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Nursing

The B Cur degree spans over a period of 4 years. However, if candidates do not meet direct admission requirements, they may be considered for the B Cur Extended Programme, which spans over a period of 5 years.

Students have to attend classes and do laboratory work as well as clinical work in healthcare settings in their programme. There is a stipulated amount of practica hours that has to be done before they will be able to qualify. They also have to pass all the modules. The practica is done in various hospitals and healthcare institutions in and around the Nelson Mandela Metropole Area. Nurses will be in class on average 24 hours per week, and spend on average 16 hours in the clinical areas e.g. hospitals or clinics per week. You will be comprehensively orientated in the beginning of the programme. All the necessary particulars and requirements will be given to you at the orientation programme.

Students are assessed continuously throughout their programmes. Assessment can take the form of tests, examinations, assignments, practical assessments, presentations etc. Examinations are written in June/July and again in November/January each year. Theoretical examinations are 3 hours in duration, and practical assessments are approximately 1-2 hours. Assessments can be done in simulation laboratories or in clinical placement areas depending on the programme requirements.

No - the amount of hours are prescribed by the South African Nursing Council and the Department of Nursing Science. Lecturers will place the student in a variety of institutions to ensure that they get the necessary range of exposure to the clinical areas that are required for registration at the end of the programme.

Due to the practical component and hours of practical training the students have to obtain before completing their degree, additional practical hours have to be done during the recess periods. The student will however be able to have recess for 28 days during the December/January recess period.

As the public need 24 hours of care, students will be expected to participate in shift work. Nurses in their first year will participate in shift work on some weekends during recess periods. First year students will not be expected to do shifts at night. Second to fourth year students will be required to do night duty mainly during recess periods.

The degree programme starts at the beginning of February of the student’s first year. Students will be required to attend an orientation programme of the university and of the Nursing Science Department at the end of January.

Students that excel in the nursing programmes are sometimes granted the opportunity to go overseas for a period of time. Some of the students have been to Sweden for 3 months and others have been to America and England for 2-3 weeks. They are expected to be ambassadors for South Africa and the Nursing Profession. Students have to go through a stringent selection process before being awarded this opportunity.

Yes, it is compulsory for all registered nurses to complete one year of community service on completion of their programmes. In June or July of the year in which the students complete the programme they have to complete the forms to request placements for their community service year.

Yes, Nursing students are encouraged to participate in all activities on campus and enjoy their student life.

In most cases the hospitals are in the PE metropolitan area.

It is preferable that nurses have their own transport. It is however not a necessity. Public transport is available in most metropolitan areas e.g. to hospitals and clinics. When nurses do home based care, arrangements can be made by the Department of Nursing Science, but this will be done via the lecturer and only if it is necessary. There is also a shuttle service which transports students from the main campus to Missionvale campus daily.

The university has campus health centres and students are treated for a nominal fee at these clinics. A Registered Nurse will consult with the student first and treat them if necessary. If the student needs to see a doctor the nurse will refer the student to one of the doctors who are available at the university clinics. The university does not provide a medical aid/insurance but students may seek such insurance from a company of their choice and at their own cost.

The student will be qualified as a Registered Nurse in General Nursing Science, Midwifery, Psychiatric Nursing and Community Nursing.