Is an innovative researched-based programme aimed at preparing specialist nurse practitioners to be equipped with the knowledge, skills and professional values for advocating the prevention of renal ill health and promoting renal health and meet the health care needs of the Chronic Kidney Disease population, across their lifespan from birth to aged. Enriching experiential learning experiences are provided which are challenging and versatile. This includes research opportunities which are designed within the primary, secondary and tertiary health care settings and communities.


  1. Senior certificate with exemption for admission to tertiary studies or equivalent.
  2. A Four year degree or diploma in Nursing or equivalent.
  3. Proof of current SANC registration as a nurse and/or midwife.
  4. Evidence of Professional Indemnity Insurance.
  5. Preferably one year clinical experience in a renal department.
  6. Proof of Hepatitis B immunity. Less than six months old.

Additional Consideration for South African holders of other SANC qualifications
Points 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 as above including the below,
Recognition of prior learning for Bridging Nurses with R683 qualifications employed in Nephrology settings will be considered after examination of their portfolio of evidence.

Additional Requirements for International Nurses
Approval of Nursing qualifications by South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) and SANC.
Proof of Hepatitis B immunity. Less than six months old.

Programme Duration
ONE year for full-time students.
TWO years for part-time students.
Registration with SANC delayed, until the required clinical experiences and hours completed. Class time is FOUR teaching blocks of THREE weeks per year and weekly clinical tutorial day. 900 hours of clinical and experiential learning spent at SANC accredited clinical facilities throughout the year, monitored by a clinical facilitator.

Quality assurance
This programme was developed with wide consultation utilising a research-based curriculum design against national and international standards of renal nursing. Principles of adult education apply. UCT has a well-established policy of external examining for all courses.