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Degree Programme in Nursing (210 cr)

Basic and Professional Studies 113
The aim of basic studies is to provide the student with a comprehensive overall view of the position and significance of the field concerned within society and working life and in an international perspective, to familiarise the student with the general theoretical basis of the field and with communications, and to provide the student with the sufficient language proficiency necessary for practising the profession and for further professional development. (Vararehtorin päätös 13.10.2016 § 16)

The aim of professional studies is to familiarise the student with the main problems and applications in the professional field concerned and their scientific or artistic basis in order to allow the student to work independently in the field in either expert duties or development work or as an entrepreneur. (Vararehtorin päätös 13.10.2016 § 16)

If the student’s language of education (A 1129/2014 § 7 and Rector’s Decision 1.10.2021 § 78) is
• Finnish, YY00DU51 Svenska för arbetslivet (3 ECTS) is a mandatory course in the Bachelor’s degree.
• Swedish, YY00DT02 Suomen kieli ja viestintä (3 ECTS) is a mandatory course in the Bachelor’s degree.
• other than Finnish or Swedish, YY00DU55 Finnish Language 1: Survive! (3 ECTS) is a mandatory course in the Bachelor’s degree.

If the student's language of education is other than Finnish or Swedish, but their mother language is Finnish or Swedish, the student is exempted from the proficiency requirements of the second national language. In this case, it is specified in the student's personal study plan which language or other studies (3 ECTS) the student completes instead of the missing language studies due to the exemption.


It involves interdependent levels. The competencies of nursing students are assessed using a multi-modal approach. These competencies are based on the 10 domains of professional competence in nursing issued by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture: 1) ethical activity, 2) health promotion, 3) decision-making in nursing, 4) patient education, 5) collaboration, 6) research and development work and leadership, 7) multicultural nursing, 8) social activity, 9) clinical nursing and 10) medical care.

No pre-requisites are required for enrolment.

The overall goal of the basic and professional studies in nursing is to:

• assist nursing students in acquiring fundamental nursing skills crucial for patients' essential functions and daily living activities required by nurses in their daily professional duties;
• strengthen key learning outcomes for professional nursing by engaging in thorough theoretical learning and high-fidelity simulation training across diverse case scenarios;
• enhance students' skills, knowledge, and competencies in their selected specialized area;
• highlight communication, leadership, and clinical decision-making skills in nursing, thereby preparing graduate nurses for their professional careers.

Basic and Professional Studies consist of the three interdependent levels. All levels are considered obligatory.

Level I: Foundations of Professional Nursing. Foundations of Professional Nursing (FPN) studies equip nursing students with the primary nursing skills essential to patients' vital functions and activities of daily living needed by nurses in everyday work life.

Level II: Preventive, Curative, and Rehabilitative Nursing. Preventing, Curative and Rehabilitative Nursing (PCRN) constitutes the core learning outcomes for professional nursing. Nursing students undergo intensive theoretical and high-fidelity simulation training in various case scenarios.

Level III: Advanced and Specialised Nursing Care. Nursing students deepen their skills, knowledge, and competencies in the chosen field of specialisation. Working in a multidisciplinary team to emphasize communication, leadership, and clinical judgment skills in nursing will be the emphasis on preparing nurses for the professional work life. Before graduation, nursing students will be required to produce a thesis meeting the European Qualification Framework (EQF) Level 6 equivalent to a Bachelor's level.

Target Competencies: ethical activity, health promotion, decision-making in nursing, patient education, collaboration, research and development work and leadership, multicultural nursing, social activity, clinical nursing, and medical care
Study year 1A 1S 2A 2S 3A 3S 4A 4S 5A 5S

Total credits / ECTS credits
Total credits / ECTS credits

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Level I: Foundations of Professional Nursing 42
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Social Integration and Professional Communication 16
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YY00DU46 Professional Development and Working Life Skills 3       2           5
Compulsory Language Courses for Finnish Native Speakers  
YY00DU51 Swedish for Working Life 3                   3
YY00DU52 English for Working Life 3                   3
Compulsory Language Courses for Non-Finnish Native Speakers  
ON00DK31 Finnish for Nurses in Working Life 3 3 2               8
YY00DU52 English for Working Life 3                   3
Patient Safety and Quality Care 12
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ON00DU79 Fundamentals of Nursing Care 5                   5
ON00DK33 Fundamentals of Pharmacotherapy 4                   4
ON00DU75 Transcultural Nursing and Ethics 3                   3
Interdisciplinary Studies 14
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YY00DU47 Digital and IT skills 3                   3
YY00DU54 Let's Innovate Together           3         3
ON00DU83 Client-centered Approach to Health Promotion   3                 3
ON00DU85 Human Anatomy and Physiology 3 2                 5
Level II: Preventive, Curative and Rehabilitative Nursing 40
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Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice 6
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ON00DU87 Research Methods in Nursing Science: Qualitative Research     3               3
ON00DU89 Research Methods in Nursing Science: Quantitative Research     3               3
ON00DU91 Chronic Care Nursing   6                 6
ON00DU93 Evidence-based Practice in Medical Nursing   6                 6
ON00DU95 Essentials of Perioperative Nursing     4               4
ON00DU97 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Nursing and Family Nursing I       8             8
ON00DU99 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Nursing and Family Nursing II         3           3
ON00DV01 Multidisciplinary Health Assessment     7               7
Level III: Advanced and Specialised Nursing Care 39
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ON00DV03 Outpatient Care and Nurse-led Healthcare Services         6           6
ON00DV05 Client-centered Care for Older People       5             5
ON00DV07 Acute and Critical Care in Nursing         4           5
ON00DV09 Evidence-based Leadership and Development in Nursing           3         3
ON00DV11 Advanced Studies in Medical Sciences           2         10
Elective Advanced Studies 10
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Nursing in the Primary Health Care Services  
ON00DV13 Mental Health Nursing of Children, Adolescents and Families             5       5
ON00DV15 Gerontological Nursing             5       5
ON00DV17 Palliative Nursing and Hospice Care             5       5
ON00DV19 Addiction Nursing             5       5
ON00DV21 Mental Health Nursing             5       5
ON00DV23 Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents I             5       5
ON00DV25 Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents II             5       5
ON00DV27 Outpatient Care             5       5
ON00DV29 Acute Outpatient Care             5       5
Nursing in the Specialised Medical Care Services  
ON00DV31 Advanced Surgical Nursing             5       5
ON00DV33 Advanced Medical Nursing             5       5
ON00DV35 Perioperative Nursing I             5       5
ON00DV37 Perioperative Nursing II             5       5
ON00DV39 Intensive and Critical Care Nursing I             5       5
ON00DV41 Intensive and Critical Care Nursing II             5       5
Clinical Practicums 75
In clinical practicums, students are given the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge into practice and prepare them for professional work life. Competencies of a general nurse responsible for care are tested in the clinical field from various levels of primary health care and specialised medical care facilities.

