Training as a nurse in Germany

start successfully in the new nursing training

The new training in nursing in Germany offers you excellent future opportunities. The nursing profession is future-proof, because nursing professionals are urgently needed in Germany. After completing the training, you can look forward to a wide range of fields of application and development opportunities in all areas of nursing, because a change between the nursing care areas is possible at any time after completing the generalistic nursing training. Vidacta accompanies you in your training and supports you in your career start.

The new generalistic nursing training

With the new Nursing Professions Act, since 2020 there has been a generalistic nursing training with the qualification “Nursing specialist”, which combines the previous professions of geriatric care, health and nursing and health and children's nursing. The generalistic nursing training enables trainees to care for people of all ages and levels of care as well as in all care areas. This is called generalism.

The dual training consists of a practical and a school part. The practical part is very diverse and varied due to the use in a hospital, in a care facility, in the outpatient care service as well as in the pediatric and psychiatric area. One of these areas of care can be chosen as a focus later in the training. This focus is called in-depth study. Thus, depending on the specialization, the training goal “geriatric nurse” or “health and child nurse” can be selected. After two years the trainees acquire a qualification as a nursing assistant or after three years complete the generalist nursing training with the professional qualification “nurse”. The qualification is automatically recognized in all countries of the European Union and the subsequent work entitles you to a permanent residence permit and secure prospects to stay in Germany.

Facts about nursing training


You are an important link between people in need of care, relatives and medical staff and support people in need of care with eating, getting dressed, personal hygiene and spending their free time.


After completing the nursing training, a variety of fields of application and development opportunities in all areas of nursing are possible. This is what makes generalistic nursing training so attractive.

Further development

You can acquire numerous additional qualifications in the company or through external training facilities, because a change between the nursing care areas is possible at any time with the generalistic professional qualification. Furthermore, there is the possibility within nursing to switch from operative to strategic management activities with a postgraduate course.


The nursing profession is future-proof, because as long as there are people, they will need care in case of illness. Furthermore a completed nursing training in Germany is officially approved by state and the following work entitles you to a permanent residence permit and thus a secure perspective to stay in Germany.

What are the admission requirements


As an applicant from third countries, you must apply for a visa at the embassy of your country. With the Skilled Workers Immigration Act, which came into force on March 1, 2020, simplified regulations apply to entry into Germany. So that your application is successful. Vidacta will be happy to assist you in choosing the right documents.

Recognition of your school-leaving qualification

In order to start training as a nurse in Germany, you must have at least an intermediate level qualification and an equivalent qualification. Vidacta will inform you about entry requirements for the training and support you with the admission process.

Knowledge of languages

You will also take on technically demanding nursing tasks during your training. Therefore, to start your training in Germany, you need sufficient knowledge of German, at least language level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

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