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Wits University Heath Sciences
Nursing 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.
Nursing 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.

Qualification: BNurs

School: Therapeutic Sciences

Faculty: Health Sciences

Duration: 4 years

Study mode: Full-time

Overview

Nursing combines compassion, knowledge, and sophisticated health technology to restore, maintain, and promote the health of individuals, groups, or communities. Nursing is both an art and a science: caring, compassionate relationships blended with the development and application of nursing knowledge, techniques and ethics.

As a Wits nursing student, you will study in a rigorous and vibrant multidisciplinary environment that will stimulate your intellectual inquiry and professional responsiveness. You will learn in small groups and engage in cooperative learning as you work through real-life health scenarios, deciding how to access information that produces the best results in managing health issues.

Nurses practice in a range of settings, including hospitals, community clinics, industry, the military, private practices, homes, and in specialised areas such as hospice and rehabilitation and aged care facilities.

Wits also offers opportunities for further study in nursing.

  • General nursing
  • Child nursing
  • Intensive care nursing
  • Nursing education
  • Nephrology nursing
  • Oncology and palliative nursing
  • Psychiatric nursing
  • Research
  • Trauma and emergency nursing
  • Midwife
First-year
  • Introduction to Medical Sciences
  • Human Behavioural Sciences I
  • Integrated General Nursing Sciences I
  • Anatomy for Nursing Sciences I
Second-year
  • Physiology and Medical Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Integrated General Nursing Sciences II
Third-year
  • Pharmacology
  • Midwifery I
  • Integrated General Nursing Sciences III
Fourth-year
  • Midwifery II
  • Integrated General Nursing Sciences IV

English Home Language OR First Additional Language
Level 4

Mathematics
Level 4

Life Sciences AND/OR Physical Science
Level 4

The Faculty of Health Sciences uses a composite index score to guide applicant selection. This includes:

  • Your matric academic results for five subjects: English, Mathematics, Physical Science/Life Sciences, and the best two other subjects. We consider the percentage achieved, not the symbol.
  • National Benchmark Test (NBT) scores

All applicants – excluding those who are applying to the Graduate Entry Medical Programme (GEMP) only – must write the NBT.

  • The Student Enrolment Centre at Wits handles all student applications.
  • Please click here for an overview of the application process.
  • Check the admission requirements for your degree. Check if any additional selection requirements apply. 
  • Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.
  • Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • If you are an international applicant and/or have a foreign qualification, please click here.

Click here to see the current average tuition fees for the first year of study. The Fees Office website also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal. 

The Financial aid office provides information about on student funding and scholarships. University funded Scholarships include Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships, University Entrance Scholarships, Equality Scholarships, Sports Scholarships and National Olympiad winner awards. For information about NSFAS funding, please visit the NSFAS websiteExternal bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.