The bachelor’s program in Parademic at LAB University of Applied Sciences offers the tools and knowledge to help trauma patients or people who suddenly fall ill and need urgent care, both in and out of the hospital.

The work of a paramedic requires stress management skills, good interaction skills, and physical fitness. At work, you must be able to make quick independent decisions based on researched information and care instructions. Many paramedics work in ambulances, but you can also find work in, for example, a hospital emergency room or intensive care unit.

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Degree info

  • Bachelor of Health Care
  • 4 academic years / 240 ECTS
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Tuition fee: 8 000€ / academic year
  • Campus: Lappeenranta

Edunation application period

Regular Admissions
• 27.12.2023 - 12.01.2024
Pathway to Finland program
• Online studies: 31.07.2023
• Study hub in Finland: 17.07.2023

The aim of the degree program in Paramedic is to educate students to become registered nurses (RN) and Paramedics.

The graduates of the program can help patients who are suddenly ill and need urgent care, both in and out of the hospital. During studies, students learn how to recognize and anticipate situations that threaten a patient’s life and know how to act as required by the situation. With non-urgent first aid tasks, paramedics are able to assess the patient’s need for service and care, plan follow-up care and refer the patient to appropriate care.

The bachelor’s Degree Programme meets the competence requirements of a future paramedic. The studies are based on researched knowledge that ensures the necessary theoretical and practical nursing skills.

In the first study year, you will become acquainted with safe and ethical nursing in theory, practical exercises and the right client and patient situations. In addition, you will strengthen your knowledge acquisition and communication skills.

As your studies progress, you will learn a variety of skills needed in clinical work. 

In your second study year, you will be able to apply what you have learned in basic first aid practice in an ambulance.

At the end of the second academic year, an assessment of basic paramedic skills is held, and after that you can apply for summer work as a basic level paramedic.

During the last two years, you will study more about paramedics and special issues in nursing, such as childcare, emergency care and intensive care. The main emphasis is on nursing paramedic studies, co-operation with authorities and situation management in emergency care.

At the end of your studies, you will complete a nationwide nursing exam and demonstrate your skills in simulated emergency care situations

Paramedical training also includes the studies required for the work of a general nurse. At LAB, nurse training focuses on strong clinical expertise and patient safety, whose expertise is reinforced throughout our studies at our modern simulation center.

Most often Paramedics work as care level paramedics in ambulances. You can also work in a variety of nursing and emergency care specialist positions that require basic or special skills.

Paramedics can work in primary health care, specialist nursing, outpatient emergency care, social care and private and third sector services both in Finland and abroad. Paramedics can also work on the private side as an employee or entrepreneur, for example in ambulances.

Students form  Bachelor of Health Care, Paramedic, will also receive a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), which will expand students career opportunities for various nursing positions.

The students will be qualified to work as a Paramedic (in Finnish Ensihoitaja AMK) and Registered Nurse (RN) (in Finnish sairaanhoitaja AMK).

The qualification meets the requirements of the European Union directives, which also means interesting career opportunities abroad.

Both Paramedic and Registered Nurse are regulated profession overseen the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira).

Our Edunation Pathway to Finland offers guaranteed access to LAB’s bachelor programs and you can get accepted within 2 days.

The admission requirements are:

  • High school diploma / Higher Secondary Education
  • Transcript of records
  • Proof of English language: from IELTS 5.0, TOEFL IBT 35-45, Duolingo 75-80, or equivalent
  • Copy of passport ID page

You can find more information about the English language requirement on our page.

Students are pre-screened on a first-come, first-served basis.

The admission requirements for the program can found on the university page.

Further information about the tuition fee and available scholarships for the program can found on the university page.


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