Nursing, Bachelor's Degree

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  • Application on the Basis of Metropolia’s Open UAS Studies (application period 1 May - 31 October) 01.05.2024 - 31.10.2024
  • Application on the Basis of Finnish Higher Education Studies (application period 1 May - 31 October) 01.05.2024 - 31.10.2024
Bachelor of Health Care
210 ECTS
3.5 years
Mode of studies
Tuition fees might apply


What is it like to study Nursing?

See our students Anna's and Michael's experiences of studying Nursing in Metropolia.

Are you interested in becoming a nurse and studying in English?

As a nurse, you will work in a valued profession with customers of different ages, promoting their health and well being and treating their illnesses. You will get an opportunity to work in multidisciplinary, cross-occupational, national and international environments.

In the Degree Programme in Nursing, you will study in English in a multicultural student group. Metropolia has more than 20 years of experience in educating nurses in English language.

The multicultural and international study group will provide an enriching "cultural immersion" . Our lecturers are experienced in education of different field of nursing, possessing versatile international and multicultural expertise in nursing.

The education will open up excellent job opportunities both in Finland and abroad. After completing the degree, you will possess a nurse's qualification in accordance with EU directives.

Nurses have good employment and further education opportunities

The core of your work is to guide, support, care and rehabilitate people with different illnesses in cooperation with other health care professionals and patients family. Your job also includes teaching, planning, development project, management and various expert tasks.

You may work in a hospital, home nursing, various rehabilitation and nursing homes or medical center. In addition, the nurse's degree will enable you to work as an expert or consultant, with non-profit organisations or in international duties.

How will you study?

The studies consist of

  • basic studies
  • professional studies
  • elective studies
  • Bachelor's thesis and
  • supervised clinical practices.

Our focus is on evidence-based clinical nursing where you strengthen your clinical skills required in your future profession. Before clinical practices you will practice your practical skills in clinical laboratories, simulated learning environments with diverse methods and modern equipment.

On Myllypuro campus you will be studying in globally unique learning environments, including simulation spaces for an ambulance, emergency care and reception, midwifery, an operating room and intensive care. You also get to practice pharmacotherapy and nursing of children, and so on.

See a 360 tour of our simulation spaces (in Finnish).

When starting studies, you will prepare an individual study plan (ISP) based on your curriculum, the recognition of your prior learning and your personal development needs, which may shorten the length of your studies.

Your will study full-time and usually on weekdays, possible also on the evenings.

Your studies will include

  • theoretical teaching
  • various practical assignments
  • web-based studies
  • independent and group studies and
  • various workshops.

You will also carry out written assignments in each course. In addition, every Metropolia student will complete multidisciplinary innovation project studies (10 credits) with other students from various degree programmes.

Clinical practice and Bachelor's thesis

About one third of the nursing studies consists of clinical practice, which mostly takes place in various care and operating environments in the health care and social services sector. There are clinical practice periods in every term. Please take into consideration that you may have to work in three shifts in many places where you will be carrying out your clinical training.

The clinical practices take place in Finnish language environments. Therefore fluency in Finnish language is required at least in level B1 in the entrance examination. Also the curriculum includes Finnish language studies for international students.

Your degree will include a Bachelor's thesis (15 credits), which is usually carried out in pairs in one of Metropolia's workplace-oriented projects.

See Nursing curriculum in Studyguide

International aspects in the studies

Metropolia offers extensive opportunities for international student exchange. You can complete a part of your clinical practices and theoretical studies abroad in Europe, Africa and Asia, and also in Canada. You can also take part in Metropolia's international activities in various ways, for example by attending international intensive courses or participating in different international projects.

Scholarships and tuition fees

Annual tuition fee for non-EU/EEA applicants 11 000 €.

This fee applies only to non-EU/EEA degree students.

Read more on tuition fees and scholarships

Students' and Alumni's experiences

Ben Gran

Nursing student Ben Gran tells about his experiences and studies in Metropolia.


