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Frequently asked questions are answered below. If you do not find the answers you are seeking please contact one of the following campuses:

Metro West Campus Ms Verna Middleway Email
021 684 1283
Southern Cape/Karoo Campus Ms Semonay Malgas Email
044 803 1700
Boland Overberg Campus Ms Modesta Willemse Email
023 347 0732/52

What are the official application dates?

The application cycle opens in  April and closes on 30th September of each year.

Where is the programme offered in the multi campus setting?

Undergraduate nursing studies offered at: Metro Campus (Athlone), Southern Cape Karoo Campus (George) and Boland Campus (Worcester)

How can I apply?

Prospective learners can get the application document on the Western Cape Government: Health website.

Application document (including all requested documentation) must be send via email to the preferred Campus Admissions office:

Campus Contact Details
Athlone – Metro West Campus Ms Verna Middleway
(T) 021 684 1283/ 021 831 5815
Worcester – Boland Overberg Campus Ms Modesta Willemse
(T) 023 347 0732/52
George – South Cape Karoo Campus Ms Semonay Malgas
(T) 044 813 1849

What are the Minimum Admission Requirements?

Matriculants from 2008 (Compulsory Subjects) and minimum rating scale
  • First Additional language: English code 4
  • Home Language code 4
  • Mathematics code 3 or Mathematical Literacy code 4
  • Life Science code 4
  • Minimum total score of 25
  • Minimum matriculation endorsement/Diploma
PRE- 2008 : Grade 12 (Std 10) – Minimum 25 points
  • English: Minimum symbol “E” Higher grade or “D” Standard Grade
  • Biology “E” Higher Grade or “D” standard Grade
  • Mathematics: “E” Higher Grade or “D” Standard Grade.

How to calculate APS (Application Point Score)?

The minimum acceptable Admission Point score is 25.

This is calculated by adding up the top six subjects on the grade 12 certificate.

Life Orientation is not included.

e.g. English 72% = 7.2 points.

Can International students apply?

No International students will be considered for the 2022 academic year.

What is the Application/Admission process?

Applications submitted to the campus go through an admission process. Applications that meet the minimum admission requirements are shortlisted. Those applicants are invited for an interview and testing. The candidate will sit with an admission panel and answer a few questions. The test is an academic competency test which comprises of basic Mathematics and English comprehension.

Do I qualify for Bursary/ Government Funding?

Candidates who reside in the Western Cape are eligible to apply for a bursary through the Department of Health. Kindly visit their site for more information at

Does WCCN offer accommodation for students?

All campuses of WCCN offer accommodation. Students that will not be considered if reside within 50 km from the campus. No student shall be allocated accommodation before paying deposit for resident’s fee or providing proof that she has been allocated bursary.

What does the curriculum for nurse training programme leading to registration in the category general nurse entail?

The 3-year course has both theoretical and practical components. This means that students are expected to work hours in the services and attend class, complete assignments, tests and examination. This ensures that students gain experience from their first year of studies up until they graduate.

What are the fees of the Three (3) year Diploma in Nursing to be Registered as a General Nurse?

The fee for the 2022 academic programme is R23 589 per student.

How can I track the status of my application?

Application Status: The prospective candidate will be informed via email/SMS/WhatsApp by the latest 30 November of each year.

What should I do after receiving my acceptance response?

You should follow the instructions sent via Email and do the required based on that.

Is the Western Cape College of Nursing (WCCN) accredited?

Yes, the WCCN is fully accredited by the South African Nursing Council (SANC), Council of Higher Education and South African Qualifications Authority.

See list of accredited Nursing Education Institutions, on the SANC Website.