Find out how to become a Registered Nurse in South Africa
What Qualification Do I Need to Become a Nurse?
To qualify as a nurse, you can do one of the following:
- a four-year bachelor degree in nursing
- a three-year diploma
- a one-year higher certificate in auxiliary nursing
- one-year postgraduate advanced diploma in nursing and midwifery on top of your degree or diploma.
After you get your qualification, you have to register with the South African Nursing Council (SANC).
Admission Requirements for Nursing in South Africa
The admission requirements for university are a matriculation exemption (some universities require certain subjects, such as biology, physical science or mathematics). As there are different academic requirements, it would be best to contact the specific training institutions involved.
Where you’ll work as a Nurse
More nurses than ever are now working in community settings such as a GP practices, clinics, and schools and community hospitals. As more care is moved out of hospitals into the community, this will only increase. Opportunities continue to exist in acute hospital settings; outpatient services, accident and emergency, operating theatres, neonatal care or neurology will always need highly trained and specialist nurses.