How to be­come a nurse in SA

CityPress - - Voices & Careers - A ma­tric­u­la­tion cer­tifi­cate is the min­i­mum ad­mis­sion re­quire­ment for col­lege study. What train­ing does a uni­ver­sity of­fer? What train­ing does a col­lege of nurs­ing of­fer? What cour­ses will I study?

The SA Nurs­ing Coun­cil ( has a huge data­base of in­sti­tu­tions that of­fer nurs­ing de­grees or diplo­mas.

How­ever, th­ese are the ba­sic aca­demic re­quire­ments you need to be­come a nurse:

The ad­mis­sion re­quire­ments for uni­ver­sity are a ma­tric­u­la­tion ex­emp­tion (some uni­ver­si­ties re­quire cer­tain sub­jects, such as bi­ol­ogy, phys­i­cal science or math­e­mat­ics). As there are dif­fer­ent aca­demic re­quire­ments, it would be best to con­tact the spe­cific train­ing in­sti­tu­tions in­volved.

Uni­ver­si­ties of­fer a ba­sic, four-year, full-time un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree (BCur) that pre­pares stu­dents in four ca­reer fields, namely gen­eral nurs­ing (car­ing for peo­ple in hos­pi­tals, clin­ics and pri­vate prac­tices); com­mu­nity nurs­ing (pri­mary health­care and the pre­ven­tion of dis­ease in the com­mu­nity); psy­chi­atric nurs­ing (treat­ing the men­tal health of in­di­vid­u­als); and mid­wifery (car­ing for moth­ers and ba­bies).

Clin­i­cal (prac­ti­cal) nurs­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is ob­tained at hos­pi­tals and other health ser­vices dur­ing the four years of study. Uni­ver­si­ties also of­fer post-ba­sic qual­i­fi­ca­tions at di­ploma, de­gree, mas­ter’s and doc­toral lev­els.

There are public and pri­vate nurs­ing col­leges, and the most com­mon cour­ses they of­fer are: a four-year di­ploma lead­ing to reg­is­tra­tion as a nurse ( gen­eral, psy­chi­atric, com­mu­nity or mid­wifery); a two-year bridg­ing course; one-year cour­ses; and post-ba­sic diplo­mas.

A stu­dent can ex­pect to study fun­da­men­tal sub­jects such as anatomy and phys­i­ol­ogy, be­havioural sciences, nurs­ing, mid­wifery, and com­mu­nity and psy­chi­atric nurs­ing.

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