1. Kempten University of Applied Sciences
  2. Faculty of Social and Health Studies
  3. Degree courses
  4. Bachelor's degrees
  5. Nursing

Make life your vocation

Would you like a responsible job that revolves around people’s health and well-being? If so, studying nursing prepares you exceptionally well for a career encompassing a wide range and variety of valuable activities. A higher education programme in nursing provides an impressive combination of proximity with people and scientific work, qualifying you particularly to perform highly complex processes in this field.

As a nurse, you will assist people in all age groups facing acute health issues, and in restoring or maintaining their good health. You will help meet their interests in consideration of their own particular life circumstances and social setting.

The special tasks assumed by nurses with a bachelor’s degree include scientific work on specialist issues in nursing:

  • Planning, coordinating, conducting and evaluating complex nursing measures
  • Advising people in need of care and their close contacts on matters of health promotion, disease prevention, care, therapies and rehabilitation
  • Scrutinising, evaluating and critically applying the results of research
  • Preparing and performing medically prescribed measures for diagnostics and treatments
  • Initiating and performing lifesaving measures in emergencies
  • Working with different health professionals as a team
  • Evaluating the quality of nursing and advancing it on a scientific basis

Furthermore, to ensure that you learn practically relevant knowledge from the start, you will complete one or two intensively mentored internships each semester in a wide range of facilities throughout your degree programme. We will also support you with team-oriented learning and working in a relaxed atmosphere, in which teachers and students know and respect one another. 

The Free State of Bavaria has launched a bursary scheme for nursing students. Further details can be found there under “Bursary”.

You can only apply to join a bachelor’s degree programme in Summer Semester 2023 if you will be entering a higher semester:

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At a glance

  • Award

    Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.)

  • Study mode

    full-time

  • Standard duration

    8 Semester

  • ECTS credits

    240

  • Starts

    winter semester

  • Restricted admission

    no

  • Taught in

    German

  • Faculty

    Social and Health Studies

  • Study abroad

    optional

  • Accreditation

    AHPGS, German Accreditation Council

Details about this course

This degree programme combines the theoretical and practical cornerstones of the three major fields in health care (geriatric, medical & paediatric nursing) with science.
The aim of the programme is to give you insights into as many aspects of nursing as possible by means of theoretical input and hands-on experience so as to instil a broad base of specialist knowledge.

The foundation course (semesters 1 to 3) addresses issues relating to health, illness and the human body. You will already start learning the practical methods and communication skills for dealing with people in need of care, while also developing a systematic approach to working independently and scientifically.

The advanced course (semesters 4 to 7) teaches more profound knowledge and skills based on practical examples in areas of specialist care. You will learn to understand the individual problems and wishes of people in need of care, and to explain these with the aid of your theoretical knowledge. Other aspects of the programme give you deeper insights into the sciences related to nursing that also need taking into consideration – medicine, psychology, sociology, ethics, ecology, law, politics and business administration. Practical clinical skills lie at the heart of professional nursing. Simulations in the Skills Lab at Kempten University of Applied Sciences give you the chance to train hands-on skills in a risk-free but realistic interactive environment. This special form of higher education is a key component in your degree programme from the first semester on.

During the final two semesters, students take the state examinations for their professional accreditation and work on their bachelor’s thesis examining a nursing topic using scientific methodology. Upon successfully completing the programme, the university of applied sciences will award you the academic degree of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.). This degree qualifies you to use the professional title “Nurse B.Sc.”.

Hands-on nursing stints are planned for each semester, generally at the end of the lecturing period. From the third semester on, practical blocks are also integrated into the lecturing period. During each of these placements, you will act as part of a nursing or therapeutic team led by experienced supervisors. In addition, you will be visited regularly by university lecturers to help you reflect upon your hands-on experiences on the basis of nursing science and thus support your transfer of knowledge between theory and practice.

In total, you will spend 2,300 hours accumulating “hands-on learning”, partly in the form of preparatory simulation training at the university. You will complete at least 400 hours each in general acute nursing, general long-term nursing on wards and in peripatetic care. In addition, you will learn about further special areas of professional care, such as paediatrics and psychiatry, and gain insights into health-related provision structures.

The demand for nurses with a degree is going to increase in the future. Graduates will enjoy excellent career prospects and very good opportunities as nursing experts, and could also embark upon a scientific career.

