South African Nursing Council


The SANC is the Ethics governing body which oversees the Nursing profession in South Africa.

The Council ensures good practice, legal educational bodies and the standardisation of nursing practices throughout the country. To practice in South Africa you need to be registered with the SANC to be able to practice.







Nursing Legislation and Regulations


Please be aware that regulations are updated and might changed, it is imperative that you check hte updated versions on the SANC website


SANC regulations




What is the Government Gazette

The Government Gazette is the official document with legally enforceable policies where the Minister of Health publishes Nursing regulations as proposed by the SANC (South African Nursing Council).

Regular updates are published in the Gazette, and these may not be sold or published for financial gain. They are for the nurse's personal use, and should be understood during nursing training. 



The SANC has a responsibility to protect the Public, and the Nursing Student. 

The Public is protected by having high quality trained nursing staff, who are answerable to a high set of ethical and training standards. These nurses are required to be compassionate, ethical and correctly trained. 

The Nursing Student is protected through the regulations which require correct entry requirements, as well as training requirements such as specific hours that are necessary for qualification. These include training hours (theory), Practical nursing hours where the student nurses are trained with a doll or in a clinical environment, as well as hours worked in specific areas of work. 

Any complaints or inquiries can be directed to the SANC.

Telephone number


Before nursing students are accepted to study as a nursing institution need to ensure that they are legal and accepted by the SANC. 

I want to study Nursing/ I want to become a nurse:


The Nursing Council has a list of registered Nursing Education Institutions. Training with intention to qualify nurses without registration and permission from the Council is illegal (The Nursing Act, 2005 - Section 42 of the Act). 

There are minimum entry requirements for all nursing students.




What is the difference between the Nursing Council and Nursing Labour Unions


Basically the Nursing Council is there to uphold Nursing standards and regulate the Nursing profession, the Council protects the public against bad nursing practice and potential harm.

The Nursing Unions are there are protection of the nurses, and their employment conditions.

They are the nursing representatives when there are legal or medico legal issues. Nursing unions also require yearly fees.

How much does Nursing training cost?

Nursing students get a small stipend each month paid to them, which is used to pay tuition and other necessities. The stipend is not a reason to nurse, this must be a heart  decision according to your capabilities.


Do I have to work while studying Nursing:

Practical hours is a compulsary requirement  for qualification as the theory needs to be put into practice. What you learn needs to be what you apply. 


Which nursing training course should I apply for?

There are different qualifications to apply for:

The  Nursing R425 qualification is being phased out, which is the 4 year diploma with General Nursing, Midwifery, Psychiatry and Community Nursing. This qualification renders you as a Registered Nurse. This is being replaced by the R171. 

Nursing Bridging course: Enrolled nurses who like to become a general nurse (ie without the Midwifery, Psychiatry, Community Nursing)

Nursing Assistant: This Nurse cares for the patients basic care needs. A very important role and with a great impact on the people you are looking after. This is not the course to do if you are an academic, as it is more difficult to increase rank, but excellent if you have a nursing heart but dont necessarily have the results from School to do the Registered or Enrolled nurse qulification. 

Bachelors Degree in Nursing: Requirements are University exepmtion with the required subjects (contact universities individually). This is generally Life Science, Mathematics, Physical Sciences.


Nursing in South Africa is regulated by the South African Nursing Council. 

This means that to practice a nurse will need to be registered with the SANC and have a valid qualification. 

There are yearly registration fees according to qualification to the SANC to continue their enrollment and allow them to practice, should these be missed, then a Form of Restoration (request from the SANC) needs to be submitted, as well as any outstanding fees that are owed, plus a penalty. 

Forms are submitted to the Regsitrar  with proof of payment. For more information, visit 

All the educational institutions or Nursing schools that are accepted by the SANC are listed on the website as well as updated information. 


Contact details for the SANC:

South African Nursing Council, Private Bag X132

Pretoria, 0001

Phone contact details: 

  •   National: 012 420-1000
  •    International: +27 12 420-1000

Fax:    National: 012 343-5400,  International: +27 12 343-5400


 To eRegister with the South African Nursing Council click here









Nursing Info South Africa

SANC eRegister

SANC fees

Nursing education RSA


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