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Department of Nursing Science

Academic Programmes



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Five degree programmes are offered at the department:

  • Bachelor of Nursing Science (BCur) programme which allows graduates to register with the South African Nursing Council (SANC) as nurses (general, psychiatric and community) and as midwives/accoucheurs. 
  • Bachelor of Nursing Science – Education and Administration (BCur (I et A) – programme provides professional nurses registered with the SANC the opportunity to obtain post-basic professional qualifications. As the programme is offered through flexi-learning, about 650 registered nurses, mostly from rural areas, annually follow non-clinical nursing science courses (Nursing Education and Nursing Management), as well as Community Nursing.  
  • Residential programmes are presented in clinical nursing science (Critical Care, Emergency Nursing, Child Nursing, Operating Theatre Nursing, Neonatal Nursing and primary health), thus improving their skills and knowledge. 
  • Through the Master of Nursing Science (MCur) programme in Advanced Nursing Science nurses get the opportunity to specialise in clinical and non-clinical fields: Nursing Management, Nursing Education, Advanced Psychiatric Nursing, Community Nursing, Critical Care, Emergency Nursing, Neonatal Nursing and Child Nursing. 
  • The PhD and DCur programmes acknowledge the contribution that candidates have made to the development of the theory of nursing.