Professional nursing is a meaningful, scientifically based, health-focused activity involving close contact with people. This degree programme prepares you to work in all areas of nursing practice. Nurses accompany and support people of all ages and their close contacts when they face potential or actual health problems and are in need of care. They promote good health, guard against illness, improve healing, and reduce suffering. They are responsible for transferring proven findings in international research into nursing practice. They might work, for example, in hospitals, care homes, doctors’ practices, mobile care services, children’s clinics or even sheltered accommodation. The often complex duties require good collaboration in teams with other health professionals.

Graduates can anticipate a dynamically evolving field of work, with a wide range of career opportunities and the possibility of progressing to a master’s programme in nursing education, nursing management, etc.

The health sector is being fundamentally overhauled in the face of changing demographics. New technologies and digitalisation are set to transform nursing and medicine in the future (aka “nursing 4.0”). This calls for experts who can accompany the process, also from a scientifically founded nursing perspective. Ultimately, the aim is to identify innovative solutions to benefit people in need of nursing and their carers.

Be a part of this innovation yourself!

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

Have you already completed vocational training as a geriatric, medical or paediatric nurse, or as a (general) care worker? If so, you can get almost all the modules covered during the first three semesters counted towards your degree and move straight into the fourth semester. Please contact the academic advisor for this degree programme if you would be interested in this option.

Special documents required to enrol as a student:

Professional nursing carries a great deal of responsibility, working with people in need of help at critical stages of life. Before enrolling (at the latest) on this course, you must therefore provide evidence of your state of health (health certificate) and of your reliability for performing this duty (police certificate of conduct). The most straightforward way of proving your state of health is to print out our standard form and ask your GP to complete and sign it. To obtain a police certificate of conduct, you can either apply in person by presenting your ID card or passport to your local registration authority, or use the online application service provided by the Federal Department of Justice. Your certificate will usually arrive by post within one or two weeks. For further details, please consult the Federal Department of Justice website.

We subscribe 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.

To hone your intercultural skills, we expect you to undertake a 5‑week nursing internship abroad during the 6th semester, which can be extended on an individual bass to last for up to two months. It is up to you which country you choose. This experience enables you to get to know a different health system and enriches your experiences in hands-on nursing. In addition, you can also choose to study abroad during your 6th semester before starting your internship. To help prepare you for going abroad, a course in English for your professional purposes is offered during the 5th semester.
Are you interested in learning more about our international aspirations and the options for you to study abroad? Then we invite you to check out our international webpages.

Master's degree programmes

Graduates from this bachelor’s degree programme can go on to study on the following master’s degree programme at Kempten University of Applied Sciences:

Bursary

The Free State of Bavaria has launched a bursary scheme for nursing students. Anyone who has started studying on a primary nursing degree programme at a Bavarian university (traditional or applied sciences) qualifies for this grant. You simply need to apply to the Bavarian State Office for Nursing (Bayerisches Landesamt für Pflege – LfP) – there are no hardship or age-related criteria. Thus all students studying for their primary nursing qualification can expect to receive a grant of € 600 per month from their second semester on. The relevant forms can be found on the LfP’s website. This state funding is offered for up to three years. For further information and assistance with applications, please contact your academic advisor.

 

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Further details about the degree programme

Qualification as a registered nurse

Kempten University of Applied Sciences awards students who successfully complete the programme the academic title Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.). Graduates with this degree are entitled to apply to the Swabian government for a permit formally admitting them to the nursing profession.

Contacts

We know how exciting the prospect of going to university can be. So we want you to know whom you can get in touch with if you have any questions about studying with us.

Contact for prospective students

  • University Student Advisory Service

For general questions about studying and applications, please contact 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

Alina Peukert

Tel.: +49 (0)831 2523-9558

Email: pflege(at)hs-kempten.de

FAQ

Why should I study rather than train vocationally?

Knowledgeable experts are increasingly in demand in nursing. The complexity of demands has been increasing for years, and scientific findings in international nursing research urgently need to be transferred. As such, this bachelor’s degree programme in “Nursing” isn’t perceived as competition to vocational training in nursing – but rather as a complementary route to meet the demands currently placed on nursing teams.

One advantage of this degree programme is that you aren’t tied to one specific facility during your training. Instead, you get the chance to sample a range of different areas. The regular practical stints in different facilities will help you to get to know the nursing market and to identify your particular area of interest.

This bachelor’s degree will also enable you to work and pursue a career elsewhere in Europe.

