Portrait

The Department of Health Professions is part of the Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH.

The Department of Health Professions is an operational business unit that is largely autonomous and provides an entire range of services, including degree and further education courses, offers support services and undertakes applied research and development. 

Health Departement students (Bachelor and Master) in numbers

2017   2016   2015   2014   2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

1081   1065   1038   1015   1006

954

900

869

740

539

History

2010
Launch of the master’s degree programs in Nursing and Physiotherapy in the fall. Accreditation of the bachelor degree programs in Nursing, Physiotherapy, Midwifery, and Nutrition and Dietetics by the Federal Department of Economic Affairs EVD.

2009
The first Bachelor students in Nursing and Physiotherapy complete their studies at the Bern University of Applied Sciences.

2008
Launch of bachelor’s degree program in Midwifery in Bern.

2007
Launch of the bachelor’s degree program in Nutrition and Dietetics in Bern.
Launch of the bachelor’s degree program in Physiotherapy in Basel (in cooperation with the Basel-City Educational Center for Healthcare Professionals BZG).

2006
Launch of the bachelor’s degree programs in Physiotherapy and Nursing in Bern.
The cantonal governments of Bern, Zürich, St.Gallen and Graubünden decide on the location for the study program in Midwifery.

2005
The cantonal governments of Bern, Zürich and St.Gallen decide to reduce the number of programs in Occupational Therapy and Nutrition and Dietetics in German-speaking Switzerland to only one each; they are located at the ZHAW Winterthur and at the BFH Bern, respectively.
The Swiss Conference of the Cantonal Ministers of Public Health GDK decides to allocate study programs in Nutrition and Dietetics and in Midwifery to the tertiary level, i.e. universities of applied sciences. The cantonal governments of Bern, Zürich and St.Gallen decide to offer these study programs as of 2007.

2004
The Swiss Conference of the Cantonal Ministers of Public Health GDK decides to allocate the study programs in Physiotherapy and in Occupational Therapy to the tertiary level, i.e. universities of applied sciences, in all of Switzerland. Furthermore, with regard to nursing, a limited percentage of the total number of diplomas must be awarded through universities of applied sciences in the German-speaking part of Switzerland (100% in the French-speaking part of Switzerland).

2003
The governing council of Bern approves the implementation of the New Systematics in Education NBS in the canton. A sub-project  dealing with study programs at universities of applied sciences is formed.

1999
The Swiss Conference of the Cantonal Ministers of Public Health GDK passes a resolution concerning the New Systematics in Education NBS which entails a profound reform of healthcare professions.