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Nagraadse Diploma in Verpleegkunde (Kritieke Sorg)

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Outcomes of the programme
Structure and duration
Modules and assessment
Admission requirements
Cost of the programme
Contact details
Application information

DISCLAIMER: The above information is a framework of the programme, detailed information is available in the Health Sciences yearbook

Outcomes of the programme

- To expose a student to a specialist area in Nursing science and equip the student with the necessary knowledge and clinical skills to practice effectively in her/his chosen specialist area.
- Promote critical-analytical thinking.
- To expose the student to basic and simple principles/methodology of research.

Description of the nature of the programme
On completion of this diploma the student should demonstrate the following skills:

·     that she/he can apply knowledge and skills of the specialist area in practice effectively, systematically and with confidence (application of higher cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills).
·     that she/he can apply basic principles and methods of research.
·     that as a practitioner she/he can effectively apply specialist knowledge (theoretical and clinical) in the relevant health care area. This specialist knowledge differs in depth and breadth to the BCur Hons programme.
·     critical thinking at this level of education in the specialist area.
·     skills to effectively organise and manage in the health care service / health care unit / patient care.
·     effective communication with health care consumers and colleagues in health services through use of visual, verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills.
·     fulfilment of professional conduct codes, ethical codes, scope of practice requirements and effective solving of professional/ethical/practice/management issues.
·     as a generic outcome, that she/he participates in the advancement of the South African community’s quality of life. Also demonstrates as a specific outcome that the individual, group or community’s health care needs are managed effectively.
·     applies appropriate academic, ethical and professional values and is a role model in the profession.
·     explores strategies to promote effective learning, academic self-reflection and adaptability.
·     able to deliver preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative service to humankind at any point on the health-disease continuum.


Structure and duration

Study material is sent to you. This will include study guides for the relevant modules, information sheets and a broadcast schedule. Study guides contain the contact detail, assessment requirements and outcomes you will need to complete the module.
Student contact sessions via interactive telematic sessions, e-mail, webstudies, telephone and post.
Computer literacy is strongly recommended as student support and communication, assignment submissions and assessment can be done via electronic media.
Study material and broadcasts are in English. Assignments and examinations may be completed in English or Afrikaans. Examination papers are compiles in English and Afrikaans.
These are offered as contact programmes with certain modules on the distance education platform. Students must attend contact sessions on the Tygerberg campus and be able to do clinical experience in the Cape Town area at approved clinical facilities.
The duration of the programme is one year.

Modules and assessment

- Principles of advanced nursing practice 711
- Principles of advanced nursing practice 741
- Research methodology
- Principles and processes of Critical Care Nursing
- Clinical foundations: Critical Care Nursing
- System abnormalities: Critical Care Nursing


A variety of formative and summative assessment methods are used. Each student is assessed individually through:

- assignments
- basic use of research principles and basic research project
- patient case presentations
- clinical rounds
- case studies
- clinical assessment
- written tests and exams
- assessment of psychomotor skills in the
relevant specialist area.

The assessment results indicate that outcomes are achieved. Assessment of the nursing specialist in practice indicates appropriate academic depth, focus and integration of theory and practice.

Each module is assessed separately with a minimum pass mark of 50%. The performance mark of the programme is calculated based on the relative weighting of each module as indicated by the credit value for each module.


Admission requirements

1.   School completion certificate from the Matriculation Council or Senior certificate from the Department of Education.
2.   B-degree in Nursing Science or a Diploma in Nursing Science.
3.   Registration certificate(s) in relevant disciplines from the South African Nursing Council.

Cost of the programme

Contact Student fees:
Telephone: +27 21 808 4913
Fax: +27 21 808 3739

Contact details

Telematic Services
Private Bag X1
Matieland, 7602
Tel. +27 21 808 2953
Fax: +27 21 887 5209


Janet Bell
(Course co-ordinator)
Tel: +27 21 938 9299/9036
Fax: +27 21 932 6588

Florence Kleinhans
(Programme Administrator)
Tel: +27 21 938 9036

Application information

The closing date for the programme is 31 October
Application forms are available here

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