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Degree Programme in Emergency Care

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Basics of Nursing Profession
Orientation to the Profession 3
Basics of Clinical Nursing 8
Holistic Health Promotion and the Basics of Genetic Nursing 5
Pharmacotherapy and Medical Calculations 4
Infection Control 2
First Aid 2
Anatomy and Physiology 1 2
Holistic Nursing
Nursing Documentation 2
Intravenous Fluid Therapy and Blood Transfusion 3
Nursing Care of Internal Medicine and Palliative Care 6
Pharmacology 2
Natural Science and Medicine 1 3
Anatomy and Physiology 2 2
Operative Nursing
Surgical Nursing 4  
Perioperative Nursing 4  
Natural Science and Medicine 2 3  
Anatomy and Physiology 3 2  
Professional English for Nurses 3  
Social and Health Care Service System 2
Education and Teaching Competence and Digital Communication 3  
User-oriented Wellbeing Technology 3  
Structured Data Search 2
Nursing in Changing Environments
Nursing at a Health and Social Services Center 3  
Nursing Care for the Elderly 4  
Nursing Administration and Working Life Skills 2    
Basic Level Emergency Care 8  
Family Nursing
Nursing of Children and Young People and Nursing of the Disabled 5    
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Nursing 7    
Communicable Diseases and Vaccination 3    
Nursing Research 3    
Women’s Health and Emergency Nursing Care in Women’s Health 6    
Acute Care Nursing
Acute Nursing Care 6    
Simulation 1 1    
Advanced Level Emergency Care
Advanced Level Prehospital Emergency Care 10      
Management and Leadership in Nursing and Prehospital Emergency Care 3      
Emergency Medicine 1 2      
Emergency Medicine 2 5      
Swedish, spoken 2      
Swedish, written 1      
Simulation 2 2      
Prehospital Emergency Care 2      
Elective Studies
Elective Studies 5      
Supervised Clinical Training
Supervised Clinical Training 1 5
Supervised Clinical Training 2 7
Supervised Clinical Training 3 6  
Clinical Training 4: Basics of Prehospital Emergency Care 10  
Supervised Clinical Training 5 6  
Supervised Clinical Training 6, Obstetrics and Paediatric Nursing 9    
Supervised Clinical Training 7 8    
Clinical Training 8, Nursing in Emergency Care Unit 6    
Clinical Training 9 , Nursing in Intensive Care Unit 6    
Clinical Training 10, Advanced Level of Prehospital Emergency Care 6      
Clinical Training 11, Advanced Level of Prehospital Emergency Care 6      
Bachelor's Thesis
Thesis Plan 5    
Implementing Thesis 5      
Reporting Thesis 5      
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The curriculum has been planned so that the student completes 60 ECTS credits per academic year and 30 ECTS credits per semester

Studies of syllabus is planned so 60 credits are studied in academic year and length of studies is 3,5/4/4,5 years. Planned syllabus may change during studies.

Graduates of the Degree Programme in Emergency Care are client- and patient-centred acute nursing and emergency care experts who have extensive basic knowledge and skills in different phases of the care path. Their professional competence is based on nursing science, medicine, related nursing practices and other fields of sciences, such as social sciences and behavioural sciences. They have good cooperation skills (people, management and communications skills).

Learning nursing and emergency care is both reflective, critical and ethical assessment of prior knowledge and practices, discovery and consideration of personal attitudes. Learning is based on the multiple levels of reality, different ways of knowing as well as key competence needs of the professional field. The Degree Programme in Emergency Care’s values are based on respect for human dignity and individuals, confidentiality, responsibility and high-level professional work.

The emergency care degree includes the nursing degree. The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health certifies the graduates as registered nurses in accordance with the Act on Health Care Professionals (559/94). Emergency care nurses are certified as registered nurses. The degree programme fulfils the requirements set by EU legislation.

The nursing competence requirements of the emergency care degree are determined on the national and European level and consist of professionalism and ethicality, communication and client orientation, multiprofessionalism, health promotion, management and employee skills, information technology and registration, supervision and teaching competence, support of self-care, clinical nursing, evidence-based nursing, use of research information and decision-making, entrepreneurship and development, quality assurance, social and health care service system and patient and client safety. Professional nursing competence is based on evidence-based nursing, nursing science and other fields of science which support nursing, such as medicine, social sciences and behavioural sciences.

In addition to the above-mentioned competence areas, the nursing studies include genomic competence, individualised nursing, digital communication skills, use of digital solutions in nursing, wellbeing technology competence and principles of service professions. Students identify and can use sustainable development principles in their profession. Emergency care professionals can help acutely ill patients who need immediate treatment in and outside hospitals. They can support people’s health, examine, treat and guide ill patients and their relatives holistically, transport patients and refer them to further treatment.

Contents and progress of studies

After the first semester, students can the basics of nursing ill people. Students know how to follow health care legislation and ethical guidelines of nursing in their work. Students can identify and predict health problems in individuals and communities and know basics of genomics. Students can monitor patients’ vital functions, identify patients’ needs for nursing and use appropriate nursing

methods safely. Students can implement pharmacotherapy safely and master medical calculations. Students can consider different cultures in nursing.

During the second, third, fourth and fifth semesters, students develop their clinical competence in different fields of nursing and can determine nursing needs of patients/clients of different ages as well as plan, implement and assess nursing in cooperation with patients/clients and their close relatives. Students base their work on knowledge of different fields of sciences. Students can guide and support patients/clients in self-care and utilise user-centred wellbeing technology. Students can work as representatives of nursing in multiprofessional cooperation for the benefit of patients/clients. Students can assess patients’ need for treatment, start needed treatment and use basic emergency care equipment.

During the sixth, seventh and eight semesters, students’ competence is strengthened and deepened. Students can make ethically sound and evidence-based decisions and work professionally. Students can treat acutely ill patients in hospital emergency rooms and intensive care units. Students can independently assess acutely ill and injured patients and implement their treatment-level emergency care. Students can work in accident situations and lead emergency care situations. Students can assist in emergency childbirths and treat mothers and newborn babies. Students can develop their professional skills and emergency care in accordance with sustainable development principles. Students can assess their work critically. Students deepen their emergency care competence through the bachelor’s thesis.

The Degree Programme in Emergency Care is implemented as full-time studies conducted in Finnish. Some studies may be conducted in English or take place in international student exchange or projects. The degree programme includes 75 credits of supervised clinical training in genuine client/patient contacts in different nursing environments. The clinical trainings are completed in different fields of nursing.

The Degree Programme in Emergency Care includes 5 credits of free-choice studies. Students can complete cross-institutional studies. Students can extend their competence by participating in different projects during their studies.

The following principles are followed in completing the studies:

Students have to complete 30 credits of first- and second-semester studies before the third semester. The studies have to include pharmacotherapy and medical calculations. Students have to participate in the courses Prevention of Infections, Pharmacotherapy and Medical Calculations and Basics of Clinical Nursing before the second clinical training.

Students have to pass the courses Prevention of Infections, Pharmacotherapy and Medical Calculations and Basics of Clinical Nursing before the third clinical training. Students also have to participate in a nursing course in a training environment before the clinical trainings 3-7.

Students have to complete 140 credits of studies before starting the advanced studies in emergency care. The studies must include anatomy and physiology, basic competence in emergency care and supervised clinical trainings 1-5.


Students can deepen their competence by participating in English-language teaching in Finland, international exchange or other international studies. Students can also complete their supervised clinical trainings in international exchange.