University of Namibia (UNAM) School of Nursing

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University of Namibia (UNAM) School of Nursing

OVERVIEW

In November 1985 the university component of the then Academy of South West Africa was officially designated an autonomous university.

The new university did not have a department of nursing science with which the Windhoek and Oshakati Nursing Colleges could be associated. It was consequently resolved to establish a Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences in the university and this faculty assumed responsibility for the professional training of nurses and midwives, both in Windhoek and at Oshakati after 01 January 1986. The School of Nursing had several name changes over a period of years since its foundation in 1986.

The first change was when the new University Act (No. 18 1992) was passed and the University of Namibia came into being on the 1st of September 1992. During this time the School of Nursing was known as the Department of Nursing, and only become known as School of Nursing in 2010.

A UNAM satellite campus was created in Keetmanshoop in 2014 and nursing was one of the first programmes to be offered at this campus. In 2015 the School of Public Health was established and thus the current name, the School of Nursing.

The School of Nursing currently provides undergraduate (pre-registration) courses in nursing at the Windhoek, Oshakati, Rundu and Southern campuses. An undergraduate (pre-registration) course in diagnostic radiography is also presented at the Windhoek campus.

In addition, post graduate courses are provided in nursing, but only at the Windhoek campus. A new post graduate Diploma in Nurse Education and Health Service Management was introduced in January 2016 on a distance mode.

UNAM SCHOOL OF NURSING DEPARTMENTS

  • Allied Health
  • General Nursing Science
  • Midwifery
  • Community Health and Mental Health Nursing

UNAM SCHOOL OF NURSING COURSES OFFERED

UNDERGRADUATE NURSING COURSES OFFERED BY UNAM SCHOOL OF NURSING

Comprehensive Nursing And Midwifery Science Diploma in Nursing

Emergency Nursing Post Graduate Diploma (Specialization)

General Nursing And Midwifery Science Diploma in Nursing

Midwifery Science Diploma in Nursing

Nursing Science (Clinical) Bachelor of Nursing

Public Health Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Radiography (Diagnostic) Bachelor of Radiography

POSTGRADUATE NURSING COURSES OFFERED BY UNAM SCHOOL OF NURSING

POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATES

Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacotherapy

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMAS

Postgraduate Diploma Nursing Science (Specialization) Operating Room Nursing Science

Postgraduate Diploma Nursing Science (Specialization) Critical Care

Postgraduate Diploma Nursing Science (Specialization) Health Promotion Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment

Postgraduate Diploma Nursing Science (Specialization) Clinical Instruction

Postgraduate Diploma Nursing Science (Specialization) Emergency Nursing

Postgraduate Diploma Nursing Science (Specialization) Mental Health Nursing

MASTERS DEGREES

Masters of Nursing Science

DOCTORAL DEGREES

Doctor of Nursing Science 14DNSC Doctor of Philosophy

UNAM SCHOOL OF NURSING SPECIAL SCHOOL REQUIREMENT

General Requirements

[1] Nursing and Radiography courses consist of compulsory clinical practice which counts for 50% of the courses

[2] Clinical placement in training hospitals will commence from the first year of training.

[3] The award of the degree is subject to the satisfactory completion of the prescribed practical hours and the satisfactory completion of practical registers.

[4] All clinical documents are regarded as legal documents and should bear the signature of the student, the lecturer, clinical instructor registered nurse or the radiographer who teaches the student.

[5] The practical hours for the year should be completed before registering for the next academic year.

UNIVERSITY OF NAMIBIA SCHOOL OF NURSING COURSES REQUIREMENTS

a. Comprehensive Nursing And Midwifery Science Diploma in Nursing

This Programme is Offered at:

  • Main Campus

Comprehensive Nursing And Midwifery Science Diploma in Nursing Requirements:

To register for the Diploma in Comprehensive Nursing and Midwifery Science, a candidate must comply with the following conditions:

  • A candidate should hold a valid Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) at Ordinary level or Higher level
    with passes in at least five subjects, which add up to at least 25 points, calculated using the UNAM scale.
  • English as a compulsory subject and should be obtained (as a second language) grade C or better, or a grade
    D or better (as a first language)
  • Admission will also be considered for persons who qualify through the Mature Age Entry Scheme;
    Note: Annually after registration, every student must furnish the School with proof of current registration as a student with the Nursing Council of Namibia.

