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Students do not “work” during the 4-5 years of their study. They have to get practical experience and learn how to do certain clinical skills which can only be done in the surrounding hospitals and clinics. These practical hours that the students have to do are set (prescribed) by the South African Nursing Council.

Students that do not complete the prescribed amount of clinical hours cannot be registered as qualified nurses at the South African Nursing Council on completion of their programmes, and will therefore not be able to work as a professional nurse in South Africa.