Time: Students can start their studies approximately within a week after enrolling on this course, except July. The estimated time for completing this course is three months. Next start 10.8.2021.
Place: Xamk Learn – digital learning environment
Extent: 5 ECTS cr
Number of study places: 60
Target group: All that are interested in this subject
Lecturer: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences lecturer

Credited in degree: Degree Programme in Nursing
Enrolment by: 31.10.2021. This is a nonstop start and students can start their studies approximately within a week after enrolment.
Price: Free of charge

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



Learning outcomes:

  • You can describe the changes resulting from aging and their effects on the wellbeing of elderly people in their lives.
  • You understand the meaning of ethical thinking in gerontological nursing.
  • You know the most common geriatric diseases and the research and treatment methods.
  • You can implement health promotion and rehabilitation in gerontological nursing.
  • You can recognize the elderly and their families' resources and utilize your knowledge of gerontology in carrying out holistic health assessments.
  • You can apply multicultural nursing to the care of elderly.
  • You know the laws, acts and the social and health services in your own country and in other countries.


  • What are the changes due to aging and how do these changes affect the elderly persons’ lives?
  • What are the most common geriatric diseases and their research and therapeutic treatments?
  • How to carry out health-enhancing and rehabilitative nursing?
  • How to identify the elderly and their families' resources and health-promoting factors?
  • How are cultural factors taken into account in holistic geriatric nursing?
  • Which are the laws, acts and ethical guidelines related to gerontological nursing?

Assessment: passed/failed

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

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

Terms of cancellation: 
Cancellation has to be made 14 days before the course starts. Cancellation by email to openstudies@xamk.fi.

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