Nurse education in Finland

Would you like to study as a nurse in Finland? Here you will find some useful information

In Finland nurses receive their education at universities of applied sciences (also called polytechnics)
Public health nurses, midwives and paramedics also qualify through the same schooling (AMK in Finnish). The degree includes the registered nurse’s qualification. Completing the studies, consisting of 210 - 270 ECTS credits, lasts from 3.5 to 4.5 years. Registered nurses require 210 credits, public health nurses and paramedics 240, and midwives 270.

Finnish polytechnics do not charge tuition fees for degree studies, but students must pay the costs of their housing and meals and other expenses. Some polytechnics also charge for study materials. Non-Finnish students  are entitled to financial aid provided by the Finnish State if they live in Finland on a permanent basis for  a purpose other than studying.

The Study in Finland –website  offers a lot of information on Finnish higher education possibilities for international students. Additional information on education in Finland you will find at the website of Ministry of Education and the website of The Finnish National Board of Education (FNBE).

See also brochure Foreign nurse's guide to Finnish working life, drawn up at the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences by Taina Kilpeläinen.

One-stop access to education information in Finland is offered by Opintoluotsi.