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  • With the "Ward Manager" certificate, students are optimally prepared for management tasks in a hospital or nursing ward.
  • They receive specialised knowledge on controlling, conflict management and personnel management.
  • The distance learning programme at IU enables the participation of nursing staff throughout Germany.

Erfurt, 22 July 2021 - IU International University of Applied Sciences is offering a new specialisation in its nursing distance learning programme that prepares students to manage a hospital or nursing station. This specialisation was developed by the private university together with the Asklepios clinics. To obtain the "Ward Manager" certificate, students have to complete the modules "Controlling and Conflicts" and "Human Resources Management" as part of their Bachelor's degree programme in nursing.

"The job description of ward managers has changed completely in the last decades. Today they are the managers on-site and have the most diverse tasks. We are taking this change into account with improved, practical and academic training," says Thomas Krakau, Head of the Nursing Division of the Asklepios Kliniken Group.

"In our distance learning programme, students not only receive academic training but are also trained to become reflective experts," says Prof. Dr. Patrick Fehling, Head of the Health Department at IU International University of Applied Sciences. "In the specialisation, 'Ward Management', students learn the basics of successful leadership of employees as well as the instruments of controlling - thus they are optimally prepared for professional practice."

At IU International University of Applied Sciences, about 300 students are currently studying nursing by distance learning. They have all previously completed training as specialists in geriatric, paediatric or health and nursing care. After three to six semesters, they complete their studies with a Bachelor of Science degree, each with specialisations in Gerontology, Management and Controlling in Nursing or Pedagogy and Didactics, for instance. Depending on their individual inclinations, graduates may later work in nursing service management, lead nursing students or promote innovations in nursing. Find out more about the programme at:


With over 75,000 students, IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) is the largest university in Germany. The private, state-recognized educational institution brings together more than 200 Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes under its roof, which are offered in German or English. Students can choose between on-campus study, dual study, distance learning and flexible combination models and thus shape their studies in a self-determined way. IU began operations in 2000 and is now represented in 28 German cities. It cooperates with over 10,000 companies and actively supports them in employee development. Its partners include Motel One, VW Financial Services and Deutsche Bahn. Further information at: 


About Asklepios

Asklepios Kliniken is one of the leading private operators of hospitals and healthcare facilities in Germany. The clinic group stands for highly qualified care for its patients with a clear commitment to medical quality, innovation and social responsibility. On this basis, Asklepios has grown dynamically since it was founded over 35 years ago. The Group currently has around 170 healthcare facilities across Germany. These include acute hospitals of all care levels, university hospitals, specialist clinics, psychiatric and forensic facilities, rehabilitation clinics, nursing homes and medical care centres. In the 2020 financial year, more than 2.6 million patients were treated in facilities of the Asklepios Group. This company employs more than 67,000 people.

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