Bachelor of Health Care, Biomedical Laboratory Science

Degree: Bachelor of Health Care
Field of study: Health and Welfare
Extent: 3,5 years 210 credits
Location: Vaasa
Application period: 4-18 January 2023

NEW! Application 4-18 January 2023

The Degree Programme Bachelor of Health Care, Biomedical Laboratory Science educates experts in clinical laboratory work. The studies are based on biomedical laboratory science supported with knowledge in biomedical sciences, and the work includes collecting specimens, performing diagnostic testing, as well as performing near patient examinations in the presence of the patient. Professional communication and quality control are also key topics during the studies and work in the clinical laboratory. Laboratory test results yield information for detecting, diagnosing, monitoring, or treatment of disease. A Biomedical Laboratory Scientist works both independently and as part of a team. In the work, initiative, and accuracy are valued.

Basic content of the studies:

  • Laboratory testing process
  • Communication and interaction skills in the specimen collection process
  • Quality improvement and patient safety
  • Biomedical sciences and the main disciplines in the clinical laboratory

The laboratory testing process contains three main phases:

  • a) The pre-analytical phase, that covers all stages from preparing the patient for specimen collection to introducing the specimen into the analytical process.
  • b) In the analytical phase the core action is to analyze the laboratory test in a correct way, from handling the measuring instrument to getting a reliable result.
  • c) The post-analytical phase includes interpretation of the obtained result and relating it to a relevant reference range, further lab tests and advice given to the patient.

The studies include group work, lectures, independent and virtual learning, laboratory work, various examinations, and work-based projects. Supervised internship is included in the studies from the second semester. The internship also provides an opportunity for students to make contacts with the Labour market.

Study Content

The studies consist of Core Studies, Professional Studies, Practice and a Bachelor’s Thesis.

The Core Studies are basic studies such as introduction and languages while the Professional Studies focus on biomedical and clinical competence, professional development, and research.

Practice consists of internships in laboratory work within a clinical environment, in hospitals, community care, or private health centres. The Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030 has been implemented in the curriculum as competences.

The focus is on clinical laboratory work and cultural competence. The students can, through their thesis and final laboratory study module, focus on their special field within Biomedical Laboratory Science.

Structure of Studies

The studies consist of:

  • Core Studies, 11 ECTS
  • Professional Studies, 104 ECTS
  • Elective studies, 2 ECTS
  • Practice, 78 ECTS
  • Bachelor’s Thesis, 15 ECTS

The studies for a Bachelor of Health Care, Biomedical Laboratory Science consist of 210 ECTS and normally take three and a half years to complete. The studies are theoretical, practical, and clinical.

A registered biomedical laboratory scientist is qualified to work in different laboratories within health care, such as clinical chemistry and hematology, clinical microbiology, clinical physiology, and pathology.

Language of Instruction

The language of instruction is English. All literature used is in English whilst some national recommendations are mainly available in Finnish and Swedish. However, a prerequisite for participating in the practice is a basic knowledge of Finnish or Swedish, both of which are taught during the first year of study.

Gradually, during the study time, we encourage the students to use Swedish and Finnish during lectures, and in practical courses, in order to be prepared for the working environment in Finland. The supervision language during the clinical trainings in the hospitals is either Swedish or Finnish.

Before graduation, the student must show their competence in either Swedish or Finnish at B1 level (CEFR Levels).


The Bachelor’s Thesis is 15 ECTS and is done in cooperation with hospital and health care centre based laboratories, as well as with the Research and Development Department where it can be a part of a research project. The thesis supports the student’s interest for a certain area and can function as a personal profile of competence. The thesis is evidence based but can be presented in various formats such as a report, handbook, film, drama, instruction video, or as an investigation and analysis of a certain problem in laboratory work.

Career Opportunities

A graduated Biomedical Laboratory Scientist is qualified to work in clinical laboratories in hospitals and in other health care centers, as a member of a research project, as well as with sales and development activities in companies that sell equipment and instruments for the laboratories. At the moment there are a lot of job opportunities in Finland, but also in other countries.


The profession of a Biomedical Laboratory Scientist (in Finnish bioanalyytikko, laboratoriohoitaja; in Swedish bioanalytiker, laboratorieskötare) is regulated according to the Finnish legislation.

After the successful completion of the study programme, the holder of the degree Bachelor of Health Care, Biomedical Laboratory Science (bioanalytiker (YH)) obtains their license to practice as a Biomedical Laboratory Scientist (full registration), which is granted by the national Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Sosiaali- ja terveysalan lupa- ja valvontavirasto, Valvira).

According to the Finnish legislation, a person with the degree is qualified for posts or positions for which the qualification requirement is a first-cycle higher education degree. In some cases, the qualification requirement also includes completion of studies in certain, specified fields of study.

Tuition Fees

Information about tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students at Novia UAS is found on the Tuition Fee pages of the website.


 Students at Novia UAS can participate in international activities through:

  • undertaking a part of their studies abroad at a partner institution
  • doing a part of the compulsory clinical training abroad
  • participating in various projects and intensive courses together with other international students

Students can participate in student exchange programmes both for their theoretical and clinical studies. We encourage our students to do parts of their studies at our partner universities or as free mover students.

Research Focus

During the past years, the degree programme for Biomedical Laboratory Scientists has participated in projects in the clinical laboratories at Vaasa Central Hospital, other health care centres and in national or international research laboratories.

Postgraduate Study Opportunities

The Bachelor of Health Care, Biomedical Laboratory Science functions as a springboard for further studies at a master's level in Biomedical Laboratory Science or other disciplines.