A nursing school where aspirant nurses are offered equal opportunities to pave a future for themselves in the centuries-old career of caring for the ill and frail


Our Courses & Courseware Structure

Emmanuel is registered and accredited with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) 2018/HE07/005, the Council for Higher Education (CHE) and the South African Nursing Council (SANC) to offer the following course(s):

Our courses have a theoretical and practical component. Learners are expected to take responsibility and accountability for their own studies as the programme is based on the principles of outcomes-based-education, or adult learning as it is also referred to. Initial learning takes place in the classroom environment and practical procedures are demonstrated to learners prior to attending clinical facilities. Once competent, learners are placed in clinical facilities such as hospitals, retirement villages and frail-care units and clinics, where they are provided the opportunity to apply the foundational and procedural knowledge they have obtained in the classroom in the clinical environment under supervision of a registered nurse acting as a mentor for learners.

This qualification serves to provide learners with the basic knowledge, affective, cognitive and conceptual tools and practical techniques for additional higher education studies in nursing. The knowledge emphasises general principles and the application thereof in the provision of basic nursing care. This qualification signifies that the learner has attained a basic level of higher education knowledge and competence in nursing and is capable of applying such knowledge and competence in the workplace.

The outcomes of the programme as set out by the South African Nursing Council are:
  • Apply basic knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biophysics, pharmacology and microbiology in the provision of nursing care.
  • Communicate effectively in various ways in the nursing context.
  • Use the scientific nursing approach to address the basic needs of individuals and groups in various healthcare settings.
  • Demonstrate appropriate methods of interacting sensitively and professionally with individuals from diverse
  • Maintain professionalism in nursing practice within the ethico-legal framework.
  • Participate in addressing the needs of individuals and groups in a community.
Qualifying requirements:
Access to this qualification is subject to holding a National Senior Certificate or an equivalent qualification at exit level 4.
Prerequisites for admission:
  • Communication level 4.
  • Mathematical literacy Level 4
  • Life Sciences Level 4
  • Computer Literacy Level 3

3-year Diploma in Nursing: General Nurse

The learner develops personally and professionally and on completion of the course, should be able to:

  • Recognise and respect people’s values and needs.
  • Realise that social and cultural influences and physical situations are connected to human behaviour and health.
  • Know and apply applicable laws and legal aspects of nursing.
  • Accept the ethical and moral rules of nursing.
  • Accept that nursing is involved with all stages of the human life.
  • Help individuals and groups with nursing care as part of a nursing regimen.
  • Know the place of the nurse in the interprofessional team when providing healthcare.
  • Know their responsibility regarding the promotion of bodily and emotional needs of the human and be able to practically apply knowledge and skills.


Continuous evaluation is done through written tests, written
examinations, case studies, tasks, marking of workbooks,
procedures and practical ward rounds.

Fairness, Transparency & Professionalism

All teaching and communication is done in English.

Programme Goals

The goal of Emmanuel Nursing School’s programmes is to provide interested individuals the opportunity to pursue a career in nursing.  Once accepted into Emmanuel Nursing School, students will gain the knowledge and skills required to practise as a nurse and develop professionally. 

Important Information & Dates

  • Applications for the 1-year certificate in Auxiliary nursing is closed for the 2021 academic year
  • Application dates for the 3-year diploma in General nursing will be announced (pending final accreditation)
  • Proof of non-refundable administration fee, together with the required supporting documentation must be submitted online (to info@emmanuel.ac.za).
  • All applications will follow a selection process.
  • No late payments are allowed. If payment schedule is not adhered to, your studies may be terminated. Prevent a delay in updating your records by ensuring that your payment is cleared before or on each payment date

Term dates

Selection Process

The selection process will be conducted in 3 Phases. Initial sifting of all applications to select potential candidates. This sifting process is based on academic scoring.

Phase 1: Candidates that are pre-selected in Phase 1 will be invited to attend a 2-day screening workshop at Emmanuel Nursing School. Candidates will be expected do do a practical demonstration and complete a questionnaire.  This date will be communicated directly to the candidate. 

Phase 2: Candidates that successfully pass Phase 2 will be interviewed by a staff member and final feedback will be given to confirm or reject the application.

Phase 3:  A staff member will conduct an interview with candidates who pass Phase 2 successfully and final feedback will be given to confirm selection.

2021 Enrolment

Students who have pass selection processes shall commence their 2021 studies at the Emmanuel Nursing School’s Oudtshoorn Campus on 20 January 2021  


1-year Certificate: Auxiliary Nursing

  • A non-refundable application fee of R500 applies to all applicants who wish to enrol for the 1-year Higher Certificate in Nursing (Auxiliary Nurse) R169. Proof of payment should be sent along with your official application.
  • Candidates that are pre-selected in Phase 1 and are invited to attend the screening workshop at Emmanuel Nursing School will be required to pay a non-refundable R1000 screening fee. Proof of payment must be sent to info@emmanuel.ac.za no later than 1 week before the workshop commences.
  • Students that successfully completed the screening process and were accepted to enrol for the 2021 academic year must pay a R5 500 deposit on or before 1 August 2020.
  • The full amount of R55 000 is payable towards tuition fees in equal, consecutive, monthly instalments over a 9-month period. The first monthly payment is due by 2 January 2021. If the student account is paid in full by 30 April a R1000 discount is applicable. Tuition fees include the cost of study material (student workbooks), SANC registration as a student; initial SANC examination fees and professional indemnity. It also includes textbooks, two uniforms and a magnetic name badge.
  • Supplementary examinations will be charged at R450 per practical and/or theoretical examination.
  • A report on a summative assessment will be charged at R450 per script (applicable to Emmannuel Nursing School internal assessments only).
  • Students who request a full transcript of training will be charged R850 per transcript.

How to apply

Only students who meet the statutory and college-specific admission requirements can apply for the 1-year Higher Certificate in Nursing (Auxiliary Nurse) R169. Interested candidates who comply with the minimum requirements are to submit the application form and supporting documents to info@emmanuel.ac.za.

Supporting Documentation

  1. Application form.

2. 2 Certified copies of your South African identity document.
3. Certified copy of your marriage / divorce certificate if applicable
4. 2 ID photos.
5. Certified copy of previous tertiary qualification(s). (if applicable)


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