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Degree Programme in Podiatry

Degree:
Bachelor of Health Care

Degree title:
jalkaterapeutti (AMK), Bachelor of Health Care

Credits:
210 ects

Objectives

The aim of podiatry is to promote foot health while also promoting movement, occupational and functional abilities. The work of podiatrists includes, in particular, the promotion of human foot health and the elimination of ailments. Clients’ own activities have a key role and their resources are harnessed to promote foot health.

Degree programme description

During the first year (Active learner) you learn how to assess the function and movement of healthy persons by getting to know the human as a whole. In addition, you study the basics of assessing and promoting health, wellbeing and performance. As a student you develop into an active and responsible learner.

During the second year (Independent participant), you learn how to practice client-centred podiatry with the pediatric basics of examination, assessing functional ability, and influencing functional ability. You also learn how to evaluate your own actions.

During the third year (Proficient developer), you learn how to apply foot therapies so that you can already act independently in therapy situations. Practical training and innovative projects challenge you to new ways of thinking. You can be a critical learner and developer of your own activities.

During the last semester (Expert) you reinforce your research and development approach. At the end of your training, you can work independently and collaborate with other professionals in a variety of social and health work environments.

The last semester of the studies strengthens your expertise with your last clinical practice training. Also alternative professional studies and the bachelor’s thesis support your career planning. Each semester includes guided practical training which is initially implemented on Savonlinna Campus (simulation environments, functional ability laboratory, learning projects), and later, as your studies progress, in different working environments of podiatry.



Alternative professional studies provide opportunities to complement your skills according to your career plan and interests. These studies cover courses of professional studies, multidisciplinary studies and entrepreneurship studies.



Optional studies enhance your special skills and professional strengths based on your own choices. You can also choose courses from other degree programmes and universities of applied sciences.



Core competence of the podiatry studies (180 ECTS credits) consists of modules of 15?

30 ECTS credits which include the following:
Human being as a whole
Professional basics of podiatry
Health promoting podiatry
Podiatric specialty
Research and development in podiatry
Developing expertise in podiatry
Working life skills in podiatry

Implementation of studies and flexible learning tracks

You can complete your degree in podiatry on Savonlinna Campus. Studies take about 3.5 years to complete.

Studies involve different learning methods and environments varying from independent learning assignments and exams to group work, online learning, working life projects and practical training. There is more online learning in blended studies than in full-time studies.

The studies include 75 ECTS credits of practical training, of which 40 ECTS credits are carried out on campus and in projects in a variety of practical situations. The remaining 35 ECTS credits take place between the 4th and 7th semesters of the studies as clinical practice training outside campus. You can also complete these training periods for example in your home region.

The beginning of the studies involves making a personal study and career plan based on which you receive advice to support, for example, your studies, clinical practice training, bachelor’s thesis and international choices. The personal study plan helps you design your studies according to your life situation as well as possible. Previously acquired skills can be recognized and accepted as part of your studies.

If you choose the so-called Scheduled track for your studies, they take place through group meetings and independent learning assignments following your group’s timetable. In this case, your studies proceed according to your group’s curriculum and its timing, and the standard time for completing the studies is 3.5 years.

You can speed up your studies through the Independent track, for example, by selecting online or summer courses or taking studies from the curriculum of an earlier student group. In this case, you become independently familiar with the study materials and complete the necessary learning tasks. Studies through this track involve more independent work and learning compared to the scheduled track. You can also speed up your studies by completing clinical practice training in the summer.

It’s also possible to complete a course or a module – partly or in total, through the Blended track ? in

your workplace or in projects, if you work in a podiatric organization or in a company close to podiatry.

In this case you need to demonstrate your competence according to the learning outcomes of the course or module.

Career opportunities

Podiatrists work as self-employed entrepreneurs or are employed by others, for example, hospitals, health centers, rehabilitation centers, research and nursing homes. Also shoe design, sports and disability organizations, expert, educational and project tasks, social welfare services, day care centers and sports activities employ podiatrists.

At work, podiatrists assess clients’ movement, functional capacity and disability and use podiatry methods to care and prevent foot problems and to promote their foot health. The most common assessment methods are observation, interviews, manual examination, questionnaires and various tests and measurements.

Podiatry implementation plans and impact assessment plans, which base on clinical decision-making and podiatric diagnosis, are drawn up together with clients. Podiatry methods are evidence-based and include guidance and counseling for health and functional ability, therapeutic exercise, clinical foot care (nail and skin disorders), mobilization, massage, making insoles, off-loadings, silicones and wound care.

Podiatrists collaborate with many health professionals. The work is usually a day job. Competences needed in the work include skills in:
Podiatry research and assessment
Foot health promotion, guidance and counseling,
Podiatry care and therapy
Podiatry expertise in special groups
Entrepreneurship and social skills,
Podiatric development, innovation and technology competence

In order to develop professionally, podiatrists follow the latest research and acquire further education. Would your dream job be, for example, in one of the following?
Hospital
Health center
Rehabilitation center
Your own podiatry company
In shoe factory
Specialist position
Sports or other organization
As a product presenter

Only qualified professionals can work in the profession of a podiatrist. Upon graduation, you apply for professional rights at Valvira, National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health.

