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Faculty : Faculty of Health Sciences

Program Name : Bachelor of Nursing Science (Generic)

BGCSE Points(or similar) : 34 Option 1: 20 (Maths + two pure Sciences) Option 2: 22 (Maths + Science D/Award)


Type : Under Graduate

No. of Semesters : 8

Description : BGCSE/equivalent with a minimum of grade D in English Language and grade C in Mathematics, and grades of C in any two from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or a minimum of grade BB in Science Double Award or equivalent or a minimum of grade A in Physical Science and a grade C in Biology, or equivalent. Entrance Requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing Science Bachelor of Nursing Science Programme - Generic Stream => Admission to Level 100 of the Bachelor of Nursing Science Generic stream shall be on the basis of performance in the Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) examination, or its equivalent, in Science subjects. There shall be cut-off points, which shall be determined by the Directorate of Academic Services. => Applicants who register for the Bachelor of Nursing Science (Generic) stream shall be required: a) To have taken at least 5 subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, at the Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) examination or at one sitting of its equivalent. b) To have obtained a minimum grade of Pass in English Language. c) To have obtained a minimum grade of credit, or its equivalent, in Mathematics. => In addition to the above basic requirements, applicants must have a minimum grade of C, or its equivalent, in at least 2 of the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry and Biology; and a minimum grade of B, or its equivalent, in Science. A double award or its equivalent is required. The other qualifying subject must be one of the following: a) Development Studies b) Literature in English c) Design and Technology d) Agriculture e) Art f) Food and Nutrition g) Computer Studies h) Fashion and Fabrics i) Business Studies j) Home Management k) Any other subject deemed appropriate by the Faculty of Health Sciences. => An applicant who has taken relevant Advanced (A)-level or equivalent examinations and who has attained a minimum of one E and two O's in the relevant subjects may be admitted to a Bachelor of Nursing Science Degree Programme. => If an applicant has grade E or better at Advanced (A)-level or equivalent qualifications in Science subjects, he/she may be awarded credits and exempted from equivalent course(s) prescribed for a Degree Programme, subject to the recommendation of the relevant Head of Department and approval of the Deputy Dean.

Courses involved :

Semester 1

Core Courses

  INTRODUCTORY MATHEMATICS I Credits : 4
  GENERAL CHEMISTRY I Credits : 4
  HIV/AIDS EDUCATION, PREVENTION AND CONTROL IN BOTSWANA Credits : 2
  PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY Credits : 4

Optional Courses

  GENDER, REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH & DEVELOPMENT Credits : 3
  URBANISATION, MIGRATION &DEVELOPMENT Credits : 3
  DEMOGRAPHIC ASPECTS OF THE HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC Credits : 3
  THEORIES OF FERTILITY,MORTALITY& MIGRATION Credits : 3
  THEORIES OF FERTILITY, MORTALITY AND MIGRATION Credits : 3
  ETHICS AND LAW IN HEALTH CARE Credits : 3
  ISSUES IN FOOD AND NUTRITION Credits : 3
  INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY Credits : 3
  COUNSELLING PERSONS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS Credits : 3
  THEORIES AND TECHNIQUES OF COUNSELLING Credits : 3
  COUNSELLING OVER THE LIFESPAN Credits : 3
  SOCIAL POLICY Credits : 3
  INTRODUCTION TO WORKING WITH FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS Credits : 3
  INTRODUCTION TO GROUP WORK Credits : 3
  DEMOGRAPHIC DIMENSIONS OF POVERTY Credits : 3
  SOCIAL PROBLEMS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA Credits : 3

Elective Courses

  COMPUTER SKILLS FUNDAMENTALS I Credits : 2
  INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATIONS AND COMPUTER LITERACY SKILLS I Credits : 2

Semester 2

Core Courses

  DIVERSITY OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS Credits : 4
  GENERAL CHEMISTRY II Credits : 4
  INTRODUCTORY MATHEMATICS II Credits : 4
  GEOMATRICAL OPTICS, MECHANICS, VIBR. & WAVES Credits : 3
  PHYSICS PRACTICAL 1.1 Credits : 1
  ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM, MODERN PHYSICS Credits : 3
  PHYSICS PRACTICALS 1.2 Credits : 1

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 2.

Elective Courses

  HEALTH COMMUNICATION Credits : 2
  COMPUTER SKILLS FUNDAMENTALS I Credits : 2

Semester 3

Core Courses

  PARASITOLOGY FOR HEALTH SCIENCES Credits : 3
  HUMAN ANATOMY Credits : 3
  INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING Credits : 3
  BASIC NURSING CONCEPTS AND SKILLS IN HEALTH Credits : 3
  PHYSICS FOR NURSES Credits : 3
  ELEMENTARY STATISTICS Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 3.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 3.

Semester 4

Core Courses

  CELL BIOLOGY Credits : 3
  GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY Credits : 3
  HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY Credits : 3
  BASIC NURSING CONCEPTS:HEALTH & ILLNESS Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 4.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 4.

Semester 5

Core Courses

  COMMUNITY BASED NURSING CARE PRACTICUM Credits : 3
  BASIC NURSING KNOWLEDGE:CARE OF WELL AND ILL Credits : 3
  INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING Credits : 2
  NURSING MANAGEMENTOF LOW RISK Credits : 2
  PATHOPHYSIOLOGY Credits : 3
  BIOCHEMISTRY Credits : 3
  INTRODUCTION TO NUTRITION Credits : 2

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 5.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 5.

Semester 6

Core Courses

  PHARMACOLOGY Credits : 3
  HEALTH ASSESSMENT Credits : 3
  COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH NURSING Credits : 2
  INTRODUCTION TO NURSING RESEARCH Credits : 3
  INSTITUTION BASED NURSING CARE PRACTICUM Credits : 3
  INTERNSHIP Credits : 4

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 6.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 6.

Semester 7

Core Courses

  PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT & EDUCATION Credits : 2
  NURSING MGT OF HIGH RISK CHILDBEARING-PRACTIC Credits : 2
  ADVANCED KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS IN ADULT HEALTH Credits : 2
  NURSING MANAGEMENT OF HIGH RISK CHILD -THEORY Credits : 2
  ADULT HEALTH NURSING PRACTICUM Credits : 2

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 7.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 7.

Semester 8

Core Courses

  PRINCIPLES & PRACTICE OF COMMUNITY HEALTH Credits : 2
  PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING Credits : 2
  ADOLESCENT HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT Credits : 2
  COMMUNITY HEALTHNURSING PRACTICUM Credits : 2
  PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING PRACTICUM Credits : 2

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 8.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 8.
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