Frequently asked questions

Do you have questions regarding this vocational training? In the following we collected answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) for you.

How much will I earn?

As an officially recognised school for geriatric nursing the Akademie für Gesundheitsberufe (academy for health professions) will not be charging school fees.

1. year of training: ca. 820 Euro + shift bonus and general bonus
2. year of training: ca. 880 Euro + shift bonus and general bonus
3. year of training: ca. 990 Euro + shift bonus and general bonus

Initial salary: ca. 2100 Euro + allowances

These amounts are gross amounts and vary with collective labour contract.

When will the lessons take place?

Lessons are from Monday to Friday. They usually start at 8am and end at 3:30pm. This may also apply for school holidays under certain circumstances.

How is the theoretical education structured?

The contents of the theoretical education are diverse. They cover nursing, social science and scientific as well as economic, political and legal topics.

The lessons are not divided into classic subjects but are topic related, in so called modules. Modules are self-contained learning units which will qualify you for concrete working processes and specific procedures. Especially important is the aspect of empathizing with other people, the so called empathy. This too will be discussed in the theoretical lessons.

How is the vocational training structured?

The lessons are held in blocks, one block lasts at least six weeks. In between the blocks are periods of practical training.

What skills are expected?

During your vocational training at kbs problem-, action-, and experience-oriented lessons are to be expected, which require pleasure in working with people, a high level of commitment and enjoyment of new learning content and learning methods.

Who will teach me?

Predominantly you will be taught by kbs' teachers. Specialists for certain domains complete the theoretical education.

Are there exams during the vocational training?

During the vocational training are several examinations.

At the end of your probationary period there will be a practical, written and oral examination. At the end of the basis schedule (initial two years of training) you will be re-examined in those domains. 

Of course learning assessments will be held during your vocational training to help you objectify your state of knowledge.

How long is the probationary period?

The Act on nursing care schedules a probationary period of six months.

Where will my practical experiences take place?

Collectively 1,300 hours will be completed during the basic schedule (initial two years of training) in the domains internal medicine, geriatrics, neurology, gynaecology, pediatrics, and newborn care under curative (healing), rehabilitative and palliative (alleviating) aspects. These include 500 hours in ambulatory care.

The differentiation phase (third year of training), containing 700 hours, includes working in  the domains of internal medicine, surgery, and psychiatry. The practical experiences take place in different places, this requires a high level of flexibility.

Who will supervise my practical training?

For the practical training qualified mentors resp. practical instructors are available in your institution.

Standardised guidelines for vocational training, communication skills and assessment sheets help optimizing your education.

What will the final exam be like?

The final examination consists of three parts:

The practical examination, where you will prove that you are able to carry out the tasks of process-oriented nursing care in a group of patients. A written examination where you will have to recognize, comprehend and evaluate caring situations. And an oral examination where you will demonstrate that you are able to support, advise and instruct among other things.

When will I have vacation?

Vacation will be planned by the school in consideration of theoretical and practical blocks.