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Application requirements

Please note this is subjected to approval by Department of higher education and training (DHET), Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA), Council of higher education (CHE) and South African Nursing Council (SANC)


Admission Requirements

Learners wishing to apply for the HEALTH CARE ASSISTANT course must be in possession of a grade 10, 11 or 12 (standard 8, 9 or 10) school certificate.

Higher Certificate in Auxiliary Nursing (R169) one year of study NQF 5

Institutions use your total APS point to see if you qualify to study for the specific course at that you are applying for. Take note: Each institution allocates the amount of APS points needed to study a course differently. This means that a course at one institution won’t need the same APS points as the same course at another institution.

Subject Percentage Matric Subject Symbol Code
Subject 1
80 – 100%
Subject 2
70 – 79%
Subject 3
60 – 69%
Subject 4
50 – 59%
Subject 5
40 – 49%
Subject 6
30 – 39%
Subject 7
0 – 29%

English minimum 40% (thirty percent)

Mathematics or Mathematic literacy minimum 40% (forty percent)

Life Sciences minimum 40% (forty percent).

Admission Requirements

Diploma in Nursing – General (R171) three year of study NQF 6

English minimum 30% (thirty percent) Mathematics or Mathematic literacy minimum 40% (forty percent) Life Sciences minimum 40% (forty percent) Computer Literacy at NQF level 3 (three) One other subject with a credit value of 20 (twenty) minimum 40% (forty percent) from the designated subject list as outlined in policy 751 of 2008 of the Department of Education.

Recognition of prior Learning

Candidates who have successfully completed a relevant health-related qualification at NQF Level 3 (three) or 4 (four), for example as an Auxiliary Nurse (Reg 2176) or NQF Level 4 (four) as an Enrolled Nurse (Reg 2175) and  who have met the minimum requirements and institutional selection criteria, may be granted entry into the diploma programme, Students who are older than 25 (twenty-five) years and meet the minimum requirements and Hlengisizwe nursing School institutional selection criteria may be granted entry into this programme.

Additional admission requirements for foreign/non-south African citizens

Admission Fees

Application Fee of R1 000 (Non-refundable)

Health assistant course R10 000 (Per 5-6 Months)

Higher certificate in Nursing R52 000 (1 year)

Diploma in Nursing R51 000 each year

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