1. Kempten University of Applied Sciences
  2. Faculty of Social and Health Studies
  3. Degree courses
  4. Bachelor's degrees
  5. Geriatric therapy, Rehabilitation and Nursing (expiring)

Expiring – the bachelor’s degree programme in Gerontological Nursing and Therapy commences in Winter Semester 2021/2022.

A future with responsibility – responsibility with a future

Are you already working in health care and would now like to focus specifically in elderly welfare? This bachelor’s degree programme prepares you exceptionally well for performing responsible and complex tasks in geriatric treatment, support and care.

It is directed at those who have already completed state-certified training in Germany in elderly care, medical and (paediatric) nursing, physiotherapy or ergotherapy and are particularly interested in the concerns of the elderly.

Throughout your studies, we support you with tutorials, small learning groups, special programmes for students and intensive mentoring for final theses. In addition, you can expect practically relevant teamwork and learning, a friendly atmosphere and professors who know you by name.

At a glance

  • Award

    Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.)

  • Study mode

    full-time, dual

  • Standard duration

    7 Semester

  • ECTS credits


  • Starts

    winter semester

  • Restricted admission


  • Taught in


  • Faculty

    Social and Health Studies

  • Study abroad


  • Accreditation


Details about this course

This degree programme builds upon the training provided for the accepted specialist health care professions (see applications and admissions), which can be credited as 60 ECTS or two semesters of study – thus reducing the regular seven-semester bachelor’s degree programme to five semesters.

The programme is designed for full-time study, with face-to-face teaching taking place at least three days a week.

Upon successfully completing the programme, the university of applied sciences will award you the academic degree of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) .

Professional environment

This programme qualifies you to undertake particularly complex and demanding tasks in treating, supporting and caring for elderly people. Treating, rehabilitating and caring for geriatric patients – whether on hospital wards, in out-patient clinics, in care homes or at home – calls for specially trained staff. Our graduates work in all of these settings as well as in consultancy roles or for service providers.

Career prospects

By earning a university degree in “Geriatric Therapy, Rehabilitation and Nursing”, you will play a pioneering role in driving up academic standards in the health care professions. You can work throughout the entire health care sector – in hospitals, clinics, out-patient clinics, hospices, day and short-term care, ergotherapy and physiotherapy practices, medical centres, rehabilitation facilities, elderly and social care homes, health insurance funds and training providers.

Potential roles include:

  • Managing or coordinating multi- or inter-professional teams in the health care sector
  • Advising and educating patients, advising their family members
  • Interface management, e.g. between hospital in-patient and out-patient care
  • Managing or working on gerontological projects
  • Conducting research projects
  • Developing aids and medical products
  • Conducting situational training

The specific professions and roles arise according to circumstances in practice and the prevailing complex structures and processes that need managing inter-professionally.
Successful completion of the third semester of this degree programme already earns students official recognition as specialist staff by the MDK Bayern, by providing the required evidence of at least 180 hours of structured curricular additional training in geriatrics to fulfil the technical requirements of OPS 8-550.

Application process:

We have pooled all the information and details you might need about applying and the admission requirements .

Admission requirements:

Have you already completed state-certified training in Germany in elderly care, medical and (paediatric) nursing, physiotherapy or ergotherapy, and are you particularly interested in the concerns of the elderly? Then you meet the criteria for this bachelor’s degree programme to a tee!

Even if you are not automatically eligible for university, you can also apply on the basis of your vocational qualifications – in the form of either a “promotional qualification” (master in trades or equivalent advanced certificates or qualifications) or the relevant basic vocational training and at least three years of primary professional experience thereafter. You can find further details in the Bavarian Law on higher Education or under Information for trained workers and masters of trades.

We ascribe to the values of openness, tolerance and acceptance. Our aim is to teach everyone involved at Kempten University of Applied Sciences about education in an international context. As part of this, we support university-wide, inter-faculty measures to promote international projects and cross-cultural interaction.

Academic achievements from studies abroad can be counted towards this degree programme if the skills in question are broadly similar.

Are you interested in learning more about our international aspirations and the options for you to study abroad? Then please take a closer look at our portal.

We compile all study programme and examination regulations centrally for you. There you will find all versions and changes. continue

Programme with extended practice

Would you like to combine study and practice? With pleasure! The Kempten University of Applied Sciences offers you the following opportunity to study with more practice:

  1. Studies with in-depth practice practical and flexible!
    In the study programme with in-depth practice, a regular Bachelor's programme at the university is combined with intensive practical phases at a practice partner, based on the study content. Students can enter this study option up to the 4th semester.
  2. Combined studies a practical combination of study and work!
    With a combined study programme, you can acquire a fully recognised vocational qualification within your Bachelor's degree. This double qualification is particularly attractive for many companies!

