Currently there are three different midwifery science bachelor's degree models in Germany:
- primary qualification = undergraduate degree starting immediately, including a vocational training qualification/professional licence
- training-integrated = building upon prerequisite vocational training
- part-time = following a vocational qualification / while in professional employment
The Furtwangen University degree programme is the first of these, a bacholor's degree as a primary qualification. This means: you can gain the bachelor's degree and professional widwifery qualification without the prerequisite of a midwifery qualification. Furtwangen University is responsible for planning and running the programme. This is a full-time programme. A minimum of 2,200 hours of practical training are integrated in the course.
Theoretical and practical instruction will likely take place on the Furtwangen Campus or at the location of the cooperating midwifery schools (Lahr, Villingen-Schwenningen, Freiburg). The largest part of the programme will consist of practical work-related phases. These will take place in obstetric clinics and hospitals, as well as with self-employed midwives in the region. In this way students will be introduced to the everyday work of experienced midwives in a wide range of settings – the delivery room, in the maternity wards, in birth centres and in practices – as early as possible, and can apply the theory and skills they learn at university in practice in real life situations.
For the practical study phases, students will sign a training contract with a cooperating practical institution (hospital). The practical training will take place almost exclusively in these hospitals, who will also be responsible for financial compensation. In addition, students will have the opportunity to gain experience in the delivery rooms and also outside the hospitals working with self-employed midwives in birth centres.
The specialist knowledge and soft skills necessary for independent and comprehensive midwifery work in in-patient and out-patient areas is taught on the Midwifery Science programme at Furtwangen University.
Students are taught everything they need to know about accompanying women and their families through pregnancy, birth and post-natal care. In addition, students will be able to give comprehensive and customised advice to pregnant women, provide care for newborn babies and support their families through this new phase in life.