Nursing at (UWC) University of Western Cape

Nursing at (UWC) University of Western Cape

The School of Nursing at the University of the Western Cape is located in the Community and Health Science faculty. The School offers education and training in both under and post graduate levels. All programs offered by the School are recognized by the South African Nursing Council for registration and registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The School of Nursing is the largest residential nursing school in the country and offers the Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs) as its core undergraduate programme. The School further offers the Master of Nursing (MNur) and Doctor Philosophy (PhD.) as part of its postgraduate program



The B Nursing programme is a full time, structured programme with prescribed modules offered over four years. In addition, registered students are placed in clinical facilities, such as hospitals, for compulsory clinical learning and are expected to fulfil the clinical requirements set out in the programme as directed by the South African Nursing Council.

To view details on modules:

B Nursing Programme by modules.pdf

Postgraduate Programmes

MNur Stuctured:

The School of Nursing offers three structured masters courses:

  • M Nursing (Midwifery and Neonatology)
  • M Nursing (Advanced Psychiatry)
  • M Nursing (Nursing Education)

The course work average and mini-thesis each accounts for 50% towards the completion of the degree. Each specialisation has its own prescibed admnission requirements and recommendations for prospective students. These are set out under each course.

Admission Requirements

  • 4 year BNur
  • One year relevant clinical experience or in an area of specialisation
  • Proof of registration with the South African Nursing Council as a Nurse or Midwife

Registration and orientation

The University registration period opens early January and students are to ensure that they consult the General calendar for schedule and registration rules.

In addition to the orientation provided by the University, the school will present its own orientation for Nursing postgraduate students. Students will be notified via email with regards to the programme or may check the website for details.


The course cannot be done via correspondence and attendance of lectures is required. As full and part time share the same lecture periods, one Tuesday every two weeks have been set aside for PG class attendance


The course fees for each year of enrolment is determined by the combined cost of the total number of modules registered per enrolment. Detailed information regarding programme costs and payment rules and options can be found in the University fees booklet available for download from the UWC website.



Purpose of course / Course description

There is currently a shortage of professional nurses in most service settings in South Africa. This impacts on the support provided to student nurses who are placed in these settings. The purpose of this course is to equip professional nurses to perform the role of clinical preceptor. The clinical perceptor will assist you with the development of clinical competencies, which will have a direct impact on the quality of patient care delivery within clinical service settings. The course will be offered for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

Course outcomes

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of clinical teaching, learning and assessment within the context of adult education
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the preceptor in clinical teaching and learning
  • Effectively manage a preceptor-students in simulated and service learning settings
  • Apply relevant knowledge, skills and attributes in the process of clinical teaching and learning
  • Initiate, monitor and evaluate a tailor-made skills training programme
  • Motivatmse students to maintain an interest in learning through the use of creative approaches to teaching and learning

Entry requirements

To qualify for this course you should be registered as a professional nurse (General, Psychiatric and Community) and Midwife:

Government Notice No. R425 of South African Nursing Council of 1985 [22 February 1985 as amended]

Contact: Ms N Johannes 021 959 3482 /



This course includes:

  •  Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
  • Compression Bandaging
  • Self Care
  • Remedial Excercise

Purpose of course/course description:

Currently there is no course available in South Africa that addresses MLD and CDT. This course aims to cover that gap

Course Outcomes 

 At the end of the course you will be expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system
  • Know the indications and contra-indications of MLD and CDT
  • Be competent to apply MLD and CDT to patients suffering of primary or secondary lymphedema
  • Demonstrate competency in bandaging techniques for upper and lower extremities
  • Demonstrate an understanding in the importance of remedial lymphedema excercises and skin hygiene

Entry requirements

Candidates need to be in possesion of an undergraduate degree or diploma in health or health related sciences or the social sciences, and/or several years of working experience in the treatment of patients with lymphedema. 

For further information please contact:

Course Convenor:
Ms S. Walker / +27 21 959 3482


Ms . Johannes / +27 21 959 2271


School of Nursing Contact Numbers

Telephone :  +27 21 959 2271 : Prospective Students

Telephone :  +27 21 959 3074 : Current Undergraduate Students

Telephone :  +27 21 959 3482 : Current Postgraduate Students