Vocational Education in Health Care - subject area Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy (Bachelor)

Brief overview

DegreeBachelor of Arts (B.A.)
DepartmentMünster Department of Health
Special type of studyfull-time
IntakeWinter semester
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language of InstructionGerman
Semester fee

Requirements and enrollment

Admissions restrictions No local entrance restrictions
Pre-study placementNo
Additional entrance requirements

Language requirements:

Applicants who did not acquire their study qualification at a German-speaking institution must demonstrate that they have knowledge of German at level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), for example by proving that they have passed the TestDaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache) with an average score of ‘4’, or must furnish equivalent proof.

Vocational training:

In order to enrol for this degree programme, you must have completed an apprenticeship in physiotherapy, occupational therapy or speech therapy. The Examination Office may accept academic achievements from a Bachelor’s degree in therapeutic professions on request.
EnrolmentThe next enrolment phase
commences in Mai 2024.

Detailed description of the degree programme

The professional therapy of people in need is a central task in the health system – and an occupational field that is becoming increasingly challenging. It is increasingly important that staff in the therapeutic professions receive training and continuing education, hence the growing need for qualified educationalists. Our degree programme is the ideal way to get you started in the varied vocational education involved in the therapeutic professions.


Changes in social, economic, health policy and demographic framework conditions are leading to a shift in the fields of activity and the importance of the therapeutic professions. The further development of the therapeutic professions is already apparent in changes to training structures. For example, the changes in undergraduate, dual and part-time degree programmes brought about by legislators enable students to obtain a university degree in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy.

So far, however, therapists have mainly undergone continuing education in order to gain the educational qualification required to teach at schools in the health system, for example. By studying Vocational Education in Health Care - subject area Therapy, graduates will be able to work in vocational education for the therapeutic professions with an academic qualification. Students gain extensive expertise for vocational education activities in therapy by pursuing a Bachelor programme, followed by a Master’s degree.

One central objective of the Bachelor programme is for qualified therapists to gain a teaching qualification, enabling them to pursue this profession. Great importance is attached to transferring theory to practice; small study groups are conducive to intense, interdisciplinary work, particularly in vocational studies.

Occupational fields

Our Bachelor programme will qualify you to teach within training and continuing education, and to provide advice, counselling and instruction to staff in the therapeutic professions, patients and their relatives. Adult education institutions will be your main potential employers. If you wish to teach at schools for health and therapeutic professions, you will also need to complete a Master’s degree. Münster University of Applied Sciences offers a Master’s programme in Education of Health Professionals.

Content and course sequence

The first four semesters of the programme are divided into three conceptual areas. In Therapy and Health Sciences, you will learn the principles of evidence-based practice and therapeutic sciences. In simulated situations, you will learn, for example, how to come to a good clinical conclusion and how to communicate with patients professionally.

In the second area, you will acquire a basic knowledge of Selected Related Disciplines. How, for example, should conflicts be moderated? Which sociological or ethical models are useful for resolving practical problems? How can therapeutic services be classified and evaluated? And which legal framework applies in the health system?

To practice teaching and counselling, you will, of course, also need teaching skills. For this, you will learn the relevant methods, concepts and models in the third area: Education – Theory and Practice.

The fifth semester begins with a 12-week block of teaching practice, which will give you a deep insight into educational work in the health system. The syllabus also includes planning, implementing and evaluating a project of your choice. You will gain further insight into your future professional field if you conduct your project in cooperation with a health-care institution.

You will obtain your Bachelor of Arts degree after writing a Bachelor thesis in the sixth semester.

Why choose us

What characterises our degree programme is that theory and practice are closely interlinked. Our teaching always centres around specific practical situations to which we apply the findings from the different academic disciplines. We also attach importance to ensuring continuous exchange with health care facilities. This way, you can forge links with potential employers whilst still at university.

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