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Degree Programme in Midwifery

This curriculum is a translation of the curriculum of the Finnish degree program.

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Curriculum responsibility: Pirjo Kinnunen

Basis of Education

The scope of midwifery studies is 270 ECTS credits and the duration is 4.5 years (includes 180 ECTS credits in nursing education). The professional studies leading to the degree of midwife are at least 90 ECTS credits. Midwifery education must meet the requirements for a professional degree in social and health care, midwifery / nurse. The skills produced by the degree correspond to the level of higher education defined in the European Union, which enables the movement of labor and experts.

The midwifery / nurse degree program leads to a Bachelor's degree in social and health care, and the student is awarded the degrees of nurse and midwife at the same time. The degree title is Bachelor of Health Care.

The operating environment for nursing / midwifery and the skills of staff are regulated by national and European legislation, which aims to ensure equal opportunities for health and well-being for all. Midwifery training is also regulated by EU degree directives. Nursing / midwifery work is guided by the values ​​of nursing / midwifery, ethical principles, health policy regulations, policies and current social and health care legislation and guidelines.

A midwife is an expert in nursing, and in particular midwifery, pregnancy, childbirth care, postpartum care, health promotion, and sexual and reproductive health. The midwife promotes sexual and reproductive health by giving people the opportunity for conscious family planning and safe sexuality, as well as planned, unwanted pregnancies and births. A midwife is a promoter of the health and well-being of women of all ages and the whole family in a multicultural society.

Legalization as a health care professional

At the request of a midwife / nurse, the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (VALVIRA) legalises health care as a legal professional. Legalization requires that the training as a midwife / nurse meets the minimum training requirements. The professional qualifications of midwives / nurses and the training of nurses responsible for general care are governed by Directive 2013/55 / ​​EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and the European Qualifications Framework (2006). The task of the university of applied sciences is to verify that the graduating health care professional has the competence required by the professional skills requirements.

A graduated midwife will receive a certificate of 270 ECTS in both midwifery and nursing. VALVIRA legalizes him/her as a midwife and nurse on the applicant's own application and on notification from the University of Applied Sciences. Legalization is conditional on the training of midwives meeting the requirements of European Community law and the above requirements. The task of the university of applied sciences is to verify that the graduating health care professional has the competence required by the professional skills requirements.


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