, Kenia, Mozambique, Namibia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand and the UK.


At Savonia UAS we implement OIS (Open Innovation Space) where high-quality learning and teaching are combined with work-based RDI. The student is active and works in different premises, groups, communities and eLearning environments. Students from different fields, teachers and people working in RDI together with representatives from the working life work on different types of assignments and solve various practical problems. Part of the studies is completed by working in various work-based projects.


At Savonia UAS we have assigned RDI focus areas. The Degree Programme in Nursing focuses on applied welfare technology.

Possibilities to continue studies after graduation

Different types of additional, further and continuing education and training support and enhance your nursing career development. After gaining two years of work experience, you can continue your studies at a UAS and complete a Master’s degree there. Universities also provide possibilities for further education.


The whole programme is conducted in English. In addition, Swedish (for Finnish students) and other foreign language courses are also included.

Application period:
January 2021

How to Apply?

Contact person
Katri Huuskola (Ms.)
Tel.: +358 44 785 6410

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Savonia UAS

Savonia is one of Finland's biggest and most versatile universities of applied sciences. Our campuses are situated in Kuopio, Iisalmi and Varkaus. There are almost 6000 students and 600 employees at Savonia. In education we implement Open Innovation Space (OIS), where we combine learning, development, research, and teaching.