All theoretical parts have been passed without deficits.

The aim of practical training is to familiarise students with practical duties of major importance in relation to their professional studies, in particular, and with the application of knowledge and skills in working life under supervised conditions. (Vararehtorin päätös 13.10.2016 § 16)

List of clinical practicums in the entire nursing studies (75 ECTS)

• Clinical Practicum in Fundamentals of Nursing Care (7 ECTS)
• Clinical Practicum in Specialised Medical Care (12 ECTS): Medical-Surgical Nursing
(8 ECTS), Perioperative Nursing (6 ECTS)
• Clinical Practicum in Mental Health and Family-Centered Care (18 ECTS): Mental Health and Addiction Nursing (6 ECTS), Family-centered Care in Pediatric Nursing (6 ECTS) and Women's Health (6 ECTS)
• Clinical Practicum in Person-Centred Care: Gerontological Nursing (8 ECTS) and Person-Centered Ambulatory (8 ECTS)

In case of accreditation, the student is given guidance for the accreditation process by the Head of the Degree Programme/teacher responsible for the option, campus study counsellors, teacher tutor, or the teacher of the course. In addition, the Staff of Academic Affairs can help the student with the application.
Study year 1A 1S 2A 2S 3A 3S 4A 4S 5A 5S

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ON00DV43 Clinical Practicum in Fundamentals of Nursing Care   7                 7
ON00DV45 Clinical Practicum in Advanced Nursing             20       20
Clinical Practicum in Person-Centered Care 16
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ON00DV47 Clinical Practicum in Person-Centered Ambulatory Care           8         8
ON00DV49 Clinical Practicum in Gerontological Nursing           8         8
Clinical Practicum with the Vulnerable Population 18
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ON00DV51 Clinical Practicum in Mental Health and Addiction Nursing       6             6
ON00DV53 Clinical Practicum in Family-Centered Care in Pediatric Nursing         6           6
ON00DV55 Clinical Practicum in Women's Health         6           6
Clinical Practicum in Specialised Medical Care 14
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ON00DV57 Clinical Practicum in Perioperative Nursing       6             6
ON00DV59 Clinical Practicum in Medical-Surgical Nursing     8               8
Free-Choice Studies 7
Free-Choice studies towards career advancement, internationalisation, and strengthening of sustainability skills.

Free-choice studies can be completed at university-level studies that are not compulsory in your own curriculum and that support the development of expertise for a future degree. Studies in other degree programs (taking into account possible prerequisites and timings), other university studies, and international studies can also be submitted as studies. The following elective courses are offered at Oulu University of Applied Sciences in the English language. These courses address the issues corresponding to the needs of the nursing profession locally and internationally. All courses are 5 ECTS.

Dependent on course requirements

The student is able to:

• describe the role of nurses during emergencies and disaster preparedness, universal health coverage, nursing workforce, governance, and leadership;
• identify the digital health skills and solutions in the nursing profession;
• analyse factors affecting patient safety and its corresponding policies; and
• develop leadership and nursing practices to advance sustainability in health care.

• Nursing in the International and Global Health (5 ECTS)
• e-Health and Digital Solutions in Health Care (5 ECTS)
• Patient Safety for Future Health Professionals (5 ECTS)
• Sustainable Nursing Practice (5 ECTS)

Free-choice studies offered by other polytechnic universities can be accredited separately according to the personal study plan agreed with the degree coordinator.
Study year 1A 1S 2A 2S 3A 3S 4A 4S 5A 5S

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Total credits / ECTS credits

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ON00DV61 Nursing in the International and Global Health           5         5
ON00DV63 eHealth and Digital Solutions in Health Care       5             5
ON00DV65 Patient Safety for Future Health Care Professionals         5           5
ON00DV67 Sustainable Nursing Practice     5               5
YY00EJ20 Oral Skills in Finnish Language       3             3
YY00EJ21 Writing Skills in Finnish Language       3             3
Nursing Qualifications and Credentialing Pathway 15
The Bachelor's Thesis is the final project work of a nursing student. It is part of the recommendation of the European Union Directive 55/2013 for first-cycle programmes. Students are tasked to produce academic work that is evidence-based and complies with the standards of the European scientific community level. This is composed of three parts: Drafting Process, Dissertation Assessment, and Viva.
Study year 1A 1S 2A 2S 3A 3S 4A 4S 5A 5S

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Bachelor's Thesis 15
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ON00DV69 Bachelor's Thesis: Drafting Process       5             5
ON00DV71 Bachelor's Thesis: Dissertation         5           5
ON00DV73 Bachelor's Thesis: Viva           5         5
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