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University Of Pretoria Nursing

University Of Pretoria Nursing

University Of Pretoria Nursing, The Department of Nursing Science at the University of Pretoria, as a pioneer in the nursing profession, offered the first degree programme in Nursing in South Africa and was founded in 1956.
Since its inception, the Department has played a leading role in nursing education in South Africa. The qualification in Nursing Science strives for excellence in its teaching and research programmes, and its focus is on the promotion of the intellectual, cultural and personal development of all its students.

Academic Programmes

The Department of Nursing Science offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees

Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Nursing Science (B Cur)

What does the degree entail?

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.

Course content

The syllabus consists of subjects forming the basis for nursing, namely the social, biological and nursing sciences. The subjects within the various sciences are presented by experts of the University of Pretoria.
First year: Anatomy, Nursing Studies, Dynamics of Nursing Practice, Medical Terminology, Philosophy, Physiology, Nursing Practice Education, Computer Literacy and Language Skills, Ethnic Language.
Second year: Community Development, Psychology, Integrative Health Care, Microbiology, Nursing Studies, Physiology, Dynamics of Nursing Practice, Nursing Practice Education, Health Care Systems.
Third year: Pharmacology, Nursing Studies, Dynamics of Nursing Practice, Nursing Practice Education.
Fourth year: Health Research, Nursing Studies, Dynamics of Nursing Practice, Nursing Practice Education.

For more information

Please contact the following person for information:
Dr VM Bhana-Pema
Department of Nursing Science
Faculty of Health Care Sciences
University of Pretoria
Private Bag x 323
ARCADIA
0007
Pretoria
South Africa
Tel: +27 12 356 3171 / 3163
Fax: +27 12 356 3166
Email: varshika.bhana@up.ac.za / nursing@medic.up.ac.za
 

Postgraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Nursing Science (B Cur I et A)

BCUR IetA

Background

To keep abreast of the latest technology and trends in any profession, post-basic education is encouraged by all tertiary institutions, and more so by the University of Pretoria. The Department of Nursing Science at the Faculty of Health Sciences offers the Baccalaureus Curationis (Instructionis et Administrare) (B Cur I et A) degree, aimed at enabling nursing professionals to be a cut above the rest.
The B Cur I et A course branches into Clinical and Non-Clinical courses.

Clinical Courses

The clinical fields of specialisation programmes are presented over a period of at least two years.
The fields of specialization are:

  • Medical and Surgical Nursing Science: Critical Care: General
  • Medical and Surgical Nursing Science: Emergency Nursing
  • Operating Theatre Nursing

Please note that these courses are not necessarily offered every year as the number of applicants per speciality determines the cost-effectiveness of the programmes.

Subjects presented

  1. First year: Clinical Nursing Science I (KVG 110 & KVG 120), Systems of Nursing Practice I (VPT 160) and Nursing Dynamics (VDN 110 & VDN 120). The first year is a generic year for all clinical specialities.
  2. Second year: Clinical Nursing Science II (KVG 250 & KVG 260), Systems of Nursing Practice II (VPT 260) and Nursing Science Practice (VGK 201). The second year is the year of specialisation.

 Entry requirements

  1. Matriculation/Grade 12 certificate
  2. Proof of registration at the SANC as General Nurse
  3. For Child Nursing and Neonatal Nursing, registration as Midwife/Accoucheur is also required
  4. At least one year experience in the workplace relevant to the area of specialisation is compulsory.
  5. A post in the field of speciality at an accredited clinical facility with formal approval of studies by the particular clinical facility.

These programmes are only presented in Pretoria and require weekly attendance. Examinations take place during June and November each year
 
For more information regarding the B Cur I et A (Clinical programme), contact:
Dr CM Maree
Department of Nursing Science
School of Health Care Sciences
Faculty of Health
University of Pretoria
Private Bag X20
Hatfield
0028
South Africa
Tel: +27 12 356 3764 / 3168
Fax: +27 12 356 3466
Email: carin.maree@up.ac.za / nursing@medic.up.ac.za
 

Non-clini cal courses

The fields of specialization in the Non-Clinical course are:

  • Community Nursing,
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Management

 
These courses are presented as first-year subjects of the BCur IetA. Programmes are presented as contact classes supported by paper-based workbooks. The lectures commence in the first week of February and are presented seven times per subject per semester.
The following subject combinations are required:

  1. Community Nursing Science: Community Nursing Science ( GVP 110 & GVP 120) and Nursing Dynamics (VDN 110 & VDN 120)
  2. Nursing Education: Nursing Education Theory (VOW 110 & VOW 120), Didactics of Nursing Education (DNE 110, DNE 120 and DNE 160), and Nursing Dynamics (VDN 110 & 120)
  3. Nursing Management: Nursing Management, Business and Organisational Psychology (BDO and Nursing Dynamics (VDN 110 & VDN 120)

Practica

Community Nursing

320 hours of clinical learning practica is required; part of which will take place during a block at Prinshof Campus (University of Pretioria).

Other courses

The other courses have practica and are done informally as well as formally. The details of the practice will be communicated during contact sessions.

Duration of the programme

3 Years
It is possible to complete all the subjects required for the registration of one qualification with the SA Nursing Council (SANC) in one year.

Entry requirements

  1. Matriculation/Grade 12 certificate
  2. Proof of registration with the SANC as General Nurse
  3. Midwife/Accoucheur is compulsory for Community Nursing Science
  4. At least two years’ applicable experience as registered nurse for the courses in Nursing Education and Nursing Management (This is not applicable if you want to register for Community Nursing only.)

Medium of instruction

The medium of instruction is English, but students may write assignments, tests and examinations in either Afrikaans or English.

Examinations

Examinations are written in June and November of each year.

Application

Prospective students can obtain an application form from the Client Service Centre at the University’s main campus in Lynnwood, Pretoria or phone (012) 420 3111 to request a form to be mailed to you. The following requirements must be met on application:

  1. A fully completed application form
  2. A certified copy of the matriculation/Grade 12 certificate
  3. Certified copies of all SANC registration certificates
  4. A copy of the 2010 or 2011 – SANC receipt (the 2012-receipt must be submitted at registration 2012)
  5. A certified copy of the first page of your identity document
  6. A marriage certificate or divorce order, if applicable
  7. A letter from your employer, stating that you have permission to study

The above is applicable to all first-time students as well as students who have interrupted their studies and still have an existing student number.
Applications must be sent to:
Applications and Selections
University of Pretoria
Pretoria
0002
A non-refundable amount of R200-00 is payable on application.

Closing date for applications

The closing date for all applications is end of November

Registration

Date to be announced. Contact the Department of Nursing Science
Faculty of Health Sciences, Prinshof Campus
(behind Steve Biko Academic Hospital)
HW Snyman Building
31 Bophelo Road
PRETORIA
0001
For more information regarding the B Cur I et A programme, contact:
Prof. MD Peu
Department of Nursing Science
School of Health Care Sciences
Faculty of Health
University of Pretoria
Private Bag X20
Hatfield
0028
South Africa
Tel: +27 12 356 3177 / 3168
Fax: +27 12 356 3166
Email: Dorricah.peu@up.ac.za / nursing@medic.up.ac.za
 

Master of Nursing Science (M Cur) Background

The vision of the Department of Nursing Science is to contribute directly to the South African healthcare services by producing nursing specialists through relevant, nationally and internationally comparable programmes. Registered nurses with the potential for postgraduate studies come from all corners of South Africa. We need to reach these talented people to help them to become well-equipped leaders of the nursing profession.

Master’s degree by virtue of dissertation

A student has to complete a module in Nursing Research Methodology and a dissertation. A bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science and an applicable post-basic qualification are required for admission. The master’s degree may only be awarded in the field of the prerequisite degree or equivalent qualification. The duration of the programme is at least one academic year. The above-mentioned degree is presented in the same specialisation areas as for the master’s degree by virtue of course work.

