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Tailored Nursing programme

Centria University of Applied Sciences educates qualified nurses who care for patients, support them and maintain rehabilitation for people of various ages.

The Nursing studies at Centria University of Applied Sciences will include integration into Finnish society, language studies and modules that aim to familiarise participants with the Finnish social and healthcare environment. The studies include practical training at Finnish hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The students cannot work as Registered Nurses before graduating from Centria’s education programme and applying for and receiving their certification from Valvira. However, students can work as practical nurses or as substitute nurses already during their studies. Getting paid for work during the studies is significantly easier if the student has already studied the basic level of the Finnish language.

The studies can be completed in 14 months, and the student is expected to proceed in studies so that she/he can graduate after completing the 90 ECTS programme. If the studies take longer than the estimated time the student will become liable to pay normal tuition fees in Centria.

The language of the training is English. During the studies, students will also have opportunities to learn Finnish which is of utmost importance during the practical internships and for getting the Valvira certification after graduation.

The studies will take place in Kokkola, Finland. Some internship placements may be located in other areas in Central Ostrobothnia, Ostrobothnia and Northern Ostrobothnia.

The studies in Kokkola will start in March 2023. Students are free to start online Finnish language studies even before that using public material.

To be eligible for the programme the students must:

  • prove that they do not have a criminal record. This must be presented to the Finnish Embassy in your country of residence before travelling to Finland.
  • provide previous Nursing degree certificates in English.
  • prove that the previous education is from a legitimate higher education institute.
  • prove that secondary education gives the right to study in higher education institutions in the home country.
  • be able to study in English (minimum level of 5.5 IELTS).

Applicants must have the health and functional capacity required for studies in the area. The so-called SORA legislation applies to education leading to a UAS degree in the fields of social services and health care, humanities and education, sports and exercise and seafaring. These fields have requirements concerning the safety of minors, patient and client safety or traffic safety which restrict student admission. In these fields, it is required that the health and functional capacity of approved applicants are such that they are able to take part in practical assignments or training relating to studies.

For more information about this legislation: (in Finnish) (in English)

The application period will be organised from 15 – 27 November 2022.

While the application is open you can apply through this Application link.

Please, make sure that you have the following documents available before submitting the application.

  • Copy of Degree certificate from a previous nursing degree certificate
  • Copy of Transcript of Records from a previous nursing degree certificate
  • Copy of relevant ID/Passport

Admission criteria

Students are selected on the basis of points received from the entrance examination and a final interview. The entrance exam is in the form of an online test. The instructions, detailed content and the schedule of the online entrance exam are going to be sent to applicants by email. When filling out the application form, applicants are advised to double-check if the given email address is functional. A functional email address is necessary in order to be able to contact applicants with essential guidelines.

Also, applicants’ English language skills are going to be tested. The final interview takes place after the online test.

A functional computer with a stable internet connection is required.

Admission procedure

Information regarding the entrance exam:

Applicants will be informed about the next procedures via email which they submitted in their application.

The online exam is scheduled for Thursday 1 December 2022 at 2 pm Finnish time (UTC+2).

The final interview takes place after the online test. A detailed schedule will be informed to applicants by email.

In order to be selected the applicant must pass the entrance exam, which includes the preliminary assignment and an online interview according to Centria’s procedure. Based on the preliminary assignment and online interview 10 students will be selected and they will be informed individually via a separate email.

Centria is responsible for the student selection meeting the normative quality criteria for the UAS. Students are selected based on the qualification competencies that are defined in the Universities of Applied Sciences Act.

Contact person of Fintrust

Mrs Amira Attallah

Inside Egypt:
+20 103 216 4798
+20 128 115 3753

Inside Finland:
+358 41 717 1074 
+358 41 314 1963

Contact person of Centria UAS

EduExpo Team

Contact information of Centria’s Admissions Services

Admissions Services
+358 40 808 6604