The Bachelor of Nursing degree is a four year honors’ equivalent degree which prepares nursing professionals for nursing and midwifery practice. The degree programme includes theoretical study at the Braamfontein and medical school campuses and clinical training at university affiliate hospitals, community clinics and special areas such as specialist units in hospitals and the health care train.
Nursing courses commence in the first year with correlated periods of community based learning activities and in the second semester, hospital-based clinical practice. These become incremental over the next four years of the degree. The curriculum includes a core of knowledge in the biological, natural, physical and social sciences as well as the theory and practice of nursing science. A strong emphasis on the sciences is a characteristic of a Wits Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.
Admission Requirements to Bachelor of Nursing at Wits
The Faculty of Health Sciences does not calculate an APS score. Only five subjects are used to derive a matriculation score, which is calculated according to the percentage obtained NOT symbols. These are English, Maths, Physical Science/Life Sciences and the best two other subjects.
The National Senior Certificate (NSC) is the current school-leaving qualification. It is based on the current curriculum for Grades 10 to 12. If you are matriculating in 2012, this is the school leaving certificate you will receive if you pass your exams.
The minimum entry requirements are:
- English Home or First Additional Language – Level 4 (50%)
- Mathematics – Level 4 (50%)
Life Science and/or Physical Science – Level 4 (50%)
Bachelor of Nursing degree Course Modules
Introduction to Medical Sciences
Comprehensive Nursing I
Introduction to Psychology
Basic Principles of Group and Individual Psychology 1
Human Behavioural Sciences I
Comprehensive Nursing II
Anatomy for Nurses
Physiology and Medical Biochemistry
Comprehensive Nursing III
Women’s Health I
Research Design and Analysis
Comprehensive Nursing IV
Women’s Health II
Psycho-Social Health II
Structure of the Course
The courses are based primarily on small group learning which allows students to complete a series of clinical problems and are carefully structured to cover the whole curriculum.
The learning process is supported by a wide range of educational resources, libraries, laboratories, lecturers and clinicians, workshops, information technology facilities, seminars, fieldwork, and tutorials. Introduction to concepts of health, wellness and illness, in relation to the individual family and community; introduction to professional practice including caring rights, values and beliefs; aspects of trans-cultural care including interpersonal relationships, communication and lifestyle; introduction to research obtain the knowledge of research principles and methodologies ; first aid and clinical skills related to the above. The qualification is a four year full time period of study. The NQF exit level would be a level 7.
Would a Career as a Nurse suit you?
Being a nurse requires you to have good people skills and thepassion to want to help others. Nurses need to gain the trust of the patients which they care for. The ability to work in a team and to take instruction while being able to think on your own initiative is essential
Why a Wits Nursing Degree?
Wits nurses, study in a rigorous, vibrant multidisciplinary environment that stimulates intellectual inquiry and professional responsiveness. Small group learning is the main teaching / learning strategy. Students engage in cooperative learning to systematically work through carefully constructed real-life health scenarios, deciding what learning is needed to access information, discerning, which information produces the best evidence into the management of health issues. As a consequence, a Wits nurse, learns to ask critical questions in health nursing practice, knows how to analyse important health issues – put forward appropriate solutions which will follow through with competent action and relevant communication.
A Wits nurse is not only a team player but knows how to lead a team and to be of influence in matters of self decision making and policy. In all of this a Wits nurse understands team dynamics, the diversity of views of team members and knows how to facilitate a unified caring approach for the good of the patient and community.
Career Options in Nursing
Nurses practice in a range of contexts and health care settings some of these include:
- Community clinics
- Private nurse
- The Military
- Homes in specialized areas such as Hospice
- Rehabilitation and Aged care facilities.
On completion of the basic degree a registered nurse may choose a career as a nurse, midwife, psychiatric nurse or community health nurse. Through further study a nurse can become a specialist in intensive care, trauma and emergency care, child nursing, neonatal nursing, oncology and nephrology, operating theatre and many more. A career in academia (universities and colleges) as a lecturer and researcher and in policy and health service management: offer non-clinical employment opportunities for nurses.
Each of these career options requires further study.
Opportunities for further studies are available at Advanced Diploma, Masters and Doctoral Levels.; Community Health Nursing Science; Intensive Care Nursing Science; Trauma Nursing Science; Child Nursing Science; Oncology and Palliative Nursing and Nursing Education.
International Nursing Students at Wits University
International students are required to obtain Limited Registration with the South African Nursing Council before you are permitted to commence with any practical requirements. The Department of Nursing Education will facilitate the process with the South African Nursing Council on completion of registration.
The following documents are required for submission to the Nursing Council, six weeks before commencement of the course.
- Letter of Intent
- Curriculum Vitae
- Certified Copy of Passport
- Professional Qualification Certificate
- Valid License to Practice from Regulatory Body
- Study Permit Department of Home Affairs
- Acceptance letter from the University of the Witwatersrand
- Academic Transcript of Training
- Proof of payment to the South African Nursing Council of R1000.00
Further information regarding Limited Registration with the South African Nursing Council refer to www.sanc.co.za
The University has an International Office which offers assistance to international applicants and helps them with the procedures they need to follow. In order to register at the University, please check all requirements on the International Office website.
Tel: 27 11 717 1054; Fax: 27 11 717 1059