Blended studies

Degree Programme in Emergency Care
Bachelor of Health Care, 240 ECTS

ensihoitaja (AMK), Bachelor of Health Care

  • Programme
  • Curricula
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Course Structure Diagram

Xamk - the students' university of applied sciences

The high-quality, contemporary education offered at Xamk is implemented in close
cooperation with the working life. Worklife-oriented education enhances your skills of lifelong learning and you are given the competences required in developing society and the working life. You can study during weekdays (weekday-based study path) or speed up your studies by taking weekend courses or online courses (time-saving path). You can integrate on-the-job learning in your studies (work-integrated path) and also include courses that the other degree programmes on all Xamk campuses have to offer. The core competences of your degree also include entrepreneurship, digital technology and Russia studies. Personal guidance to support your studies and health care services are available on all campuses.

Employment and career opportunities

After you have graduated, you have the option to apply for master’s degree studies at Xamk Master School. The eligibility for master’s degree studies requires that you hold a relevant bachelor’s degree and have the minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience after the graduation.

Curriculum objectives

The objective of the Xamk curriculum is to guarantee you the know-how required in the working life. Student-oriented learning, quality, competence demand of the working life and flexibility are the crucial aspects of the curriculum.
The core of the competence-based curriculum forms a study structure which allows you to make personal choices to build your own career path. The flexible progression of your studies is made possible through year-round course implementations, online studies and integration of work and studies (formalisation of learning).

Degree programme learning outcomes

Degree Progrmanne in Emergency Care bases on the EQF's (European Qualification Framework) and the NQF's (National Qualifications Framework) level 6 learning outcomes (knowledge, skills, competence). The degree structure and qualifications comply with the objectives of the Government Regulation 546/2013. In the Degree Programme in Emergency Care is taken into account the minimum training requirements that are required in the Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36 / EC) and its amendments (Directive 2013/55 / EU).
The competence of the Degree programme in Emercency Care consist of the professional competence of a nurse responsible for general care (180 credits), which also includes common areas of expertise of the University of Applied Sciences. In addition, the Programme includes complementary studies (30 credits). Areas of expertise include curriculum modules and courses.

The professional competence of a nurse responsible for general care (180 ECTS credits) consists of following:
• Client-centredness
• Ethics and professinality in nursing
• Leadership and entrepreneurship
• Clinical nursing
• Evidence-based practice and decision making
• Education and teaching competence
• Promotion of health and functional ability
• Social and health care environment Bottom of Form
• Quality and safety of social and health care services

The common competences in degrees of universities of applied sciences are:
• learning competence
• ethical competence
• working community competence
• innovation competence
• international competence

Degree studies

Intensive collaboration with working life is an essential part of every degree programme. It is possible to integrate studies and work on different levels and in different ways. In addition to the traditional work placement and thesis writing, you can participate in different kinds of projects linked to the working life. The projects may be carried out together with students of your own field or other fields of study. Several research, development and innovation projects give you the possibility to connect your studies with tasks offered by the working life. You can also utilise your own workplace as a learning environment, provided that your work corresponds with your field of study (formalisation of learning).


The aim of the assessment is to support your learning and make it visible. The assessment is focused on the accumulation of knowledge, skills and competences. These are defined in the European and national frameworks of reference (EQF and NQF). Xamk uses an EQF and NQF application (assessment guidelines for students' know-how and skills (bachelor's level) in the assessment of your studies. Courses are assessed on a scale of Fail/1 - 5 or pass/incomplete. A grade of 1 is given for a satisfactory achievement.
The module assessment is conducted through qualitative methods, for example, self-assessment, peer assessment or assessment discussion led by the teacher. Modules are not assessed with grades. Instead, the aim is to help you acknowledge the comprehensive development of you competencies.

Student counseling

Student counseling supports your professional growth in acquiring the skills necessary in the working life. The counselling supports you at the different stages of your studies and improves your individual and independent learning skills. You are encouraged to make responsible and independent decisions in your studies.
Your personal study and career plans are build on the objectives of the degree programme and on the knowledge and skills acquired in the past. You will evaluate your progress and update your personal study plan at counselling meetings that take place at least once a year. In these meetings, your career plan, course options, practical raining, thesis and international studies are discussed.
You do not need to study again what you already know. In order to save time, you can demonstrate and get a recognition for the previously acquired skills, allowing you to focus on learning new skills and gaining new knowledge from your studies. Prior learning is valuable and can be made visible through the recognition process. You can apply for the recognition process if you have acquired degree-related competence in other educational institutions. If you have acquired degree-related competence at work or in your free time, you can apply for a proficiency test. It is essential that the previously acquired skills meet the aims of the degree programme and the particular course. Work experience gained during studies can also produce relevant learning. This learning can be integrated into your studies (formalisation of learning at work) provided that you have made an appropriate plan and agreed on the integration in advance. In this way, work practice and theoretical knowledge interact.
A course called Professional Growth supports your studies allowing you to discuss and reflect on the goals and progression of your studies and grow professionally by interacting with other students and teachers. Partners from the working life have a significant role to play as part of the studies are implemented by means of co-operation projects, practical training and thesis writing.
At the early stages of your studies you will be guided by tutor students. These senior students will familiarise you with the study facilities, practices and student community at Xamk and show you around the city where you are studying.
Your well-being is very important for all of us. During your studies, you have the support of the entire Xamk staff. There is a student affairs office and student health care on all Xamk campuses. Xamk is a comfortable, communal and safe educational environment.

