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Where To Study Nursing In South Africa

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If you dream of making a difference in people's lives, maybe even saving them, and want to care for people day in and day out, maybe nursing is the perfect career for you. South Africa offers many opportunities for nurses, that goes from studying it to becoming one and actually working. Here's where to study to become a nurse.

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If you have always seen yourself as someone who helps and cares for others and have always wanted to be your own version of a hero, nursing is the right choice for you. The nursing industry in South Africa is growing fast and finding a job as a nurse is easier than most. Nurses also don't have to only work in a hospital, they can work across multiple places, even for a large company who needs a nurse on hold.

There are three types of nurses: Registered Nurses or Nursing Sisters who supervise other nurses and carry out nurse duties, Enrolled Nurses who perform limited nursing care and Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries who perform basic procedures and care for patients.

To qualify as a nurse, you can do one of the following:

  • a four-year bachelor degree in nursing (BCur– Bachelor of Nursing Science, Education & Administration)
  • 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.

After you get your qualification, you will then need to a year of mandatory community service and you have to register with the South African Nursing Council (SANC) which involves doing an exam. 

Gauteng

  • University of Witwatersrand
  • University of Pretoria
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • Vaal University of Technology
  • Life College of Learning
  • Netcare Education
  • Mediclinic
  • Baragwanath Nursing College
  • University of Johannesburg
  • Healthnicon SA
  • Ann Latsky Nursing College
  • Rahima Moosa Campus
  • Ga-Rankuwa Nursing College
  • SG Lourens Nursing College
  • SAMHS Nursing College

Cape Town

  • University of Cape Town
  • University of the Western Cape
  • Stellenbosch University
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Life College of Learning
  • Netcare Education
  • Western Cape College of Nursing
  • Worcester Nursing School

North West

  • North West University
  • Xcelsius Nursing College
  • Mmabatho Nursing College
  • Moses Kotane Nursing School
  • Thusong Hospital Nursing School
  • Caerus Nursing School

Kwazulu-Natal

  • University of Kwazulu-Natal
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Life College of Learning
  • Netcare Education
  • University of Zululand
  • Kwa-Zulu Natal College of Nursing
  • ChatsMed Candlelight Nursing School
  • Bethesda Hospital School
  • Rietvlei Hospital School
  • Eshowe Hospital School
  • St Aidans Hospital School
  • Manguzi Hospital School
  • Nkonjeni Hospital School
  • Iris Marwick Hospital School
  • Church of Scotland Hospital School

Eastern Cape

  • Life College of Learning
  • Netcare Education
  • Lilitha College of Nursing
  • Nelson Mandela University
  • Walter Sisulu University
  • University of Fort Hare

Northern Cape

  • Henrietta Stockdale Nursing College

Free State

  • University of Free State
  • Free State School of Nursing

Limpopo

  • University of Limpopo
  • Limpopo College of Nursing

Mpumalanga

  • Mpumalanga College of Nursing
  • Barberton Hospital School
  • Standerton Hospital School
  • Middleburg Hospital School
  • Sabie Hospital Nursing School
  • Witbank Hospital School
  • Piet Retief Hospital Nursing

Hospitals all over South Africa also offer nursing programmes. A good thing to do would to be to contact your nearest hospital and ask whether there are nursing courses attached to the hospital and go from there.

You can also study nursing through Unisa. They offer a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing Science qualification and you can even go up to a Masters qualification in Nursing at Unisa.

Choosing to study nursing is a very good option in South Africa and you should definitely get excited about the range of opportunities that await you when you choose to embark on your nursing journey.

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