The Verein zur Förderung der Wissenschaft in den Gesundheitsberufen VFWG (Association for the Promotion of Science VFWG) organized two online symposia on the status of the academization in Germany, where only midwives are trained at universities of applied sciences since 2020 forced by EU regulations. Nursing and therapy professions are still subject to the model clause, which has been extended until 2024. In Austria and Switzerland, the education for the therapy professions is located entirely at universities of applied sciences, and for those for nursing and the medical-technical professions in part. The first symposium discussed whether so-called dual courses of study could be a model for the therapy professions in Germany. The second symposium asked whether Austrian and Swiss way could provide arguments for the academization of the health professions in Germany. This article introduces the topic; the following articles document the contributions of various authors to the symposia.