Advanced Practice Nursing at Åbo Akademi University follows the International Council of Nurses’ recommendations for Advanced Practice Nursing. The overall learning outcome is for students to gain advanced clinical competencies, including clinical decision-making skills to work as advanced practice nurses, and skills to care for people with acute health problems and/or patients with complex and long-term health conditions.
The ageing population and the increasing number people with long-term and multiple illnesses is a growing challenge. New types of skills and services are required for person-centred care, rehabilitation and prevention, as well as service coordination and informal family caregiving. Nurses will increasingly be responsible for monitoring the condition of patients with acute and long-term illnesses and bear primary responsibility, as well as provide support and/or consultant services to other healthcare professionals emphasising professional collaboration. In addition, shortening hospital stays and the more advanced treatment methods will increase the need for in-depth nursing expertise in primary and specialized health care.
After completing this programme you will be able to practice in wider areas of responsibility, work independently in advanced clinical roles, provide direct healthcare services to individuals, families and communities, influence clinical healthcare outcomes, as well as contribute to the development of evidence-based healthcare services. Completed studies will result in a Master of Health Sciences degree.
The International Council of Nurses (ICN; 2004) define an advanced practice nurse as: “A registered nurse who has acquired the expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies for expanded practice, the characteristics of which are shaped by the context and/or country in which s/he is credentialed to practice.”
Programme StructureStudents create an individual study plan together with the study programme coordinator, including:
- Caring science, advanced studies
- Research methods
- Courses in advanced practice nursing (pharmacology , pathophysiology , physical health assessment , clinical practice )
- Optional studies
- Master thesis and seminars
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
The application period for studies starting in August is 7-20 January .
DisciplinesHuman Medicine Nursing Health Sciences
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
A completed Bachelor's degree in Nursing (Nordic and EU countries) or equivalent (applicants from outside the EU), and three years of relevant work experience as a nurse. District nurses and midwives from Nordic countries (licenced registered nurses) also fulfil the requirements for applying.
The following selection criteria are taken into account in the selection process:
- The applicant’s academic quality and the success and the relevance of the applicant's overall study record in the completed Bachelor's and other studies, judged primarily from the degree certificate and transcript of records provided.
- Motivation letter that specifically highlights one’s interest to study in this programme.
- Relevant work experience and other merits and qualifications documented in the CV and supported by certificates.
International10000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 10000 EUR per year during 24 months.
EU/EEAFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Vaasa
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Åbo Akademi University has a scholarship programme for tuition fee-paying students. There are two scholarship categories:
- Tuition Fee Scholarship, covering 100 % of the tuition fee, awarded for 2 years (second year conditional)
- Tuition Fee Scholarship, covering 50 % of the tuition fee, awarded for 2 years (second year conditional)
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.