Press Rel 3/2018

SUBJECT: SANC warning against “pre-nursing” programme
  5 April 2018

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) issued a warning today regarding certain institutions that are offering the Community Health Work programme purporting that it is an entry requirement into nursing education programmes.


These institutions lure students, who do not meet the minimum entry requirements into nursing education programmes, into their programmes with promises that it will provide them with an opportunity to bridge into nursing education. Says Ms Sizo Mchunu, Registrar of the SANC: “We should make it clear that this is not true. Entry requirements into nursing education programmes are legislated and the Community Health Work programme or any “pre-nursing” programme will not assist students to bridge the gap. They will be paying a lot of money for the programme only to find out at the end of their studies that the SANC cannot allow them, according to legislation, to register as student nurses.”


The SANC requests all students to be mindful of institutions that are recruiting and promising them that if they don’t meet requirements for entry into the nursing profession, they must do the community health course as a bridging programme. Of even bigger concern is that apparently these institutions are expecting the students to deposit huge sums of money into their accounts as an entry fee.


The SANC strongly warns students and potential students against these institutions that offer the so-called ‘’pre-nursing”-programme, purporting that it is an entry requirement for any nursing programme.



Official Spokesperson:

Ms S Mchunu
Registrar and CEO: SA Nursing Council


Issued by:

Mrs. Adri van Eeden
Senior Manager: Marketing and Communications
South African Nursing Council 
Tel:          012 426-9542


For more information or to arrange for an interview with the Spokesperson, please contact Mrs. Adri van Eeden on Tel (012) 426-9542 or email: