Academic Expert Program

Primary Health Care Nursing



Primary Health Care Nursing

Internationally, the higher health care and nursing services in primary care facilities has played an important role for years. In Austria, this field is now to be expanded, thereby facilitating access to health services and help with health issues through primary care facilities. In these facilities, centrally anchored core teams consisting of the higher health care and nursing services, primary care physicians and ordination assistants work closely together. It is planned to also house other health and social professions in such institutions.

As a Primary Health Care Nurse, you will play an essential role in all areas of disease prevention in the primary care facility. Your main tasks include identifying and advising on lifestyle and living environment-associated risks, long-term care of chronically ill and multimorbid patients as well as preventive home visits.

You will also take preventive measures for geriatric health risks, help identify health resources and support individuals, groups and families in their efforts to improve health.

Applied Nursing Science
Quality of life


  • Active participation and development of a new professional field

  • Extended nursing skills and an independent role in primary care

  • Guidance, consultation and training

  • Health research and epidemiology round out the spectrum

  • Our continuing higher education programs comply with the guidelines of the ÖGKV PFP® (Continuing Nursing Education Points brand by the Austrian Health Care and Nursing Association), which was launched in 2019 by the Austrian Health Care and Nursing Association (ÖGKV) to support continuing education options for certified nurses (DGKP).



    Final degree

    Academic Expert in Primary Health Care Nursing

    Duration of course
    2 Semesters
    Organisational form

    Tuition fee

    once payment € 5.600,-1,2

    + ÖH premium

    60 ECTS
    Language of instruction

    Application Winter semester 2024/25

    18. September 2023 - 15. August 2024

    Study places


    1 Alternative modell in semester installments € 2.940,- per semester
    2 Funding in the amount of € 2,800 is possible via PVE funding through RRF funds, please enquire.

    Before the studies

    • You already work in the field of higher health care and nursing services and would like to expand your skills in the field of primary care. You would like to take on an independent role in a primary care facility and strengthen the interdisciplinary team with your expertise.
    • You can imagine a job in which you are responsible for the organization, coordination and implementation of treatment, nursing and support processes and act as a hub between numerous interfaces in primary care.
    • You are interested in the development and evaluation of nursing standards and would like to expand your competence in nursing research to include epidemiological monitoring and data analysis.
    • You are interested in further developing your professional field and using your newly acquired skills to promote the establishment of this new professional field.

    Do you still have questions about the study program?

    Make an appointment with our secretary’s office and you will receive a personal consultation via Zoom with Head of the Academic Course Hans Peter Köllner.

    Before the start of the first semester, you have the opportunity to catch up on knowledge from the areas of nursing science and research as part of a preparatory course in order to fulfill the admission requirements for the degree program or to simply refresh your knowledge.

    To the preparatory course (in German)

    • a completed bachelor's degree with professional certification in health care and nursing OR
    • a diploma in general health care and nursing OR pediatric and adolescent nursing OR psychiatric health care and nursing
    • university entrance qualification (if Matura is not available, then present English Matura level (B2) and German additional examination)
    • at least two years of professional experience in the respective field
    • equivalent foreign certificate, it is equivalent if it is agreed under international law or has been nostrified. The head of the study program can also recognize the certificate in individual cases.

    Information for applicants with non-Austrian (school) certificates (PDF 145 KB)

    • Birth certificate
    • Proof of citizenship
    • Marriage certificate with name changes if applicable
    • University entrance qualification or equivalent
    • A diploma in general health care and nursing OR pediatric care OR psychiatric care (incl. diploma certificate)
    • Letter of motivation
    • CV in table form with current photo
    • Certificate of employment in higher health care and nursing services

    Please note:
    It is not possible to save incomplete online applications. You must complete your application in one session. Your application will be valid as soon as you upload all of the required documents and certificates. In the event that some documents (e.g. references) are not available at the time you apply, you may submit these later via email, mail or in person by no later than the start of the degree program.

    • The admissions procedure consists of two stages. The first stage is your online application. The documents submitted will be reviewed to determine if all the formal admission requirements are fulfilled. The second stage is an admission interview, in which we would like to learn more about your motives, skills and knowledge.
    • Applicants with only a diploma are required to attend the preparatory course for nursing science and research in order to make up for the scientific work and ensure their knowledge is at the same level as the other participants. This course is offered for students free of charge at FH Campus Wien (content only available in German).

