Master Emergency and Critical Care Nursing

  • On Campus
  • 18 months
  • Free (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Helsinki, Finland
The Masterís main objective is to provide a structured and methodologically sound training programme that will cover the shortage of specially trained staff that burdens our health systemsí intensive and acute care services. The Emergency and Critical Care Nursing is offered by Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.



Emergency and intensive care nurses must be prepared to deal with life-threatening problems and complex situations in extreme environments, reasons why they should be endowed with specific knowledge, skills and attributes to provide care to critically ill or unstable patients and their families. Emergency nurses must be able to prioritise patient care and to provide accurate assessment and effective ongoing management for a diversity of patient populations in situations ranging from life-saving interventions to managing critical situations.

The Emergency and Critical Care Nursing from Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences course structure balances theoretical education on evidence based nursing, comprehensive clinical practice and a solid scientific instruction through a 90 ECTS (one and a half year) Postgraduate course leading to an international joint degree and diploma supplement recognized by all four institutions.

The degree offers real opportunities of working as nurse practitioners in emergency care units and care of patients in critical condition in the different countries of the consortium. Also an academic path is possible according to each countries´ specific requirements.

Detailed Course Facts

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Tuition fee
  • Free ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Duration full-time 18 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Semester 1
Will equalize the level of students and offer a strong theoretical and methodological base to build candidate competence. Students will also be able to chose on a first, broad specialization on Adult & Geriatric or Paediatric Clinical Nursing.
Semester 2
Courses focus on core Clinical Practice and choice of elective study track. Core modulesí target is to ensure a sound professional quality of the candidates, while the elective modules allow students to configure the Master towards one of four optional study tracks: Crisis Resource Management in Nursing, Adult, Geriatric or Paediatric Emergency and Critical Care Nursing.
Semester 3
Consists of a Master Thesis project that includes additional specialization through a tutored practicum. The guided research culminates in a report that will be presented and evaluated by the consortium before awarding the joint degree.


Appropriate higher education degrees are:

  • the Finnish Bachelor of Business Administration degree (tradenomi AMK); or
  • some other appropriate Finnish higher education degree with minimum extent of 210 cr (ECTS) containing/combined with 40 cr (ECTS) of higher education studies in business field; or
  • some other appropriate Finnish higher education degree combined a former Finnish ďcollege levelĒ degree (opisto- / ammatillisen korkea-asteen tutkinto) in the relevant field; or
  • appropriate foreign higher education degree equivalent to the above mentioned Finnish higher education degrees in terms of level, extent and content (assessed by the degree programme).
  • In addition, eligibility to apply requires at leats three years of work experience in an appropriate field accumulated as from the date of award of the final higher education degree certificate and obtained no later than 31 July 2016. Universities of applied sciences also accept work experience obtained after completion of a Finnish post-secondary higher vocational level diploma (in any field of education) but prior to
  • taking the higher education degree.

Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.

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