Carolyne graduated from Degree Programme in Nursing and continued her studies in Health Business Management Master's Programme.

Ask Head of Degree Programme more about studies


  • Application period
    1.5.2024 at 08:00 - 15.5.2024 at 15:00
    Start of studies
    Syksy 2024
    • Day-time studies

    The transfer application is aimed at all students enrolled in studies leading to a Finnish higher education degree and:

    • who wish to transfer their study rights from one Finnish higher education institution to Metropolia so that the degree title remains the same or changes

    • who wish to transfer their study rights within Metropolia from one degree programme to another, so that the degree title changes.

    Students transferring within Metropolia in such a way that the degree title remains the same, are not considered as "transfer students" and have their own separate application procedure available on Metropolia intranet (OMA). Please note that it is not possible to transfer from abroad.

    Students applying for a transfer should note that their maximum study period or the period for which they are entitled to receive student financial aid will not be extended due to the transfer. The maximum study period is calculated from the date on which the student accepted the study place in the previous higher education institution.

  • Application period
    1.5.2024 at 08:00 - 31.10.2024 at 15:00
    Start of studies
    autumn 2024
    Apply now!
    • Day-time studies

    The Application on the Basis of Metropolia’s Open UAS Studies is aimed at those who have completed open UAS studies at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. Studies are considered to be Metropolia's if they are entered in the Metropolia's study register, and open studies if they have not been completed with the right to study for the degree-leading education.

    Application period: 1 May 2024 8:00 am - 31 October 2024, all times refer to local time in Finland

    Application instructions: published at

  • Application period
    1.5.2024 at 08:00 - 31.10.2024 at 15:00
    Start of studies
    autumn 2024
    Apply now!
    • Day-time studies

    The Application on the Basis of Finnish Higher Education Studies is aimed at those who have completed higher education studies in Finland. Studies are taken into account regardless of whether they have been completed as open studies or in education leading to a degree, or whether the right to study is valid or has expired.

    Application period: 1 May 2024 8:00 am - 31 October 2024, all times refer to local time in Finland

    Application instructions: published at

  • Application period
    28.8.2024 at 08:00 - 11.9.2024 at 15:00
    Start of studies
    spring 2025
    • Day-time studies

    Instructions for applying

    In the autumn 2024 joint application to higher education, you can apply to degree programmes that start in the spring of 2025. The application period starts on the 28 August 2024 at 8 am and ends on the 11 September 2024 at 3 pm (local time in Finland).

    All the information needed to apply can be found on the national portal. At you can find descriptions of degree programmes, application criteria, application instructions, application forms and much more.

More information

For more information on the application process please contact

Metropolia's Student and Admission Services:
+358 40 712 5100
admissions [at] (admissions[at]metropolia[dot]fi)

Starting studies

How to start your studies in Metropolia

Welcome to study for a degree at Metropolia!

Congratulations! You have been admitted to Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and we are delighted to have you as a new member of our vibrant community of more than 16 000 students!

You have made an excellent choice - Metropolia offers you unique multidisciplinary opportunities throughout your studies with its strong connections to working life and active role in innovations built around socially significant phenomena.

We are happy to have you with us and help you with any questions you might have. Welcome to Metropolia!

The below information applies to students who have been accepted to study for a full degree at Metropolia. Make sure to complete all the steps in order to secure your study place.

Welcome to study Nursing!

Dear student nurses,

Welcome to study the Degree Program in Nursing at Metropolia UAS!

We want to offer you the smoothest possible start to your studies and the opportunity for personal study planning right from the start of your studies. Therefore, please read this material carefully.

Your career coach will help you with all the questions that you have about the studies etc. Also the student tutors are here for you.

Before the start of studies:

  1. Activate your Metropolia user ID before the start of studies (possible from 1.8.2024)
  2. Fill in Study and career counselling questionnaire (possible until 4.8.2024).
  3. Get to know E-Services in Metropolia and download and install the Microsoft Pro Plus 365 software package for free before starting your studies (possible after activating your Metropolia user ID)
  4. Familiarize yourself with the new student's introductory material above
  5. Familiarize yourself with your degree curriculum
  6. If you wish, you can sign in to Moodle platform Welcome to Metropolia UAS, and take a virtual our around the Myllypuro campus!

