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Many nurses look to work in Germany.
Over the years, Germany has become a very attractive country for foreign nurses looking to work abroad. It’s no secret that many nurses have been thinking about working in Germany during their careers.
Germany is considered by many to be one of the best countries in Europe to work in and has a reputation for having an excellent standard of living. Many nurses want to experience life in another European country, and learning German makes that possible, as it opens doors all over Europe.
The employer pays for your language course, but you will have to pay for the exam at your own expense.
In most cases, the employer will pay for the language course. The exam fees vary from center to center and have to be paid at your own expense.
Once you have passed the exam, you are entitled to work as a qualified nurse in Germany. You can find an overview of all examination centers in Germany here:
If you already speak German, you can do a nursing course in Germany.
If you’re fluent in German, you can do a nursing course in Germany.
There are three courses available:
- The one-year “Nursing Assistant” course that allows you to work on wards under the supervision of a nurse
- The two-year “Health and Nursing Assistant” course which provides the same scope of practice as the one year course, but also includes training in care for the elderly and disabled.
- The three-year “Registered Nurse” course which allows you to work autonomously as a registered nurse, including taking blood and providing IV therapy. This is an equivalent qualification to that offered in Ireland and other countries.
Your degree certificate will be recognized in Germany with no problems.
In Germany, nursing is a protected profession and the regulations for this are set out in the Professional Code for Nursing (Berufsordnung für die Krankenpflege). As a foreign nurse, you will have to undergo an assessment of your qualifications and professional experience. This process is called recognition of your nursing degree in Germany. Contrary to common belief, German employers are often far more interested in your previous work experience than in a degree from a German university.
You may need to take an exam to bridge gaps in knowledge (e.g. anatomy).
If you are a qualified nurse, you may need to take a bridging course or an exam to bridge gaps in knowledge (e.g. anatomy). For example, if you’re coming from the US, it may be necessary to take a small supplementary course at uni and sit an exam.
How much will it cost?
This depends on the state you’re studying in, but self-sponsored students can expect to pay around €1,000 per month for living costs, plus student accommodation and other related costs.
What do I need to apply?
You’ll usually be asked for: certificates of qualifications; proof of language proficiency; details of previous education or work experience; and motivation letter outlining why you would like to study nursing in Germany
Nursing courses are usually provided by private institutions.
The nursing courses are usually provided by private institutions. Usually, the courses are offered at different levels, such as bachelor’s, master’s and PhD levels. If you want to study online, then there is an option to do that as well. Some of the private institutions offering nursing degrees in Germany are:
- University of Applied Sciences Europe
- SRH Hochschule Berlin
- International University – Bad Honnef
To work as a nurse in Germany, you may need to do a course or an exam in the country
- Recognition of your qualifications
If you want to work as a nurse in Germany, you may need to do a course or an exam in the country. This depends on whether your foreign qualifications are recognised or not.
- Language skills
You will find it easier to work as a nurse if you speak German. Even if your qualification is recognised, knowledge of German is usually required to get a job. Many hospitals offer language courses for nursing staff from abroad. If you are planning to take up nursing in Germany, you should think about learning the language first. Check out the Goethe-Institut website for more information on where and how to learn German. You can also visit the websites of other language schools in Germany and worldwide. There are also special language courses for nurses, such as those offered by german-academy . These courses focus specifically on medical terminology and nursing practice, but they can be expensive – and their quality is not always good enough for working in Germany. It might be better for you to take an intensive course which qualifies you for admission to university studies (i.e., level C1 of the CEFR) before moving onto one of our higher education institutions with “preparatory college” programs taught exclusively in German that will prepare you for studying nursing at universities later on down the line (see below). We recommend that before enrolling with any provider that offers these services, contact them directly and ask what kind of material they use during their courses and who teaches them (i.e., native speakers).