RDI and cooperation with world of work

Students of podiatry are involved in research, development and innovation (RDI) projects. You can participate in RDI projects in different ways in connection with your courses and/or bachelor’s thesis. You learn to understand the meaning of RDI activities and their possibilities in the continuous development of working life. You learn to plan and implement innovative practices to develop working life in your field.

Xamk is involved in several research, development and innovation projects which develop services and products to promote the wellbeing of the population. Bachelor’s theses can be integrated to the regional RDI projects or they can offer information or products to serve working life needs.

Learning environments

Podiatry studies are carried out in various learning environments. You learn interaction, teamwork, self-management skills and responsibility which are requirements for working as a podiatrist.

Studies on Savonlinna Campus involve learning in a podiatry clinic, insole lab and home simulation environments, function labs and in work-related projects as well as in Xamk’s Active Life Lab in Mikkeli. Online learning and remote connections offer you flexibility for studies which are not bound by time or place.

A significant part of studying takes place outside the classroom in working life during your clinical practice periods in the field of health care and rehabilitation (in hospitals, health centers, rehabilitation centers and in private clinics). You can choose your practical training environments and complete a part of the practical studies abroad. In addition to the traditional work placement, you can participate in different kinds of working life projects.

Podiatry, part-time studies

Podiatry, part-time studies
Podiatry, part-time studies
Podiatry, part-time studies
Podiatry, part-time studies
Enrolment

07.11.2022 - 18.11.2022

Timing

09.01.2023 - 31.05.2023

Credits

5 op

Virtual proportion (cr)

4 op

Mode of delivery

20 % Contact teaching, 80 % Distance learning

Teaching languages
  • English
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
Teachers
  • Sirpa Juusola
Responsible person

Sirpa Juusola

Student groups
  • JTSA22SM
    Podiatry, part-time studies

Objective

You are able to actively use the basic professional vocabulary of your field.
You are able to look for information in English in professional sources and apply it in different study and work related communication situations.
You are able to communicate in English in various spoken and written situations in your professional field at the European level B2.

Content

What professional vocabulary is essential in your professional field?
How to look for information in professional sources in English and how to apply this information?
How to interact in spoken communication situations in English and how to draw up texts in English for professional purposes?
How to communicate in study-related situations and work communities in English?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Assessment criteria, satisfactory (1)

Ability to communicate in English orally and in writing in various situations in the professional field mainly at the European (CEFR) level B1.

Assessment criteria, good (3)

Ability to communicate in English orally and in writing in various situations in the professional field mainly at the European (CEFR) level B2.

Assessment criteria, excellent (5)

Ability to communicate in English orally and in writing in various situations in the professional field mainly at the European (CEFR) level C1.

Qualifications

If you have been instructed to participate in the Intensive course in English, you must complete it or independently acquire the equivalent knowledge and skills before you can participate in this course.

Enrolment

06.04.2022 - 22.04.2022

Timing

29.08.2022 - 18.12.2022

Credits

5 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 50

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
Teachers
  • Tiina Karvinen
Responsible person

Tiina Karvinen

Student groups
  • JTSA20SM
    Podiatry, part-time studies

Objective

You are able to communicate in spoken and written situations in your own field.
You are familiar with the terminology of your field and able to communicate in Swedish in professional situations.

The objectives are based on the Common European Framework of Languages, level B1 and Government Decree 1129/2014.

After completing the course with the grade of 3, you are able to:
- understand clear standard and work-related speech.
- use basic structures reasonably well both in spoken and written situations.
- speak relatively fluently so that occasional mistakes in pronunciation or prosody do not lead to misunderstanding.
- describe your education and work experience for example when applying for a job.
- describe and discuss key issues of your professional field (eg. the operation, products, processes or services of companies and/or organizations).

Content

How do you use Swedish vocabulary related to education, work environment and workplace duties?
How do you use Swedish in different communicative situations of working life, for example in emails, telephoning and meetings?
How do you use the basic professional vocabulary required in your field and operational environment?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Qualifications

If you have been instructed to participate in the Intensive course in Swedish, you must complete it or independently acquire the equivalent knowledge and skills before you can participate in this course.

Enrolment

22.08.2022 - 28.08.2022

Timing

06.09.2022 - 31.12.2022

Credits

5 op

Virtual proportion (cr)

4 op

Mode of delivery

20 % Contact teaching, 80 % Distance learning

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
Teachers
  • Anni Kemppainen
  • Anna Reinikainen
Responsible person

Anna Reinikainen

Student groups
  • JTSA22SM
    Podiatry, part-time studies

Objective

You know the basic vocabulary of anatomy and how to use it.
You are able to describe human systems the essential for the profession and their basic functions.
You know the lower limb bones, joints, muscles and ligaments.
You are able to define the different aspects of physical performance and describe how the major organ systems affect these aspects.
You can describe how human organ systems work during basic movement and exercise.

Content

What is the basic anatomy vocabulary in podiatry? How do you use it?
What are human organ systems?
What is the human body structure and and how does it function?
What are the bones, joints, muscles and ligaments of the lower limb?
What is human physical performance made of and how does the function of hte organ system affect performance?
How do organ systems work at rest and exercise?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Enrolment

06.04.2022 - 22.04.2022

Timing

29.08.2022 - 16.12.2022

Credits

5 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
Teachers
  • Anni Kemppainen
  • Laura Saar
Student groups
  • JTSA21SM
    Podiatry, part-time studies

Objective

You understand the process of biomechanical examination.
You are able to carry out and document the biomedical examination of lower extremities.
You know the terminology of biomechanics.
You are able to examine and measure reliably the mobility of lower extremities.
You are able to analyze gait and use different methods of analysis.
You can make conclusions from the research results that you receive and utilize them in the podiatric decision-making.

