Biomedical Laboratory Scientist, Bachelor of Health Care; EQF 6
General admission criteria, see TAMK's websites.
It is possible for students to have their prior competence recognised.
See TAMK’s credit transfer guidelines
The degree is a bachelor-level professional higher education degree.
The degree complies with the criteria set by the Finnish national degree system as well as with the European framework for degrees and other competence.
Ministry of Education and Culture
After the first year, students can act in the learning and operating environment of the university of applied sciences and know their degree programme and future profession in the health care system. Students can use their mathematical and natural scientific knowledge and skills as basis in the professional studies. After careful orientation, students can take blood samples needed for the most common laboratory tests taking the preliminary preparations of sampling, privacy protection, professional secrecy, and occupational and patient safety into consideration. Students can record electrocardiogram reliably.
After the second year, students have familiarised themselves with the scientific bases of health care laboratory work and can complete the most common laboratory tests in diverse laboratory fields. After orientation, students are able to work independently in sampling. Students have expanded their know-how in all fields of the professional studies in a client-oriented manner taking quality issues, privacy protection, and occupational safety into consideration. Students can use their information acquisition and English language skills, and can utilise their working life experiences in deepening their theoretical knowledge.
After the third year, students know the Finnish health care system, related legislation, and laboratory administration. After orientation, students can work independently in diverse clinical laboratories. Students can guide patients and other personnel in diverse fields of laboratory work and work according to the quality criteria. Students can make their bachelor’s thesis independently utilising supervision.
Biomedical laboratory science students can temporarily work in authorised biomedical laboratory scientist duties after they have completed two-thirds of their studies.
After the fourth year (3.5 years), graduated students can after orientation work in the basic tasks of diverse laboratory fields and have deepened / extended their know-how in some special fields. Students can use research information in the bachelor’s thesis and optional professional studies and complete diverse development assignments in working life in accordance with the chosen research approach in multiprofessional teams and projects.
Biomedical Laboratory Scientist work in primary health care, special health care, private laboratories, and other laboratory service production tasks requiring health care laboratory expertise, such as medical and biomedical research institutions and production plants, companies in the field, and animal laboratories. Biomedical Laboratory Scientist participate in validation of equipment and methods, quality control as well as education, supervision and consulting services. Biomedical Laboratory Scientist develop sampling services and point of care testing multiprofessionally. Participation in international and multicultural work duties requires good and extensive professional skills, language skills, knowledge of different cultures, and the ability to work in diverse clinical and research laboratories.
The degree gives eligibility for master’s degrees.
Assessment of study performances is based on TAMK’s assessment criteria
The detailed assessment criteria can be found in course implementation plans. The teaching and assessment methods are agreed on with students at the beginning of each course.
TAMK Degree Regulations
Opintojen suorittaminen ja osaamistavoitteiden saavuttaminen opetussuunnitelman mukaisessa laajuudessa. (not translated)
210 ECTS, 3,5 years
The degree programme is implemented according to the legislation concerning universities of applied sciences and it consists of basic studies, professional studies, optional professional studies, elective studies, bachelor’s thesis, and clinical training to enhance professional skills. The supervised clinical training (75 credits) is part of the professional studies and it takes place in the teaching laboratory and clinical and research laboratories which have a clinical training agreement with the universities of applied sciences. The laboratories are required to provide higher education level supervision during the clinical training. The basis of the professional skills of Biomedical Laboratory Scientist is formed by the theoretical knowledge of clinical laboratory science and other related sciences and its application into practice. The key contents of the degree programme are studies in clinical physiology, clinical neurophysiology, haematology, immunology, immunohaematology, histology and cytology, clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, sampling, molecular biology, genetics, point of care testing, equipment and automation technology, and diagnostic radiography. It is important that students learn to produce practical information. The aim of the clinical training is to familiarise the students with the key practical duties from the viewpoint of the professional studies in a supervised manner as well as application of knowledge and skills in working life. Part of the studies may also be completed in international student exchange.
Completion of studies and achievement of competence objectives in the extent set by the curriculum.