Professional Nurse & Midwife



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What is a Professional Nurse & Midwife?


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Professional Nurse & Midwife are essential to the health care system worldwide.

Midwives can work in various settings: including hospitals, homes (old age and youth), community clinics, schools, and general or private practices. 

They can work locally as well as internationally.  

What does a Professional Nurse & Midwife do?

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  • evaluates nursing care for individuals and groups
  • does research to help improve nursing care
  • manages health care facilities
  • demonstrates leadership skills

Are you . . . ?

  • a person who like to take care of others?
  • sensitive?
  • responsible and dependable?
  • able to follow orders carefully?
  • able to assume responsibility and a leadership role ?
  • able to take the initiative in emergencies ?
  • sympathetic?
  • good at communicating?
  • tolerant, patient and tactful?
  • able to deal with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures ?
  • able to work well under pressure?
  • emotionally stable?
  • physically fit to work long hours or unusual hours?

How do I become a Professional Nurse & Midwife?

You will need to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing & Midwifery

On successful completion of this qualification, the learner is eligible for registration with the relevant statutory body (currently the South African Nursing Council) as a Professional Nurse and Midwife.



Bachelor’s degree in Nursing & Midwifery

  • Minimum Requirements:
  • Matric / Grade 12 / NSc or equivalent with exit level 4
  • Communication Skills at NQF Level 4
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4
  • Life Sciences at NQF Level 4
  • Computer Literacy at NQF Level 3
  •  Register as a Professional Nurse & Midwife with the South African Nursing Council



Bachelor’s degree in Nursing & Midwifery

  • RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning)
  • To work out your credits for minimum requirements CLICK HERE for more info
  • Register as a Professional Nurse & Midwife with the South African Nursing Council



Approved Nursing Education Institutions:  (note, that these can change without notice)



There are a lot of illegal nursing institutions operating in South Africa.

It is very important to make sure that the institution is approved by the Nursing Council AND that the training programme (course) is approved by the Nursing Council.

If not, the Nursing Council will not recognise the training. This means that the student will not be able to practice in South Africa (or elsewhere) after completing the training.  All the time and money will be wasted.


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