The overarching objective of the course is to acquire expanded practical nursing expertise to take on highly complex nursing, scientific and organizational tasks in the various fields of nursing. The close interlinking of evidence-based knowledge and specific clinical relevance in the course of study enables students to guarantee outcome-oriented health care for users in the respective field of activity.

The course follows the nursing science concept of Advanced Nursing Practice. It is based on in-depth and expanded care and support practice for those in need of care and their families in order to optimize treatment results in a targeted manner.


The five-semester extra-occupational course in Advanced Nursing Practice always begins in the summer semester and ends with a Master of Science (M.Sc.).

The combined course consists of about 2/3 of self-study sections and about 1/3 of face-to-face events. The course content, which is the subject of lectures in traditional courses, is conveyed in media-supported self-study phases with didactically prepared learning letters. In order to deepen the learning content, full-day face-to-face events are usually held in small groups on every second Saturday in the semester, in which the students deepen their knowledge in specific skills lab exercises, case studies and journal clubs and apply it in a practice-oriented manner.

In addition to the face-to-face events, there is a lively exchange between students and teachers in courses and forums on the ILIAS online platform.

1st semester

  • Professional care process design 
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research
  • Design of supply processes in an interdisciplinary context
  • Clinical Leadership

2 semesters

  • Concept and role development of Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Evidence Based Nursing (EBN)
  • Advice and intervention in highly complex nursing fields of activity
  • Project management and organizational development

3rd semester

  • Subject-related research project I
  • Case management for vulnerable population groups
  • Law in health and social services

4th semester 

  • Subject-related research project II
  • Supply process design in an international context
  • Health economics and quality management in health and social services

5th semester 

  • Master's thesis and colloquium


  • A completed university degree (Bachelor or comparable in the field of nursing, health or social sciences) 
  • An existing professional license for the professions of health and nursing, health and children's nursing or care for the elderly, or as a nurse and as a nurse 
  • At least one year of relevant professional experience in nursing practice with at least 25% job share (proof must be provided by a corresponding certificate from the facility)


Graduates can work directly in the care of users and their formal and informal support systems and ensure evidence-based and independent control and coordination of health care.

Clinical nursing experts have the opportunity to work in all areas of nursing (e.g. community-based care) in order to further develop nursing care practice in a quality-oriented manner by transferring research results into their practical area of ??activity and thus as a link between nursing science and -praxis act.

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