University of Pretoria UP Nursing Courses

Undergraduate degree

Being a nurse means being part of the large team of professional workers dedicated to rendering health services to the community. It requires being prepared to understand, accept and trust people whose way of life, beliefs, values and culture may totally differ from one’s own, and to serve them and care for them with one’s knowledge and personal aptitude. Nursing Science equips one to serve others and to enrich their lives. The name of the degree means caring.

The course covers four years of full-time study. During the course, students are prepared for four career fields, namely:

General Nursing

Caring for people with different needs in different situations, such as in hospitals, clinics and private practices.



Community Nursing

This is aimed at primary health care. It includes the prevention of diseases and the promotion of health, the rendering of clinical nursing services and the rehabilitation of people in the general community.

Psychiatric Nursing

The emphasis is on the mental health of individuals, families and the community.

Midwifery Nursing  

In this field, the emphasis is on providing in the unique physical, psychic and mental needs of a woman and her baby within the family and the community.  This entails that students have to work fixed hours during the semester and also spend certain holiday periods doing actual nursing.

Students register with the South African Nursing Council as student nurses.

What can I do with my degree?

You can work in various hospitals and clinics in the community and also run a private nursing practice. The state and the private sector offer a wide variety of opportunities. The following fields of nursing specialisation are available: general medical and surgical nursing science; emergency nursing, theatre nursing, community nursing; psychiatric nursing; midwifery nursing; paediatric nursing; neonatal nursing; nursing management and nursing education.

Admission requirements

Mathematics, Physical Science, Biology or Physiology are recommended subjects. Selection is based on academic merit. An AP-score Grade 11(25) and Grade 12(24) is required. A personal interview is conducted with every applicant. An NSC for degree purposes is required with the following minimum subject requirements and AP-score per subject, indicated in brackets:

·        English (4);

·        Additional Language (4);

·        Four other subjects (4);

·        Life Orientation (4) – Life Orientation is excluded from the APS-calculation.

Admission to the course is subject to Departmental selection, and applications close on 31 May of the preceding year. Selection also includes writing the University’s admission test.

Postgraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Nursing Science (Education and Administration) [B Cur (I et A)]

The programme provides professional nurses registered with the SANC the opportunity to obtain professional post-basic qualifications. The programme is offered through flexi-learning. The programmes that can be followed are:

  • Clinical nursing with sub-speciality of Child Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, Emergency Nursing, Neonatal Nursing, Operating Theatre Nursing, Primary Health
  • Community Nursing
  • Nurisng Education
  • Nursing Management

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  • Bachelor of Nursing Science, Education and Administration (B Cur I et A)

Master of Nursing Science (M Cur)

The Master’s degree can be obtained by virtue of dissertation or course work. The specialisation areas are: Advanced Psychiatric Nursing, Child Nursing, Community Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, Emergency Nursing, Neonatal Nursing, Nursing Education and Nursing Management.

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  • Master of Nursing Science (M Cur)

Doctor Philosophiae (PhD)

The  PhD and DCur programmes requires candidates to make a unique contribution to the body of knowledge in Nursing.

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  • Doctor Philosophiae (PhD)

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