Content

What does the biomechanical examination process include?
How do you carry out and document biomedical examination?
How do you examine and measure reliably the mobility of the lower limbs?
How do you carry out gait analysis by using different methods of analysis?
How do you make summaries and conclusions based on your examination results?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Qualifications

the courses of Anatomy and physiology 5 ECTS credits and Biomechanics, 5 ECTS credits

Enrolment

06.04.2022 - 22.04.2022

Timing

06.08.2022 - 31.12.2022

Credits

5 op

RD proportion (cr)

3 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 60

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
  • Degree Programme in Physiotherapy
Teachers
  • Laura Saar
  • Paula Leppänen
  • Miia Kierikki
Responsible person

Laura Saar

Student groups
  • FTSA20KP
    Physiotherapy, full-time studies
  • JTSA19SM
    Podiatry, part-time studies

Objective

You know how to use and assess the accessibility of electronic services and their usability in rehabilitation.
You are able to use and develop electronic services that support rehabilitation.
You know different welfare technology tools, products and services.
You know what kind of possibilities various technological tools and gamification offer to promote rehabilitation.
You understand the ethical and security aspects of electronic services and wellbeing technology.
You are able to make use of service design in designing and developing wellbeing technology solutions.

Content

What are digital services in rehabilitation?
What is usability in wellbeing technological solutions?
How can individuals' rehabilitation and wellbeing be promoted by technology?
How to use gamification in wellbeing technology solutions?
How do you benefit from wellbeing technology tools in product and service planning?
How do you account for ethics and security in wellbeing technology?
How is service design understood in user-oriented wellbeing technology?

Evaluation scale

Approved/Failed

Qualifications

Attending the course requires that the learning outcomes of the 1st and 2nd academic year studies are achieved.

Enrolment

22.08.2022 - 28.08.2022

Timing

29.08.2022 - 16.12.2022

Credits

1 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

10 - 10

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
Teachers
  • Niina Luukkonen
Responsible person

Niina Luukkonen

Student groups
  • VV2022-2023
    Optional studies 2022-2023

Objective

Upon completion of the course, the participant masters the basics of giving first aid in the topics included in the course contents:

Action taken to assist in an accident or attack of illness
Basics of emergency first aid
• First aid for a unconscious person
• Basic resuscitation
• Foreign object in the airway
• Stopping large bleeding
• First aid for a person shoking (disorder of circulation

Wounds first aid
The most common attacks of illness

Burns and injuries caused by electricity

Joint injuries and fractures

Poisonings

Group-specific special topics

Evaluation scale

Approved/Failed

Enrolment

22.08.2022 - 28.08.2022

Timing

29.08.2022 - 16.12.2022

Credits

1 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

10 - 10

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
Teachers
  • Tuulia Litmanen
  • Niina Luukkonen
Responsible person

Marko Issakainen

Student groups
  • VV2022-2023
    Optional studies 2022-2023

Objective

Upon completion of the course, the participant masters the basics of giving first aid in the topics included in the course contents:

Action taken to assist in an accident or attack of illness
Basics of emergency first aid
• First aid for a unconscious person
• Basic resuscitation
• Foreign object in the airway
• Stopping large bleeding
• First aid for a person shoking (disorder of circulation

Wounds first aid
The most common attacks of illness

Burns and injuries caused by electricity

Joint injuries and fractures

Poisonings

Group-specific special topics

Evaluation scale

Approved/Failed

Enrolment

22.08.2022 - 28.08.2022

Timing

29.08.2022 - 16.12.2022

Credits

5 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
Teachers
  • Anni Kemppainen
  • Laura Saar
Student groups
  • JTSA22SM
    Podiatry, part-time studies

Objective

You can define the basic concepts of motor learning.
You identify stages in the growth and development of human beings as well as the requirements for development and motor learning processes in different ages.
You can describe stages in human beings’ motor learning skills in different periods of life.
You can encounter other human beings.
You can create practical relationships with other people.
You are familiar with the basics of guidance and counselling of individuals and groups.

Content

How do human beings grow up and develop?
What is motor learning?
Which are the requirements for motor learning in different ages?
How does motoric ability and learning change in different ages?
What is motor control?
Which methods do you use to observe motor ability in different ages?
How do you encounter human beings?
Which characteristics do you need to create functioning interaction with other people?
What are the methods to guide individuals and groups?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Enrolment

22.08.2022 - 28.08.2022

Timing

10.10.2022 - 20.11.2022

Credits

5 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
Teachers
  • Maikki Kokkonen
Student groups
  • JTSA22SM
    Podiatry, part-time studies

Objective

You have the basic skills of podiatry, can use instruments and equipment and know the requirements for podiatric clinics.
You are able to carry out basic podiatric examinations and clinical work.
You learn how to work safely, ergonomically and aseptically.
You understand the importance of communication, interaction and documentation as a part of the podiatry process.
You learn to understand podiatry as a part of the social and health care system by studying the work of a podiatrist in working life.

