maternity ward nurse

Course Outcomes

This course provides further development of the RN/PN working in maternity units and supports the nurse aiming to engage in post graduate study by embedding principles of holistic patient assessment and care in the delivery of midwifery care within in the maternity unit. It enables the nurse to provide fundamental maternity care based on sound clinical judgement informed by a comprehensive approach.

Completion of the course, does not secure eligibility for post-graduate study at Higher Education Institutions as these are subject to minimum requirements. It may however support academic transition in these programmes. The student will not be eligible to register additional qualifications at any of the existing professional councils upon completion. This course is not credit bearing.

Course Description

The curriculum is outcomes-based and follows a student-centred approach. This short course in maternity nursing embeds principles of holistic patient assessment and supports the development of knowledge specifically applicable to maternity nursing. The course aims further to support the transition into post-graduate study in midwifery care with a strong emphasis on safe, holistic midwifery care. The short course requires the completion of theoretical and clinical components including case-based assignments that support theory and practice integration throughout the antenatal period, intrapartum period and puerperium.

Course Duration

6 Months

Minimum of 700 clinical hours

Target Group

Registered /Professional Nurses and General Nurses

Format of Tuition

Outcome-based self-study with compulsory contact sessions. The teaching approach is problem-based and demands self-study with facilitator contact, thus adult education methodology is applied.

Clinical Facilities

Maternity Unit with antenatal, postnatal, labour unit and nursery

Refer to the intranet for the list of Clinical Facilities 

Locations of Programme

The course is offered at the following Mediclinic Learning Centres:

Tshwane Region

132 Cilliers Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria, 0002

Tel: (012) 421 9100

Learning Centre Manager: F Hutchinson, (Registered Nurse with Education qualification)


Northern Region

Cnr Peter Place/Main Road, Bryanston, 2021

Tel: (011) 709 2366

Learning Centre Manager: Dr E Powell (Registered Nurse with Education qualification)


Mediclinic Hospitals: All hospitals with a Maternity Unit that includes an Antenatal, Postnatal, Labour unit and Nursery. Clinical units with a mentor to support students.

Course Content

  • Professional and Legal Framework
  • Holistic Health Care & Wellbeing
  • Anatomy and Physiology – A system-based approach
  • Major Medical Complications
  • The Antepartum Period
  • The Intrapartum Period
  • The Puerperium
  •  Breastfeeding
  • Essential Newborn Care

Timeline For Application

Closing Date For Applications: End of January

Commencement of Programme: 1 April

Application Process

Make sure that you meet the minimum academic requirements.

To enquire more or enrol in a course, email the required documents listed below to

Documents Required for short course and fundamental courses:

  • Proof of SANC/HPCSA registration
  • Proof of completion of relevant pre-course as per prospectus – (where applicable)
  • Certified copy of ID


  • Students to buy their own prescribed books if required
  • If examinations require flights and/or accommodation this is to be covered by the client
  • These prices exclude clinical accompaniment. If a client is unable to provide their own mentors an additional fee will be charged. Mediclinic can only offer accompaniment based on educator capacity
  •  Courses will not be offered if less than 5 students in total enrol on the course. Courses will be cancelled a month prior to starting date and clients will be informed and any applicable fees refunded. 

Admission Requirements

  •  Proof of current registration as a General Nurse / Registered/Professional Nurse with the SANC or Namibian Nursing Board
  • Application / motivation report from the Unit Manager and signed by the Nursing Manager
  • 3-6 months of nursing experience in the Maternity Unit


Rules and Requirements

  • Two formal tests and one assignment will be written. A 50% year mark is required for entry into the exam. An average theory course mark of 50% is required to pass the course. The pass mark of the theoretical examination is 50%. The student must be found competent in all formative and summative clinical assessments. All students will be granted one supplementary examination.
  • A summative clinical assessment is included at the end of the short course. The student must achieve at least 70% for this clinical assessment and all critical components of the assessment
  • The allocation of the student for clinical practice is done by Mediclinic.
  • The student must work at least a 36-hours per week.
  • The student may not work permanent night duty during the course.
  • The student may take one week (7 shifts) leave during the course.
  • If all the practical requirements cannot be met in the student’s work setting, the student will be placed in an alternative facility in collaboration with the Nursing Manager.
  • Clinical accompaniment is provided by either the educator/facilitator, trained mentors, and Unit Manager.
  • The student must work in the maternity unit for six months.

The student must:

  • Achieve a practical mark of 70% for all the required clinical assessments including the summative clinical assessment
  • Provide evidence of clinical competence by submission of all required clinical assessment instruments
  • Submit the completed workbook (Portfolio of Evidence) by the specified due date

Fees and Funding

Mediclinic funds the course for its employees.

The student is responsible for the cost of any prescribed and recommended books. Other institutions requesting Mediclinic provide training for their employees will be invoiced before the commencement of the course.



Mediclinic students will be expected to sign a contract with Mediclinic to work back double the length of the course on successful completion of the course. If the student does not complete the course successfully he/she will be liable for the course costs and an administration fee.

Student information will be shared with legislative bodies and be used for BBBEE purposes.


Code of Conduct

All students are subject to the Mediclinic (Pty) Ltd disciplinary code that governs workplace conduct and the grievance procedure.

Policies and procedures are available to deal with student appeals and complaints.


Student Support Services


Library and Computer Room

Support Services 

We have an academic support system in place. The support system includes assisting with study methods as well as assisting students that require professional counselling. There are INCON clinics in the hospitals where students are referred if professional counselling is required. Policies and procedures are in place to deal with student disabilities.


Mission Statement

Our mission is:

  • To deliver measurable quality training outcomes, governed by sound educational principles, evidence-based practice and adherence to legislation.
  • To contribute to the development of skills relevant to health care service delivery nationally.

The Institution

Mediclinic (Pty) Ltd Private Higher Education Institution

Corporate Office: Mediclinic (Pty) Ltd Offices

Postal Address: PO Box 456, Stellenbosch, 7599
Address: 25 Du Toit Street, Stellenbosch, 7600.

Tel: +27 21 809 6500

Mediclinic (Pty) Ltd is a registered company operating in the private healthcare industry. Company registration number 1969/009218/07. Mediclinic (Pty) Ltd is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training until 31 December 2023 as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2008/HE07/006

The programme, Diploma in Nursing, is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and the South African Nursing Council (SANC). Accreditation with the SANC expires 31 December 2023. The programme is registered with the Department on Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).