Primary qualifying/vocationally qualifying study form (PQS)

The vocationally qualifying and interdisciplinary teaching approach provides students with a broad and academically underpinned qualification which allows them to work as professionals in the field of physiotherapy/occupational therapy. This also opens up the opportunity for graduates to subsequently gain further academic qualifications.

Moreover, the study programme empowers students to actively contribute towards shaping the professions in the changing healthcare system in an interdisciplinary manner. This ranges from new practices and evaluation of scientifically-based therapy through to taking on new tasks and roles in healthcare and the promotion of health.

The PQS is an attendance-based study programme with obligations to attend lectures.


Example programme plan

Study and examination regulations

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Study programme structure

As an attendance-based study programme with integrated practical study phases, the primary qualifying study form continuously links theory and practice. 

  • Until the sixth semester: Theory- and practice-based study programme, vocational and undergraduate training at higher education level, preparation for the state examination
  • Until the sixth semester: Practical study phases, also during the non-teaching period
  • End of the sixth semester:  State examination
  • Seventh semester: Completion of the degree by writing the Bachelor’s thesis and final oral examination, creation of individual profile through elective modules and project.

Alternating attendance-based, practical and self-directed learning phases:

  • Attendance-based phases: Acquisition of theoretical and methodological foundations, reflection on practical experience and subsequent analysis 
  • Practical phases: Learning, practising and reflecting on the practical skills and abilities of the profession
  • Self-directed learning phases: Preparing for lectures and follow-up work, independent consolidation of acquired knowledge and skills, preparation for examination

Further information can be found in the current  Study and Examination Regulations(valid from 27.01.2015),  which describe the legal regulations of the study programme. They also contain an example programme plan, a short tabular overview of the timing of the modules. In the annex to the Study and Examination Regulations there is a module handbook with detailed information on the learning objectives, scope and content of each module.

For questions about the individual modules, please contact the relevant module coordinator. A current overview can be found on the pages of the  Teaching Office.

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Study programme at a glance

The study programme enables students to:

  • actively help to shape the tasks and changes in the healthcare system and to support this on a scientifically founded basis
  • be able to orientate their own professional work using an evidence-based approach and then scientifically reflect on and further develop this
  • engage in the politics of the profession to gain greater autonomy for the therapy professions to act and for the further development of their professional fields
  • become aware of the economic, legal and political framework conditions for exercising the profession and opportunities for it to change
  • Academic working methods
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Evidence-based physiotherapy/occupational therapy
  • Health and rehabilitation sciences
  • Management in health institutions
  • Communication and interaction
  • Body functions and structures
  • Practical study phases

Further information, e.g. module descriptions and example programme plan, can be found in the current Study and Examination Regulations  for the study programme (valid from 27.01.2015).

Studies take place at ASH Berlin and at the Wannseeschulen as well as in various healthcare institutions.

The Wannseeschulen are a study location of the university and include the School of Occupational Therapy and the School of Physiotherapy. The practice-related study elements are taught here. In addition to a variety of workshops and training rooms, there is also a modern learning lab equipped with a hospital room, a bathroom and a living room. This enables students to practise diverse situations in everyday professional life in a very realistic environment, supporting the transfer between theory and practice. 

Further information you can find on the website of Wannseeschulen.

Before commencing studies, please inform yourself about the travel times to the two study locations. Information on public transport can be found on the website of the Berlin transport company

State certification and degree in one

In the primary qualifying study form for Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy, students take the state examination in accordance with the training and examination ordinance for occupational therapists/physiotherapists (Section 2 ErgTh-APrV/ Section 2 PhysTh-APrV) in the sixth semester of the standard duration of studies.

If they successfully pass the examination, students are awarded state accreditation and the license to practice.

In the seventh semester, students demonstrate the scientific knowledge they have gained and their ability to apply it by writing a subject-specific Bachelor’s thesis. After successfully completing the primary qualifying study form, students receive the Europe-wide academic title of ‘Bachelor of Science’. This title represents a broad and academically underpinned programme of training which is comparable with degrees from other European countries.

Graduates of the primary qualifying study form of the programme have a variety of prospective professional fields in which they can work.

First and foremost is the ability to work with patients and clients in a scientifically-based, multi-professional, team-oriented and reflective manner. Occupational therapists and physiotherapists can be employed in hospitals, geriatric institutions, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation facilities and outpatient practices or work on a self-employed basis. Students gain the necessary skills for working in science, management, consultancy and PR in the health sector. Graduates are also empowered to engage themselves in the politics of the profession and to contribute to the scientific grounding of their profession.

