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The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences are delighted to announce that applications are now open for the Bachelor of Nursing programme at Stellenbosch University for the 2019 academic year.

Download the application form.

Please note the closing date(s) for the B of Nursing programme:

31 August 2018:              
Applications close
- Category B1 - Current learners (grade 12) and applicants who have completed school
- Category B3 - Applicants with tertiary qualifications and/or work experience.

Bursary and Loan applications close (apply for funding on once your application has been finalized)

14 September 2018  
Last date to submit National Benchmarking Test (NBT) results and Non-Academic Merit (NAM) forms for category B1 applicants
Last date to submit Motivational Letters for category B3 applicants

30 September 2018:  
Applications close for Category B2 - Registered University students

​Enquiries: / 021 808 9111

Bachelor of Nursing

Admission Requirements

  • Write the NBTs AQL and MAT by the end of June
  • For the National Senior Certificate an aggregate of at least 50% (calculated without Life Orientation)
  • Mathematics at least 40%
  • Life Sciences at least 50%

About 50 candidates are selected in the year preceding study

The purpose of this programme is to educate and guide a student in becoming a Professional Nurse. Through learning experiences on campus, with communities and in various healthcare facilities, students will develop the behaviours, skills and capabilities they need to become and be leaders who value diversity, and bring careful thought and innovation to their caring practice in Nursing. You will become able to craft person-centred, holistic, contemporary, evidence-informed and resource-sensitive caring practice to support the healthcare and wellbeing of individuals, groups and communities.

Nursing caring practice ranges from seemingly simple essential care activities through to complex, sometimes highly technical care activities - whatever is necessary to support people to be able to meet their self-care needs, stay or become healthy, and experience well-being. Nurses work with their healthcare colleagues across many different contexts to provide safe, quality person-centred care to people, families and communities who have multiple and varied self-care needs across the lifespan.

This is a four-year programme offered on the Tygerberg campus and its associated distributed clinical training platform. The clinical practice context is very diverse ranging from the public sector health care service settings, private health care sector as well as relevant learning experience in schools, social services, rehabilitation facilities, non-governmental and non-profit organisations. The curriculum encompasses the study of Nursing and Midwifery discipline theory and practice across the four years. This discipline specific learning is complemented by modules in Anatomy, Physiology, Biophysics and Biochemistry, Psychosocial Aspects of Care, Research Methodology, Microbiology and Pharmacology. This is followed by one year of community service after which you will be eligible to register with the South African Nursing Council as a Professional Nurse.

There are many work opportunities in healthcare once you have been registered with the South African Nursing Council. Nurses work in the public, private and non-governmental healthcare services as well as other health related industries and academic environments. These opportunities include working in district health services, clinics, community or school health, hospitals, frail care, correctional facility healthcare, private practice and so forth. This degree provides the foundation from which you can then study further to become a specialist midwife or specialist nurse in disciplines such as primary health care, occupational health, operating room nursing, emergency nursing, critical care nursing, paediatric and neonatal nursing, healthcare service management, nursing education, palliative care ,oncology or advanced psychiatry. Apart from the specialist programmes, the Bachelor degree also provides further opportunities such as pursuing Master and PhD degrees.​