Faculty of Health Sciences



Rules for Nursing Science programmes- Degrees and Diplomas

The rules and regulations which follow must be read in conjunction with those of the Faculty of Health Sciences, the provisions of the Higher Education Act, The University Statute, the general rules and regulations of the University, and of the South African Nursing Council. Where a learner includes a module(s) from another faculty, the rules and regulations of that faculty apply to that/those module(s)




The purpose of the Programme

A Nursing degree leading to registration with the South African Nursing Council as a nurse (general, psychiatric, community) and midwife (Regulation R425). This programme aims to prepare a fully fledged nursing professional, comprehensively trained, capable of providing preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative care, with special emphasis on rural communities. The graduates must have values, competencies, knowledge and role development that will give foundation to continue to grow and learn in their profession.

Delivery Mode: Full-time Contact

The programme will be delivered in a format that will be accessible to full- time students. It will be in the form of lectures, tutorials, and laboratory practical sessions followed by placement in different health services. The focus is on problem-based learning and community-based education

Minimum Entry Requirements

Senior Certificate

(Minimum admission score of 32)

Age of entrance shall be 17 years to 36 years. Minimum educational requirements - 12 years of schooling. Matriculation exemption with the following subjects:

English E(HG) or   D(SG)

Biology E(HG) or   D(SG)

Physical Science E(HG) or D(SG), E(SG) may be considered on merit if the other symbols are above the minimum requirements.

National Senior Certificate (NSC)

Minimum statutory NSC requirements for degree must be met

Compulsory Subjects

NSC achievement rating of at least 5 (60-69%) in IsiXhosa as home language or first additional

NSC achievement rating of at least 4 (50-59%) in English

NSC achievement rating of at least 4 (50-59%) in Mathematics literacy or

NSC achievement rating of at least 3 (40-49%) in Mathematics NSC achievement rating of at least 4 (50-59%) in Life Sciences NSC achievement rating of at least 4 (50-59%) in Physical Science

Not compulsory subjects

4(50-59%) in Life Orientation 4(50-59%) in Information Technology Admission of students shall be once a year.  Applicant must be medically fit

The closing date for applications will be 30 September, however late applications will be considered under certain circumstances

Persons above 23 years of age with a Senior Certificate and conditional exemption from South African Higher Education. Failure to obtain the mature age exemption – the student with be disqualified.

International Students

Must produce a valid student permit

Submit proof of the assessment of qualifications by SAQA.

Statement from the professional body of the country of origin that the qualification obtained will be recognised

Duration of Courses Four (4) years full time only.

Admission / Selection Procedure

Students are selected on the basis of their academic achievements. The selection committee is made up of members of the Faculty.


All admitted students are expected to attend the Faculty Orientation Programme. For registration with the South African Nursing Council all candidates must bring a certified copy of an Identity Document and certified Std 10 certificate.


All new students will be required to undertake the Faculty Declaration, in a ceremony to be determined by the faculty.


Registration with the professional body: South African Nursing Council should be done at commencement of training and a certificate will be issued as proof of the registration. The onus is on the learner therefore, to ensure that he/she is registered.

Registration as a learner with the university takes place every year, otherwise no one is allowed to attend lectures, practicals, and tutorials, nor write tests and examinations without being registered for that module/s, as these may not be recognised i.e. credited by the university.

Learners should produce proof of being members of a professional organisation for indemnity purposes. Some health facilities will not allow learners who do not carry indemnity.

Practical and clinical training

Learners shall complete a prescribed clinical programme for each sub-discipline i.e. general nursing science, psychiatric nursing science, community nursing science, and midwifery at approved clinical and health care  facilities and in community settings. Relevant integration is necessary. The total number of hours, as prescribed by the South African Nursing Council, is 4 000.

Obtaining the degree

The degree shall be obtained by completing the modules and practical work prescribed.

On completion, students are expected to undertake a Nurse’s pledge of service, in a ceremony determined by the Faculty.

Awarding degree cum laude

The degree will be awarded cum laude if candidates comply with the requirements of the relevant General Rules as set out in the General Prospectus, and provided that only Nursing Science modules shall be regarded as major modules.