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The Degree Programme in Nursing will prepare you for a valued profession, in which you will be working with clients of different age groups promoting their health and wellbeing and treating their diseases.

Bachelor of Health Care

210 ECTS credits
Intake 30
Degree Programme in Nursing
Campus: Satakunnankatu 25, Pori

Important Dates

Application period: 10 – 25 January 2017
Entrance examination: 20 or 21 April 2017, Pori Finland (each applicant has the exam on either day)
Studies starts: Autumn 2017

Apply at Studyinfo.fi

Applying takes place online at Studyinfo service on 10 – 25 January 2017:

Bachelor of Health Care, Nursing, full-time studies, Pori

 

General Admission Criteria

GENERAL INFORMATION SECTION: BACHELOR’S DEGREE PROGRAMMES

Eligibility for Bachelor’s degree programmes

Provisions on eligibility for universities of applied sciences are contained in the Polytechnics Act (932/2014).

You can apply to a Bachelor’s degree programme if you have completed:

  • the Finnish general upper secondary school syllabus and/or the matriculation examination;
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma;
  • a European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma;
  • Reifeprüfung (RP) Diploma;
  • a Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification with a scope of 120 credit units or 180 credit points, or a comparable previous Finnish vocational qualification with a minimum scope of 80 credit units;
  • a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma;
  • a Finnish  vocational  upper  secondary  qualification  or  a  further  or  specialist  vocational qualification as a competence-based qualification, or a comparable previous qualification; or
  • foreign qualification that provides eligibility for higher education studies in the country in question.

As a basic assumption, the qualification requirements listed in this admissions criteria always refer to a Finnish qualification unless otherwise stated.

A higher education degree does not confer eligibility.

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) uses discretionary admission for the Bachelor’s Degree Programmes conducted in English. Applicants who are citizens of non-EU/EEA countries and who complete an eligible background education during Spring 2017 are considered eligible without presenting a copy of the degree certificate before the entrance examinations. However, if this kind of applicants are accepted as students, they have to present an acceptable certificate about completing an eligible education and a Finnish or English translation if needed, by 31 July 2017. If the required eligibility is not showed by the given time, SAMK will cancel the applicant’s admission.

 

Proving eligibility

Applicants must have completed the qualification used in the application procedure in time for a copy of the certificate to reach the relevant university of applied sciences by the deadline specified in advance following the publication of admission results (see the Schedule Appendix).

Applicants with a Finnish qualification certificate need not submit copies of their certificates, as only the certificates of those admitted as students will be checked. However, this does not apply to applicants who have taken the Finnish matriculation examination prior to 1990, as they will need to submit copies of their certificates to the admissions offices of the relevant universities of applied sciences by the deadline specified in advance (see the Schedule Appendix).

In order to prove their eligibility, applicants with a non-Finnish qualification certificate must submit a copy of the final certificate used as the basis for application by the deadline specified in advance (see the Schedule Appendix) to the admissions office of the university of applied sciences marked as the first choice on their application form, which will then decide on each applicant’s eligibility for all UAS programmes they have selected. However, this does not apply to EU/EEA citizens graduating during the application period, who will need to submit certificate copies by another deadline specified in advance (see the Schedule Appendix). In SAMK also the applicants from non-EU/EEA countries who are graduating in Spring 2017 will be considered eligible. Only final qualification certificates can be accepted; no provisional or temporary certificates will be accepted.

In addition, each applicant must submit a copy of his or her qualification certificate translated into Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator if the original document is in none of these languages. Such translations must be signed and stamped by the translator. The translations must be submitted by the deadline specified in advance (see the Schedule Appendix)  to the admissions offices of the relevant universities of applied sciences.

If an applicant is a refugee or in a refugee-like situation and is unable to submit documentary evidence of his or her qualification, a university of applied sciences may invite the applicant to sit an entrance examination. The applicant must have an official decision attesting to his or her refugee status (a decision to grant asylum or a residence permit issued on the basis of need for protection). The applicant must submit a copy of this decision to the admissions office of each university of applied sciences to which he or she is applying by the deadline specified in advance (see the Schedule Appendix).

