Healthcare worker and nurse training

Healthcare workers and nurses care for those who are ill and those needing care, carry out treatments or measures arranged by the doctors, assist in examinations and treatments and document patient data. The training provides the professional, personal, social and methodological skills. The Nursing Act (KrPflG) forms the foundation, as do the respective states of nursing science, medical and other related scientific findings.

The three-year training includes at least 2,500 hours of practice and 2,100 hours of theory taught by teachers and practical instructors. The practical assignments will be held in all the wards in the Theresienkrankenhaus and St. Hedwig-Klinik. Outpatient and psychiatric assignments are carried out with our partners. The final exam consists of a written, practical and oral exam. Thereafter, you have the opportunity to specialise, e.g. in the form of training as a geriatric or diabetes nurse, pain nurse, wound management, mentorship or ward manager. In addition, access to the "Applied Health Sciences" study programme is possible.

Training Content

The theoretical and practical tuition encompasses the following:

  1. Recognise, record and evaluate the nursing care situation in people from all age groups.
  2. Select, implement and evaluate nursing care measures. 
  3. Ensure expert support, advice and guidance with healthcare and nursing issues.
  4. Participate in the development and implementation of rehabilitation concepts and integrate them into the nursing care. 
  5. Ensure that the nursing care is centred on the person. 
  6. Implement care in line with nursing science findings. 
  7. Direct and guide the care quality criteria, legal frameworks, as well as economic and environmental principles. 
  8. Participate in medical diagnostics and therapy. 
  9. Initiate immediate life-saving measures until the doctor's arrival.
  10. Develop professional self-understanding and learn how to master the occupational demands.
  11. Try to influence the development of the nursing profession in a social context.
  12. Work together in groups and teams.

In the practical training, the knowledge acquired in class is applied and deepened. It is ensured by appropriate professionals and practical instructors and supported by the Vinzenz von Paul Schule. The practical assignments take place on all the wards in the Theresienkrankenhaus and St. Hedwig-Klinik Mannheim. Outpatient and psychiatric assignments are carried out together with our partners.


Applicants must have the following: 

  • Be physically and mentally fit to pursue the occupation 
  • Abitur (A-level/high school graduate diploma) or Fachhochschulreife (advanced technical college certificate) or 
  • General Certificate of Secondary Education or an equivalent, completed school education or 
  • Certificate of Secondary Education or an equivalent education and a
    a) successfully completed (at least two years) vocational training or
    b) successfully completed training of a minimum of one year in auxiliary nursing or geriatric auxiliary nursing


We need the following documentation for the application: 

  • A strong cover letter 
  • A current passport photograph 
  • A continuous curriculum vitae stating your religious denomination 
  • Copies of current references 
  • Internship certificates and work certificates, if available

Foreign applicants should please also bring the following documents with them: 

  • Permanent residence and work permit (except for EU Member States) 
  • Official translation and certification of the existing school or professional qualification (equalisation request) 
  • Recognition of the school/professional education 
  • Evidence of successful participation in a German language course.

Please send the documentation to the following address:

Vinzenz von Paul-Schule
Theresienkrankenhaus Mannheim
Bassermannstraße 1
68165 Mannheim


Vinzenz von Paul Schule
Bassermannstraße 1
68165 Mannheim
Anita Wingert und Stefanie Krauß
Phone (0621) 424-4531


As part of the practical training, outpatient and psychiatric visits will be carried out together with our collaboration partners:

Central Institute of Mental Health

Caritasverband Mannheim with its inpatient and outpatient facilities

Ökumenische Sozialstation Almenhof (The Almenhof Ecumenical Social Station)

Diakoniepflege Nord (Welfare & Social Care North)

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