Nursing Diploma

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In Austria, the general diploma for health and nursing is a state-awarded diploma . The corresponding job title is Diplomierter health and nursing , respectively health graduates and nurse (short and diploma nurses and graduate nurse ), also commonly Certificate care person respectively qualified nursing staff .


The three-year training comprises 4,600 hours, at least half of which is spent on practical training and at least a third on theoretical training. Theoretical training will be completed by the end of 2023 in a technical school for general health and nursing care (see also: List of nursing schools in Austria ), the practical training in various care facilities, e.g. in hospitals, nursing homes and in home nursing. The diploma is awarded after successful completion of 36 individual exams, six theoretical individual diploma examinations and one practical diploma examination; In addition, a departmental thesis must be written on a nursing-related topic. The abbreviation DGKP (qualified health and nurse) or DGKS (qualified health and nurse) may not be used as a title before or after the name; an entry in a document as a title is not possible.

With the amendment to the Health and Nursing Act 2016, qualified nurses are increasingly being trained at universities of applied sciences that enable Bachelor degrees at various levels according to the National Qualifications Framework (NQF); for example as a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Health Studies. From 2024, training in the higher-level service for health and nursing will only be possible in this way. There is the possibility of an individual study at the University of Vienna as well as a Bachelor's degree in Graz and at the private universities in Krems, Salzburg and Hall in Tirol ( private university for health sciences, medical informatics and technology UMIT).

Training content

The basic professional skills in child and youth care as well as nursing and care for the elderly and knowledge of handling medical information and documentation systems are taught. The training catalog includes, among other things, first aid, knowledge of technical language and job-specific legal bases; Nursing history, evaluation and documentation as well as nursing classification systems, basic and specialist knowledge of medicine, psychology, social work and education, medical technology and laboratory methods; Obstetrics, intensive care, artificial nutrition, palliative care, complementary care measures; psychosocial and nursing advice; Team leadership; assistance with medical interventions and ordination; Knowledge of the human sciences, particularly anatomy and physiology.


In addition to good to very good knowledge of German ( level B2 / C1 ), other interdisciplinary professional skills such as discretion, empathy, leadership skills, frustration tolerance, problem-solving and conflict-resilience as well as physical resilience are prerequisites for working in the high-level service for health and nursing .

Possible burdens

Working in health and nursing can be associated with various stresses. These include, for example, shift work including night and weekend shifts , the risk of infection and the psychological stress caused, among other things, by confrontation with human suffering and the pressure of responsibility. For nurses, occupational care work is considered to be heavy work within the meaning of the Heavy Labor Ordinance and the related professional list.


The qualification only entitles the holder to study at universities or technical colleges if the general higher education entrance qualification ( AHS, BHS ) is available or a vocational maturity examination or university entrance qualification examination is taken. With appropriate professional experience, it is possible to attend relevant university courses and postgraduate courses. These often end with the academic degree MAS , which is carried after the name. A distinction between courses of a university character and standard studies is no longer possible for those who are not practiced because of the Bologna Process and the titles of the same name.

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Individual evidence

  1. Federal Law on Health and Nursing Professions, Section 41; accessed on January 14, 2020
  2. a b Schools of Health and Nursing. education; accessed on January 14, 2020
  3. a b c d Job information system: Graduate health and nurse. AMS Austria, as of December 11, 2019; accessed on January 15, 2020
  4. Health and social professions - qualified health and nursing. AK Upper Austria ; accessed on April 14, 2019
  5. Heavy Labor Ordinance, Federal Law Gazette II No. 104/2006. RIS , accessed November 12, 2010 .
  6. Heavy work complete list. (Flipbook) Austrian Social Insurance , November 2014, accessed on December 4, 2015 .