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Upon completion of this programme the candidates are eligible for registration of the additional qualification in Advanced General Nursing Science with the South African Nursing Council. Advanced General Nursing Science comprise of the following qualifications, of which the candidate can register for ONE with SANC:

  • Critical Care Nursing Science
  • Operating Theatre Nursing Science
  • Advanced Medical and Surgical Nursing Science

Aim of the programme

This degree aims to provide a career-oriented, educational programme that will:

  • Prepare candidates for advanced practice in a clinical field of Nursing Science.
  • Contribute to quality patient care in the area of speciality.
  • Develop nursing science in this speciality area.

Admission requirements

  • Possession of a four-year Diploma in Nursing Science obtained at a College of Nursing in co-operation with a university.
  • A pass mark of at least 60 % in the major subjects of the diploma.
  • Registration as a nurse with the South African Nursing Council.
  • Proof of personal professional indemnity insurance coverage.
  • Written permission from employer to participate in the programme.
  • Proof of current position in the relevant practice area.
  • At least one year experience in a critical care unit, general ward or operating theatre.
  • BLS/ACLS Training.
  • Approval from the Faculty Management of Health Sciences, on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Nursing Science.

Articulation possibilities

The degree and credits obtained are

  • Recognized by the South African Nursing Council as having met the national standards required for the qualification.
  • Recognized for entrance to the research Masters degree in Nursing Science.

Obtaining the degree

The degree shall be obtained by completing the prescribed modules and practical work.

Duration of study

The programme extends over a period of two academic years of part-time study.


The programme comprises the following modules

(C = Credits)

First year of study

The candidates must register for the following generic modules:

  • Nursing Dynamics: VNN 401 (20C)
  • Clinical Pharmacology: VCP 401 (12C)
  • Foundations of Advanced General Nursing Science: VHA 401 (19C)
  • Research Essay: VRE 401 (20C)

Second year of study

These modules are electives, depending on the speciality enrolled for.

Critical Care Nursing Science:

  • Critical Nursing Science: VHA 403 (19C)
  • Critical Care Nursing Science: VHA 405 (19C)
  • Critical Nursing Science Practica: VHA 407 (19C)

Operating Theatre Nursing Science:

  • Operating Theatre Nursing Science VHA 408 (19C)
  • Operating Theatre Nursing Science VHA 409 (19C)
  • Operating Theatre Nursing SciencePractica: VHA 410 (19C)

Advanced Medical and Surgical Nursing Science:

  • Advanced Medical & Surgical Nursing Science: VHA 402 (19C)
  • Advanced Medical & Surgical Nursing Science: VHA 404 (19C)
  • Advanced Medical and Surgical Nursing Science Practice: VHA 406 (19C)