You can find more information about the offers here.


Further details about the degree programme


We know how exciting it can be to embark upon your degree programme, so we have arranged a special contact in case you have any questions about studying with us.

Contact for prospective students

  • University Student Advisory Service

If you have any questions about studying or applying, please get in touch with the University Student Advisory Service

  • Questions about course content

If you are interested in this degree programme and would like to ask any questions, please contact our programme advisor.


Existing students

If you have any questions about your degree programme, please contact our academic advisors.


There are no tuition fees for this degree programme. The only costs incurred will be the usual outgoings associated with studying, such as the semester fee, photocopying, buying books, etc. There might also be some field trips and travel expenses to off-site study locations. If studying will prevent you from otherwise working, you will need to consider loss of earnings, of course. There are various sources of funding to help you study. It is definitely worth checking whether you are eligible for Bafög or perhaps a bursary (Kempten University of Applied Sciences – bursaries). In particular, we would like to draw your attention to the Professional Advancement Bursary and the Germany Bursary.

Facility manager / Care manager certification

During the programme, you can choose to take an additional module if you wish, for a fee of 500 euros, that formally qualifies you as a facility manager. The module is assessed by means of an oral examination. You then need to complete 40 hours with the management of an acute clinical facility, rehabilitation clinic or elderly care facility (partly or entirely residential). This enables previously trained carers or nurses to then add the formal qualification of care manager.


How will this qualification help me professionally? Where can I work afterwards? What jobs can I do?

This programme qualifies you to undertake particularly complex and demanding tasks in treating, supporting and caring for elderly people. Potential fields of work include geriatric acute medical and rehabilitation clinics, gerontopsychiatric clinics, care facilities, hospices and palliative services, to name just a few. While you will continue to work closely with patients, you will assume greater responsibilities. There is also the option of working for local authorities or in the consultancy or service provision segments. You can find specific examples of professions and areas of work under “Prospects for graduates”.

I can’t / don’t wish to work directly with patients / clients anymore. Does this programme give me the chance to move into other areas of work?

Fundamentally, this degree programme aims to train students for working closely with patients / clients, but for greater responsibility, more complex requirements and managerial roles. However, it also qualifies you to perform activities that no longer contain nursing / therapeutic duties or direct contact with patients / clients.
Nonetheless, it doesn’t qualify you for conventional administrative positions in the health care sector, which require considerably more business and legal knowledge, as taught on the bachelor’s degree programmes in health care sector and social sector management, for example.

What job prospects does this qualification present?

It offers very good job prospects – in caring and nursing services, and even more so in geriatric clinics. These organisations are crying out for trained staff, particularly those with specialist qualifications for working in geriatric clinics, as these are a legal requirement.
In terms of academically qualified health care specialists in general, numerous facilities are very interested in trying out new approaches to caring for and treating elderly people and developing new concepts, for which they require staff with new kinds of qualifications. Kempten University of Applied Sciences liaises closely with geriatric clinics and organisations around the Allgäu providing care for the elderly to alert them to the new cohort of graduates. Some of them are also involved in the degree programme, enabling you to make contact with prospective employers early on. In addition, the university informs geriatric-gerontologically relevant facilities, associations and networks all over southern Germany about this degree programme, so it should quickly become generally well known.

Will I earn more once I gain this qualification?

Possibly, although the university is not in a position to guarantee this, as salaries are either fixed or freely negotiated between employers and employees. Fundamentally, facilities interested in specialist health care staff with academic qualifications know that they have to offer commensurate salaries. If they are so inclined, they will generally find appropriate means of funding, although this proves easier for private operators than for state-run or church-funded facilities, who are bound to fixed remuneration scales. Having said that, there is also potential in those segments.

How much teaching will there be, and how much time is involved in total?

Teaching is usually counted in “weekly hours per semester” (“SWS”), i.e. the number of teaching periods (each actually lasting 45 minutes) per week throughout a semester. There are 22 taught periods per week during semesters 1, 2 and 4, but 24 in semester 3 and 16 in semester 5. 
In addition to that, you need to consider the amount of time spent studying independently outside class, which is not to be underestimated and is far more extensive than at school or for vocational training. Independent study consists primarily of preparing for and writing up classes, revising for examinations and writing study papers. During the final semester, you will also write your bachelor’s thesis.

Is it an option to study for this degree as a professional part-time programme or part-time?

No, that’s not possible as things stand.

Can I work at the same time as studying?

What you do in your free time as a student in pretty much entirely up to you. So working on the side is certainly an option. Many students do so. However, you should also bear in mind that any time you spend working limits your scope for independent study, so it risks having an negative impact on your academic performance and, if taken to the extreme, might jeopardise your degree. It is therefore advisable not to over-commit to paid work or even go without entirely, particularly to start with, so you can first of all gauge how much time you will need for studying and what scope there is for employment alongside.

