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Degree Programme in Nursing (in English)

Autumn 2012

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Clinical Competence
The Basis of Clinical Nursing 4
Clinical Nursing – Clinical practice 1 5
Clinical Nursing – Clinical practice 2 5
Basics of Medication 3
Medication 3
Medication and Pain Management 3  
Surgical Nursing 4  
Surgical Nursing – Clinical practice 10  
Perioperative Nursing 4  
Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
Anatomy and Physiology 3
Decision-making Competence
Decision-making and Reporting in Nursing 3
Medical Nursing 3
Medical Nursing – Clinical practice 10
Clinical Microbiology and Clinical Laboratory Examinations 3
Interaction Competence
Nursing of Clients with Mental Health or Substance Abuse Problems and Interaction 4  
Nursing of Clients with Mental Health or Substance and Interaction - Clinical Practice 10  
Psychology 3  
Ethical Competence
Gerontological Nursing and Ethics 4  
Gerontological Nursing – Clinical practice 7    
Patient Education Competence
Patient Education in Nursing 3  
Nursing of Children and Young People 3    
Nursing of Children and Young People - clinical practice 10    
Health Promotion Competence
Health and Welfare promotion 3    
Health of Men, Women and Families 3    
Nutrition 3    
Leadership and Teamwork Competence
Leadership, society and entrepreneurship 5    
Clinical Nursing Expertise 5      
Advanced Clinical Practice 1 8      
Advanced Clinical Practice 2 10      
Development Competence
Basics of Research and Development 4
Methods of Research and Development 4  
Innovation Project 10    
Identifying Developmental Needs for the Final Project 3    
Designing the Plan for the Final Project 4    
Implementatation of the Final Project 5    
Utilization of the Final Project and Maturity Test 3    
Competence Supporting Nursing
Introduction to Studies 3
Information technology and guidelines to writing papers 3
Swedish at Work 3
Finnish for non-natives 3
Professional Finnish 3                                                  
Professional English 3  
Academic English 3    
Anestesiology 1  
Pharmacology 1 1
Pharmacology 2 1    
Gerontology and Geriatrics 1  
Surgery 1  
Pediatrics 1    
Psychiatry 1  
Internal medicine 1
ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year 635662.524.5323131252933.524.5161615.515.515.515.512.512.514.514.516.816.812.312.3

The curriculum has been planned so that the student completes 60 ECTS credits per academic year and 30 ECTS credits per semester

Due to the timing of optional and elective courses, credit accumulation per semester / academic year may vary.


Degree Programme in Nursing (in English)

Level of qualification
Bachelor of Health Care

Qualification awarded
Bachelor of Health Care; Registered Nurse

Specific admission requirements
As recommended by Arene (Rectors' Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences). Exceptions:
1. To be eligible to apply, the applicants Finnish language skills must be equivalent to B1
2. English language test is obligatory for all applicants
3. The selection is based on the results of the entrance examination, only

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning
Metropolia's guidelines are followed. Additionally, the guidelines regulating recognition of prior learning designed for the common courses for all students in the faculty are followed.
See the Degree Regulations of Helsinki Metropolia UAS >>

Qualification requirements and regulations
Language of instruction: English.
The student has gained such oral and written skills in the obligatory language required by the degree programme that are necessary for practicing the profession and for further professional development (Decree 352/2003, 8 §). (For native Finnish speakers, only: The student has acquired the oral and written language skills in Swedish required of state officials functioning in a position requiring a higher education in a bilingual office according to the Act (424/2003, 6 §) with a grade of satisfactory on the scale of good/satisfactory applied in public administration).
The student has received school education in the XX language, completed the maturity test included in the final project in the English language.
The degree fulfills the criteria laid down in the Act (559/1994 and 1200/2007) and the Decree (564/1994) on Health Care Professionals and in the Council Directives 89/594/EEC, 89/595/EEC, in the European Parliament and the Council Directives 2005/36/EC, Article 31 (including the Council Directives 89/48/EEC, 77/452/EEC, 77/453/EEC) and 2001/19/EC.
The degree falls under the Article 11 of the Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications, level d.
90 ECTS credits of practical training are included in the curriculum.

Profile of the programme
Nurses plan, implement and evaluate nursing together with patients or clients and their significant others. Nurses provide education, support and rehabilitation to patients with various illnesses in cooperation with their significant others. Nurses promote patient or client’s and their families’ health and wellbeing and prevent illnesses. They demonstrate competence required in nursing by empowering patients and their families during time of crises and changing life situations caused by illnesses. The profile focuses on clinical and development competences.

Key learning outcomes
Nurses who graduate from the Degree Programme in Nursing show great competence in evidence-based clinical nursing, and they demonstrate the ability to develop nursing. The competence is based on cooperation between students, workplace representatives and teachers in versatile learning environments. These learning environments support nurses’ clinical competence and enable the innovation of new modes of operation anticipating the changes taking place in society.

Occupational profiles of graduates
Nurses are experts of nursing. This expertise is based on evidence requiring extensive and fresh knowledge base and competence of nursing as well as disciplines supporting it. Nurses evaluate the acquired knowledge critically and use it as a foundation of their actions. They evaluate and develop their competence and work community. Nurses work in various expert positions of nursing and in demanding operating environments requiring basic and special competence. In addition, nurses display competence to work in international expert positions of nursing. They work in various expert networks as well as seamless care and service chains in a client-oriented way. Nurses innovate, develop and coordinate evidence-based nursing in cooperation with members of the work community. They participate in the work of different teams and projects as experts of nursing.

Access to further studies
The requirement for Master's studies in polytechnics or universities of applied sciences is a Bachelors' level polytechnic degree and at least three years of work experience.

Course structure diagram
The course structure diagram is specified in the programme study plan>>

Examination regulations, assessment and grading
According to Helsinki Metropolia Degree Regulations.

Graduation requirements
The student has successfully completed the required 210 ECTS.

Mode of study
Full time studies.

Programme director
Head of Degree Programme
Marianne Sipilä
Tel +358 20 783 5715
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