 

Admissions criteria

SAMK uses only student selection method based on entrance examination.

The maximum admission score is as follows:

SELECTION METHOD 1: ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Entrance examination                              40/70/100 points

There are intake quotas for applicant groups with different background education in a degree programme only, if mentioned. Otherwise the applicants are selected solely in the order of points received from the entrance examination.

In cases of equal admission scores under selection method 1, applicants will be ranked on the following grounds:

  1. entrance examination points
  2. applicant’s first-choice programme on the application

If these criteria fail to produce a difference between tied applicants, SAMK admits all of  the equally ranked applicants.

 

Applying through discretionary admission

A university of applied sciences decides on discretionary admissions by programme. Anyone applying through discretionary admission is required to submit copies of the certificates that he or she wishes to use to the admissions office of each university of applied sciences to which he or she is applying by the deadline specified in advance (see the Schedule Appendix). Discretion only concerns an applicant’s eligibility to apply.

SAMK uses discretionary admission in the Bachelor’s Degree Programmes tuitioned in English. Applicants who are citizens of non-EU/EEA countries and are finishing an eligible background education in Spring 2017 can be admitted through discretionary admission.

 

English language proficiency in degree programmes provided in English

Excellent skills in English are required for success in degree programmes provided in English. The applicants’ language proficiency is assessed in the entrance examination. For a more detailed description of the examination, see the admissions criteria for specific fields.

When applying to a degree programme provided in English, the applicants need not submit evidence of language proficiency.

 

Accessible student admission – special arrangements for entrance examinations

An applicant may submit a separate application to request the right to special arrangements for taking an entrance examination. The same application form is used by all higher education institutions, and it can be found on the website of each institution. The application should indicate the types of special arrangements being requested and the grounds for the request. The applicant should enclose copies of the certificates to which he or she makes appeal.

Please note: Documents verifying dyslexia must have been issued within the last 5 (five) years. In addition, documents verifying a permanent disability, illness or learning disability must have been issued within the last 5 (five) years. The period of validity of other documents will be decided case-by-case.

In cases where an issue entitling an applicant to special arrangements already exists during the application period, an application for special arrangements for entrance examinations must be submitted by the common deadline decided by the universities of applied sciences (see the Schedule Appendix). The applicant must submit a separate application to each university of applied sciences to which he or she has submitted an application. A university of applied sciences may provide additional instructions, for example related to two-stage admissions. The application should be submitted to the admissions offices of the relevant higher education institutions. The applications addressed to SAMK should be delivered to:

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences
Admissions Office
Tiedepuisto 3
FI-28600 PORI

If an issue entitling an applicant to special arrangements emerges or is identified between the end of the application period and the entrance examination date, the applicant must submit an application for special arrangements to the admissions offices of each university of applied sciences arranging the entrance examinations that he or she intends to take without delay. A university of applied sciences may deny an applicant the right to special arrangements if such arrangements are impossible to implement, for example because of schedule-related reasons.

Decisions on special arrangements for entrance examinations are specific to each programme choice and a decision is only valid on a specific examination date. Procedures indicated by good governance must be followed when making the decisions. Any attachments to applications for special arrangements shall be secret.

Admission Criteria for Nursing

BACHELOR’S DEGREE PROGRAMMES IN HEALTH CARE

This part describes admissions criteria for degree programmes in Health Care provided in English. The information provided here is intended to complement the General information section of the Recommendation.

 

Important information about health care studies

For eligibility for UAS studies, see the General information section of this Admissions Criteria.

Those applying to study in the field of Health Care must have a sufficient good health status and functional capacity to be capable of completing practical assignments and work placement periods as part of the studies. Information about health requirements in this field is available on SAMK website and on the Studyinfo.fi service.