    What we offer you

    FH Campus Wien is now the largest university of applied sciences for nursing and health care sciences in Austria. As the first university of applied sciences in Austria, we started the Bachelor’s Degree Program in Health Care and Nursing more than 10 years ago and have continuously built up a large network in the health sector. Our students benefit from this extensive network and from our many years of teaching expertise. Our partners also include the University of Vienna, with whom we have a teaching network.

    Further key educational partners are the Vienna Health Association, the Vinzenz Group and the Barmherzigen Brüder, with whom we cooperate to provide the Bachelor’s Degree Program in Health Care and Nursing. The academic expert program in Health Care and Nursing, Practice Mentoring offers further training for a deeper link between nursing research and practice and serves as a basis for further career steps. With the Master’s Courses in Advanced Nursing Practice, Advanced Nursing Education and Advanced Nursing Counseling, we cover a broad spectrum of higher qualifications for the higher health care and nursing services.

    In addition to teaching, we are also involved in research and development. R&D projects in the area of the Competence Center for Applied Nursing Research provide you the opportunity to gain practical experience in application-oriented research.

    During the studies

    As a primary health care nurse, you take on an independent role in disease management, for example in wound management. You can draw on evidence-based nursing knowledge and participate in the treatment process for those afflicted with acute and chronic wounds.

    In addition, health promotion and prevention play an important role as a contribution to strengthening the health literacy of patients and clients. The focus is on the entire life cycle from childhood to old age. For target group-oriented preparation of counseling measures and communication, you will explore different counseling concepts and communication techniques, such as principles for professional conversation.

    Via numerous interfaces, you will coordinate the primary care of people across various sectors including pharmacies, social insurance, medical practices and nursing facilities, and organize counseling for nursing and health-related issues.

    In addition, you will acquire knowledge of epidemiological monitoring and data analysis in the context of health research, health statistics and epidemiology. The focus is on:

    • Exploring research work on practice-relevant issues and applying them after critical assessment.
    • Acquiring knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods for participation in data collection and data evaluation processes
    • Carrying out independent surveys on the need for forms of intervention, developing target group-specific measures and evaluating their effectiveness.


    Number of teaching weeks

    Teaching times
    1-2 times a month blocked:
    Thursday afternoon
    Friday and Saturday all day

    The schedule of the academic year will follow soon.



    After graduation

    As a graduate of this program, a wide range of occupational fields and career opportunities are open to you. Find out here where your path can take you.

    As a graduate, you will use your expertise to contribute to the exciting task of helping to establish and continuously develop the new professional field.

    Primary Health Care Nurses (PHCN) can be found in the following positions:

    • Integrated care manager

    • Case manager

    • Disease manager

    • Process manager (future area of responsibility)

    • Nursing expert

    • Nursing consultant

    • Quality manager

    • Telenurse

      Occupational fields:

      • Primary Care Units (PCU)

      • Medical offices and group practices

      • Nursing practices (e.g. wound management practices)

      • Nursing information centers* (facilities to be implemented in the future)

      • Freelance work

        Advanced master courses (for bachelor graduates)

        Master’s Program (CE)

        Advanced Nursing Counseling


        Master’s Program (CE)

        Advanced Nursing Practice


        A maximum of 30 ECTS of the completed academic course modules can be credited for the Master "Advanced Nursing Practice" and "Advanced Nursing Counseling" in order to enter the 2nd semester, after a successful admission interview with the head of the program.

        Studying made easy

        Nurse is looking in the camera
        Preparatory course: Nursing science & research

        Catch up & refresh knowledge, in German

        Bücher mit Geld
        Funding & Scholarships

        More information here

        Hände zeigen auf Weltkarte
        Time abroad

        Expertise, language skills, broadening horizons

        Fish jumps out of fishbowl into another fishbowl
        Open Lectures

        Find out more, in German

        Center for academic writing
        Intensive German course
        Start-up Service
        queer @ FH Campus Wien

        Networking with graduates and organizations

        We closely cooperate with the Vienna Healthcare Group, the Vinzentinum Vienna, the Barmherzige Brüder Vienna, the University of Vienna, the Professional Association and other health care institutions. Our cooperations ensure that you have points of contact for your career or your participation in research and development activities. You will find many of our cooperations in the Campusnetzwerk. A look at them is always worthwhile and may lead you to a new job or to an interesting event of our cooperation partners!


        Head of Program

        Secretary's office

        Ing. Gerd Mitteregger

        Favoritenstraße 222, F.1.30
        1100 Vienna
        +43 1 606 68 77-4970
        +43 1 606 68 77-4009

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        Opening hours
        Monday, 8.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
        Tuesday, 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
        Wednesday, 8.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
        Thursday, 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
        Friday, 8.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

        Teaching staff and research staff


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