How To Become A Nurse: What Is The First Step?

Wednesday, 10 March, 2021 - 12:55
Terrique Faro
How To Become A Registered Nurse

Are you passionate about caring for the sick? Do you have an interest in the medical field? Becoming a nurse can be a challenging yet rewarding career path.

There is currently a lack of qualified and skilled nurses in South Africa, and this provides a number of employment opportunities for those who want to enter the nursing profession. Nursing is a skill in high demand, and that makes it a great move for those wanting a secure career.

As a certified healthcare worker you will be able to use your skills to serve in your community, work in private practice, or provide home care.

Types of nursing fields

Check out the list below. These are just a few fields in the nursing practise which you can go into.

  • clinical nursing
  • treatment and care
  • midwifery
  • administration
  • psychiatric nursing
  • management roles


Learn as much as you can about these positions before you decide on your healthcare path.


So, you're interested in becoming a nurse. Good for you! Let's take a look at some guidelines to follow in order for you to make your dream a reality.

Once you know which discipline you are most interested in, you will need to obtain a qualification in that field.

Nursing qualifications

  • Higher Certificate
  • Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma
  • Bachelor's Degree

How do I become a Nurse?

Prospective applicants are required to have completed their National Senior Certificate or must possess an equivalent qualification at NQF level 4 in order to access these higher education training programmes.

There is also an opportunity for individuals who already have practical experience in the nursing field to obtain a qualification through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

An application must be submitted according to the RPL policy of the Nursing Education Institution for individual assessment. The credits received from this assessment can be used to access qualification or credit bearing exemptions.

You can complete your training at a registered institution. 

Once completing the degree, students need to register with the South African Nursing Council (SANC). The SANC approves all the courses of institutions and will not register any student without a formal qualification from an institution that is not recognised. For more information students can visit 

For a list of nursing colleges and to find out where you can study nursing, click here.





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