And let’s be honest… Meeting new people, going out on the town with fellow students, zipping around Kempten and its surroundings for free on the bus, enjoying a coffee on campus, getting to know students on other degree programmes at university events, or sharing your interests and ideas with other like-minded members of student clubs and initiatives – doesn’t that sound like fun?

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

Very good! At the moment, the number of places on this degree programme is not capped. This means that you will certainly be offered a place if you apply for one and are eligible to study at university (with a senior secondary school certificate, e.g. “Abitur” or subject-specific “Fachabitur”, or as a formally trained worker). Further information on Applications.

Are there any special entry requirements?

Besides being eligible to study at a university (with a senior secondary school certificate, e.g. “Abitur” or subject-specific “Fachabitur”, or as a formally trained worker), you must submit certificates of robust health (health certificate) and good conduct (police clearance certificate). Click this link to check the Entry requirements.

The most straightforward way of proving your state of health is to print out our standard form and ask your GP to complete and sign it. To obtain a certificate of conduct, you can either apply in person by presenting your ID card or passport to your local registration authority, or use the online application service provided by the Federal Department of Justice . Your certificate will usually arrive by post within one or two weeks. For further details, please consult the Federal Department of Justice website.

I would like to start studying as soon as I complete my vocational training. Is this possible?

Yes, as long as you are eligible to study at university (with a senior secondary school certificate, e.g. “Abitur” or subject-specific “Fachabitur”, or as a formally trained worker). You can find further details under Entry requirements.

I have completed vocational training, but I don’t have a college/school leaving certificate for entering higher education. Can I apply nonetheless?

Yes, as long as you are eligible to study at university (with a senior secondary school certificate, e.g. “Abitur” or subject-specific “Fachabitur”, or as a formally trained worker). You can find further details under Entry requirements.

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 relevant basic vocational training that lasted at least two years plus at least three years of primary professional experience thereafter. You can find further details under Entry requirements for candidates with vocational training.

You must attend an individual consultation in order to be admitted. Simply email pflege(at)hs-kempten.de for advice.

What benefit will I gain from studying if I’m already a vocationally qualified nurse?

Nursing staff must fundamentally enjoy working with people and on (health) issues. However, professional nursing work must also be based on scientific findings.

Scientifically trained nursing staff accompany and support people at all stages of life facing potential or actual health problems, using scientifically based methods. They are responsible for transferring proven findings in international research into nursing practice. The bachelor’s degree programme in nursing at Kempten University of Applied Sciences provides scientifically based professional training that focuses on the future.

While studying on this degree programme, you will learn how to:

  • Design and deploy highly complex, scientifically founded care processes
  • Independently assimilate nursing-related research and use the findings to solve problems
  • Advise people in need of care and their close contacts, based on scientific findings and under ethical considerations
  • Analyse innovative approaches and new technologies critically, and implement these appropriately in practice
  • Help hone quality using advanced knowledge and tangibly influence healthcare and nursing.

You will earn the academic title Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in addition to your existing vocational qualification as a nurse, which opens up many further options for your personal development, e.g. studying for a master’s degree.

I have already completed vocational training or relevant professional development / additional training. Can I get any of this counted towards the degree?

If you have already trained in elderly care, or in medical, paediatric or general nursing, you can get almost all the modules covered during the first three semesters counted towards your degree and move straight into the fourth semester. Elements of your practical work experience can also be counted. Please get in touch with the academic advisor for your degree programme .

If you have trained for a different vocation, the decision depends entirely on the individual circumstances, which the university will need to consider. Skills acquired outside university might be recognisable if the subject matter, scope and level are deemed equivalent to modules on your intended degree programme. This is seldom the case, which is why recognition tends to be the exception.

If you are unsure about getting skills credited, you can ask the academic advisor for the degree programme in the first instance. After that, you would need to apply for credit points via Academic Registry. They can also provide you with the relevant form. Any skills acquired outside the university that are recognised will not be awarded a grade, as the different scales are not comparable.

I have already completed a degree programme, or started one. Can I get any of this counted towards the degree?

This depends entirely on the individual circumstances. As a general rule, we are obliged to count skills that you have acquired at a university, unless there is a considerable difference between the skills that you have acquired and those attached to the target module in our degree programme. So you must check precisely which of the modules that you have previously completed match those in our degree programme.

If you are unsure about getting skills credited, you can ask the academic advisor for the degree programme in the first instance. After that, you would need to apply for credit points via Academic Registry. They can also provide you with the relevant form.

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 programme in health services management for example.