Learning environments

Xamk offers excellent facilities to support your learning. A significant part of studies take place outside the classroom. Innovation and project environments (e.g. Xinno, Xentre, CampusIT and Logistiikkaverstas Logistics Workshop), different kinds of simulation environments and teaching restaurants, eLearning environments and working-life and RDI projects will facilitate your learning. You can also conduct your studies in two authentic local environments: in the forest and at sea.

International perspective

The students of Xamk have good opportunities to gain international experience. Students have a possibility to study abroad in a partner institution of higher education or do practical training in a company/ organisation or do both. The length of the student exchange period is often one term, during the second or third year of the studies depending on the degree programme. The aim of the student exchange is to improve students’ abilities to work in ever increasing international market and find employment after graduation. Student exchange is essential for the activities of a high-quality educational institution, promoting the students’ professional growth and expertise. Alongside interesting courses, spending time abroad also brings you new experience, new friends, improves your language skills and increases your confidence. Xamk has a wide network of international partners. There are over 300 partners in almost 40 countries. It is possible to apply for student exchange in every degree programme.
Being international at home means completing degree studies or part of them in English. The English-language study groups include international students. Xamk has five degree programmes implemented entirely in English on bachelor level: Business Management, Information Technology, Environmental Engineering, Game Design and International Business. International Summer Term studies are arranged in English between May and August. Being international at home is a good alternative if student exchange is not possible.
In the strategy of Xamk, Russia expertise is defined as an area of specialisation. Therefore, the core studies of every degree programme include Russia studies related to the interests of the particular field. In addition, you may enhance your Russia expertise by choosing supplementary Russia studies.
The language studies available at Xamk, apart from the mandatory language studies, include German, Spanish, French and Russian. Each language can be studied for the extent of 5 to 15 ECTS credits. Versatile language skills make it easier to operate in the international field and are often a great advantage when applying for a job.

Quality evaluation and development

Quality is valued at Xamk, and the staff and all students are involved in the development process. The focus is on constantly improving the quality of teaching and councelling, keeping the learning environments interesting and the content of degree programmes relevant.
We collect a significant part of the feedback data used in the development processes with surveys targeted at our students, our staff and interest groups. As a student, you play an essential role in the development of your degree programme. During your studies, you respond to several surveys. The course feedback, both mid-term and end-term, is a part of the Quality Management System as well as the preliminary survey upon admission and the education development survey and the graduation feedback questionnaire at the end of the studies.
The staff and the students discuss the feedback on different feedback forums, where they can agree on new actions and discuss the impact of earlier development measures. These forums serve as a means to voice the students’ opinions about Xamk operations and plans for development. The following picture illustrates the path of the course feedback.

You can find more information about the evaluation and development of quality on the students’ intranet, Student.

individual learning paths

Päiväopiskelu ja monimuoto-opiskelu ovat päätoimista, jossa lähiopetus toteutetaan pääsääntöisesti arkipäivisin. Monimuoto-opiskelussa lähiopetusta järjestetään keskimäärin kolmena päivänä viikossa.

Käytännön harjoittelu tapahtuu päivä- sekä monimuoto-opiskelussa noin viitenä päivänä viikossa, mutta se voi vaihdella harjoitteluyksikön mukaan. Harjoittelussa noudatetaan harjoitteluyksikön työaikajärjestelmää ja voi ajoittua kaikkiin vuorokauden aikoihin ja viikonloppuunkin.

Sairaanhoitaja- ja ensihoitajakoulutuksessa on erilaisia mahdollisuuksia suorittaa opintoja yksilöllisesti.

Alla olevat kolme oppimisväylää kuvaavat eri vaihtoehtoja edetä opinnoissa:
1. Työviikkopohjainen opiskelu
Työviikkopohjainen opiskelu etenee työjärjestyksen mukaisesti. Opintojaksot sisältävät monipuolisesti lähi- ja verkko-opiskelua sekä harjoittelua ja simulaatioita eri toimintaympäristöissä.

2. Opintojen nopeuttaminen
Mikäli sinulla on opintojaksoon liittyvää osaamista, voidaan se hyväksilukea vastaavalla työkokemuksella tai opinnoilla joko kokonaan tai osittain. Opinnollistaminen on myös vaihtoehtoinen tapa suorittaa teoriaopintoja tai harjoittelua.
Opintoja nopeuttaessasi kannattaa tehdä hyvää etukäteissuunnittelua, koska oppiminen ja etenkin osaamisen saavuttaminen vaativat aikaa. Voit valita itsenäisiä suoritustapoja, esim. verkkototeutuksia ja valita opintoja koulutusalasi muiden ryhmien toteutuksista sekä suorittaa kesäopintoja.

3. Työssäkäynti osana opintoja
Kun sinulla on lähihoitajatutkinto ja sen jälkeistä työkokemusta, voit halutessasi hakea hyväksilukua ensimmäisestä koulutukseen kuuluvasta harjoittelusta ja ensihoitajatutkinnossa lisäksi ensimmäisestä ensihoidon harjoittelusta.
Omalla työpaikallasi voit toteuttaa opinnollistamisen kautta osan harjoittelusta tai teoriaopintojaksosta, silloin kun opintojakson tavoitteisiin liittyvä osaaminen on mahdollista siellä saavuttaa. Kun sinulla on vähintään 140 opintopistettä suoritettuna, saat tehdä sairaanhoitajan sijaisuutta. Näitä sijaisuuksia voidaan hyväksilukea sinulle osaksi harjoitteluja. Muuten opintoihin kuuluvaa harjoittelua ei voi suorittaa palkallisessa työsuhteessa. (not translated)