Health Requirements

Medical Certificate for Seafarers

An admitted student must provide a Seafarer Medical Certificate (SMC) issued by a certified physician to Novia University of Applied Sciences, Juhana Herttuan puistokatu 21, 20100 Turku, at the start of their studies.

The physician must be certified by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) to conduct a seaman's medical examination. 

The medical certificate must include following information:

  • The person is physically and mentally fit for the tasks at hand and he/she does not have such an injury, disability or illness that can either prevent or distinctly hinder the completion of his/her work.
  • The person's vision, color vision and hearing must meet the requirements set by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health's Decree.
  • The person does not have an illness that can be assumed to either worsen or be harmful to other people on board or the safety of seafaring.

Novia UAS can withdraw the admission if the seaman's medical examination certificate is not provided by the set time or the certificate states that the applicant is not suitable for a career at sea. Please consider that applicants that suffer from colour-blindness are not considered suitable for pursuing a career at sea.  

Useful links

Guidelines for vision and hearing

List of seafarers' health stations

Seaman's medical examination form

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