Orientation days

The studies will start on Monday 19th August 2024 at 9.00 am. Venue: Myllypuro Campus, Myllypurontie 1, 00920, Helsinki

The first days are orientation days, and it is very important to attend these classes. On your first day you will be directed to the correct classrooms.


The schedule for the entire first semester will be ready before the studies start. Be prepared to have full schedules throughout the semester, from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.

If you wish, you can check the term’s schedule in Metropolia’s Schedule Machine (Lukkarikone). Your group ID is SXN24S1A. Please note that some of the times might be subject to change.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

If you have prior studies in nursing education (Registered Nurse) in Finland or in another country, please attend the following guidance meetings:

  • Wednesday 7th August 2024 from 9.00 to 11.00 at Myllypuro Campus, MPA1014. Bring your own laptop. Contact person guidance counsellor Riikka Sorri, riikka.sorri [at] (riikka[dot]sorri[at]metropolia[dot]fi)
  • Thursday 8th August 2024 from 9.00 to 10.30 at Myllypuro Campus, MPA1014. Bring your own laptop, transcript of records and the description of course contents of your previous nursing studies. Contact person Head of the degree programme Anna Sievers, Anna.Sievers [at] (Anna[dot]Sievers[at]metropolia[dot]fi)

The studies commence week 33. Therefore it is highly important to attend these guidance meetings. Otherwise the beginning of your studies may be delayed.

It is necessary to familiarize yourself with the study guide and curriculum in case of recognition of prior learning.

Non-native Finnish speakers

It is useful for all non-native Finnish speakers to work on their Finnish skills because the clinical practices take place in Finnish language environments. Finnish language is also used in the clinical skills labs and simulations throughout the studies. Furthermore, learning Finnish opens more doors to local social networks and to Finnish culture.

Finnish courses for international students in Metropolia

In Metropolia UAS, you have the possibility to study Finnish during your studies. You can choose suitable courses depending on your Finnish language skills level.

  • Finnish 1 (A1.2), 5 cr
  • Finnish 2 (A1.3-A2.1), 5 cr
  • Finnish 3 (A2.1-A2.2), 5 cr
  • Finnish 4 (A2.2-B1.1), 5 cr
  • Let’s speak Finnish (A2-B1), 3 cr
  • Finnish for professionals 1 (B1), 5 cr
  • Finnish for professionals 2 (B1-B2), 5 cr

Offering for Finnish courses for the autumn 2024 will be published later.

Language clinics

In addition to Finnish courses, you can get support for learning the professional language skills in two language clinics:

  • Basic level A1-A2: Hoitotyön S2-klinikka
  • Intermediate level B1-B2: S2-klinikka, sosiaali- ja terveysala

Other Finnish courses in the capital region or online:

Search engine for the Finnish courses in the capital region
Adult Education Institutes in the capital region
Non-stop Finnish courses for more advanced students in Savonia

Free self-study courses on Internet for beginners:

Introductory Finnish - self study
Taste of Finnish
Koti Suomessa

The scholarship

Students, who come from outside EU/ETA-countries and have paid the tuition fee, have possibility to apply for the scholarship. Find more information about tuition fees and scholarships here: Tuition fees and scholarships for non-EU/EEA students

We are looking forward to meeting you!

On behalf of faculty members and students in the Degree Programme in Nursing,

Anna Sievers
Head of the Programme in Nursing education (English Programme)
Anna.Sievers [at] (Anna[dot]Sievers[at]metropolia[dot]fi)
tel. +358 50 593 3746

Riikka Sorri
Guidance Counsellor
riikka.sorri [at] (riikka[dot]sorri[at]metropolia[dot]fi)
tel. +358 50 465 6631