The Bachelor’s degree provides the basis for further career steps in the area of science and research. It qualifies them for a Master’s study programme in which they can expand and advance their existing knowledge and abilities.

Master´s study programmes

ASH Berlin offers graduates of the primary qualifying study form further options for continuing their studies, for example the consecutive Master’s study programme in  Management and Quality Development in the Health Sector. The programme qualifies professionals for management functions in healthcare and nursing institutions.  

In cooperation with Charite Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin, there is also the possibility to study Public Health. This Master’s study programme deals with the structure of healthcare and the social conditions for preserving the health of the population.

The modularisation of studies and assessment of modules in accordance with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) guarantees transparency for other universities in Germany and abroad, promoting the mobility of students. By arrangement, it is possible for students to complete a practical study phase abroad as part of their study programme. Further information can be found in the guidelines for internships abroad in the PQS for the disciplines of  Occupational therapyor Physiotherapyand from the International Office.

ASH Berlin engages itself for the academic training of physiotherapists at the European level as a member of  ENPHE European Network Of Physiotherapy in Higher Education.

ASH Berlin does not charge tuition fees for the Social Work BA. Students are only required to pay semester fees and contributions. Approx. 300 euros is payable per semester, which includes the semester ticket for public transport. Further information can be found on the pages of Enrolment Office.

At the Wannseeschulen study location, additional material costs of approx. 75 euros per month are charged. Information on how to finance your studies can be obtained from the general Student Advisory Service.

Admission requirements

In accordance with  Sector 2 of the third revision of the Eligibility and Admission Regulations, the following eligibility and admission requirements apply for applications (the following documents are to be provided at the time of application):

  • Application deadlines and formal requirements
  • General university/university of applied sciences entry qualification or other entry qualification prescribed by law

The following subject-specific documents are to be provided by the time of enrolment at the latest. All requirements must be fulfilled before commencing studies.

  • Proof of successful participation in a basic first-aid training course with authorised accredited organisations or instructors. Training must have taken place within the last three years.

  • Certificate of medical fitness to carry out the respective profession. For study applicants the requirements for the profession prescribed by law apply (German laws: ErgThG or MPhG).
    • For applicants in the discipline of occupational therapy, Section 2 of the law on the profession of occupational therapist applies (Ergotherapeutengesetz - ErgThG).
    • For applicants in the discipline of physiotherapy, Section 10 of the law on the physiotherapy professions applies (Masseur- und Physiotherapeutengesetz - MPhG).
  • Practice-related pre-training internship:
    • For the study focus of occupational therapy in an occupational therapy institution, usually within one month with a total of at least 140 hours.
    • For the study focus of physiotherapy in the area of nursing, usually within one month with a total of at least 140 hours.
  • Conclusion of a contract with the Wannseeschulen study location which obliges them to provide specific training services. After successful application to ASH Berlin, students will receive the contract documents at the same time they are asked to enrol. A separate application to the Wannseeschulen is not required.

  • Please note: To apply for the professional title after the state examination in the sixth semester, a police certificate of good conduct is required. This is not required at the time of application.
  • Small study groups
  • Full-time study with attendance obligations
  • Various study locations (ASH Berlin, Wannseeschulen and healthcare institutions), please see directions 
  • Theory and practice are directly linked
  • Practical study phases also take place during the non-teaching period
  • Willingness to do physical work in mixed-gender study programmes
  • Work with people with cognitive, physical and emotional conditions
  • High level of independent work (self-directed study, autonomous organisation, flexibility, self-discipline)
  • Timetables and practical study phases change every semester


The primary qualifying study programme only starts in winter semester each year. Approximately 40 students are enrolled annually, ideally with the two vocational groups (physiotherapy and occupational therapy) distributed evenly between the students.

Applications are only possible during the time from 01.06. to 15.07. each year (exclusion period).

The admission application and related information brochure will be provided on this page during this time period.

Please submit your full application documents (admission application and required documents) during the application period to the  Enrolment Office  of ASH Berlin by post or via the mailbox.

If you have any formal questions regarding your application or study programme-relevant skills (e.g. second degree applicants, applications in accordance with Section 11 of the Berlin Higher Education Act, BerlHG), please contact the Enrolment Office directly.

For subject-specific or organisational questions, please contact the programme coordinator.


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Practical study phases

The four practical study phases, each of which lasts 10 weeks, are integrated into the study programme and mainly take place during the non-teaching period. Further information on the practical phases can be found here (only in German):  Konzept Praktische Studienphasendes Primärqualifizierender Bachelorstudiengang für Physiotherapie / Ergotherapie

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