Those applying to the field should bear in mind that:

  • studying and working in a profession of this field require good mental balance;
  • the field is not suitable for illegal drug users or for alcohol or legal drug abusers;
  • conditions such as musculoskeletal diseases, chronic skin diseases, allergies and mental health disorders may lead to health issues during studies or later on in working life;
  • a blood-borne disease may restrict the progress of studies and employment.

Applicants are required to provide information concerning their health status and functional capacity as required to assess admission at the request of the university of applied sciences concerned, as well as information on any possible prior decision on cancellation of their study entitlement.

Students are required to produce an extract from criminal records at the request of the university of applied sciences if working with minors forms an essential part of the tasks assigned to them during their studies or work placement periods that are part of their studies.

Universities of applied sciences are entitled to require a student to produce a certificate of a drugs test if there is any reason to suspect that the student is under the influence of drugs during practical assignments or during a work placement that is part of their studies, or that the student is addicted to drugs.

SAMK may cancel admission for the following reasons:

  • an applicant fails to submit certificates by the deadline specified by the university of applied sciences
  • an applicant has provided false information about his or her grades
  • it is obvious that the student, in terms of his or her health status and functional capacity, does not meet the admissions criteria (Polytechnics Act 932/2014)
  • an applicant has concealed the cancellation of his or her prior study entitlement (Polytechnics Act 932/2014).

 

Student selection for full-time implementations in English

Student selection

All eligible applicants will be invited to the entrance examination.

Students are selected on the order of points received from the entrance examination. The maximum number of examination points is 70. The applicant is required to get at least 30 points from the examination to be eligible for student selection. Also, the applicant is required to complete every part of the exam acceptably.

The entrance examinations of the programmes in health care emphasize applicant’s aptitude and applicant’s motivation, social skills and learning and working skills are measured. Adequate health is required from those who are selected as students.

Entrance examinations

Degree Programme in Nursing organizes its own entrance examination on 20-21 April 2017 (each applicant has the exam on either day). The entrance examination is not transferable: no other exam result can replace it and no other degree programme accepts its result. The result can only be used in the joint application in spring 2017.

The students are selected without applicant groups in the order of entrance examination points.

Timetable for Admission Process 2017

SCHEDULE APPENDIX

Application periods to universities of applied sciences and deadlines for submitting certificates, appendices etc. in 2017

Bachelor's Degree Programmes

The required documents must arrive by the specified deadline (the postmark date is not sufficient). Any diverging field-specific dates will be specifically indicated on UAS application pages and in field-specific admissions criteria.

Document

Spring application period I 
10 January – 25 January 2017

 

Finnish qualifications:

 

1) Qualifications to be completed and copies of qualification certificates to be submitted to the admissions office (* = those graduating during the application period)

 

2) Matriculation examination grades of those who took their matriculation examination in or after 1990

 

3) Copies of matriculation examination certificates of those who took their matriculation examination prior to 1990 to be submitted to the admissions office

 

4) Original qualification certificates to be checked

 

 

 

1) by 3 p.m. on Friday, 14 July 2017

 

 

2)  obtained directly from the Matriculation Examination Board

 

3) by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, 8 February 2017

 

4) at the beginning of studies

 

 

 

 

International matriculation examination (IB, EB, RP):

 

1) Copies of diplomas and their official translations to be submitted to the admissions office (* = those graduating during the application period to submit a Predicted grades or equivalent)

 

2) Final grades of applicants who complete an IB diploma during the application period (Transcript of grades)

 

 

1) by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, 8 February 2017

* by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, 8 February 2017

 

2) by 3 p.m. on Friday, 14 July 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Original diplomas and official translations to be checked

 

3) at the beginning of studies

 

 

Qualifications taken outside Finland:

 

1) qualifications to be completed and copies of qualification certificates and their official translations to be submitted to the admissions office (not applicable to applicants who complete their qualification during the application period)

 

2) copies of qualification certificates and their official translations of EU/EEA citizens completing their qualifications during the application period to be submitted to the admissions office

 

