FH Kärnten

Healthcare and Nursing (Gesundheits- und Krankenpflege)

  • BSc
  • Full-time
  • German
  • 6 Semester
  • Klagenfurt - St.Veiter Straße
  • 108

Social change processes, such as demographic change and socio-cultural shifts, but above all increasing cost pressure, place new demands on nursing staff and their professional self-image. As a consequence, health and nursing education is also challenged to redesign itself. There is a need for an equally practice-oriented and scientifically oriented range of courses at university level, in order to be able to prepare the upper level of the health and nursing service adequately for current and future developments in practice. Accordingly, the bachelor's degree program in "Healthcare and Nursing" offers a sound basic education on a scientific basis and with a high degree of practical relevance.

The degree program "Healthcare and Nursing" of the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences offers a sound, generalistic basic education that prepares students in the best possible way for the new tasks, competences and responsibilities of the higher service in health and nursing and provides the prerequisites for specialization trainings that deepen or broaden competences.

Graduates of the CUAS bachelor's degree program acquire the professional competence for the exercise of their profession, which includes subject and methodological competence as well as instrumental and technical competence. The professional competence is divided into the following competences, derived from the task areas of nursing: 

  • Individual-related competence: Graduates learn to apply their well-founded abilities and skills in the areas of competence (core competence in nursing, competence in medical diagnostics and therapy as well as competence in multi-professional care teams) of professional nursing to individuals, families and groups. They are able to perform demanding and complex nursing tasks and take over the professional management in nursing practice. They also have the skills to work in a multi-professional team.
  • Organisational competence: Graduates can effectively and efficiently apply their knowledge of business administration, organisation theory and business management to their work in health care and nursing and weigh up professional ethics, economic efficiency and individuality in decision-making.
  • Sociopolitical competence: Graduates are able to introduce the nursing perspective on health, functional impairment or damage, illness, dying or death into the socio-political discourse and to participate in or organize relevant events, actions, working groups, programs and projects. They also have the competence to perceive the range of tasks of health promotion and prevention - especially in schools, childcare facilities, companies and communities - and to develop innovative concepts for these areas.

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted into a bachelor degree program at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences at least one of the following criteria must be fulfilled:
• Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Austrian ‘Matura’ or an equivalent international certificate)
• Higher education (University) entrance examination certification
• Vocational higher education (University) entrance examination
• Vocational (VET) diploma examination (vocational apprenticeship or completion of at least a 3-year vocational secondary school) with additional exams
Moreover, there are degree program specific additional prerequisites as well as more comprehensive information regarding admissions on the individual web pages of the corresponding degree program. The German University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule) entrance qualification certificate is only valid as an admission prerequisite for an Austrian UAS/FH bachelor degree program when combined with an applicable vocational certificate.
Later submission of required documents
Persons in their last year of school may apply for a study place in a bachelor degree program before taking their secondary school-leaving exams by submitting their most current secondary school grade/marks report. The secondary school-leaving certificate must be submitted during the registration process at the beginning of the semester.


Application mode:

Application time:
1.11. - 15.05.

Appointment for the admissions process:
The written ranking tests will take place online starting in January.

Admission procedure:
Two-stage admission procedure: 1. written ranking test, 2. personal interview & small group - assessment;

Start of studies:
Winter semester

Study information days:
Study counselling: ongoing • FH Days, Campus Days, Info-Sessions - please check the calendar of events on our website

Tuition fee:
363,36 Euro + ÖH Austrian Students Union Fee (about € 20,-, annual adjustment) per semester

Yes, second 4 weeks, third 10 weeks, fourth 14 weeks and fifth semester 15 weeks.

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