German for nurses

The health care sector in Germany is characterized by a "double demography problem" in the coming years.

On the one hand the number of people requiring care is growing due to the aging society. According to calculations by the Federal Statistical Office, the number of people requiring care in Germany will increase from 2.1 million in 2015 to 3.4 million by the year 2030.
On the other hand, a lack of 200,000 nurses is predicted for the year 2025.

The already noticeable shortage of skilled labor and the rising patient numbers require the recruitment of nurses from abroad to Germany. Often recruited caregivers from abroad already posses relatively good everyday communicative language skills. However, the lack of work-related German language skills and the lack of knowledge about communication structures often create misunderstandings and errors in the workflow.

In addition, there are also knowledge gaps in the professional field, which includes the expertise about the common German standards of caregiving as well as for instance the knowledge of the German health system.


Course Objectives

Successful communication in everyday work in German hospitals, nursing homes and doctors' offices to ensure quality-proved patient care, for effective inter-collegiate exchange and a long-term bond to the facility.

Course Offers

With service and HR department, the specific objectives will be determined. After the assessment of the oral and written language command of your employees, we create an customised offer tailored to the individual needs for group or individual courses. The spectrum ranges from short modules that focus on individual aspects such as pronunciation training, or the writing of documentations, to courses that aim for the achievement of a B1 or B2 level that can be optionally completed with a recognized specialist language exam in nursing and elderly care. The connection to the educational program of your facility serves as a close interlinking of professional linguistic and technical issues.


Course Contents

  • Communicating effectively with patients, doctors, colleagues and relatives

  • Understanding instructions, nursing anamnesis and dialogues around nursing

  • Creating written nursing records

  • Receptive and productive communication in hospitals and elderly care

  • Subject-specific pronunciation training

  • Medical terminology

  • Consolidating grammatical structures

  • Strategies for resolving conflicts and intercultural aspects (interference) factors

  • Introduction to the German health care system


Forms of courses

  • Internal in-house courses, on request supervision on duty

  • Group and individual training

  • Interactive, action-oriented and communicative, face-to-face trainings

  • Practical group and individual exercises via simulations of everyday nursing situations

  • On duty supervision to identify problem areas

  • Assistance in complaint cases

  • Exam preparation courses and conductin of the scaled telc exam B1/B2 German care by certified examiners

  • Workshops on intercultural competence in health care, also available for the German-speaking staff

  • Intensive coaching and supervision at the workplace by language trainers with years of
    experience in German nursing and medical communication

Course options

Open course:
4 lessons (each 45 min.) per week
Minimum booking 16 lessons/4 weeks from 245 €

Intensive course in 6 consecutive moduls:
60 lessons in 6 weeks – each module 840 €

Intensive course telc German B1/B2 Medical Recognition Examination:
40 lessons in 4 weeks – each module 580 €

Compact course – Weekend:
16 lessons Sa/So 245 €
Specialist courses

Depending on the course between 4 to maximal 10 participants

Detailed course plans can be found here.