To be a nurse in South Africa, you must get a qualification from an accredited Institutions and also register with the South African Nursing Council, SANC. also, good nurses are demanded not just for bedside care, but also for leadership places, education, and advocacy. Below are the standard ways to becoming a nurse in South Africa;
How Do I Become a Nurse?
Whether you hope to be a certified practical or vocational nurse( LPN/ LVN), registered nurse ( RN), or director, the first step to getting a nurse is getting a solid education.
Choose a Nursing Path
If you have a passion for a certain or particular type of nursing, consider the type of education you’ll need to get there.
Qualifications that Qualify a Nurse in South Africa
- Four-year Bachelor Degree in nursing (BCur– Bachelor of Nursing Science, Education & Administration)
- three-year Diploma
- One-year Higher Certificate in auxiliary nursing
- One-year Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in nursing and midwifery on top of your degree or diploma.
Earn a Degree
The following are the types of Nursing Degrees available
- Nursing diplomas
- Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
- Master of Science in Nursing (BSN)
- Doctoral degrees (DNP, ND, PhD, DNSc)
After you get your prescribed qualification, you have to register with the South African Nursing Council (SANC).
One of the major functions of the SANC is to accredit nursing education institutions (NEI’s) and the training programmes presented by those institutions. Nursing Council is empowered in terms of legislation to perform these functions.
Become a Lifelong Learner
You can choose to work in any number of places, but if you want to study further, you can study for a master’s degree or advanced diploma in nursing and you can register as an Advanced Practice Nurse; Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Advanced Nurse Practitioner and practice as a consultant.
SANC Accredited Nursing Education Institutions 2021/2022
The comprehensive list of all the universities, colleges, and satellite institutions that offer accredited nurse training programs according to the South African Nursing Council (SANC) are published below in pdf format.
- Private Nursing Education Institutions (by Province) accredited to offer the NEW qualifications– 2021/2022
- Public Colleges (by Province) accredited to offer the NEW qualifications– 2021/2022
- Universities (by Province) accredited to offer the NEW qualifications– 2021/2022
- Accredited PRIVATE Nursing Education Institutions (by Province) still offering legacy qualifications– 2021/2022
If a particular institution does not appear on these lists or if you find any errors on the lists, please contact the Accreditation Section at SANC to verify your information.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE:
This information is published in good faith, and the Council cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. In particular, Council cannot be held responsible where institutions have decided to cease offering programmes for which they have previously been accredited.
If you are aware of any institution that you think may be operating illegally or providing an illegal programme, please send full details to the Council so that the facts can be checked.
Please know that 50% of this content is obtained from the official SANC website, therefore, accuracy is assured to readers.
All questions and queries should be referred to the South African Nursing Council (SANC).
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