Germany’s first University for Healthcare courses start
The first ever state University for Healthcare (“Hochschule für Gesundheit”) in Germany began its teaching programme at a ceremony on 20 September 2010. The University management and teaching staff greeted the first 200 students to their degree courses in occupational therapy, midwifery, speech therapy, nursing care and physiotherapy at an opening ceremony in the German Mining Museum.
In addition to Bochum’s Lord Mayor Dr. Ottilie Scholz, the North Rhine-Westphalian Minister for Innovation, Science and Research Mrs Svenja Schulze and the Secretary of State for Health, Emancipation, Care and Senior Citizens NRW Marlis Bredehorst welcomed the new students.
The Hochschule für Gesundheit in Germany is embarking on real pioneer work with its new range of degree courses: for the first time it is now possible to study courses to first degree level in one of five different healthcare professions which now lead to a Bachelor of Science degree.
The interdisciplinary nature of the studies will be one of the key characteristics at the University. Until they finally move into the University building on the Healthcare campus North Rhine-Westphalia in the year 2013 they are using space at Universitätsstrasse 105 where there are lecture theatres for the theoretical part as well as seminar rooms with therapy, hospital and intensive ward beds. This is where the students learn the practical aspects of their subjects.
Parallel to their studies, the students also attain the requirements for professional accreditation in their particular field. The University’s cooperation partners organise internships or apprenticeships in clinics, practices or in other healthcare establishments. This enables the University to offer their students the chance to gain both of the qualifications at a high scientific level after seven or eight semesters. For the future the Hochschule für Gesundheit is planning to offer continuing education courses and follow-on masters degree courses.