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Apply for permission to use the professional title of health care nurse


Working as a nurse is regulated in Germany.

This means that in order to work as a nurse in Germany, you must apply for a state permit. With this permit, you may use the professional title "health care nurse" and work in the profession.

You must apply for the permit at the responsible office.

Once you have submitted the application and all documents are complete, the competent body will check whether you meet all the requirements.

If you meet all the requirements, you will receive the permit.

You may not start working until you have received the permit.

The permit will be issued to you if you

  • have completed the training period prescribed by law and passed the state examination,
  • you have not been guilty of any conduct that would render you unreliable to practice the profession,
  • are fit to practice the profession from the point of view of health,
  • have the knowledge of the German language required for the exercise of the profession.

You will need the following documents to process the application:

  • Proof of the state examination certificate, confirming that the training period prescribed by the respective law has been completed and the state examination has been passed, or the certificate confirming the equivalence of the foreign professional qualification.
  • Proof of reliability; this is a confirmation that the person is not guilty of any behavior that would make him/her unreliable to practice the profession. This can be done by presenting an official certificate of good conduct for presentation to the authorities, not older than 3 months at the time of issuance of the permit.
  • a medical certificate stating that the person is not unfit to exercise the profession from a health point of view
  • Confirmation of having the necessary knowledge of the German language for the exercise of the profession.

Is based on the respective administrative fee regulations of the state or on the fee statutes of the bodies responsible under state law.

There are no deadlines to be observed.

If the documents are complete, your application will be processed promptly.

Forms available: Yes

Written form required: No

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance required: No

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)