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Course Outcomes

This course is a further development of the specialised nurse in orthopaedic nursing. It enables the nurse to provide safe basic and intermediate care to the patient. It provides the nurse with appropriate basic and intermediate knowledge and skills concerning orthopaedic nursing that they may not be familiar with.

On completion of the course, the student will not be eligible to register at any of the existing professional councils. This course is not credit-bearing.

Course Description

The curriculum is outcomes-based and follows a student-centred approach. The orthopaedic short course will give the orthopaedic nurse an understanding of nursing in this specialised unit. It covers anatomy, surgical procedures and the applicable skills to provide safe care for a patient in the orthopaedic unit.

Course Duration

6 Months

Minimum of 700 clinical hours

Target Group

Registered /Professional Nurses and General Nurses

Format of Tuition

The mode of instruction is contact. The teaching approach is problem-based and demands self-study with contact, thus adult education methodology is applied. Accompaniment is provided to the student during experiential learning.

Clinical Facilities

Orthopaedic Nursing Unit   

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)


Central Region

2nd Floor, Quantum Building, 3rd Avenue, Bloemfontein, Free State, 9301

Tel: (051) 4114101

Learning Centre Manager: D Bredenkamp (Registered Nurse with Education qualification)


Cape Region

Tijgerpark 1, Willie van Schoor Drive, Bellville, Western Cape, 7530

Tel: (021) 943 6000

Learning Centre Manager: J Olivier (Registered Nurse with Education qualification)


Mediclinic Hospitals: All Mediclinic hospitals which admit orthopaedic patients

Course Content

General Conditions

  • Anatomy
  • Diagnosis of orthopaedic disorders
  • Rheumatic disorders and Necrosis
  • Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders
  • Genetic disorders
  •  Tumours, Neuromuscular Disorders and Nerve Lesions

The Orthopaedic patient is addressed according to the skeletal regions  taking into consideration:

  • Anatomy of region
  • Examinations of region
  • Conditions and deformities of the region
  • Injuries to region

Skeletal regions addressed:

  • Shoulder Region
  • Elbow Region
  •  Hand and wrist
  • Hip and Pelvis
  • Knee and lower extremity
  • Ankle and Foot
  • Spine and Neck

Orthopaedic Complications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery and Radiological Procedures

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 Registered/Professional and General Nurse with the SANC or Namibian Nursing Board
  • Successful completion of the Orthopaedic Nursing Fundamental Course
  • Application/motivation report from the Unit Manager and signed by the Nursing Manager
  • 3-6 months Orthopaedic nursing experience


Rules and Requirements

 A minimum of 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 proved competent in all formative and summative clinical assessments to pass the course. All students will be granted one supplementary theoretical and clinical examination

  • The allocation of the student for clinical practice is done by Mediclinic.
  • The student must work at least a 36-hour workweek.
  • 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 the educator/facilitator, trained mentors, and registered/professional nurses.
  • The student must work in the cardiac and cardio-thoracic critical care unit for a period of six months, however, clinical placement also includes Operating Theatre

The student must:

  • Achieve a practical mark of 70% for all the required clinical assessments
  • Provide evidence of clinical competence
  • Hand in the completed workbook

The successful completion of this course does not qualify the student to register for an additional qualification with the South African Nursing Council. This course is not credit-bearing.


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).