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Hochschule Bremen

International Degree Programme in Nursing (B.Sc.) - Primary Qualification

Course leaflet as pdf document

Course Start
winter- and summer semester

Application Period
summer semester 2021:
15 Dezember 2020 until 28 February 2021
Winter semester 2021/22:
01 until 31 July 2021

Entry Requirements
General university entry qualification ("Abitur") or restricted university entry qualification ("Fachhochschulreife") or classification test/special admission

> Knowledge of English at level B1.2 according to the European Language Reference Framework. (Students can acquire the necessary English language skills during their course of studies. Corresponding evidence must be submitted by the end of the 4th semester at the latest).

Course Duration
8 semesters including the bachelor thesis and a compulsory one semester period spent in a foreign country during semester 5

Language of instruction
Information about German language certificates for international applicants

Bachelor of Science

  • 3 - Social Sciences and Media Studies

  • Contact Person
    Inquires on course content / Program Leader
    Name Phone E-Mail
    Zündel, Matthias, Prof. Dr. +49 421 5905 2192  send
    International Relations Office
    Name Phone E-Mail
    Grünewald, Jana, M.A. +49 421 5905 3188  send

    Regulations and Guidelines

  • Examination Regulations

    Recognition of Previously Acquired Qualifications
    It is possible to apply for skills and knowledge acquired outside the higher education sector to be credited to selected modules of the International Degree Programme in Nursing. Eligible for recognition in this context are language competences (English), experience abroad and international profile, completed vocational training in the field of nursing, e.g. general, geriatric or paediatric nurse as well as further training.

    In order to check whether such competences can be recognised, a corresponding application must be submitted to the examination board of the degree programme. The applicant must name the competences for which recognition is sought, which must be clearly defined and well documented. The possibilities of recognition are then examined individually by the examination board.
    Individual counselling and advice is available year-round from the programme leader.
    Learning Outcomes
    The International Degree Programme in Nursing B.Sc. at the Hochschule Bremen (HSB) teaches competences for the independent and process-oriented care of people of all ages and in all the care sectors.

    Graduates are able to critically reflect on their activities on the basis of scientific findings, to develop them further and to take on new tasks and challenges under their own responsibility.

    The successfully completed programme leads to two distinct qualifications – a Bachelor of Science degree as well as a state recognised vocational training in the nursing profession.

    The full-time study programme is legally framed by the Pflegeberufereformgesetz (Nursing Reform Act) and the related vocational training and examination ordinances in compliance with Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications issued by the European Parliament and the Council (September 7, 2005).

    Study Schedule (Overview)
    Sole responsibility for the entire study programme, including the work-based learning components, lies with the HSB (primary qualification). The HSB is responsible for quality assurance and compliance with academic standards, in particular for implementation of the course offerings, development of content, didactical methods and learning outcomes as well as for the programme structure and timetable. The combination of theory and practice is an essential element of the study programme.

    Semesters 1–4.

    The study programme begins in the first semesters with the basic topics, skills and competences relevant for professional nursing in the context of body care. This includes the ability to grasp and describe nursing circumstances and to communicate them adequately to care recipients and their relatives. Nursing needs and resources are determined by means of assessments that form the basis for professionally and scientifically framed nursing care based on care diagnoses and subsequent interventions. Care plans are realised and evaluated within the framework of the work-based modules.

    In the third semester, students deepen these competences on the basis of acute care situations from which the care recipient can be expected to recover.

    From the fourth semester onwards, they learn to adopt a biographical orientation towards the care recipient – beginning with childhood development and the special features of care at the beginning of life, through the long-term accompaniment of people who are repeatedly or permanently dependent on nursing care, to accompaniment in situations of approaching death. This takes place against the background of the different care sectors as well as the care recipient’s psyche and given physical and cognitive resources. The complexity of the cases involved is gradually increased so that students are prepared for the care, control and evaluation of highly complex care processes.

    Semester 5 – Study Abroad

    The fifth semester is spent studying at a host institution abroad.

    Semesters 6 – 8

    In the sixth, seventh and eighth semesters, the previously acquired competences are further developed – both in the work-based modules and in academic studies. In addition, students deepen their knowledge in the areas of ethics and law. They learn how to identify potential for further development in the practice, and in teamwork to co-design as well as actively participate in processes of change.

