Post-Basic Bachelor Of Science Degree In Nursing

2 years full time / blended learning| Africa University Main Campus

About the Programme

The overall aim of the post-basic Bachelor of Science degree in nursing programme is to provide higher education to Registered nurses ( RN ) to enable them give quality nursing care in hospitals and communities at the preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative level.


Entry Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the BSN programme,

  1. Candidates must be in possession of a diploma in nursing.
  2. Candidates must be currently registered to practice as nurses by the respective nursing councils or appropriate health professions’ registration body in their respective countries, and must temporarily register with the Nursing Council of Zimbabwe to enable them to perform clinical practice during field attachment.
  3. Candidates must have had at least 2 years full-time professional experience
  4. Candidates must satisfy the basic entry requirements for admission to Africa University, i.e. candidates must show evidence that they have at least a credit pass in English Language, Mathematics or Applied Statistics, Biology and Chemistry, at “O” or “A” levels or their equivalents.
  5. Candidates 25 years of age or older at the time of registration may enter through the Mature Age Entry Scheme of Africa University. Further information on this special provision may be obtained from the Senior Assistant Registrar for Academic Affairs at the University.
  6. The medium of instruction is English language. Non-English speaking candidates who fail to satisfy the University Admissions Board in the diagnostic test for competence in English language, but otherwise fulfil the other admission criteria, may be required to undertake a one-year Intensive English course before they can proceed to the BSN programme

Year One Semester One

  1. SNS307 Foundations of Nursing (3 Credit Hours)
  2. HFR111/HPO111/HESL111: Foreign Languages (3 Credit Hours)
  3. HPS140 Introduction to Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  4. HSA201 Introduction to Sociology (3 Credit Hours)
  5. SHA201 Health Law (2 Credit Hours)
  6. HIT100 Introduction to Information Technology (2 Credit Hours)
  7. SNS323 Anatomy (3 Credit Hours)
Total Credit Hours: 19

Year One Semester Two

  1. HFR112/HPO112/HESL112: Foreign Languages (3 Credit Hours)
  2. SNS 324 Physiology (3 Credit Hours)
  3. HAS100 African Studies (Offered by FHSS)(3 Credit Hours)
  4. TEV200 Ethics and Christian Values (2 Credit Hours)
  5. SNS413 Health Services Management I (2 Credit Hours)
  6. SNS308 Research Methodology (2 Credit Hours
  7. SNS311 Principles of Teaching & Learning (3 Credit Hours)
  8. SNS319 Pharmacology (2 Credit Hours)
Total Credit Hours: 20

Year Two Semester One

Core Courses

  1. SNS 305Communication and Counseling Skills (2 Credit Hours)
  2. SNS315 Community Health Nursing & Health Promotion (3 Credit Hours)
  3. SNS423 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (2 Credit Hours)
  4. SNS325 Communicable and Non Communicable Diseases(3 Credit Hours)
  5. SNS322 Biosciences (2 Credit Hours)
  6. SNS401 Epidemiology/Biostatistics/ Health Informatics (3 Credit Hours)


  1. SNS317 Nursing Education (Option 1) (3 Credit Hours)
  2. SNS318 Health Services Management II (Option 2)(3 Credit Hours)
Total Credit Hours: 18

Year Two Semester Two

Consolidated Practicum

  1. SNS414 Nursing Education Practice (Option 1) (9 Credit Hours)
  2. SNS415 Management and Administration Practice (Option 2) (9 Credit Hours)
  3. SNS422 Midwifery Practice (Option 3) (9 Credit Hours)
  4. SNS416 Research Project (6 Credit Hours)

Senior Nursing Officer

Nurse Educator

Programme Co-ordinators in NGOs