What makes a good care manager

Care management

The course at a glance

The nursing management course combines the nursing area with the business processes in healthcare facilities. It prepares graduates for management tasks at this interface. The individual universities offer the course in different models. Interested parties can choose between full-time, part-time or distance learning. Some study providers require nursing training as an admission criterion. At some universities, however, interested parties can begin their studies without the corresponding prior qualifications. Nevertheless, they can also do practical work before studying to get to know the care sector.

With the degree, graduates qualify for management tasks in outpatient and inpatient care facilities. Many of them work as nursing services in clinics or social stations. Others take on leading positions in quality management and another part works for advice centers or associations. Nursing management is primarily about coordinating nursing processes and economic efficiency - always with the well-being of patients or clients in mind. Another essential area of ​​work for care managers is therefore personnel planning and development. The activity of the care manager is in some cases comparable to that of the specialist in geriatric and nursing care or that of the specialist in social and health care.

Provider of the nursing management course

Nursing management courses are offered by both private and state universities. Prospective students can choose between face-to-face and distance learning.

The duration of the study depends on the respective model. Those who study nursing management while working, of course, usually need longer than full-time students. Distance learning courses offer a lot of flexibility. The students can cope with the subject matter at their own pace and extend or shorten the duration of study as required.

On the StudyCheck.de portal you will find an overview of all nursing management courses that are offered as face-to-face courses. In addition, experience reports from students and graduates give you an insight into the various courses.

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At most universities, training in a nursing profession is an admission requirement for anyone who wants to study nursing management. Often students also have to prove professional experience. For part-time courses, some universities also require an existing employment relationship with a health facility. At some universities of applied sciences, however, the Abitur or advanced technical college entrance qualification is sufficient. In this case, students gain professional nursing practice through internships as part of their basic studies.

If you want to be successful as a nursing manager, you need to have a few other qualities in addition to nursing and business management skills. Leadership and social skills are among the most important personality traits in order to be able to deal with the diverse requirements of the profession. Because large teams often work together in nursing, aspiring nursing managers also need team skills.

Course content

The nursing management course has a predominantly uniform structure in terms of content, but has different focuses depending on the university. The topics are closely based on the professional practice of care managers. As a result, students mainly deal with the following content:

  • Nursing science
  • Business Administration and Marketing
  • Health care financing
  • Organizational management
  • Employment Law
  • Quality management
  • Personnel planning, management and development
  • Health policy

Procedure and conclusion

The basic nursing management course usually lasts 6 full-time semesters and ends with a bachelor's degree. Part-time courses usually have a standard period of 7 to 9 semesters. At some universities, a master’s degree is also possible, which usually lasts 4 semesters. Depending on the professional experience of the students, the curriculum includes internships in health or care facilities. Those with professional experience have the opportunity at many universities to start their studies later or to skip practical semesters. This also applies to students who want to study nursing management by distance learning.

Career prospects

Healthcare is changing and this trend is expected to continue for decades to come. The reason is clear: Society is getting older and the need for reliable and competent care is increasing. Outpatient care for the elderly and the sick in particular has experienced an upswing in recent years and has become more professional. However, ongoing quality controls and clear economic structures are also necessary in the inpatient area in order to ensure that people in need of care are cared for. So there is a lot to do for nursing managers who have very good job prospects thanks to the combination of nursing professional experience and business expertise.


With a nursing management degree, professional practitioners with nursing qualifications can climb a few salary levels upwards. While a geriatric nurse earns an average of around € 2,000 gross per month, a care manager can expect a salary of around € 3,200. The difference becomes even clearer when you consider that geriatric nurses work in shifts and on weekends. Care managers, on the other hand, have largely regulated working hours. And also compared to a specialist in social and health care, care managers earn better: The average salary of specialist managers is € 2,400. With several years of professional experience and depending on the size of the facility, further salary increases are possible for care managers. Salaries of up to € 4,500 gross are not uncommon.


The nursing management degree has many advantages:

  • With the degree, graduates with experience of nursing can enter management positions directly.
  • Nursing staff receive further specialist training and can leave the shift system after completing their studies.
  • The work in care management is one of the best paid in the care industry.
  • Competent care facilities will continue to become more and more important in the future and require well-trained specialists, especially in managerial positions.