List of Nursing Courses in South Africa
There are three main types of nurses in South Africa:
- Registered Nurses or Nursing Sisters
They are responsible for the supervision of enrolled and enrolled auxiliary nurses as well as typical nursing responsibilities.
- Enrolled Nurses
They perform limited nursing care.
- Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries
They perform basic procedures and care for patients on a general level.
What Qualification Do I Need to Become a Nurse?
To qualify as a nurse, you can do one of the following:
- a four-year bachelor degree in nursing
- a three-year diploma
- a one-year higher certificate in auxiliary nursing
- one-year postgraduate advanced diploma in nursing and midwifery on top of your degree or diploma.
How many years does it take to study nursing in South Africa?
The bachelor degree in nursing is generally a four-year-long course that is offered by most public universities in South Africa: UCT, Wits, Stellies (only postgrad), UP, UWC, NWU, UKZN, UNISA, etc. The degree consists of both a compulsory practical clinical training component and a theoretical component.
After you get your qualification, you have to register with the South African Nursing Council (SANC).