Can I study this degree programme remotely?

No, this programme runs entirely in situ, i.e. almost all classes are held on campus, with a few conducted off-site (e.g. at a clinic or care facility). However, a substantial part of the degree programme consists of private study, such as in preparation for and after classes, writing study papers or revising for examinations. It is of course up to you where you spend this time.

Is attending classes obligatory?

No, but we strictly recommend attendance. For one, teaching – and thus learning successfully – thrives on direct exchange amongst students and between students and lecturers. Plus experience has shown at least a loose correlation between attending classes and achieving good results. In other words, the students who fail exams or scrape through with weak grades tend to be those s<who rarely attended the related classes.</p>

I have completed vocational training, but not in elderly care, medical (paediatric) nursing, physiotherapy or ergotherapy. Can I study this degree programme nonetheless?

No, it’s absolutely essential to have trained in one of the cited vocations to be admitted to this degree. Even trained staff in similar vocations, for example curative education, are not currently admitted. Should any additional fields of training be accepted in the future, we will update the website accordingly.

I am trained in one of the cited vocations, but not in Germany. Can I apply nonetheless?

Yes, as long as your training has been deemed equivalent to one of those cited in accordance with the Law on Recognition of Vocational Qualifications (“Berufsqualifikationsfeststellungsgesetz”). If this isn’t the case, you can find information about the recognition process at www.bq-portal.de/en and www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de/html/en. You can also seek assistance from the recognition advisory service “Tür an Tür” (“Door to door”) in Augsburg at: https://www.migranet.org/angebote/ratsuchende/anerkennungsberatung/aeb-kontakt#AEB-A.
Other advice centres around Germany can be found here: www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de/html/de/beratungsstellen_iq_netzwerk.php.

I am trained in one of the accepted vocations, but I don’t have a college/school leaving certificate for entering higher education. Can I apply nonetheless?

Yes, candidates who are vocationally trained but don’t have a university entrance certificate (from a school or college) can also be admitted. Instead, you will need either a “promotional qualification” (master in trades or equivalent advanced training certificates or qualifications) or the relevant basic vocational training and at least three years of primary professional experience thereafter. You can find further details in the Bavarian Law on Higher Education or under Information for trained workers and masters of trades.

I would like to study on your degree programme immediately after completing my vocational training. Is this possible?

Yes, as long as you have completed training in one of the accepted vocations and have have a university entrance certificate from a school or college. If you don’t hold this kind of academic qualification, it is absolutely crucial to have gained at least three years of primary professional experience since completing your training. You can find further details in the Bavarian Law on Higher Education or under Information for trained workers and masters of trades.

What are my chances of getting onto the programme if I apply?

Admission to this degree programme is not currently restricted, so all applicants who meet the admission criteria will be accepted.

Is there an age limit for admissions?

There is no age limit, as it admissions are not restricted. (Article 1 para. 3 BayHZG sets a general age limit for all restricted-entry degree programmes, but that does not apply to unrestricted programmes such as this.)

Does the programme run for five or seven semesters? And how do credits towards this work?

A bachelor’s degree programme at a Bavarian university of applied sciences generally lasts seven semesters, with one of those being a practical semester. However, the knowledge and skills that you have already acquired during your vocational training (elderly care, medical [paediatric] nursing, ergotherapy, physiotherapy) together with practical elements of your training can be counted as a block towards the first two semesters of study, i.e. in fact replacing them entirely. You will require only five semesters to cover the rest of the subject matter.

Besides completing initial vocational training, I have also undergone substantial advanced training and professional development (e.g. specialising in gerontopsychiatrics). Can this also be counted towards the degree programme?

That depends on both the content, duration and level of the training / professional development and whether it corresponds with any modules, or at least part-modules, on the programme. Please contact our academic advisors in the first instance to discuss the scope for counting further training towards the degree programme. The next step is to apply to the Examinations Board to consider your case. The Board will then check your particulars and decide whether the training can be counted or not.
As a principle, the university can count non-university performance towards a maximum of 50 percent of the credits required to complete degree programmes. As you would already be awarded 60 of the full 210 Credit Points for the first two semesters on the basis of non-university performance, this leaves a maximum of 45 Credit Points that can potentially be credited in this way.

Why is there no practical semester? Are there still practical elements to the programme?

The practical semester is taken as covered by your vocational training, as the practical parts of that serve the same purpose as the practical semester and lasted considerably longer. Nonetheless, practical elements (e.g. short internships, placements, practical teaching, project work) are included in various modules.

What are the semester dates, and do students have any commitments during vacation time?

The semester dates are shown in the calendar. You can use the vacation time between semesters for further study, if required, but as a rule there really aren’t any commitments during those times.