Healthcare Introduction


Are you an immigrant nurse, doctor, or other licensed healthcare professional who is currently outside the job market? Then you are welcome to the Healthcare Introduction course.


Healthcare Introduction is a commissioned education program from Region Sörmland in collaboration with Arbetsförmedlingen (the Swedish Public Employment Service).

The course is aimed at individuals who have a medical education from a country other than Sweden, and are in the process of seeking Swedish professional licensure.


The purpose of the course

Healthcare Introduction is not a ”regular” Swedish course. It is a vocationally oriented introduction designed to facilitate your path to employment within the healthcare sector, with Region Sörmland as a potential employer.

The goal is for you to:

  • develop your Swedish language skills with a focus on healthcare terminology
  • receive an introduction to the Swedish healthcare system’s organization, structure, and conditions
  • increase your chances of passing the Socialstyrelsen’s (National Board of Health and Welfare) proficiency test with the support of the education.


Course content

  • Swedish language SFI C–C1/SVA3 (Socialstyrelsen’s requirements)
  • Healthcare terminology in Swedish
  • Swedish healthcare system
  • Swedish healthcare culture
  • Documentation
  • Preparation for proficiency tests within your profession


You will study full-time, 40 hours per week. 20–25 hours will be teacher-led lessons, while the rest of the time will be dedicated to independent studies. The course lasts for six months.



Admission requirements

The course is part of the establishment mission targeting newly arrived individuals. Even if you belong to this target group and are seeking employment under the Job and Development Guarantee, you can apply for a course spot. Priority is given to participants residing in Sörmland.

To be admitted, you need to have a license issued in another country for one of the following healthcare professions:

  • Occupational therapist
  • Audiologist
  • Midwife
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Dietitian
  • Physiotherapist
  • Healthcare counselor
  • Speech therapist
  • Doctor
  • Psychologist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Radiology nurse
  • Nurse.

You should have started the process of having your education reviewed and approved by Socialstyrelsen. You must be registered with Arbetsförmedlingen.

No prior knowledge of Swedish is required.


Costs and finances
The course is free of charge. You will be reimbursed through the Arbetsförmedlingen’s establishment program or the Job and Development Guarantee. You are not entitled to student aid from CSN.


How to apply

Applications and admissions are ongoing based on available spots.

Apply by contacting the course coordinator (see contact information below). You will then be invited to a discussion where we will review your prior knowledge, needs, goals, and decisions from Socialstyrelsen. If accepted, you will receive a notification within three weeks after the discussion.


Course certificate
Upon completion of the course, you will receive a course certificate. You have the opportunity to obtain a C1 certificate or proficiency in Swedish as a second language 3, which is required to apply for Swedish licensure.


For more information and application, contact course coordinator Anna Tunel. Tel: 072–146 14 11. Email::