Hospice Association of Wits Nursing School Application 2025

We aim to empower health care workers and other individuals with skills that will equip them to deliver quality Palliative care services. We truly believe that, our training and education must empower all individuals to deal with death and dying in a dignified manner as well as facilitate the provision of quality palliative care to all who live in South Africa. Our training draws upon our extensive experience in Palliative Care as well as an acute realisation that this is an evolving area of expertise and as such we must support our experience with ongoing research in the field.

Hospice Association of Wits Nursing School Programmes Offered :

Intro to Palliative Care 1-week intensive-care programme.

Costings: R2500.00

Overview of palliative care including:

Introduction to palliative care

Communication skills

Breaking bad news

Ethics genograms

Pain control

Syringe driver

Symptom control

Psychosocial and spiritual care

The dying process

Short course in Palliative Nursing

8 Month (1 day per week) Short Course in Palliative Nursing (SCPN) – accredited with the Hospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA)Costing: R6 740.00This course is a combination of theory and practice designed around:

  • Professional nursing practice and palliative care.
  • Basic communication skills
  • Theory and practice of symptom control
  • Theory and practice of psychological, social, spiritual and supportive care

Professional health care workshops

  • 4 Day Introduction to Palliative Care for Auxiliary, Ancillary nurses and Health Care workers
    • Introduction to palliative care
    • Communication skills
    • Breaking bad news
    • Ethics
    • Genograms
    • Pain and symptom control
    • Psycho, social and spiritual care
    • The dying process
    • Grief, Loss & Bereavement
  • 1-Week Introduction to Palliative CareAn informative 5 day course for Registered, Enrolled and Professional nurses focusing on a multi-disciplinary/holistic approach to palliation. On completion a certificate will be issued.
    • Introduction to Palliative care
    • Basic Principles of Nursing
    • Communication skills
    • Nutrition and Elimination
    • Breaking bad news
    • Basic First Aid Principles
    • Ethics
    • Grief, Loss & Bereavement
    • Genograms
    • The dying process
    • Pain and symptom control
    • Psycho, Social and spiritual care
  • 2.5- Day Grief, Loss and Bereavement WorkshopA 2.5-day workshop for people with basic counselling or support skills.Course Objectives:
    • To increase knowledge and understanding of grief, loss and bereavement.
    • To develop insight into grief through the ages.
    • To learn new and creative ways of supporting the bereaved.
    • To develop new insights and skills for grief and bereavement support.
    • Enhanced self-awareness.
    Course outline:
    • New theories and models for understanding grief, loss and bereavement.
    • “The silent grief” – an overview of childhood bereavement.
    • Self-awareness and personal growth.
    • Grief support – skills, values, process, models and perspectives.
    • The way forward.
  • Volunteer Counselling 5 week course5 week (8.30-15.00 hours) Care Givers CourseThe course provides the appropriate skills to:
    • Develop an understanding of the Hospice philosophy of care and become orientated to the organisation
    • Facilitate enhanced awareness of self and insight into issues evoked by patients
    • Gain insight into the losses experienced by a sick patient and their family
    • Begin conceptualising death in order to empathize with the dying patient
    • Explore personal experiences of loss and grief and develop an understanding of the theory around grief, loss and bereavement
    • Enhanced knowledge and understanding of terminal illness: physical and psychological implications
    • Learn and practice interpersonal skills
    Who should do the course?
    • Any individual who has a passion for wanting to volunteer themselves to Hospice.
    • Individuals with empathy and compassion.
    • Professionals and non-professionals who would like to expand and learn more about counselling in a palliative situation
  • The Ancillary Health Care WorkerThis course will enable the Learner to be competent in the following aspects of home care. A certificate will be issued to all learners.Create a hygienic environment for the patient.Bed bathing, bed making.Mouth care, pressure part care.Basic position of the patient.Basic first aid: CPRTemperature, pulse, respiration and Blood Pressure (BP)Basic NutritionCare of the dyingHIV/AIDS and TBBasic anatomy and physiologyCommunicationPatient rightsDementia/Alzheimer’s DiseaseAssessments and tests will be written during the course 

We have only listed a few workshops, we also offer training on topics such as:

  • Breaking Bad News.
  • 5-Day Physical Assessment for Nurses.
  • Caring for the Patient at Home.
  • Effective Care Communication Skills for Registered Nurses and other Health Care workers
  • Beyond Limits, “ Schools Grief and Loss Bereavement training”
  • Beyond Limits, “ Corporate Organisations Grief and Loss Bereavement training”

Because we want to ensure that as many people as possible have access to quality Palliative Care when they need it, we offer bursaries to deserving applicants.”

A very critical non-negotiable part of what we are about is Volunteers

Hospice Association of Wits Nursing School Contact Details :

Houghton Tell Number:011 483 9100 

Soweto Tell Number: 011 983 7400

Email address: info@hospicewits.co.za

Website: hospicewits.co.za


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University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.