3) original diplomas and original official translations to be checked

 

 

1) by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, 8 February 2017

 

 

 

2) by 3 p.m. on Friday, 14 July 2017

 

 

3) at the beginning of studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employment certificates:

 

1) work experience to be obtained

 

2) copies of employment certificates to be submitted to the admissions office

 

3) original certificates to be checked

 

 

1) by 31 July 2017

 

2) by 3 p.m. on Friday, 14 July 2017

 

 

3) at the beginning of studies

 

 

 

 

Decisions to grant asylum or residence permits issued on the basis of a need for protection of refugees or applicants in a refugee-like situation to be submitted to the admissions office:

by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, 8 February 2017

 

Advance assignments to be submitted (see the website of the UAS/Studyinfo.fi)

by the deadline given by the university of applied sciences

 

Discretionary applicants: appendices specified by the university of applied sciences to be submitted to the UAS (see the UAS website or Opintopolku.fi/Studyinfo.fi):

by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, 8 February 2017

 

Accessibility in student admissions:

applications for special arrangements for entrance examinations to be submitted to the university of applied sciences (see the UAS website or Opintopolku.fi/Studyinfo.fi):

by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, 8 February 2017

 

Any changes to work experience information affecting actual admissions to be submitted to the admissions office:

by 3 p.m. on Friday, 12 May 2017

SAMK nursing

Promoting Clients Health and Wellbeing and Treating Their Diseases

The Degree Programme in Nursing will prepare you for a valued profession, in which you will be working with clients of different age groups promoting their health and wellbeing and treating their diseases. You will gain competences based on ethical principles, comprehensive and multidisciplinary knowledge, practical skills and interaction skills.

Where Do Nurses Work?

As a graduated nurse you can work in different care settings from clients´ homes and open counselling centres to intensive care units in hospitals as well as a private entrepreneur.

Senior lecturer and students tell about the nursing studies at SAMK.

President of SAMK tells why you should come to Finland to study.

SAMK-kampus Pori

You can start your studies at the new campus in autumn 2017.

Modern and Versatile Campus

The new SAMK-campus will be located in the city centre of Pori and it will be future’s learning environment.

  • 3000 students
  • Diversified: business, health care and social services, technology, tourism
  • Around 600 degrees per year
  • Good traffic connections: located next to the future public transportation center and within walking distance from the airport

Your Studies

  • Basic Studies (Communication Skills and Basic Nursing Interventions)
  • Professional Studies (Medical, Surgical and Perioperative Nursing, Child and Adolescent Nursing, Family Nursing, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Nursing, Gerontological and District Nursing, Clinical Calculations)
  • Clinical Practice and a Bachelor’s thesis

Your studies consist of contact classes, projects, clinical simulations and online studies.

Internationality

The studies take place in English in a multicultural group of students in close cooperation with nursing settings and health care agencies. Internationality is integrated as a natural part of the degree programme. Internationality competence manifests itself as language skills, interactive skills and cultural competence. The student also has the possibility of completing studies or practical training periods abroad.

Goals of the Studies

  • your professionalism in nursing is based on health promotion and ethical practice
  • you are able to work independently and in multidisciplinary teams
  • you are creative and innovative in developing client-oriented services in social and health care

Practical Training and Thesis

The practical training introduces the student to practical work tasks that are essential especially to the professional skills and to the application of knowledge and skills in professional work. The practical training can be completed in the private or public sector, as an entrepreneur or in another separately approved working environment, fulfilling the set criteria, either in Finland or abroad.

In thesis you demonstrate your ability to apply your knowledge and skills in practical expert duties related to the professional studies.

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Further Information

Admissions office:

+358 2 623 4801
admissions@samk.fi

Further information about the degree program:

Mrs. Erja Hannula, Senior Lecturer
+358 44 710 9815
firstname.lastname@samk.fi

Your Campus

SAMK-campus Pori
Satakunnankatu 25
28100 Pori

Ask more about the programme from our admissions office