Permission to use the professional title "geriatric nurse" or "geriatric nurse" in the case of professional qualification from third countries Issuance

Service Description

The profession of geriatric nurse is regulated in Germany. This means that in order to work as a geriatric nurse in Germany, you need a state permit. With the permit, you may use the professional title "geriatric nurse" and work in the profession.

Even with a professional qualification from a so-called third country, you can obtain a state permit from the competent authority in Germany. Third countries are all countries that do not belong to the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. To obtain the permit, you must have your foreign professional qualification recognized.

On January 1, 2020, nursing education was reformed in Germany and the new Nursing Profession Act applies. There is a transition period for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications based on the Nursing Care Act. Under certain circumstances, your foreign professional qualification can still be recognized on a transitional basis under the old Nursing Care for the Elderly Act until December 31, 2024. The responsible office will advise you.

In the recognition procedure, the competent body compares your professional qualification from abroad with the German professional qualification and checks the equivalence. The equivalence of the professional qualification is an important prerequisite for the granting of the state permit.

In addition to the equivalence of the professional qualification, you must fulfill other requirements for the issuance of the permit. Further requirements are, for example, sufficient German language skills and health suitability.

If your professional qualification originates from the EU, the EEA or Switzerland, other regulations apply.

You can also submit the application for the procedure from abroad.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

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