Content

What are the working environment of podiatry like?
What are basic manual skills and what instruments are used in podiatry?
What are basic examinations in podiatry?
What do basic clinical skills include in podiatry?
How do you take into account safety, aseptics and ergonomics in podiatry?
What communication and interaction skills do you need when working with clients?
How is documentation carried out in podiatry?
What is podiatry as a part of health care and rehabilitation services and who are the clients?

Evaluation scale

Approved/Failed

Enrolment

06.04.2022 - 22.04.2022

Timing

29.08.2022 - 16.12.2022

Credits

10 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
Teachers
  • Anni Kemppainen
  • Laura Saar
Student groups
  • JTSA21SM
    Podiatry, part-time studies

Objective

You are be able to use the methods of podiatric examination, manual therapy and functional exercise in a client-oriented, legitimate and safe manner.
You are be able to account for the factors affecting reliability in podiatric measurement and examination.
You are able to design and implement a client-oriented, logically proceeding podiatry process, and document it properly.
You are able to design and implement training programs that take into account specific needs of individuals and groups.
You can promote lower extremities’ functions by means of various stabilization and mobilization methods.
You are able to design and manufacture elemental insoles that meet client needs, as well as to make motion and functions supporting changes to their shoes.

Content

What do podiatry processes consist of?
How does clinical reasoning take place in podiatry processes?
How does clinical decision-making guide the planning and implementation of podiatry?

How do you study by observing and palpating the position and movement of human beings, as well as the movements and activity of the lower extremity joints?
How do you use biomechanical examination and different metrics when examining clients’ position and movement and the movements and function of lower extremity joints?

What are the phases of gait?
How do you describe the activity of lower extremities in walking?
How do different body parts move during walking?
How do you observe walking and the movement of body parts during walking?
How do you give advice on vertical posture and walking and the exercises that support them?

How do you increase the joint movements of lower extremities using manual mobilization and muscle stretching?
How do you use different types of supports and tape and kinesio-tape techniques to promote lower extremity functions?
How do you plan and guide your clients in stabilizing, mobilizing and functional exercises?

How do you design and manufacture elemental insoles to your clients’ needs?
How do you make changes to your clients’shoes according to their needs and how do you explain your solutions?

How do you plan and guide special groups' physical activity?

Evaluation scale

Approved/Failed

Qualifications

Anatomy and physiology, 5 ECTS credits and Biomechanics, 5 ECTS credits
Practical training: Podiatry I and II

Enrolment

06.04.2022 - 22.04.2022

Timing

29.08.2022 - 16.12.2022

Credits

10 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
Teachers
  • Anni Kemppainen
  • Laura Saar
  • Anna Reinikainen
Responsible person

Laura Saar

Student groups
  • JTSA20SM
    Podiatry, part-time studies

Objective

You know the potential of technology in podiatry.
You know how to use and apply technology in podiatry.
You are able to design and fabricate orthoses for client needs, by using different basic insole techniques and technology.
You are able to guide younger students and other professional groups to identify the lower extremity problems and to counsel them preventing and treating these problems.

Content

What kind of technology can be utilized in podiatry?
What are the factors relevant to the health care sector when making use of technology?
How do you carry out podiatry processes that make use of technology?
How do you design and manufacture orthoses to client needs by using different manufacturing techniques?
How do you utilize product development and innovation in podiatry?
How do you assess and develop podiatry processes?
What factors should you take into consideration when guiding younger students and representatives of other occupational groups?

Evaluation scale

Approved/Failed

Qualifications

Practical training: Podiatry I-IV
Clinical practice I

Enrolment

22.08.2022 - 28.08.2022

Timing

29.08.2022 - 16.12.2022

Credits

5 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
Teachers
  • Marjo Heikkilä
  • Maikki Kokkonen
Student groups
  • JTSA22SM
    Podiatry, part-time studies

Objective

You understand the process of podiatry and the legislation regulating it.
You are familiar with foot self-care and related guidance.
You understand the areas affecting foot care and their importance for human wellbeing.
You understand the tissue damage healing process.
You know the most typical skin and nail problems.
You can assess patients' foot condition, including abnormalities of the foot structure.
You know the basics of aseptics.
You understand the significance of microbiology and pathology in podiatry.

Content

What does the podiatry process consist of?
How do laws regulate podiatry services?
What does foot health involve?
How is foot health promoted?
What are the phases of tissue damage healing processes and what happens during them?
What factors influence tissue damage healing processes?
What are the most typical skin and nail problems?
How do you assess the condition of patients' feet?
How do you pay attention to aseptics in podiatry?
What is the significance of microbiology and pathology in podiatry?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Enrolment

06.04.2022 - 22.04.2022

Timing

29.08.2022 - 16.12.2022

Credits

5 op

Virtual proportion (cr)

5 op

Mode of delivery

Distance learning

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
  • Degree Programme in Physiotherapy
  • Degree Programme in Naprapathy
Teachers
  • Laura Saar
  • Ville Virta
Responsible person

Merja Reunanen

Student groups
  • FTSA21SM
    Physiotherapy, part-time studies

Objective

You can define social, health and rehabilitation services and their meaning for the welfare of Finns.
You understand clients' rights and participation as users and developers of social and health care services.
You are aware of the individual factors influencing clients' every-day coping and rehabilitation processes.
You are aware of the ways to empower your clients' participation during rehabilitation processes.
You are familiar with the ways to promote rehabilitation processes and every-day coping at the individual, group and population levels by making use of living environments and multi-professional services.

