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Practical nurse, elderly care and rehabilitation

Vocational qualification in Social and Health Care
Vocational upper secondary qualification
Do you want to work with people? Are you interested in doing practical work to help others? As a practical nurse specialising in elderly care and rehabilitation, you take care of the client’s well-being in a field where there is plenty of work.

Description of the training

Practical nurse is a profession for people who want to help and care about others. You will learn to plan and implement clients’ care and rehabilitative activities.  You will also learn to help ensure that the client’s everyday life is meaningful and, for example, to organise stimulating activities.

An important part of a practical nurse’s job is to be able to assess what kind of care and services the client needs. This is something you get to practice often during your studies.

The first year of practical nurse training offers a great opportunity to take a peek at the possibilities of the profession. The common studies provide a strong basis for the work of a practical nurse and introduce students to different client groups, from children and young people to the elderly. Specialised studies in elderly care and rehabilitation will familiarise you with dealing with elderly people in greater depth.

You will also have the opportunity to study or complete practical training abroad.  Omnia is a naturally multicultural study environment, which shows as a richness in studies. Promotion of sustainable development is part of the studies of vocational upper secondary qualification students. Omnia is also a good environment to plan business activities and increase entrepreneurial expertise. After completing the training, you can apply for further training at a university of applied sciences or a university.

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Details of the training

What kind of jobs will you graduate for?

As a practical nurse specialising in elderly care and rehabilitation, you can work, for example, in home care, care homes for the elderly, residential care homes, nursing homes, day centres, day hospitals, inpatient wards in health centres, long-term hospitals, dementia units in hospitals, and geriatric and psychogeriatric wards.

Duration of the training

The duration of studies is individual. The average duration of studies is between two and three years. The duration of studies is determined by the personal competence development plan (PCDP) and is influenced by, among other things, your previous studies, work experience and individual study needs.


The training consists of inspiring training days, learning tasks, group and project work, independent work, instruction in small groups and on-the-job learning. There are 3–5 training days per week.


Vocational qualifications in English are appropriate for those, who wish to study in English. However, basic command of Finnish is also necessary. There are language requirements in both languages of instruction.

Important information on application

Student admission

Admission is based on the information in the application, so please fill out your application carefully.

The applicant is expected to familiarise themselves with the important information on the continuous admission.
There is no entrance examination.

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Language requirements

The language requirement is A2.2 for Finnish and B2 for English.

The applicants will be invited to the language tests (Finnish and English) by e-mail. The language tests can be completed only at Omnia campuses in Espoo, Finland. Read more about the language requirements.

Guidance discussions for English qualifications

You will be invited to a personal guidance discussion if you have achieved the required language levels for Finnish and English. Participating in the guidance discussions is compulsory. Applicants, who don’t participate in the guidance discussions will not be admitted to the qualification.

The guidance discussion will give you information regarding the qualification you have applied to. You will also receive personal guidance to help you find the most appropriate qualification for you.


The application period will be announced later.
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