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Dual study refers to combining practical work in a nursing facility (usually training as a nurse) with a course of study. The theoretical and practical parts of the program are roughly balanced: you gain both important specialized knowledge in university classes and practical experience in your daily work. 

The advantages of a dual nursing degree program are, for example: 

  • a steep learning curve through the constant combination of theory and practice,

  • easy financing of your education - you will receive a salary during your studies, and

  • two degrees in one: after graduation, you'll have vocational training and a bachelor's degree in your pocket.

The Nursing Specialist is a new training occupation that, as of January 2020, combines the training programs for health

care and nursing, geriatric nursing, and health care and pediatric nursing. The new training is generalistic. This means:

the trainees get to know all areas of nursing. 

Because nursing education is a bundled training program in nursing, nurses can later be employed in a

variety of caregiving occupations, which is why subsequent jobs can vary from workplace to workplace.

Home Nurse Examining Patient

Occupation in Elderly Care: 

If nursing professionals decide to take a job in geriatric care, they work in retirement homes or assisted living facilities, where they help seniors manage their daily lives. They provide them with support in personal hygiene and food intake as well as in taking medication, motivate them to engage in meaningful and supportive activities, and help them with personal matters, such as appointments with doctors or government offices.

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Occupation in (Pediatric) Nursing: 

In the field of nursing or pediatric nursing, nurse practitioners serve in residential or outpatient care in clinics or hospitals. There, they are responsible for the care and nursing of patients and carry out simple medical treatments - for example, they change dressings or administer IV infusions on doctors' orders. They also prepare surgical procedures, assist with treatments, and are responsible for managing patient records.

Physical Therapy

Occupation in the Field of Curative Education: 

As a nurse practitioner in special education nursing, your daily routine revolves around people with disabilities. In addition to nursing activities, the main goal is to support people with disabilities so that they can maintain their independence. To this end, nursing professionals plan outings and recreational activities. Curative education nurses find employment in social institutions, in nursing homes or with outpatient services.
Documentation of activities and administrative tasks: This activity is performed by nurse practitioners in every job description because it is important to monitor and document patient regression and progress. To do this, they carefully maintain patient records. Administrative tasks include billing for nursing services or reordering supplies or medications.


Structure of the Training

The training period spans 3 years and is divided into theoretical and practical hours. The theory is mainly carried out in school blocks, mostly 2 - 6 weeks. The practical phase is divided into 3 - 6 week blocks. Some training centers also hold weekly school days during the practical phase, where trainees attend classes.

Admission Requirements:

Access to the new nursing training program is also made possible through the successful completion of any other ten years of formal training. This includes both a completed ten-year school education that extends the secondary school certificate and another completed ten-year general school education. This provision is similar to the previous temporary opening clauses under the Elderly Care Act and the Nursing Care Act.

Vocational nursing training under the Nursing Professions Act may also be taken up by persons who, in addition to their secondary school leaving certificate, have successfully completed vocational training of at least two years' duration.

The applicant must not be unfit or undependable for training from a health point of view and must have the necessary knowledge of the German language to complete the training. The language skills required for the training shall be set at a lower level than the skills required for the practice of the profession pursuant to § 2 number 4.

The applicant can prove that there are no health issues preventing the training by means of a medical examination, reliability by submitting an extended certificate of good conduct, and knowledge of the German language by means of a language certificate.

In addition to an appropriate school degree, you can also score points with companies with good grades in these subjects:

Biology: disease and recovery constitute biological processes. So if you can show a "good" or "very good" grade in biology, you will demonstrate to apprenticeship positions that you have a basic knowledge of the human body.

Physics: A large part of the training to become a nurse includes medical and nursing subjects. These are often based on physical processes. So if you get good grades in physics, your chances of getting an internship are increased.

Chemistry: The effectiveness of drugs is based on biological-chemical relationships. Knowledge of chemistry will therefore help you to understand them. The training centers know this, too, so you can score points in your application with good grades in chemistry.

Math: Nursing education also requires you to have math skills, such as calculating patient care or preparing medications. Good grades in math, therefore, increase your chances of getting an apprenticeship.

German: As a trainee in nursing, you should also not be at a loss for words. Because: You explain nursing procedures to patients, for example, and prepare nursing and surgical protocols. Good grades in German, therefore, look impressive in your application for nursing training.

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