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How to become a Nurse in South Africa – 6 Steps


To become a nurse in South Africa, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Meet the minimum requirements: You must have a National Senior Certificate (NSC) or equivalent qualification, with at least a level 4 pass in Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy, Physical Science (Life Science for Auxiliary Nurses), and English.
  2. Choose a nursing program: You can choose between three types of nursing programs: a diploma, a degree, or a certificate program. The diploma and degree programs are offered at universities and colleges, while the certificate program is offered at nursing colleges.
  3. Apply to a nursing program: You can apply to a nursing program through the Central Applications Office (CAO) or directly to the institution.
  4. Complete the nursing program: The duration of the nursing program varies depending on the type of program you choose. Diploma programs are typically three years, while degree programs are four years. Certificate programs take 12-18 months to complete.
  5. Register with the South African Nursing Council (SANC): After completing your nursing program, you must register with the SANC to obtain a license to practice as a nurse in South Africa. You must also complete a Community Service year before you can practice as a professional nurse.
  6. Further Education and Training: Once you become a professional nurse, you can pursue further education and training to specialize in a specific area of nursing, such as midwifery, critical care, or pediatrics.

Note: The requirements and process may vary depending on the nursing program and institution you choose. It is always best to check with the institution or the SANC for specific requirements and guidelines.


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