Bachelor's degree education from year 2020 (autumn)

Bachelor's Degree Programme in Nursing

Bachelor of Health Care, 210 ECTS

Bachelor of Health Care

  • Degree Programme
  • Curricula
  • Implementations

Key learning outcomes

The programme prepare professional nurses (BA) who are able to plan, implement and develop nursing practice in a multi professional healthcare team. Nurses are trained to promote health and prevent diseases, provide care, support, guidance and rehabilitation. The graduates of the programme can operate flexibly in multi-professional and multi-cultural settings, while promoting health and providing hospice care to individuals, families and communities. The overall learning outcome of the Degree Programme is that students possess extensive professional knowledge in nursing and are able to critically apply their knowledge in the diverse, changing and digital environments. Students possess basic entrepreneurship and leadership skills. They are able to perform professional nursing tasks on the basis of the best possible evidence in various nursing environments. They can comply with ethical principles and are able to assume responsibility for developing themselves and their field of work as a nursing professional in a multiprofessional and multicultural team.

Education content and professional growth and know-how

The studies are based on nursing sciences as well as on other supporting scientific fields, such as medical, natural or social sciences. The first year studies focuses on basics of nursing, social and health care environments, clienthood, wellbeing, health promotion and functional ability. During the second and third year, the studies consist of different nursing areas based on theoretical and clinical nursing competences which enhances clinical decision making, guidance and counselling skills, evidence based practice, as well as quality assurance and patient safety issues. During the last half hear students are able to deepen their professional competence in a chosen area of nursing. The students at this point strengthens their knowledge in leadership, management and entrepreneurship as well. The students also deepened their ethical and professional competences at the final stage of the education. A bachelor thesis base on the needs of the working life is part of research, development and innovation work as part of the degree programme.

Flexible studies

Studies are full day time studies. It is possible to study with a personal learning plan. 

Students have a choice of alternative or elective studies offered by partner universities, such as other universities of applied sciences (CampusOnline), universities and educational institutions involved in the EduFutura collaboration (University of Jyväskylä and Gradia). Higher level studies completed elsewhere may be accredited as part of your degree. The student must have a certificate or some other document to prove that they have completed the studies. Skills acquired elsewhere can also be described and demonstrated to enable accreditation. Further information is available in the Study Guide.

Working life oriented learning

Working life oriented learning is included in bachelor’s degree courses throughout the studies. These include practical training to promote professional skills, the thesis and various working life projects. At JAMK University of Applied Sciences, the operating model for working life oriented and student-driven learning is called JAMK Future Factory®. It combines working life operators, students, JAMK experts and working life oriented LAB environments and other learning environments. In addition to multidisciplinary and working life oriented project studies, it offers students a chance to develop their future working life skills, career paths and networks.

Studification is also among the options offered by working life oriented learning. It refers to combining work, project work, Future Factory activities, etc. with studies. Studification involves students drafting a studification plan and documenting it in the manner agreed with the teacher. Further information is available in the Study Guide.

Career opportunities and employment

The Bachelor of Health care allow graduate to work in different public and/or private social and healthcare settings or in the third sector. Graduates can work as experts in different nursing fields such as: health centres, outpatient units, different hospital wards, homecare, and in private caring facilities. They are also able to work in projects or as entrepreneur.


Bachelor of healthcare title is awarded upon completion of the degree and it´s requirements.

In accordance to the act (559/949), national Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) grants, upon application, the right to practice as a licensed nurse and authorises the use of the occupational title of registered nurse.
The education meets the European Union directives (2013/55/EY) in recognizing the professional competences for nursing.

Further studies

Students may, after graduation and a work career of at least three years, continue their studies in a Master’s degree programme. A Master’s degree from a university of applied sciences is a higher post-secondary degree. Studies can also be continued by applying for a university Master’s degree programme or similar programmes. After a Bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences, it is also possible to continue studies at higher education institutes abroad in Master’s degree-level programmes. A university of applied sciences also provides opportunities for continuing education in the form of specialisation studies, open studies, online study portal (CampusOnline) and working life-based continuing education.

A student who completes a Master’s degree at a university of applied sciences may receive an opportunity for postgraduate studies in science or arts at universities (Act 558/2009, Section 37).

Education planning

The key learning outcomes of a Degree Programme in Nursing are based on the JAMK curriculum work and on the national and international qualifications for the degree programme. The programme was evaluated by students, working life partners and academic professionals during year 2018-2019. ​The competences required in the world of work and in the future are defined in further detail and are annually included in the courses, based on the challenges arising from current research data and practical work environment in health care.

Contact Information

Palovaara Marjo
Senior Lecturer, Research and Development