Content

How are social, health and rehabilitation services organised in Finland? What is their meaning and how do they affect the welfare of the population?
What are clients' rights and participation as users and developers of social and health care services?
What is service guidance and its role in the rehabilitation process?
How do you identify the individual factors influencing clients' every-day life and rehabilitation process?
How do you promote clients' participation in goal-setting, planning, implementation and evaluation to enhance every-day activities?
How do you promote rehabilitation processes at individual, group and population levels by making use of living environments and multi-professional services (incl. ICF, GAS)?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Enrolment

07.11.2022 - 18.11.2022

Timing

02.01.2023 - 22.05.2023

Credits

5 op

Virtual proportion (cr)

5 op

Mode of delivery

Distance learning

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
  • Degree Programme in Physiotherapy
  • Degree Programme in Physical Education
Teachers
  • Johanna Vesanto
Student groups
  • FTSA20KP
    Physiotherapy, full-time studies
  • FTSA20SM
    Physiotherapy, part-time studies
  • FTSA21KP
    Physiotherapy, full-time studies
  • JTSA20SM
    Podiatry, part-time studies
  • FTSA21SM
    Physiotherapy, part-time studies

Objective

You are able to apply your knowledge of nutrition to support strength and endurance training and weight control.
You are able to apply your knowledge of nutrition when guiding and counseling athletes and people exercising regularly.

Content

What is the relation between nutrition and physical activity?
What is energy metabolism?
How does physical activity affect the need, supply and use of energy?
How does the balance of nutrition and fluid influence the recovery from sports and physical activities?
What aspects of nutrition must be considered, when guiding people in different physical activities?

Materials

Jeukendrup, A. & Gleeson, M. 2019. Sport nutrition. Third Edition. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Learning materials for independent study on the Learn eLearning environment. Studying the subjects also requires an active, independent search for information.

Teaching methods

The course is 5 ECTS credits and is carried out online in Learn eLearning environment. The course is in Finnish.

Employer connections

The course does not actually have working life cooperation. In the learning tasks, you should also monitor your exercise and eating habits.

Exam schedules

The exams and learning tasks of the course must be completed / returned for evaluation during your course period.

Student workload

The course is 5 ECTS credits which means about 135 hours of independent work for students. The course includes exams and learning tasks. Learning tasks may also include discussions with other students.

Content scheduling

The content of the course consists of three topics related to:

1. Basic knowledge of nutrition (1 course credit)
2. Energy demand and consumption during exercise, energy metabolism (2 course credits)
3. Nutrition, fluid balance and recovery to support endurance and strength training and weight management (2 course credits)

Further information

You need a computer during the course.

Evaluation scale

Approved/Failed

Assessment methods and criteria

The course is assessed as pass / fail.
The exams and learning tasks of the course must be completed / returned for evaluation during your course period. More detailed evaluation criteria can be found on the course platform.

Qualifications

Participation in the course requires that the first year studies have been completed or equivalent knowledge and skills gained.

Enrolment

22.08.2022 - 28.08.2022

Timing

29.08.2022 - 31.12.2023

Credits

5 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
Teachers
  • Marjo Heikkilä
Responsible person

Marjo Heikkilä

Student groups
  • JTSA22SM
    Podiatry, part-time studies

Objective

You act responsibly as a student and a member of the university community.
You are able to set learning objectives, plan your study and career path, follow your progress in studies and assess your learning.
You are able to improve your working life competencies.
You know how to act according to the ethical principles of your field.
You are able to promote your skills and competencies.

Content

What is Xamk like as a study community and learning environment?
How do you create a personal study and career plan?
How do you identify your skills and competences?
How do you improve your general competences?
What are your profession and line of work like?
What ethical principles are relevant to your field?
How do you promote your competences and strengthen your skills with respect to applying for jobs?
How do you enhance continuous learning?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Enrolment

06.04.2022 - 22.04.2022

Timing

30.08.2022 - 16.12.2022

Credits

5 op

RD proportion (cr)

1 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
Teachers
  • Anni Kemppainen
  • Laura Saar
  • Marjo Heikkilä
Student groups
  • JTSA21SM
    Podiatry, part-time studies

Objective

You understand the effects of clients' medicines.
You know the medicines used to treat foot problems and their mechanisms.
You know the principles of prevention in the national diseases and in particular in those affecting foot health.
You know different ways of lifestyle counselling.
You can design, implement and assess goal-oriented and client-specific health exercise for individuals and groups.
You can take into account clients' special characteristics and needs when planning and implementing health-promoting and applied exercise.

Content

What are the typical medicines used in podiatry and what are their influence mechanisms?
What are the major national diseases and what are the medicines used in them?
What methods can be used in lifestyle guidance?
How do you define health-promoting exercise and applied exercise?
How are clients' special characteristics and needs taken into account when planning and implementing health-promoting and applied exercise?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Qualifications

the module of Professional basics of podiatry

Enrolment

06.04.2022 - 22.04.2022

Timing

12.09.2022 - 16.12.2022

Credits

5 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
  • Degree Programme in Physiotherapy
Teachers
  • Pia Kraft-Oksala
  • Tommi Pälli
Student groups
  • FTSA22KP
    Physiotherapy, full-time studies

Objective

You know the policies, challenges and possibilities of the information society and digital working environment.
You know how to use ICT applications in your studies and future work in social and health care tasks.
You can act ethically and appropriately in ICT communication.
You know the importance of information security and how to act accordingly.
You are familiar with the basic ICT services and guidance systems in health care.
You can use wellbeing technology in your own profession.
You know the importance of documentation in health care and you can use it diversely in your own field.

