Those applying to study in the field of Health Care and Social Services must have a sufficient good health status and functional capacity to be capable of completing practical assignments and work placement periods as part of the studies. Studying and working in these professions requires sufficient physical, mental and social capacity.
Obstacles to student admission may include, for instance, the following:
- Severe rash and/or allergy to e.g. medicinal products and detergents
- Sensory disability affecting functional ability
- Mental health disorder
- Substance abuse/drug abuse or misuse during the last two years
- Limited social capacity which makes it difficult to work with people
- Long-term illness or physical injury limiting participation in studies and practical training
The social welfare and health care sector is not suitable for individuals convicted of one of the following: of-fences against children, sexual offences, violent offences, crimes against freedom, or drug offences.
Students involved in traineeships in social welfare and health care operating units shall be vaccinated against measles and chicken pox or have acquired immunity to them from natural infection, and those treating infants shall be vaccinated against whooping cough. In addition, annual influenza vaccination is required. (Section 48 of the Communicable Diseases Act 1227/2016). An extract from the judicial record shall be submitted for completing assignments or practical training included in the studies which require working with minors. A university of applied sciences may oblige a student to present a certificate on a drug test if there is a reason to suspect that the student is performing practical assignments related to the studies under the influence of drugs or that the student has a drug addiction.
An issue related to health or functional ability is not an obstacle to student admission if the obstacle can be removed by reasonable means. The severity and the management of the obstacle will be taken into account when assessing the applicant's suitability to be admitted as a student in the degree programme concerned. Based on the applicant's notification submitted at the application stage, the university of applied sciences may require more detailed health information to assess whether the student will be able to manage the studies and which support measures will reasonably be required.