All You Need to Know About SANC New Qualifications

SANC New Qualifications

The South African Nursing Council has approved the following new nursing qualifications for inclusion in the National Qualifications Framework

Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and Midwifery
Diploma in Nursing: Staff Nurse
Higher Certificate: Auxiliary Nursing
Advanced Diploma in Midwifery

These qualifications are aligned to the higher education framework and the Nursing Council is currently developing policies and guidelines for the programs.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’S)
1. What does the 30 June 2015 mean for legacy qualifications?
Answer:

It means that Nursing Education Institutions (NEI’s) have an opportunity to have last
intake of students on 1 June 2015 in order to ensure that students registered for
legacy qualifications will be able benefit from teach out period per programme as
specified on Circular No.3/2010

2. What should the NEI be doing to implement the new qualifications?
Answer:

Public Nursing Colleges must start working toward gaining a status of becoming
institutions of higher education. The first step is to develop a Public Nursing College’s
Act in order to assist them to become college sector and able to prepare their
programmes which meet criteria of Council for Higher Education (CHE).

3. Where an NEI should be registered in order to offer the new qualifications?
Answer:

Once question two has been addressed then NEI will be able develop their
programme through CHE for accreditation, which in turn CHE submits programmes
to South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) to be registered by SAQA.

4. Will the NEI be accredited by both SANC and CHE?
Answer:

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) develops guidelines for programmes to be
offered by NEI’s, which in turn NEI’s develops curricula in relation to nursing
programmes to be offered. The NEI’s submit to CHE for accreditation and upon
completion evaluation of nursing programmes, CHE communicates with SANC
through on line portal before nursing programmes are sent to SAQA for registration.
The dual submission assists in fast-tracking the process. SANC is at final stages to
complete on line submission of nursing programmes.