Undergraduate Programmes

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Programme Duration

  • Full-time: Minimum 4 years and Maximum 6 years
  • NQF Level 8, 480 Credits


The purpose of the Bachelor of Nursing is to produce professional graduates competent in the knowledge and skills required for managing and providing an integrated, holistic, scientifically based nursing and midwifery health care service to society. The aim is to develop reflective, caring practitioners capable of integrating principles, theory, proven techniques and relevant clinical skills in the delivery of a service, focusing on the promotion of health, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of nursing and midwifery related problems. On completion of this programme, graduates will be able to register with SANC as a professional nurse and midwife, entitling them to practice independently and within a multidisciplinary team in the private or public health sector or in the education or research sector.


1. Apply and execute the scientific principles of comprehensive nursing and midwifery care as a professional nurse and midwife.
2. Apply and justify the principle of research and science-based problem-solving.

Rules of Access and Admission Requirements

At entrance level, the prospective student should hold a Further Education Certificate (level 4), with full exemption.
Owing to the limited number of clinical learning facilities, the following two additional selection criteria shall also apply:

A National Senior Certificate (NSC) – APS Score with minimum requirements as shown below: (Exclude Life Orientation when calculating APS)
Minimum APS: 30

  • Language of Teaching and Learning (English): 5
  • Mathematics: 4
  • Mathematical Literacy: Not accepted
  • Physical Sciences: 4
  • Life Sciences: 4

Selection Criteria

Selection will be based on:

• Academic merit; APS score
• A structured personal interview
• English proficiency

Pass Requirements

1. Students may enrol for a module in the following year, provided that:
(a) They have passed the prerequisites modules.
(b) The module selection does not lead to timetable clashes.
2 .First year students must pass a minimum of 60% of the first-year modules as well as the prerequisites to proceed to the next level. This includes both the theoretical and clinical modules.
3. 100% attendance of all class and clinical practicals is compulsory.
4. Students may not register for the same module for a third time without permission from the Head of Department and Executive Dean.
5. Students have a maximum of six years to complete the qualification.

Clinical Practice (Work Integrated Learning in an accredited clinical institution)

1. Students should comply with the clinical/practical formative and summative assessment requirements in order to found competent in clinical skills.
2. Be registered as a Student Nurse with South African Nursing Council (SANC)
3. Students must by the end of each year complete the number of hours as regulated by the SANC for clinical practice which are detailed in the study guides and Bachelor of Nursing policy.