Content

What is digital working environment and how does it work?
What ICT applications are used in social and health care and how do you use them in studies and at work?
Which factors influence the ethics of electronic communication and the proper information transfer?
What is information security and how do you act accordingly in studies and at work?
How do you carry out the Kanta security test and how do you pay attention to its practical documentation?
How can electronic services be used in remote counseling and rehabilitation?
What are the prospects of wellbeing technology in your own field?
How do you implement documentation according to the classifications and recommendations of the social and health care field?
How do you use structured logging using ICF capability classification in physiotherapy documentation?
What are the GAS goals and how are they used in physiotherapy processes?

Evaluation scale

Approved/Failed

Enrolment

07.11.2022 - 18.11.2022

Timing

09.01.2023 - 31.05.2023

Credits

5 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
  • Degree Programme in Physiotherapy
Teachers
  • Pia Kraft-Oksala
  • Tommi Pälli
Student groups
  • FTSA22SM
    Physiotherapy, part-time studies

Objective

You know the policies, challenges and possibilities of the information society and digital working environment.
You know how to use ICT applications in your studies and future work in social and health care tasks.
You can act ethically and appropriately in ICT communication.
You know the importance of information security and how to act accordingly.
You are familiar with the basic ICT services and guidance systems in health care.
You can use wellbeing technology in your own profession.
You know the importance of documentation in health care and you can use it diversely in your own field.

Content

What is digital working environment and how does it work?
What ICT applications are used in social and health care and how do you use them in studies and at work?
Which factors influence the ethics of electronic communication and the proper information transfer?
What is information security and how do you act accordingly in studies and at work?
How do you carry out the Kanta security test and how do you pay attention to its practical documentation?
How can electronic services be used in remote counseling and rehabilitation?
What are the prospects of wellbeing technology in your own field?
How do you implement documentation according to the classifications and recommendations of the social and health care field?
How do you use structured logging using ICF capability classification in physiotherapy documentation?
What are the GAS goals and how are they used in physiotherapy processes?

Evaluation scale

Approved/Failed

Enrolment

06.04.2022 - 22.04.2022

Timing

30.08.2022 - 31.12.2022

Credits

5 op

Virtual proportion (cr)

3 op

Mode of delivery

40 % Contact teaching, 60 % Distance learning

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
Teachers
  • Anna Reinikainen
Responsible person

Anna Reinikainen

Student groups
  • JTSA21SM
    Podiatry, part-time studies

Objective

You know the most typical musculoskeletal diseases and their prevention and treatment principles.
You can identify the most typical foot problems and deformities, and you are able to use professional podiatry methods when treating them.
You understand the meaning of pain to individuals and its effects to their functional ability.
You are able to use different kind of pain assessment methods and guide clients in treating pain.

Content

What are the most typical musculoskeletal disorders and how are they prevented and treated?
What are the most common disorders and dysfunctions affecting the functioning of the lower limbs, and how are they examined, prevented and treated?
What kind of pain assessment and treatment methods are used in podiatry?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Qualifications

Anatomy and physiology 5 ECTS credits Biomechanics, 5 ECTS credits

Enrolment

06.04.2022 - 22.04.2022

Timing

29.08.2022 - 16.12.2022

Credits

5 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

15 - 50

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
Teachers
  • Anni Kemppainen
  • Hannele Ylönen
Student groups
  • JTSA20SM
    Podiatry, part-time studies

Objective

Common learning outcomes (as implemented in degree programmes) 2 ECTS credits:

You know the general stages in a research and development process.
You are able to search for information in the key information environments of your own field.
You are able to read, critically evaluate and utilize the literature and research publications of your own field.
You are familiar with and able to apply the principles of research ethics and reliability.
You are able to compose a literature review based on the materials published in your field of study and your own bachelor’s thesis following the principles of scientific communication.

Degree programme specific learning outcomes for research and development methods, 3 ECTS credits

You are familiar with the current research subjects and development needs of your own field.
You are familiar with and able to apply the key development approaches and/or research methods and ethical principles of your own field.
You are able to report on a research or development process following the principles of professional and scientific communication.

Content

Content of common learning outcomes, 2 ECTS credits:

What are the phases into which a research and development process can be divided?
How do you find, read and critically evaluate the research data of your own field?
How do you write a literature review that utilizes reliable research data and is linked to your own field and bachelor’s thesis following the principles of ethical scientific communication?

