Schule für Podologie

A new RUCK level

It is RUCK’s dedicated aim to create worlds of experience. You will receive constant confirmation when furnishing your practice with this proven concept. We also apply this principle in our company; i.e. with the expansion and conversion of our head office. The existing building complex was topped up with an additional storey, an architectural masterpiece that has been splendidly constructed.

With this, three separate levels were created to perfectly accommodate RUCK’s principle “Education - Training - Retail”.

On the top floor, the school was practically re-invented. Two class rooms bathed in light and equipped with state-of-the art conference technology support stress-free learning. Our ten spacious and perfectly equipped treatment rooms, one hygienic room, a reception and lounge area will provide you with perfect work conditions.

Examination preparation
for the sectoral alternative podiatry practitioner

  • Background
  • Advantages
  • Permission to work as alternative practitioner
  • Seminar
  • Prerequisites
  • Examination

Legal basis

The German Federal Administrative Court decided on 26 August 2009 (- BVerwG 3 C 19.08) that a permit for sectoral alternative practitioners can be issued. The court has generally confirmed its ruling as of 1993 regarding the limited permission in psychotherapy for all possible future sectoral alternative practitioner permits.

However, there is still no uniform approach on a regional level at lower administrative authorities (public health departments). To date, podiatrists may take their examination in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Hamburg, Berlin, and Rhineland-Palatine.

Based on the clarified ruling and many successful examinations, RUCK has decided - in close cooperation with Karlsruhe’s regional council - to offer preparatory courses. Generally, however, we aim at including this profession in the podiatrist’s occupational profile.

What are the advantages of the sectoral alternative practitioner’s permit?

According to the Alternative Medical Practitioners Act, practising alternative medicine encompasses independent diagnosing, taking healing and relieving actions when persons are sick, suffering or enduring bodily injuries, even when these actions are taken on behalf of another person who does not have the licence to practice medicine. (§ 1 Abs. 2 HPG). This is exactly the amount of self-dependent practice WITHOUT the aid of a medical doctor that was to date not possible under the Podiatry Act.

Just as the alternative practitioner is exempt from VAT for his services, the same applies to the sectoral alternative practitioner. It is not necessary to provide separate rooms within the practice to accommodate both patient groups, either under a national health scheme or privately insured. After successful examination, podiatrists are allowed to use the title "Podiatric alternative practitioner”.

Where can I take the examination for the sectoral alternative practitioner?

Due to the legislation of the Federal Administrative Court, it is expected that all other German federal states will offer this examination in the medium-term.

What do you expect from the preparatory seminar?

An extensive repetition and consolidation of all exam-relevant topics. Among these are:

  • Anatomy, physiology (repetition of the basics)
  • Legal studies (Alternative Medical Practitioners Act and implementing provision, legal boundaries of non-medical healing professions, pharmaceutical-advertising law, tax law)
  • Podiatric limitations (clear distinctions from medical cases)
  • Pathology (cardiovascular system, metabolic disorders, dermatology, neurology, allergies)
  • Differential diagnoses (infections, medications, and side-effects)
  • Microbiology/hygiene (basics of microbiology, hygiene regulations, disinfection, sterilization, practice and personal hygiene)
  • Emergency treatments (recognize emergencies, first-aid)
  • Examination methods (patient history, examination techniques)

Your preparatory training will take 60 teaching units on three weekends delivered by a qualified team of speakers and teachers of our podiatry school. Ten teaching units are designed for self-study, enhanced by a questionnaire for self-monitoring. The limited number of participants will ensure that you will receive an optimum of examination preparation.

Which are the admission requirements for the examination?

  • Minimum age 25 years
  • Podiatric training certificate
  • Clearance certificate with document category 0, not older than three months
  • Medical certificate, not older than three months, that confirms that the applicant is psychologically and physically fit to work as an alternative practitioner.
  • In Rhineland-Palatine, the applicant needs to provide evidence of a five-year professional activity.

Could you describe the examination process?

It is an oral exam of approx. 40 mins. usually taken before a medical officer at the public health department. The responsible public health authority depends on the place of residence or the place of the practice, respectively. In some German federal states, however, the exam might be supplemented by a written multiple-choice test. Podiatric specialist knowledge is not part of the exam, in fact, the candidate needs to prove that she is sufficiently able to evaluate and judge pathologies using differential diagnosis approaches. The boundaries of the unreserved alternative practitioner permit are also relevant for the exam. Generally, the legal provisions are a main exam topic next to the diagnostic tests.