Postgraduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing (Adult)

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Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences
Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences
Department: Department of Nursing
Programme Level: Postgraduate
Programme Name: Postgraduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing (Adult)
Programme Code: E9IC1Q
Medium of Facilitation: Part-Time
NQF Level: 8
NQF Credits: 130

Application Start Date: 
Application End Date: Apr 1, 2022


The purpose of Postgraduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing (Adult) is to strengthen and deepen students’ knowledge and expertise in adult critical care as a specialty of the nursing profession. It is designed to develop the student’s skills based on current thinking, practice, and research methods in the field of adult critical care nursing. The aim is to empower the critical care nursing specialists with key competencies i.e.&%2358; knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values. On completion of this programme, graduates will be able to register with the South African Nursing Council (SANC) as critical care nursing specialists, entitling them to work independently within the multidisciplinary team to undertake professional and highly skilled work in adult critical care. This includes prevention of diseases, injuries, complications, screening, appropriate management, and prompt referral of patients with specific and complex health problems in the adult critical care settings.

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Admission Requirements


Selection Process

A Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (R.174), alternatively a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (R.425). A Diploma in Nursing&%2358; General Nurse (R.171) with Advanced Diploma in Midwifery (R.1497). Minimum of two (2) years' experience, (inclusive of a year of community service) after registration with the South African Nursing Council (SANC) as a Professional Nurse or General Nurse and Midwife. A minimum of two (2) years of post-basic clinical experience in adult critical care. Proof of current registration with the SANC as a Professional Nurse or General Nurse and Midwife. Proof of employment, detailing adult critical care experience in years. Approval from your Nursing Service Manager (NSM) to register for the programme and rotate through adult critical care health settings. The prospective student should remain employed at the institution where the permission has been granted by the NSM for the duration of the programme period.

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