Degree programme specific content, 3 ECTS credits

What are the key research subjects and development needs in your own field?
What are the development approaches and/or research methods in your own field and how do you apply them in practice based on the development needs of your own field?
How do you report a research or development process following the principles of ethical professional and scientific communication in your own field?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Enrolment

07.11.2022 - 18.11.2022

Timing

17.04.2023 - 28.05.2023

Credits

10 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
Teachers
  • Anni Kemppainen
  • Laura Saar
Student groups
  • JTSA21SM
    Podiatry, part-time studies

Objective

You understand how podiatric processes work in working life.
You are able to counsel clients individually as part of podiatric processes.
You can consider clients’ diseases, medication, functional ability when planning and performing podiatric processes.
You can support clients’ participation in promoting foot healt according to their ability to function in their own living environment.
You collect practical experience of the treatment principles, methods and clinical practices of podiatry.
You become familiar with the professional environment and learn about multidisciplinary cooperation with other specialists.

Content

How does the podiatric process work?
How do you counsel cöients individually?
How do you pay attention to clients’ background information in podiatric processes?
How can you support clients’ involvement in foot healt and account for their living environment?
What are the most common podiatric interventions and therapeutic principles?
What kind of operating environments do podiatrists work in?
Which multi-professional teams do podiatrists belong to?

Evaluation scale

Approved/Failed

Qualifications

studies of the I-III semesters

Enrolment

06.04.2022 - 22.04.2022

Timing

01.08.2022 - 31.12.2022

Credits

5 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
Teachers
  • Anni Kemppainen
  • Laura Saar
  • Marjo Heikkilä
Student groups
  • JTSA20SM
    Podiatry, part-time studies

Objective

You know how to act as a podiatrist’s profession requires in various podiatry environments in individual and group situations.
You are able to assess different methods of production and acquisition processes of orthotic therapy.
You are able to make use of and apply the expertise in guiding special client groups as part of various assistive device processes.
You deepen your interaction skills when encountering clients with an individual and holistic approach.
You understand the importance of multi-professional cooperation in orthotic therapy.

Content

What products and services do orthotics units provide?
How do the manufacturing processes of assistive devices proceed and what should you take into account in the different phases of these processes?
What kind of insole manufacturing methods are used in orthotics units?
How do you describe the acquisition process for special footwear and orthoses?
How do you guide clients individually and holistically?
How is multi-professional cooperation carried out in an orthotics unit?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Qualifications

studies of the I-IV semesters

Enrolment

07.11.2022 - 18.11.2022

Timing

06.03.2023 - 16.04.2023

Credits

10 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
Teachers
  • Anni Kemppainen
  • JT1 JT1_Savonlinna
Responsible person

Laura Saar

Student groups
  • JTSA20SM
    Podiatry, part-time studies

Objective

You manage the podiatric needs and care of special groups and you are able to assess and follow the clients’ results in podiatric processes.
You understand the principles of treatment of foot ulcers and the different stages of client care processes.
You can give individual guidance to clients, taking into account their overall wellbeing and home care circumstances.
You understand the importance of footwear, special aids and offloading.
You understand the importance and meaning of multi-professional collaboration, both from the clients’ and the medical staff's perspective.

Content

How do podiatric services of clients with special needs take place in the hospital?
How do you assess the results of treatment?
What are the principles of treatment of foot ulcers and the various stages of the client care processes?
What is client-oriented guidance?
What is the importance of footwear, aids and offloading in podiatry?
What are the benefits of multi-professional cooperation to clients and medical staff?

Evaluation scale

Approved/Failed

Qualifications

Practical training I and Clinical practice I-V

Enrolment

06.04.2022 - 22.04.2022

Timing

01.08.2022 - 15.12.2022

Credits

10 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
Teachers
  • Anni Kemppainen
  • Laura Saar
  • Anna Reinikainen
Student groups
  • JTSA19SM
    Podiatry, part-time studies

Objective

You can work professionally in different podiatry environments with individuals and groups.
You apply evidence-based podiatry methods both in assessment and therapy situations critically and with a developing approach.
You can solve problems in dialogue and interaction with multi-professional teams and networks.
You can evaluate your own working knowhow critically and promote your own professional practice.
You can assess the quality and effectiveness of podiatry.

The objectives are specified according to the provider of the practical training placement (e.g. hospital or orthotic unit).

Content

How do you evaluate the clients' foot health and the functional capacity of the lower extremities?
How do you estimate and justify clients’ need for podiatry?
How do you support and promote clients' foot health with various orthotics, care and guidance?
How did you motivate your clients to maintain and promote their foot health and the functional capacity of their lower extremities?
How do you evaluate and make conclusions based on clinical reasoning and podiatric differential diagnostics in various problem-solving situations?
How do you plan and implement evidence-based podiatry in various client situations and working life environments?
How do you represent your own profession in multidisciplinary work communities?
How do you assess and develop social and healthcare practices from your own profession’s point of view?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Qualifications

Practical training: Podiatry I-V
Clinical practice I-III

Enrolment

06.04.2022 - 22.04.2022

Timing

05.09.2022 - 12.12.2022

Credits

5 op

Virtual proportion (cr)

2 op

Mode of delivery

60 % Contact teaching, 40 % Distance learning

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
  • Degree Programme in Physiotherapy
Teachers
  • Pia Kraft-Oksala
  • Piia Soikkeli
  • Miia Kierikki
Responsible person

Pia Kraft-Oksala

Student groups
  • FTSA21KP
    Physiotherapy, full-time studies

Objective

You know the organizations, goals and means of occupational safety and occupational health care.
You can identify and assess stress factors at work and in working environments.
You can account for individual resources and effects of life phases on wellbeing at work.
You can choose, justify and use evidence-based physiotherapy means to support and promote occupational wellbeing.

