By | June 15, 2022

Nursing schools in South Africa are some of the best, they have professionals to train nurses with modern facilities. Nursing is one of the most prestigious courses in the world, nursing is a health sector profession that cares for individuals, families, and communities.

Nursing is fast-growing in South Africa and finding a job as a nurse is easy compared to all other professions. If you love caring for people or you want to save lives, nursing might be the perfect job for you.

There are many opportunities for nurses in South Africa, they have good training and there is provision for work. As a nurse you don’t necessarily need to work in a hospital, you can work for a big company that needs nurses.

Types of nurses

There are basically three types of nurses, they are;

1. Registered Nurses or Nursing Sisters: They supervise other nurses and also carry out their duties as a nurse.

2. Enrolled Nurses: They perform limited nursing care

3. Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries: Perform basic procedures and care.

How can I become a nurse?

To become a nurse in South Africa, you will have to study in an accredited nursing school. Below are the programmes available to become a nurse

  • a four-year bachelor degree in nursing (BCur– Bachelor of Nursing Science, Education & Administration)
  • a three-year diploma
  • a one-year higher certificate in auxiliary nursing
  • one-year postgraduate advanced diploma in nursing and midwifery on top of your degree or diploma.

After your nursing programme, you are required to do one-year compulsory community service and writing exam to register with the South African Nursing Council (SANC).

Nursing Schools in South Africa

Below are nursing colleges in South Africa in each province;


  • Ann Latsky Nursing College
  • Baragwanath Nursing College
  • Ga-Rankuwa Nursing College
  • Healthnicon SA
  • Life College of Learning
  • Mediclinic
  • Netcare Education
  • Rahima Moosa Campus
  • SG Lourens Nursing College
  • SAMHS Nursing College
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • University of Witwatersrand
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of Johannesburg
  • Vaal University of Technology

Cape Town

  • Stellenbosch University
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Life College of Learning
  • Netcare Education
  • Western Cape College of Nursing
  • Worcester Nursing School
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of the Western Cape

North West

  • Caerus Nursing School
  • Xcelsius Nursing College
  • Mmabatho Nursing College
  • Moses Kotane Nursing School
  • North-West University
  • Thusong Hospital Nursing Schooll


  • Bethesda Hospital School
  • Rietvlei Hospital School
  • Eshowe Hospital School
  • University of Kwazulu-Natal
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Life College of Learning
  • Netcare Education
  • University of Zululand
  • Kwa-Zulu Natal College of Nursing
  • ChatsMed Candlelight Nursing School
  • St Aidans Hospital School
  • Manguzi Hospital School
  • Nkonjeni Hospital School
  • Iris Marwick Hospital School
  • Church of Scotland Hospital School

Eastern Cape

  • Life College of Learning
  • Netcare Education
  • Lilitha College of Nursing
  • Nelson Mandela University
  • Walter Sisulu University
  • University of Fort Hare

Northern Cape

  • Henrietta Stockdale Nursing College

Free State

  • University of Free State
  • Free State School of Nursing


  • University of Limpopo
  • Limpopo College of Nursing


  • Mpumalanga College of Nursing
  • Barberton Hospital School
  • Standerton Hospital School
  • Middleburg Hospital School
  • Sabie Hospital Nursing School
  • Witbank Hospital School
  • Piet Retief Hospital Nursing

Also, South African Hospitals offers nursing school where you can study to become a nurse. If you will like to study nursing at a university, you can contact hospitals around you to know if they offer nursing programmes.