Diploma of Higher Education in Rehabilitation, 60 cr 

The Diploma provides students with multidisciplinary knowledge of health promotion and rehabilitation methods as well as  working life development in rehabilitation. The Diploma consists of four modules, 10-20 ECTS cr each. You can either sign up to study one or several courses, 1-3 modules or the whole diploma of 60 ECTS cr. Each module includes 2-4 online courses, 5 ECTS cr each. The courses are carried out in an eLearning environment. Each course contains online material, for example video lectures, independent written assignments, online exams and tests and online counselling.

The Diploma of Higher Education

  • includes study entities made up of modules from the degree program curriculum
  • can be accepted as part of a selected, international degree program (for example Degree Programmes in Health Care and Social Services), thus shortening the study time in Finland
  • are open studies without prior requirements or special work experience
  • is 60 ECTS credits, the duration of studies is from one and a half years to two years

The studies are suitable for students who  

  • need deeper understanding or new competences – regardless of their prior studies
  • want to study in a flexible way – studies are carried out online
  • are interested in developing their own work
  • are looking for a new direction in their own professional career – whether currently between jobs or at work
  • are looking for more extensive studies, but not the whole degree

Students are required to

  • be commited to these studies
  • have enough time to familiarize on materials and sources of information
  • complete all tasks and tests on time
  • to be initiative

After you have completed the diploma training (all 60 ECTS credits) you are awarded the Diploma of Higher Education.

This course is based on the curricula of Xamk's degree programmes and the Finnish credits are fully compatible with the ECTS. The level of the courses is bachelor level.

Please notice, that
Xamk degree students cannot enroll on OUAS courses.

Time: 1 September 2020 – 31 May 2022
Place: Online studies

Extent: The Diploma of Higher Education is 60 credits = 4 modules, 10-20 credits each. It is also possible to choose only one, two or three modules.
Number of study places: 300 / module. Enrolment for modules II, III and IV opens later on again, if there are free study places left.

Target group: All that are interested in these studies. The student has to have a fluent skills in English and readiness to study online independently. 
Credited in degree: Bachelor of Health Care and Bachelor of Social Services at Xamk University of Applied Sciences.
Enrolment period: 15 May – 16 August 2020
Price: These studies are free of charge

Additional information on enrolment:
Open University of Applied Sciences office, email openstudies@xamk.fi.

Terms of cancellation: 
If you are not able to participate in the course, please let us know as soon as possible by email openstudies@xamk.fi.

You'll receive an invitation by email to this course approx. one week before the course starts.

ECTS credits

ECTS credits represent the workload and defined learning outcomes (“what the individual knows understands and is able to do”) of a given course or programme. One credit equals 27 hours of student's work.

South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (XAMK) 

The South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (XAMK) – the 5th largest UAS in Finland. More information on higher education in Finland on page https://minedu.fi/en/higher-education-and-research.

AUTUMN 2020
MODULE I MULTIDISCIPLINARY SPECIAL ISSUES IN REHABILITATION (15 CREDITS)

The goal is to provide multidisciplinary knowledge of three special issues important when working in the field of rehabilitation.

  • Physiology and management of pain in rehabilitation 5 cr.
  • Diabetes education and counseling 5 cr.
  • Respiratory and cardiovascular rehabilitation 5 cr.

SPRING 2021
MODULE II HEALTH PROMOTION AND CHILDREN'S WELFARE (20 CREDITS)

The goal is to provide you with knowledge of meanings and effects of health promotion and physical activity when working in rehabilitation. The goal is to provide you with knowledge of social rehabilitation to enhance children's welfare.

  • Health effects of exercise and physical activity 5 cr.
  • Foot health promotion 5 cr.
  • Nutrition for sports and physical activity 5 cr.
  • Social rehabilitation in child welfare work 5 cr.

AUTUMN 2021
MODULE III MULTIDISCIPLINARY AND CLIENT-ORIENTED PERSPECTIVE TO EVIDENCE-BASED REHABILITATION (15 CREDITS)

The goal is to provide you with knowledge and professional understanding of multidisciplinary assessment of human functioning and using client-oriented and evidence-based methods in rehabilitation with adults.

