OCSA Diploma in Occupational Health Nursing 2025 intake

OCSA Diploma in Occupational Health Nursing 2025 intake

Highly acclaimed, highly recommended

 

One of the most astounding exports from the OCSA Academy of Excellence is our highly acclaimed South African accredited Diploma in Occupational Health Nursing. We equip and empower nursing practitioners with the skills, knowledge and attitude to:

 

  • Diplomapractice in the occupational health field
  • promote and maintain health for employees
  • prevent illness and work-related disease
  • protect employees from work‐related and environmental hazards

 

 

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Application forms available from trainingdesk@ocsa.co.za

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 What our graduates say!

Top graduate – Liza Doubell

Twenty years of experience in Occupational Health (OH), a B Soc Sc Degree in Nursing, and many courses behind her, Liza Doubell might have been comfortable in thinking she had learned everything she needs to know. But there was one thing missing for this consummate professional who is the Team Leader of OH for Johnson Matthey, South Africa: That all important piece of paper formalising your qualification. “For years there has not been anything close to OCSA’s OH course,” says Liza. “When I read the prospectus on this Diploma, the course content seemed so comprehensive that I decided to enrol. In my opinion this is the most intensive OH course in South Africa.”Liza surprised herself by being the top student, achieving three distinctions for OCSA’s new Diploma in Occupational Health Nursing. She stood amongst 22 proud graduates on 2 March 2011 as they made history for OCSA as the first group of Diploma students to graduate from our Academy of Excellence.

Liza Doubell says one of the challenges about the course is for students to obtain 500 hours of experiential training and she has already taken-on course students into her company’s OH facility to support and mentor them through the practical part of the course. She has also recently employed fellow graduate, Joanna Chatzkelowitz. “Getting to know colleagues in practice is a powerful thing, and sharing experience and knowledge within the framework of this course was valuable. We got to know one another as a group, and a professional bond is the outcome. Nothing is compromised with this course and the result is that we are building up a body of independent professionals who excel in this exciting industry.”

Achieving with distinction – Ruma Singh

Ruma Singh, an OH practitioner at Occusure thoroughly enjoys her work and decided on taking OCSA’s Diploma. “I was totally in awe  when I learnt that I passed, so much so that I kept very quiet about my results until I was told that I needed to hand in experential records to graduate. My distinction was totally unexpected. I am ecstatic about it,” says Ruma who started nursing in 1983, moved into midwifery and then onto community nursing in 1991 and psychology in 1995. She has worked in the occupational health environment for nine years. “I have done a fair amount of studying and OCSA’s lecturers stand out. When you have a lecturer with a great teaching style and an absolute passion for occupational health, it gives you the confidence to believe you could go out and make a difference,” says Ruma, single mother of two. She had a tough challenge last year fitting in this diploma and is a great inspiration: “For prospective students, don’t stop working at it, have fun and ask for help; it is always there.” She said the content was relevant with a few excellent choices in visiting lecturers.


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

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.