Content

What do occupational safety and health involve and how are they promoted?
What is occupational safety and how do you assess the factors related to it?
What is the role of physiotherapy in occupational health care?
How do you measure physical, mental and social load factors of work by exploiting health care technology?
How do you assess workers’ resources and apply physiotherapy methods to empower workers?
What are the basics of ergonomic surveys?
How do you assess workload and how do you affect related factors?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Qualifications

Attending the course requires that the learning outcomes of the courses of Evaluating human functioning and Physiotherapy interventions I-III have been achieved.

Enrolment

07.11.2022 - 18.11.2022

Timing

10.01.2023 - 22.05.2023

Credits

5 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
  • Degree Programme in Physiotherapy
Teachers
  • Pia Kraft-Oksala
  • Piia Soikkeli
  • FT3 FT3_Savonlinna
Student groups
  • FTSA21SM
    Physiotherapy, part-time studies

Objective

You know the organizations, goals and means of occupational safety and occupational health care.
You can identify and assess stress factors at work and in working environments.
You can account for individual resources and effects of life phases on wellbeing at work.
You can choose, justify and use evidence-based physiotherapy means to support and promote occupational wellbeing.

Content

What do occupational safety and health involve and how are they promoted?
What is occupational safety and how do you assess the factors related to it?
What is the role of physiotherapy in occupational health care?
How do you measure physical, mental and social load factors of work by exploiting health care technology?
How do you assess workers’ resources and apply physiotherapy methods to empower workers?
What are the basics of ergonomic surveys?
How do you assess workload and how do you affect related factors?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Qualifications

Attending the course requires that the learning outcomes of the courses of Evaluating human functioning and Physiotherapy interventions I-III have been achieved.

Enrolment

22.08.2022 - 28.08.2022

Timing

10.10.2022 - 20.11.2022

Credits

5 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 50

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
Teachers
  • Veli-Matti Malinen
Responsible person

Veli-Matti Malinen

Student groups
  • JTSA22SM
    Podiatry, part-time studies

Objective

You understand the significance of interaction as part of your professional expertise and you can act appropriately in various communication situations.
You are familiar with Xamk's instructions for written assignments.
You are able to search reliable information and use it ethically.
You can express your views justifying them based on facts and use standard Finnish appropriate in each context.
You know how to write texts that meet the standards for layout, content and style required in your studies and in your own field, and use appropriate tools and forums.
You improve your interactive communication skills and manage fluently in different cooperation situations, such as meetings and negotiations.
You develop your presentation skills for professional purposes and acquire skills in giving and receiving feedback.

Content

What interaction skills are required in your own studies and in workplaces in your field?
How do you justify your views using standard Finnish?
How do you search reliable information from different sources and use it ethically?
Which written skills (genres, styles, tools) should you master both in your studies and in work assignments in your own professional field?
How do you utilize language regulations and tools in your studies and workplace communication?
Which skills do you need in presentations, meetings and negotiations?
How do you assess your own communication skills and ease your stage fright?
How do you give constructive feedback?
How do you utilize the feedback you received?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Enrolment

07.11.2022 - 18.11.2022

Timing

09.01.2023 - 31.05.2023

Credits

5 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
Teachers
  • Hannele Ylönen
Responsible person

Veli-Matti Malinen

Student groups
  • JTSA23KM
    Podiatry, part-time studies

Objective

You understand the significance of interaction as part of your professional expertise and you can act appropriately in various communication situations.
You are familiar with Xamk's instructions for written assignments.
You are able to search reliable information and use it ethically.
You can express your views justifying them based on facts and use standard Finnish appropriate in each context.
You know how to write texts that meet the standards for layout, content and style required in your studies and in your own field, and use appropriate tools and forums.
You improve your interactive communication skills and manage fluently in different cooperation situations, such as meetings and negotiations.
You develop your presentation skills for professional purposes and acquire skills in giving and receiving feedback.

Content

What interaction skills are required in your own studies and in workplaces in your field?
How do you justify your views using standard Finnish?
How do you search reliable information from different sources and use it ethically?
Which written skills (genres, styles, tools) should you master both in your studies and in work assignments in your own professional field?
How do you utilize language regulations and tools in your studies and workplace communication?
Which skills do you need in presentations, meetings and negotiations?
How do you assess your own communication skills and ease your stage fright?
How do you give constructive feedback?
How do you utilize the feedback you received?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Enrolment

07.11.2022 - 18.11.2022

Timing

09.01.2023 - 09.05.2023

Credits

3 op

Virtual proportion (cr)

3 op

Mode of delivery

Distance learning

Teaching languages
  • Finnish
Seats

20 - 40

Degree programmes
  • Degree Programme in Podiatry
  • Degree Programme in Physiotherapy
Teachers
  • Piia Soikkeli
Student groups
  • FTSA20SM
    Physiotherapy, part-time studies
  • JTSA20SM
    Podiatry, part-time studies

Objective

You can identify possibilities for a business idea.
You can create the most essential plans for a new venture.
You master practices for starting a company in Finland.

Content

How can I find possible business ideas?
How can I develop an idea to a business idea?
How can I do plans for a new venture?
How can I master practices for starting a company in Finland?

Evaluation scale

1-5

Qualifications

No prerequisites.