Diploma in Occupational Health Nursing
OCSA offers a SANC approved Diploma in Occupational Health Nursing. The course is based on the SANC R212 requirements for advanced qualification in occupational health nursing. On successful completion the learner will be able to register an additional qualification in Occupational Health Nursing with the South African Nursing Council.
- Minimum entrance requirement is a diploma or degree in General Nursing registered with the SANC.
- Learners are required to provide proof of professional indemnity through an organisation such as SASOHN, DENOSA or any other recognised provider.
RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING
- Recognition of Prior Learning, in accordance with the SANC and OCSA policy will be granted for credits successfully completed at any other Higher Education Institution accredited with the SANC.
The programme is divided into three subjects
- Nursing Dynamics
- Occupational Health
- Occupational Health Nursing Science
which are presented over a year period in 8 modules.
Learners are required to complete three additional short courses. These costs are not included in the course fee.
CLINICAL / EXPERIENTIAL PLACEMENTS
- Learners are required to accumulate supervised practical experience.
- These hours can be accumulated in a variety of SANC approved clinical settings.
1 or 2 years depending on experience and RPL.
Application forms available from Vuyo Batakati firstname.lastname@example.org
Next course intake
Next course intake – January 2014
Applications will open September 2013
Online application form
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.