Education in Helsinki Diakonia College

Helsinki Deaconess Institute has been training nurses since its founding in 1867. Today, Helsinki Diakonia College provides thorough, tailored training. Students study for vocations and are trained in interaction, cross-cultural interchange between generations and tolerance.

Vocational Qualification in Social and Health Care

These graduate as practical nurses. The qualification makes them competent for basic care, nursing and upbringing purposes. Regardless of their study programs, the training gives all practical nurses the basic capabilities to support, instruct, take care of, and rehabilitate people of different ages and backgrounds in various situations in life.

Further Qualification in Substance Abuse Welfare Work

These qualified work in various tasks in social and health care or in other tasks requiring know-how in substance abuse welfare work.

Specialist Qualification for Special Needs Assistants in Educational Institutions

These qualified participate in the education and care of people of different ages and cultural backgrounds in units of education, teaching and leisure time activities.

Further training

Helsinki Diakonia College is an educational institute that works on a social-ethical basis, offering versatile further vocational education in the social, health and diaconal fields. We also organize training and consultation for workplace communities and enterprises, taking into account individual needs, and offer counselling to individuals and groups.

International affairs

The international affairs of Helsinki Diakonia College cover diverse fields, focusing on setting up long-term development projects, establishing student and teacher exchange for trainee exchange programs and making teaching in foreign languages available to all students.


Helsinki Diakonia College and Helsinki unit of the Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (Diak) have a common library, its facilities, collections, computers and personnel being available for the students and the personnel of both schools. The library is also part of the common network library of Diak.

To the library 



 Education in the Helsinki Diaconia College


Practical Nurse


The Helsinki Diakonia College is a multicultural vocational school.


We also have preparatory training for immigrants.