    The state examinations for recognition of the professional title of nurse (in accordance with the requirements of the Pflegeberufereformgesetz [Nursing Reform Act] and the related vocational training and examination ordinances) are at the same time module examinations. These are written examinations in the modules 6.1, 7.1 and 8.1, an oral examination in module 7.2, and work-based practical examinations in modules 8.2 or 8.3.

    The programme is completed in the eighth semester with the bachelor’s thesis and the corresponding colloquium.
    Career Prospects
    Nursing care is a fast growing service sector in Germany. Owing to demographic and epidemiological developments, together with structural changes and qualitatively changing, increasingly sophisticated requirements for care and an increasingly complex care structure, there is a strong demand for highly qualified nursing staff – both in outpatient and inpatient care facilities as well as in hospitals.
    Graduates of the International Degree Programme in Nursing receive a double qualification that is recognised throughout Europe: the state examination with the professional title of nurse, as well as a bachelor's degree.
    The academic qualification opens up prospects that up to now have been taken up by other occupational groups. For example, in addition to nursing care for people of all ages in all sectors of health care, highly qualified specialists are also much sought after in the areas of counselling care recipients and care-giving relatives, the training of staff, as well as the planning and networking of health and nursing care services, etc.
    In addition to good career prospects for graduates of the International Nursing Course in the German and European health care system, the international orientation also opens up career opportunities elsewhere.

    Connectivity to the Master's Programme
    Graduates of the international bachelor's programme in nursing at the HSB are assured access to the master's programme ‘Community and Family Health Nursing’ at the University of Bremen, as well as the opportunity to have 135 credits recognised in the programme of teacher education for vocational training in the field of nursing offered at the University of Bremen. For this purpose, the University of Bremen has secured access for graduates of the International Course of Studies in Nursing via its own curriculum.
    Orientation to the Practice
    Work placement modules are an integral part of each semester of the study programme. A total of 13 placement modules are to be completed in various health care facilities during the eight-semester study period.

    The placement modules are coordinated and overseen by the HSB, which has formal cooperation agreements in place with its practice partners, e.g. clinics, outpatient nursing services, counselling centres etc. and provides appropriate accompaniment. (The students do not enter into any training contracts with the health care institutions involved.)
    The connections between theory and practice are an essential component for the success of the studies. They are shaped by the model of ‘work-based learning’ developed by Dehnbostel and adapted for nursing by Darmann-Finck and Muths (*).

    The model of ‘work-based learning’ forms the basis for competence building within the framework of the placement modules.

    1. Work-based learning: learning and competence building within the framework of practical work processes, e.g. through specific work and learning tasks, ‘bedside teaching’, learning through instruction and guidance.

    2. Work-related learning: learning through reflection on professional experiences in combination with formal and informal learning, e.g. through projects carried out in the practice, transfer tasks, collegial counselling, case management.

    3. Work-oriented learning: simulated learning situations as close to reality as possible, the ‘Skills Lab’ concept of practicing complicated courses of action on simulators, testing different options for action in simulated communication situations and reflecting on them by means of self-perception and perception by others.

    International Profile – Study Abroad
    Internationality shapes the profile of the HSB – for traditional specialist knowledge is no longer sufficient for today’s job market. The HSB has around 355 partner institutions of higher education located in over 60 countries worldwide. Every year about 600 students study abroad for one or two semesters.

    Outgoing Students

    The fifth semester is reserved for a stay at a foreign institution of higher education. Students can either visit a partner university of the ISPf or another of their own choice. During their stay, they have to complete three modules (18 ECTS): these have to be recognised by the HSB.
    In organisational terms, module 5.1 (preparation for the stay abroad) is brought forward and module 5.5 (follow-up to the stay abroad) takes place in block at the end of the fifth semester.
    Through their experience abroad, students are able to gain in-depth insights into other health and care systems, develop their inter-personal skills in respect of diversity at various levels and, last but not least, also improve their language skills.

    Incoming Students

    The programme is open for incoming students, and the modules 3.3, 5.1, 5.5 and course 7.3.2 are taught in English. Incoming students can therefore earn 21 ECTS credit points in subject -related offerings, which can be supplemented by further inter-university courses from the module pool of General Studies. The subject-related courses take place in the winter semester.
    Departmental International Office (DIO) - Fak. 3



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