As long queues of desperate learners looking for place to do any available course at various institutions of higher learning across the country are a normal scene during this time of the year, Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) would like to urge all 2012 matric learners and their parents to be extra careful of fly-by-night nursing institutions which often take advantage of desperate pupils by offering nursing courses which are not accredited by the nursing body.
Any student who enrolls at an institution that offers unaccredited nursing programmes is not allowed to practice as a nurse if the institution they studied at, including the nursing programmes offered, are not accredited by the South African Nursing Council (SANC).
The trend is that most students often realise that the institution is not accredited by SANC after they have paid their money to these sharks already, which often takes longer to institute legal action and get back their money in time to register at an accredited institution.
Students who want to study nursing must first check with the SANC office if that particular institution in their area is accredited. SANC has a list of accredited institutions that offer nursing courses.
Even if the institution is accredited with SANC, if the programme is not accredited then the students will not be allowed to practice as a nurse at any health institution after completing the course. The soft targets of these ruthless institutions tend to be those learners who are nearer to the rural areas with not too many institutions to go to. While not all these institutions are running illegally, the onus is on the learners to ensure that they study at an accredited institution.
DENOSA would like to urge learners and parents to be extra vigilant and watch out for this danger. To check if the institution that a learner would like to enroll in is accredited, they must phone SANC office during office hours on 012 420 1000, or they can check the list of SANC-accredited institution from the SANC website – www.sanc.co.za
SANC is the body that is entrusted by the Nursing Act (2005) to set and maintain standards of nursing education and practice in South Africa.
Communications Manager, DENOSA
Mobile: 079 875 2663