  • Multidisciplinary assessment of human functioning 5 cr.
  • Multidisciplinary, evidence-based and client-oriented rehabilitation 5 cr.
  • Social rehabilitation work with adults 5 cr.

SPRING 2022
MODULE IV RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN REHABILITATION (10 CREDITS)

The goal is to identify the research or development needs in your professional field and based on that to plan, implement, assess and report a development process in the working world of rehabilitation.

  • Research-, development- and innovation methods 5 cr.
  • Development work 5 cr.

For previous studies, we recommend Module III courses.
 

Note! Changes on dates may occur!

Please notice that you need a laptop or PC in order to participate this training. Smartphone or tablet are not enough.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Physiology and management of pain in rehabilitation

The course content consists of three topics related to the:
1. Classification and measurement of pain (1 course credit)
2. Physiological mechanisms of pain (2 course credits)
3. Effects of pain on individual physical and mental functioning in rehabilitation (2 course credits)

Diabetes education and counseling 

The course content consists of three topics related to the:
1. Evidence based diabetes education and counseling 2 cr
2. Development of professional's own counseling skills 2 cr
3. Research methods in diabetes education and counseling 1 cr

Respiratory and cardiovascular rehabilitation

How do you choose, justify, and use assessment methods for performance and load levels to support customer’s targets? How do you support client’s ability to evaluate her/his own progress at various stages of rehabilitation? How do you develop and implement the progressive and right-tier training program for respiratory and cardiovascular clients at various stages of rehabilitation by aligning it with the client's psychosocial resources? How do you guide and support your customers and their close ones to make use of the potential of living and social participation? How do you co-operate multi-professionally with specific issues related to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases?

Health effects of exercise and physical activity

Course information will be updated during May.

Foot health promotion

The course content consists of four topics related to the:

1. Anatomy and Physiology of the Foot, 1 cr
2. Healthy Feet, Daily Foot Care and Proper Shoes, 1 cr
3. Diabetic Foot, Rheumatoid Foot, Foot Skin Diseases, 2 cr
4. Risk Foot Examination, Treatment, and Off-Loading, 1 cr

Nutrition for sports and physical activity

The course content consists of three topics related to the: 

1. Basic knowledge of nutrition, 1 cr
2. Energy demand and consumption during exercise, energy metabolism, 2 cr
3. Nutrition, fluid balance and recovery to support endurance and strength training, 2 cr

Social rehabilitation in child welfare work

The entire course as one unit of 5 credits of social rehabilitation issues in child protection.

Multidisciplinary assessment of human functioning

The course content consists of four topics related to the:

– International Classification of Functioning (ICF-framework) in rehabilitation context: assessment and promotion of human functions.
– Review of assessment methods based on multidisciplinary case examples.
– Reliability of the assessment protocols.
– Multidisciplinary approach to assessment of human functioning.

Multidisciplinary, evidence-based and client-oriented rehabilitation

The course content consists of three topics related to the: 

1. Multidisciplinary approach in rehabilitation context
2. Evidence-based knowledge in promoting human functioning in rehabilitation context
3. Client-oriented approach and dialogue in the rehabilitation context

Social rehabilitation work with adults

The course consists of four main topics:

1. The challenges of the integrity of customer’s life situation
2. The rehabilitation opportunities in cases of substance abuse, mental health disorders and criminal behavior
3. The preparation of social rehabilitation plan and utilizing it in social rehabilitation work with adults
4. The promoting of social rehabilitation at individual and structural level

Research-, development- and innovation methods

The course content consists of five topics related to the:

1. Describing process of research-oriented development and the approaches relevant in rehabilitation 
2. Seeking information systematically and evaluate its’ reliability
3. Making a literature review 
4. Basics of qualitative and quantitative research methods
5. Ethical principles and reliability in research-oriented development

Development work

The course content consists of three topics related to the: 

1. Creating an evidence-based theoretical framework and research questions for your development work
2. Selecting, justifying and applying research-based methods to answer your research questions
3. Reporting the results and the eventual outcome of your development work


After completing 60 ECTS credits the students are awarded the Diploma of Higher Education. The diploma will be delivered 
 – in paper form for those who have their home address in Finland
 – by email in PDF form for those who have their home address in some other country.