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. There is potential for an appointment at salary band 9b under the Public Service Wage Agreement (“TVöD”), for example. Fundamentally, facilities interested in specialist nursing/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, decent salaries can also be found in those segments.

Is it possible to study this degree programme part-time as a professional, part-time per se, or remotely?

You can only study this degree programme full-time on site. 

What is the timetable like? When are lectures held?

This varies from one semester to the next. The schedule for modules and classes is set one to two months in advance of each semester, and you can inspect it once you are accepted and have enrolled on the degree programme. As this is a full-time degree programme, you must reckon with classes being scheduled for each day of the week, even if there is sometimes one day without. In rare cases, there might be a block of classes on a weekend (freeing up more time during the week as a result).

Most semesters contain a block of lectures, followed by several weeks’ hands-on experience, a lecturing period, practical stints and completely free periods. See: Degree programme structure.

 

Is attending classes obligatory?

Only the practice sessions in the simulation room are subject to compulsory attendance, as they count towards the practical element of the programme. This doesn’t apply to theory-based lectures and classes, but we strongly recommend attending these, too. 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 attendance 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>

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

You can check the dates in the calendar . The practical stints each run partly into the breaks between semesters.

Is the degree programme very theoretical, or will I also gain hands-on experience?

It’s not all theory-based. From the very start right through to the end, you will regularly attend highly practical training sessions to hone skills and work through simulations in a realistic but risk-free environment – the Skills Lab. The simulation aspect prepares you optimally for everyday nursing. And you will already complete a five-week internship in a care home or hospital during the first semester. If you’re now wondering whether you will be ready for “real life” nursing after a single semester of theory – you are right to do so. Nursing day in, day out is challenging. However, you don’t have to worry about starting the practical unit, as the degree programme is designed to prepare students well for going out into the field. The facility where you’re an intern will assign you a mentor who will ease you into assuming your professional duties as professional nurse/carer. The university will also assign you an internship mentor, who will visit your workplace at least once per semester.

When are the practical stages, and how long are they each semester?

The practical stages during the first two semesters start at the end lecturing period and examinations. From the third semester on, you will alternate between classes / training in the Skills Lab and internships.

Internships generally last for five weeks (166 hours). By the time you graduate, you should have accrued at least 2,300 hours of practical experience (including the training sessions in the Skills Lab). Trained internship mentors in our partner institutions support you, help you to progress with your learning, and regularly check your skills and abilities.

Where do internships take place?

You will complete internships in our partner hospitals, elderly care homes and with mobile nursing/care providers. These include the three major medical complexes in the Allgäu (Kaufbeuren, Kempten, Memmingen) and long-term or mobile nursing services. You can complete more than one internship in the same facility if it runs various services and covers a range of roles. However, if you’d like to keep on exploring new avenues, that’s also possible. You aren’t tied to any specific institution, allowing you to sample many different departments and facilities, and to gain a very broad picture of nursing and care roles.

Do you earn money as an intern?

The Free State of Bavaria has launched a bursary scheme for nursing students. Anyone who has started studying on a primary nursing degree programme at a Bavarian university (traditional or applied sciences) qualifies for this grant. You simply need to apply to the Bavarian State Office for Nursing (Bayerisches Landesamt für Pflege – LfP) – there are no hardship or age-related criteria. Thus all students studying for their primary nursing qualification can expect to receive a grant of € 600 per month from their second semester on. The relevant forms can be found on the LfP’s website. This state funding is offered for up to three years. For further information and assistance with applications, please contact your academic advisor at pflege(at)hs-kempten.de.

Can I spend a semester abroad?

Yes, you can do that – the 6th semester works best. Alternatively, you will be offered the chance to spend a 5-week internship gaining hands-on experience abroad during that semester. It is up to you which country you choose.

Are lectures also presented in English? If so, how many – and do I also have to take exams in English?

This degree programme is taught in German. In some cases, a course might also be offered in English, in which case this would also apply to the exam. But this really shouldn’t cause you to worry, as this really happens very rarely – so far mainly as an elective option – and the English that you learned in school, even it was a long time ago, is entirely sufficient.

Furthermore, “English for professional purposes” is taught during the 5th semester. In addition, you can take courses run by the Language Centre , which include seminars focusing on presentation skills, dialogue or help with writing in English.

What does the course cost?

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 a very modest sum for photocopying, buying books. There might also be (similarly low) costs for field trips, which are heavily subsidised by the university.