Nursing Management (B.A.)

General Information

The Nursing Management Bachelor programme equips students with the skills needed to undertake scientifically based work in a practical nursing environment and as a nursing manager. The teaching therefore focuses on the nursing sciences.

Curriculum and objectives

After the joint foundation courses during the first two semesters, students then select one of the specialisations offered:

The nursing management specialisation prepares students for managerial tasks in nursing management and quality management. As a nursing manager, you will learn to plan, design and evaluate nursing care processes. The programme teaches students about nursing science, supplemented by input on nursing management, health care management and business administration.

In the Nursing Sciences in Practice specialisation, students will examine topics which are specific to nursing care and the health sciences in more detail. In the long term, your studies prepare you to take over the complex nursing tasks encountered in practical nursing care and you become an expert on evidence-based nursing care and the coordination of complex nursing care situations.

To be eligible for this programme, you must be a qualified geriatric care assistant, midwife, paediatric nurse, nurse, disability support worker.

If you don’t yet have a professional qualification in nursing: The nursing degree programme offered by Esslingen University of Applied Sciences in collaboration with the University of Tübingen, provides both: an academic qualification (Bachelor of Science) plus a professional qualification

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Programme organisation and granting of Credits for one semester

The degree programme is designed to be flexible and students can also study at their own speed (e. g. as they start their family). At the same time, 30 Credits may be granted for nursing-related vocational training, thus shortening the programme by one semester.

Furthermore, Credits may be granted for officially approved nursing-related advanced training, and further relevant professional work can be credited against parts of the semester of practical study.

At the beginning of the first semester of study you will be given detailed information about the options for the granting of Credits and recognition of other training you have done. You may then submit an application, if appropriate.

Guidelines for the recognition of and granting of Credits for vocational and advanced training

This degree programme awards 210 Credits (workload 750 hrs per semester).

Degree programme leaflet

Nursing Management (B.A.)

Facts and Figures - at a glance

Degree awardedBachelor of Arts (B.A.)
FacultySocial Work, Education and Nursing Sciences
CampusEsslingen Hilltop Campus
Number of semesters7
Language of instructionGerman

For the winter semester: Direct enrolment from 15 April until 15 September

Information on admission requirements
  • 32 places on the programme
  • No admission restriction

  • University entrance qualification (Abitur, Fachhochschulreife or equivalent)
  • In exceptional cases, it is possible to take the programme without a university entrance qualification 
  • Vocational qualification as a geriatric care assistant, midwife, nurse or paediatric nurse.
Continuing Master ProgramsNursing Sciences (M.A.)
Social Work (M.A.)
Social Management (M.A.)

Step-by-step guide to application and admission

Please submit your application for this degree programme via the portal.

This degree programme is free of admission (without NC) and you can enrol directly.

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Admission requirements: completed vocational qualification

Applicants for the Nursing Management degree programme must have completed their vocational training, for example as a:

  •  geriatric care assistant
  • midwife
  • disability support worker
  • paediatric nurse
  • nurse
  • nursing care professional.

Career Prospects

On gaining their Bachelor of Arts degree, Nursing Management graduates have very good career prospects in the following areas:

  • nursing management in inpatient and outpatient nursing care facilities, health care management in health care facilities
  • quality management and quality development
  • personnel management
  • planning and control of performance processes
  • managerial positions in professional associations, boards of nursing, European and international health organisations (e. g. WHO)
  • nursing sciences, especially nursing research
  • nursing care and organisational consultancy
  • nursing expert on performance analysis, planning, advice and evaluation
  • expert on prevention, health promotion and occupational health management


Im ersten Semester studieren die Studentinnen und Studenten  gemeinsam mit dem Studiengang Pflegepädagogik der Hochschule Esslingen.
Dies ermöglicht bereits im Grundlagen-Studium den interdisziplinären Austausch in Vorlesungen und Seminaren.

Wahl eines Schwerpunkts im zweiten Semester

Ab dem zweiten Semester vertiefen Sie Ihr Studium durch die Wahl eines Schwerpunktes. Sie wählen entweder den Schwerpunkt Pflegemanagement oder Pflegewissenschaft in der Praxis. So erlernen Sie, pflegerische Prozesse aus der jeweiligen Perspektive zu organisieren.

Im dritten Semester findet das praktische Studiensemester statt. Dieses wird durch eine/n Mitarbeiter/in der Praxiseinrichtung betreut sowie durch die Hochschule kontinuierlich begleitet.

Im vierten und fünften Semester findet neben den Vorlesungen das Projektstudium statt. In diesem arbeiten die Studierenden in Gruppen zusammen. Gemeinsam lassen sie dabei ihre Kenntnisse und erlernten Handlungsstrategien aus den vergangenen Semestern und dem praktischen Studiensemester einfließen.

Im sechsten Semester verfassen Sie Ihre Bachelorarbeit und belegen weitere Seminare.

Flexible Gestaltung: Sechs oder sieben Semester

Durch Ihre abgeschlossene Ausbildung im Bereich Pflege können Sie die Studiendauer verkürzen. Dafür lassen Sie sich das siebte Semester anrechnen. Sie schließen das Studium dann nach sechs Semestern ab.

Das Studium ist individuell organisierbar und ermöglicht eine begleitende Berufstätigkeit.

Mit dem Studienabschluss Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) können Sie in die Berufspraxis starten und Berufserfahrung sammeln. Alternativ können die Absolventen nach dem erfolgreich abgeschlossenen Bachelor direkt mit einem Masterstudium beginnen.

High level of expertise in the health care and nursing sector

The Faculty of Social Work, Health Care and Nursing Sciences at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences is well-known for its strong performance in the disciplines of health care and nursing. The broad spectrum of practical topics and research fields at the faculty is the only one of its kind anywhere in Germany.

Excellent teaching

The experienced team of professors who together have already amassed 20 years of experience in the academic aspects of nursing training represents all the fields of relevance for the nursing sciences, nursing management, nursing teacher education and health care management.

Practical relevance is a top priority

The practical approach to research and working adopted in the Nursing Management degree programme allows students with professional experience to transfer their theoretical knowledge directly to issues which are both real and topical.

Professionalisation of the nursing profession

Graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing Management have excellent career prospects. Most graduates go on to work in quality management – sometimes while they are still at university – or they take on a managerial role as a nursing manager in the nursing care or health care sectors on graduating.

Esslingen’s feel-good factor

Esslingen can boast a medieval old quarter and a picturesque location on the River Neckar, flanked by vineyards, and thus offers a wide range of diverse leisure activities. Narrow lanes and half-timbered houses, pretty cafés, restaurants serving Swabian and international cuisine, theatres and museums - there is something for everybody. A great many events are organised throughout the year. And if all this is still not enough for you, the centre of Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württemberg, is only a 15-minute train ride away.

The teaching is based on the Hilltop Campus in Esslingen. All important facilities such as the library, computing centre, sports facilities and the refectory are just a stone’s throw away from the lecture theatres and laboratories.


Interested? Apply! for the Wintersemester 2023/24