Department of Nursing Sciences


Core Values & Services

Admission Requirement

Department of Nursing Sciences



Teaching and Learning Methodology

Career Opportunities

Skills Laboratory

Community Engagement Projects

Research interest

Research publications

Academic Staff

Contact Details

Nursing is a profession focused on the care of individuals, families and communities so that they can attain and maintain optimal health and quality of life. It encompasses independent and collaborative care of individuals in all stages of development. Nursing includes the promotion of health, prevention of illness, the care of the ill, disabled, and dying people. Advocacy, promotion of safe environment, research, participation in shaping health policy, in patient and health system management are also key nursing roles. Nurses empower patients guiding them towards healthy behaviours and supporting them in times of health need. Nurses encourage patients to take care of themselves when they are able to do so. To qualify for admission, applicants must have obtained a matric bachelor certificate with minimum of 26 APS score. The selected candidate will be required to register with the South African Nursing Council that will enable him/her to practice as a student nurse in the accredited hospitals and clinics. Students will be required to register for a community service program after completion of training to serve as a community service nurse (training) for a period of 12 months before they can be admitted as a professional Nurse.


To be a leading African Department of Nursing Science focused on the developmental health needs of rural and urban communities through academic excellence, innovative education and leadership in nursing practice.


The Department of Nursing Science at the University of Limpopo is committed to the training of learner nurses to become competent, independent practitioners through:

  • Offering programmes that address changing and diverse community health needs of the South African citizens and beyond.
  • teaching and learning, community engagement and research in collaboration with other disciplines and institutions nationally and internationally

Contact Details

Prof Mamare Bopape, Head of Department
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Head of Department
Tel: 015 268 2387

Ms Mpho Raphesu
Tel: 015 268 4358