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Education and Training of Nursing and Midwifery Students

Curriculum submission template for Nursing Education Institutions


Guidelines on interprovincial clinical placement of students for experiental learning


Study of Nursing


Schedule of Post Graduate Diploma

The following qualifiers of the Postgraduate Diploma are reflected as approved by Council:


  • Child Nursing
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing (Adult)
  • Critical Care Nursing (Child)
  • Emergency Nursing
  • Forensic Nursing
  • Infection Prevention and Control Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Midwifery 
  • Nephrology Nursing
  • Occupational Health Nursing
  • Oncology and Palliative Nursing
  • Ophthalmic Nursing
  • Orthopaedic Nursing
  • Perioperative Nursing
  • Primary Care Nursing


  • Health Services Management
  • Nursing Education

The Nursing Education Institutions are therefore expected to submit their programmes in line with the above. 

Education and Training guidelines for postgraduate diploma programmes:


A – Student application form
B – Completion form including declaration form
C – Application form for registration as a Nurse Specialist or Midwife Specialist 
D – Example of an Educational Master Plan
E – Information that must be included in the Memorandum of Agreement

Video: Nursing as a career

Collaboration between the CHE and SANC

CHE and SANC have reached an agreement regarding the process that will be followed regarding the accreditation of Nursing programmes.

… read the entire notice.

New Nursing Curriculum

Community Service process

Community Service forms

Nursing Education and Training Standards

The South African Nursing Council has approved the following nursing education and training standards:

Qualification Framework: Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing

Qualifications Frameworks: Undergraduate programmes

Education and Training Regulations

All education and training regulations are published under the Publications page of this website.

Education and Training News

News about timeframes for offering legacy Nursing and Midwifery qualifications

30 September 2014

The Nursing Council has sent out circulars to stakeholders informing them of the decisions taken by Council at its recent meeting:

  • confirming that certain legacy programmes will be terminating in June 2015 (last entries); and
  • resolving that other legacy programmes have been given a further extension – to allow for the time necessary to complete the development and implementation of the new programmes and for the establishment of Public Nursing Colleges.

For further information, please see the following circulars.

11/2014Extension of Offering the Education and Training Programme Leading to Registration as a Nurse (General, Psychiatric and Community) and Midwife (Government Notice No. R.425 of 22 February 1985 as amended)
12/2014Extension to offer Supplementary and Post Basic (Additional) Qualifications including Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to Registration as a General Nurse or Psychiatric Nurse
13/2014Legacy Nursing Education and Training Programmes that will be NO LONGER OFFERED after 30 June 2015

Implementation of the New Nursing Education Qualifications – July 2015

13 August 2013

The Nursing Council has published further information on the implementation of the New Nursing Education Qualifications.  This information includes circulars on:

  • Curriculum Framework for entry levels of nursing
  • Revised Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy Guidelines; and 
  • Policy on Accreditation Appeals Process

Click here for further information (Circulars 8-10 of 2013)