Nursing at (WITS) University of the Witwatersrand

Nursing at (WITS) University of the Witwatersrand

Nurses work collaboratively with physicians, therapists, patients and families and focus on treating illness to improve quality of life. The degree prepares professionals for general nursing and midwifery practice.Sponsored Links

Qualification: BNurs

School: Therapeutic Sciences

Faculty: Health Sciences

Duration: 4 years

Study mode: Full-time

Programme overview

The Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs) degree is a 4 year, full-time course.

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.

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.

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.

Nursing is one of the health care professions that is diverse and uniquely rewarding. Nursing combines compassion, knowledge and sophisticated health technology to achieve its goals: to restore, maintain and promote the health of individuals, groups or communities.

Nursing is both a science and an art: The science component is the development and application of nursing knowledge and techniques. The art of nursing is the establishment of a caring, compassionate relationship through which nurses apply knowledge and skill in a discerning and ethical manner.

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.

Nurses practice in a range of contexts and health care settings, some of these include: hospitals, community clinics, industry, the military, private practice, homes in specialised areas such as hospice, rehabilitation and aged care facilities.

Career Opportunities

  • Nurse
  • Midwife
  • Paramedic
  • Health service manager

Entry Requirements

English HL or 1st Add Lang – 4 Mathematics – 4
Life Sciences and/or Physical Science – 4

Application Process

Your application

  • You may apply for three programmes (degrees).
  • Applications to Wits must enclose a non-refundable application fee of R100 (for international applicants, R700).

Documentation / Checklist

  • Submit your Grade 11 report which must be signed and stamped by your school principal.
  • If you have already matriculated, attach a copy of your matric certificate.

Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.