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What Are The Requirements to Study Nursing Courses

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The nursing profession is a commendable and selfless one in which a licensed health-care professional is tasked with caring for the ill. The following is a breakdown of the post-matric qualifications a student would need to pursue this career path.

A qualified nurse is just as important a healthcare professional as a qualified doctor may be when it comes to the internal operations of a standard hospital.

Nevertheless, there are a number of requirements to undergo before one can become a qualified nurse. To start, there are three types of nursing qualifications to be pursued, which include:

  • A Senior Certificate in Nursing
  • A Diploma in Nursing
  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • (There is also a Baccalaureus Curationis (BCur) degree that is offered as an alternative).

The requirements to study each of these course options are as follows:

Higher Certificate in Auxiliary Nursing (1 year):

  • Student must have acquired their National Senior Certificate (NSC) at the end of their matric academic year with an overall NSC score of 16 points including at least 40% in English or home language and at least 50% for Life Science or Biology

Advanced/Diploma in Nursing (3 years):

  • Student must acquire at least a matric education standard and have passed Mathematics, English, a First/Home Language, Life Orientation and Life Science. Finally, the student must enrol as a nurse with the South African Nursing Council.

Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (4 years):

  • Student must acquire at least a matric education standard and have passed Mathematics, English, a First/Home Language, Life Orientation and Life Science. Finally, similarly to the Diploma enrolment requirements, the student must enrol as a nurse with the South African Nursing Council.

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