Master’s degree by virtue of course work

The programme extends over two years. The curriculum comprises the chosen field of specialisation in Advanced Nursing Science, Advanced Dynamics of Nursing Practice, Nursing Research Methodology and a research mini-dissertation. Contact classes take place at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria. During these contact sessions, students are exposed to a variety of learning experiences, such as lectures by experts, multidisciplinary discussion sessions, high-quality information technology, seminars, group work sessions, accompaniment by expert lecturers and co-operative learning with peer group members.

Specialisation fields

The following master’s programmes are offered:
Non-clinical programmes:

  1. M Cur (Nursing Education)
  2. M Cur (Nursing Management)

Clinical programmes:

  1. M Cur (Advanced Community Nursing Science)
  2. M Cur (Advanced Critical Care Nursing Science)
  3. M Cur (Advanced Psychiatric Nursing Science)
  4. M Cur (Advanced Neonatal Nursing Science)
  5. M Cur (Advanced Emergency Nursing Science)
  6. M Cur (Advanced Child Nursing Science)
  7. M Cur (Advanced Midwifery and Neonatal Nursing Science)

All programmes will not necessarily be offered every year.

Registration of an additional qualification

These programmes lead to the registration of an additional qualification with the South African Nursing Council (SANC).

Medium of instruction

The medium of instruction is English, but students may write assignments, tests and examinations in either Afrikaans or English.

Examinations

Examinations take place during June and November each year.

Entry requirements

  1. For the non-clinical master’s degree: another approved bachelor’s degree may also be considered
  2. For the clinical master’s degree: a bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science
  3. Matriculation or Grade 12 certificate with university exemption are required

 Specific admission requirements

 Clinical programmes:

  1. A student must hold at least a part-time position in an accredited clinical facility, deemed applicable by the Head of the Department for the field of study for the master’s degree;
  2. Access to clinical facilities related to the area of specialisation;
  3. Registration with the SANC;
  4. Registration with the SANC non-clinical programmes.

Application for Masters Degree

Prospective students can email Dr TK Bello (tk.bello@up.ac.za) for application forms. Applications will be considered on receipt of the following:

  1. a fully completed application form
  2. a certified copy of the applicant’s matriculation certificate
  3. a certified copy of the applicant’s bachelor’s degree certificate in Nursing Science or equivalent, where applicable
  4. certified copies of all SANC registration certificates;
  5. proof of current registration with the SANC
  6. a certified copy of the first page of the applicant’s identity document
  7. a marriage certificate or divorce order, where applicable
  8. the required non-refundable application fee of R200.00

Completed forms must be submitted to:
Application and Selections
University of Pretoria
Pretoria
0002
Registration fee payable at registration
Please consult https://www.up.ac.za/feesfunding
Registration date & venue
To be confirmed
 
For more information regarding the M Cur programme, contact:
Dr. Shirley Mogale / Prof Tanya Heyns
Department of Nursing Science
School of Health Care Sciences
Faculty of Health
University of Pretoria
Private Bag X20
Hatfield
0028
South Africa
Email:   nursing@medic.up.ac.za  /  Shirley.mogale@up.ac.za / tanya.heyns@up.ac.za
 
 

Doctor Philosophiae (PhD)

Doctoral degree

The doctoral degree is a research degree where students work individually with an academic supervisor who provides the intellectual guidance, professional advice and support to complete a thesis.

Doctor Philosophiae (PhD)

A student will only be admitted to doctoral degree studies if he or she is in possession of a master’s degree. The PhD degree study is conferred by virtue of a thesis. A complete research proposal in respect of the proposed thesis must be submitted to the Department of Nursing Science before a student will be allowed to register. A student who has not already passed Nursing Research Methodology (VNM 800 or its equivalent from another institution) must register for, and attend Applied Research Methodology (TNM 800).
 
For more information regarding the PhD programme, contact:
Prof FM Mulaudzi or Prof Tanya Heyns
Department of Nursing Science
School of Health Care Sciences
Faculty of Health
University of Pretoria
Private Bag X20
Hatfield
0028
South Africa
 
Email: mavis.mualudzi@up.ac.za or Tanya.Heyns@up.ac.za