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COURSE: BCUR (NURSING SCIENCE)-EXTENDED PROGRA...
Duration:5 Years Full Time
This programme for BCur studies provides alternative university access to students who have the potential to succeed, but do not meet the minimum admission requirements for the mainstream programme.
The purpose of the programme is to integrate additional academic support and skills development with mainstream courses in order to prepare the student for successful completion of the BCur degree.
(Please note that these are the specific programme admission requirements - the university has its own minimum admission requirements.)
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR CURRENT GRADE 12 LEARNERS
- Minimum statutory NSC requirements for degree entry must be met. In exceptional cases, candidates who do not meet the statutory requirements for admission to a Bachelors degree, but perform very well in the NMMU Access Assessment Battery will be considered for Senate's discretion admission.
- NSC achievement rating of at least 2 (30-39%) for Mathematics or 3 (40-49%) for Mathematical Literacy.
- NSC achievement rating of at least 2 (30-39%) for Life Sciences.
- NSC achievement rating of at least 2 (30-39%) for Physical Sciences.
- Applicants with an Admission Points Score between 26 and 35 may be referred to write the Access Assessment Battery before a decision is made on whether or not to admit the applicant to the course.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS WHO MATRICULATED PRIOR TO 2008
- Matriculation exemption/endorsement with Biology & Physical Science minimum pass mark of SG=F.
- Mathematics recommended.
- All applicants with an SPS of 18 or higher, may be referred to write the Access Assessment Battery before a decision is made on whether or not to admit the applicant to the course.
Practical and Clinical Training
Unless Senate decides otherwise:
- Practical work equivalent to that prescribed for students in the first year of the regular 4-year Bachelor of Nursing degree must be completed in the second year of study.
- Candidates shall complete a prescribed clinical practical programme at approved clinical and health care facilities and in approved community settings.
- Candidates are expected to do a minimum of 1500 clinical hours recorded at the end of General Nursing Science modules.
- On completion of the General Nursing Science 3 modules, candidates must submit a completed practical register.
- Candidates in the fifth year of study shall only be permitted to register for the VNP402 module provided that:
- the completed practical registers for VNP101, VNP201 and VNP301 have been submitted; and
- the module VNB303 has been passed.
Obtaining the degree
The degree shall be obtained by completing the modules and practical work prescribed.
Promotion to a following year of study
- Candidates shall only be promoted to the second year of study if they have passed at least nine (9) of the modules prescribed in the first year of study.
- Candidates who do not meet the promotion requirements above will only be allowed to re-register for the programme if they have passed a minimum of six (6) of the eleven (11) modules in their first year of study.
- Candidates who have passed at least eight (8) of the eleven (11) modules prescribed in the first year of study do not promote to the second year, but may be permitted to register for any additional modules in the second year of study.
- Candidates who have passed all the modules except one, at the end of the two years will be able to continue with any second-year modules of a regular degree curriculum and repeat one of the outstanding modules with the main stream.
- Candidates who have not completed all the modules in the first and second year of the extended programme curriculum after three (3) years of full time study will not be allowed to re-register for the qualification.
Unless Senate decides otherwise, candidates shall:
- be admitted to the fourth year of study only after passing all the modules prescribed for the second year of study;
- be promoted to the following year of study only after passing the practical examinations in Nursing Science in the current year of study.
Notwithstanding the provision above, candidates will only:
- be promoted to the second-year General Nursing Science modules (which are part of the third-year Extended Programme) if they have passed at least three of the BWV 1 modules;
- be promoted to the second-year General Nursing Science modules if they have passed at least three of the four VN 1 modules.
- be promoted to the third-year General Nursing Science modules if they have passed at least three of the four VN 2 modules.
- be promoted to third-year General Nursing Science modules (which are part of the fourth year of the Extended Programme) if they have passed at least one of the two BWV 2 modules.
In order to be re-admitted to the Bachelor of Nursing Extended programme, a student needs to have accumulated a minimum number of credits at the end of each year of study, as indicated in the tables below. If that has not been achieved, the student may either be re-admitted subject to certain conditions or be refused re-admission. In the event of refusal a student may lodge an appeal in terms of the prescribed procedure.
The qualification shall extend over a period of at least five years of full-time study.
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