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Western Cape College of Nursing

If you are passionate about helping people and are interested in working in the health sector, then a career in Nursing is the right fit for you.

A qualification in Nursing will offer you endless possibilities from working in the local health sector at hospitals, clinics or non-governmental organisations to taking up opportunities abroad.

Our Vision

The Western Cape College of Nursing (WCCN) as a provider of Higher Education and Training,

Envisages graduates who:

embody and practice caring at all levels and in all spheres of nursing and society

portray irreproachable responsibility and accountability

become nurse leaders in South Africa and beyond its borders

positively influence local, national and international nursing standards

are equal members of the inter-professional health team

have entrenched in them the concept of social responsibility, so that they are empowered to be responsible citizens, participating in addressing social needs and actively seeking evidence based practice.

students who exemplify evidence based practice

Envisages a College which:

facilitates a learning environment where research and evidence-based knowledge is generated and shared.

facilitates learning which follows a student cantered approach

encourage innovative teaching and blended learning through the use of technology to enhance graduates’ ability to practice in a scientifically driven environment

are life-long students who stay abreast of all developments in health care

cultivate leadership in nursing, influencing professional nursing standards in South Africa and beyond its borders

encourages nurses to embrace and demonstrate strong enthusiasm in conducting research

Our Mission

The WCCN :

provides high quality education and training programmes to provide for various categories of nurses to meet the health needs of the Western Cape province in particular, but also the broader needs of all communities in South Africa

emphasises community-based curricula in keeping with the policy directives of the Department of Health

functions in a multi-campus set-up encompassing the Cape Metropolis, the Boland-Overberg District as well as the Southern Cape Karoo District

ensures optimal utilisation and sharing of resources within the multi-campus system

actively engages in research and service, in partnership with educational institutions and community stakeholders

functions with an enhanced awareness of sustainable environmental practices

Core Values: I-Care and Compassion

In support of an academic mission the Western Cape College of Nursing embraces these core values.


Veracity, fidelity with transparency in everything we do.


We value intra-professional, inter-professional and community collaboration to advance learning, innovation and evidence based practice.


We hold ourselves responsible for behaviours, actions and results.


We are considerate of the differences of individuals and their respective contributions.

The practice of outstanding service provision.


A legacy of compassionate care that is expressed and lived in the WCCN Mission and Values. Students, staff and the community who experiences this care will find that it is rooted in a spirit of community that touches the hearts and souls of all those who experience or encounter us.

Strategic Goals

The Western Cape College of Nursing has identified key focus areas to direct its goals to provide high quality education and training programmes that caters for various categories of nurses and meets the health needs of the Western Cape province in particular, but also the broader needs of all communities in South Africa.

Focus Area: Education
  • Continuous review processes of all programs (existing and proposed) to ensure relevance, quality and sustainability
  • Facilitation of a student-centred learning environment through creative teaching strategies utilising a blended learning approach
  • Development of innovative models and approaches for nursing education
Focus Area: Work integrated learning
  • Sustainable practices that are financially and logistically sound
  • Patient care models that reflect excellence in care
  • Creation of a scientifically based learning environment where safe evidence-based practice is implemented
  • Promotion of social responsiveness based on community participation
  • Ensuring that the highest ethical and professional standards are maintained
  • Collaboration and commitment to the harmonious relationship between WCCN and clinical facilities
Focus Area: Community Health Improvement
  • Continued cultivation of a trusting relationship through the application of community consultation
  • Current and future professionals: Awareness projects to cultivate a sense of social responsibility
  • Support of innovative and transformational community and/or population based practice initiatives
Focus Area: People Management and Environment
  • Fostering an inclusive environment where people from all backgrounds can thrive and work together towards a common goal
  • Recruitment and retention of personnel and students who are representative of the diverse communities served by the WCCN
  • Commitment and unwavering dedication to the core values of the WCCN
  • Creating a caring environment for personnel and students
  • Continuing development of a collaborative, respectful and supportive environment
Focus Area: Budget and Infra-Structure
  • Effective and efficient management of the College budget to attain the strategic objectives
  • Maintaining an infra-structure of campuses/teaching sites that meets the requirements of a HEI
  • Investigation of funding models to support the cost of tuition: e.g., learnerships, special projects, public- private partnerships, philanthropic support and other funding resources
  • Provide for development of a teaching and learning strategy that ensures an empowering environment, allowing student centred learning to take place
Focus Area: Research
  • Facilitation of exemplary standards of nursing research
  • Facilitation of the application of evidence-based, scientific research
  • Evidence based scientific research that informs practice
  • Exploration of opportunities for inter-professional collaboration/partnerships with other institutions, locally, nationally and Internationally
  • Increase of philanthropic support