Duration of Studies:

The module of study extends over a period of at least FOUR YEARS (full-time). The maximum period of study is six years.
This programme will phase out by 2011.No new intake.

b. Emergency Nursing Post Graduate Diploma (Specialization)

This Programme is Offered at:

  • Main Campus

Emergency Nursing Post Graduate Diploma (Specialization) Requirements:

To register for the Post Graduate Diploma Emergency Nursing candidate must comply with the following conditions:

  • registration as a nurse and midwife;
  • annually, together with his/her application for registration, furnish proof of his/her current registration as a nurse and midwife with the Nursing Council of Namibia;
  • have at least two years? experience as a registered nurse.
  • Degree or Diploma in Comprehensive Nursing and Midwifery Science.

Duration of Studies:

The course of study extends over a period of ONE YEAR (full time).

c. General Nursing And Midwifery Science Diploma in Nursing

This Programme is Offered at:

  • Main Campus

General Nursing And Midwifery Science Diploma in Nursing Requirements:

To be eligible for Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery Science, an applicant shall satisfy the following minimum requirements:candidate should be an enrolled nurse registered with the Nursing Council of Namibia and furnish proof of his/her current registration A National Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) or equivalent, obtained in not more than three examination sittings with a minimum of 22 points in five subjects according to UNAM evaluation point scale. One of the five subjects should be English with at least a D Symbol (NSSC) or a D symbol in Ordinary level or an equivalent symbol.

Candidate should also submit proof of relevant nursing experience prior to admission. Annually after registration, every student must furnish the School with proof of current registration as a student with the Namibia Nursing Council.

Duration of Studies:

The minimum duration for full time students enrolled for the Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery Science extends over a period of at least three (3) years. The maximum period of study is five (5) years.

d. Midwifery Science Diploma in Nursing

This Programme is offered at:

  • Main Campus

Midwifery Science Diploma in Nursing Requirements:

To register for the Diploma in Midwifery Science, a candidate must comply with the following conditions:

  • hold at least a school leaving certificate (with a pass in at least five subjects) or an equivalent qualification;
  • hold a three year diploma in General Nursing Science;
  • annually, together with his/her application for registration, furnish proof of his/her current registration as a general nurse with the
    Nursing Council of Namibia;
    annually, together with his/her application for registration, furnish proof that he/she holds a post as student midwife in the midwifery service of a Namibian health authority.

Duration of Studies:

The course of study normally extends over a period of TWO YEARS (full-time). All students have to write an entry test on General Nursing Science, Anatomy and Physiology. Students who pass the test will be exempted from the first year of study.

e. Nursing Science (Clinical) Bachelor of Nursing

This Programme is offered at:

  • Main Campus
  • Oshakati Campus
  • Rundu Campus
  • Southern Campus

Nursing Science (Clinical) Bachelor of Nursing Requirements:

To register for this program, a candidate must hold a valid Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) at ordinary level and NSSC at higher level or equivalent qualification. English is a compulsory subject and should normally be obtained at IGCSE/NSSC (English as a Second Language) grade C or better, or a grade D or better at IGCS/NSSC (English First Language) level.

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A candidate should obtain a minimum of 25 points on the UNAM Evaluation Point Scale in his/her five best subjects, to be admitted. However, if the minimum of 25 points is obtained, it does not necessarily guarantee admission. Entrance is based on the availability of places within the Department and awarded on the basis of merit.

The school reserves the right to interview students before admission. Admission could also be considered for persons who qualify through the Mature Age Entry Scheme upon successful completion of the relevant examinations as set out in the General Regulations of the University.

A special application form is available for this purpose.
Please read this in conjunction with the General Admission Criteria for undergraduate Programmes in the General Information and Regulations Prospectus.

Note: Annually after registration, every student must furnish the School of Nursing and Public Health with proof of current registration as a student with the Health Professions Council of Namibia.

Duration of Studies:

The minimum duration of study for the programme is four (4) years while the maximum duration of study is six (6) years.

f. Public Health Bachelor of Science (Honours)

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (Honours) to be offered by the new School of Public Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences consists of taught courses and practicals at NQF Level 8. The minimum duration of the programme is 4 Years of full-time study and is only based at the Oshakati Campus.

This Programme is offered at:

  • Oshakati Campus

Public Health Bachelor of Science (Honours) Requirements:

The prospective candidate must:

  • Have obtained a minimum of 25 points in his/her five (5) best) subjects
  • Hold a valid Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) (Ordinary or Higher) or a recognized equivalent qualification
  • Have obtained a minimum C symbol in English if it was taken as a second language at NSSC (O level) or a minimum D symbol in English if it was taken as a first language at NSSC (O level)
  • In addition to the above, admission to the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (Honours) course requires at least: a C symbol in Mathematics; a C symbol in Biology and a C symbol in Physical Sciences, all on the NSSC (or equivalent)

g. Radiography (Diagnostic) Bachelor of Radiography

This Programme is offered at:

  • Main Campus

Requirements:

To register in this programme, a candidate must hold a valid Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) at ordinary level and NSSC at higher level or equivalent. English is a compulsory subject and should normally be obtained atIGCSE/NSSC (English as a Second Language) grade C or better, or a grade D or better at IGCS/NSSC (English FirstLanguage) level. Mathematics is a compulsory subject and should normally be obtained at IGCSE/NSSC grade C or better. A Science subject is compulsory and should normally be obtained at IGCSE/NSSC grade D or better. A candidate should obtain a minimum of 25 points on the UNAM Evaluation Point Scale in his/her five best subjects, of which Mathematics, a Science subject and English must be included, to be admitted. However, if the minimum of 25 points is obtained, it does not necessary ensure and /or guarantee admission. Entrance is based on the availability of places within the Department and awarded on the basis of merit. The School reserves the right to interview students before admission. Admission could also be considered for persons who qualify through the Mature Age Entry Scheme upon successful completion of the relevant examinations as set out in the General Regulations of the University. A special application form is available for this purpose.

Please read this in conjunction with the General Admission Criteria for undergraduate Programmes in the General Information and Regulations Prospectus.

Note: Every student must furnish the School of Nursing with proof of current registration as a student with the Allied Health Professions Council of Namibia.

Duration of Studies:

The minimum duration for full time students enrolled for Bachelor of Radiography (Diagnostic) degree will be four (4) years with a maximum period of six (6) years.

WHY STUDY AT THE SCHOOL OF NURSING IN NAMIBIA?

Put quite simply, it’s the best! At UNAM we have qualified and competent health professionals and educators who teach our students. UNAM nursing and radiography degrees are highly regarded. Studying health professions at UNAM is a significant investment you can make for your future.

We care about our students. We use well-formulated and extensive academic curricula. Progress of students is closely monitored, and they can approach their lecturers for advice at any time.

Good Reasons to study Nursing or Radiography at UNAM

  • UNAM students are exposed to cutting edge nursing science and radiography from the best health professionals in the country and the globe;
  • Excellent research and teaching go hand in hand;
  • UNAM offers a wide range of carefully planned study options;
  • UNAM degrees are internationally recognised.

A world of options

UNAM offers a wide choice of exciting curricula namely:

School of Nursing, The University of Namibia courses offers  

  • Bachelor of Nursing Science [Honours]
  • Diploma in Nursing in Midwifery (Windhoek only)
  • Bachelor of Radiography (Diagnostic) (Honours)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Pharmacotherapy
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Midwifery Science (from 2018)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Critical Care
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Operating Room Nursing
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Instruction
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion, Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment 
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Gerontology
  • Master of Nursing Science
  • Doctor of Nursing Science

Your future

New medical developments are constantly occurring at breakneck speed. Competencies and their demands shift rapidly with these changes and so do the job markets. Many new experiences and knowledge will be gained during the course of your working life. Hence it is very important that when you embark on your tertiary education, you choose a course of study which will:

  • Nurture your own talents and interests;
  • Provide you with a solid theoretical and practical foundation;
  • Build intellect, critical skills and problem-solving ability;
  • Equip you with a broad range of skills.

Only such a foundation will equip you with skills for life, and flexibility to continue to grow, to learn and to adapt to the certain changes in the health facilities. We have designed the health science programmes at UNAM with this in mind.

POSSIBLE CAREERS AFTER GRADUATING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NAMIBIA (UNAM) SCHOOL OF NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH

Health professions are more than just about knowing a whole range of facts – health training will give you:

  • The ability to think systematically
  • The skill to ask the right questions
  • The ability to solve a wide range of problems
  • The ability to make decisions based on critical evaluation of evidence
  • Good computer skills
  • Effective communication
  • Critical thinking skills

The result is:  A multi-skilled health professional-graduate equipped to face the future and make an impact in the health industry!

From civilian clothing to nurse’s/radiographer’s uniform (and everything in between)

A health science degree opens up a whole range of exciting career possibilities. Not all nurses or radiographers end up working in hospitals and clinics, although that is where some of the most exciting and health care takes place.  You will find nurses and radiographers in classrooms, working in mines, airports, government, NGOs and in the private sector, in management positions or working as consultants, strategic planning … the list continues!

UNAM SCHOOL OF NURSING PROSPECTUS

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Contact Us

UNAM School of Nursing contact details

+264 61 206 3828

ncbeukes@unam.na

For general enquiries,

University of Namibia

Private Bag 13301

Windhoek, Namibia

Telephone:

(+264) 61 206 3111

(+264) 61 206 3199

Email:

info@unam.na

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