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Life College of Learning

Life Healthcare views its responsibility to contribute to the national pool of skills seriously, especially in the fields of nursing and health sciences. The Life College of Learning, which was established by the group in 1998, is provisionally accredited with both the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Higher Education & Training, and with the South African Nursing Council, making it the only such provisionally accredited nursing college operated by a private healthcare company in South Africa. The college also works in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Nurses form the cornerstone of Life Healthcare’s operations, and in this respect, our college’s nurse training programmes have proven to be strategically important to the success and solid reputation of our group. Our focus on clinical excellence underpins our commitment to delivering high quality care to our patients . The Life College of Learning has been instrumental in turning our group’s vision – to be a world class provider of quality healthcare for all – into reality.

The college has contributed to the development and empowerment of many South Africans, and is assisting in alleviating the national healthcare skills shortage. Several public sector nurses and people from disadvantaged communities have enrolled at the college. On-going collaboration with HWSETA is providing various learnerships and bursaries.

The college managers provide visible leadership in the field of nursing education and are actively involved in the Nursing Education Association (NEA), South African Nursing Council (SANC) and Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA). Excellent relations with these regulating bodies and tertiary institutions positions Life Healthcare well in addressing the challenges of skills shortages.

The Life College of Learning has over 1 000 students studying various nursing programmes each year. Our excellent results in the registered examinations reflect the professionalism of our clinical educators, nursing staff and hospital management, as well as the quality of students selected. The group’s investment in the Life College of Learning, and in training and development of employees at all strata of the organisation, ensures that our people are empowered to attain excellence.

Accredited as a private higher education institution by the Council for Higher Education and by Umalusi as a further education and training institution.

Our college’s vision

To create a skilled workforce for Life Healthcare and the healthcare industry in order to provide cost effective, quality and competent patient care.

Our college’s mission

  • To retain and develop staff for Life Healthcare.
  • To ensure staff have career development opportunities.
  • To provide management at all levels with the necessary skills to conduct their work effectively.
  • To develop a competent workforce.
  • To work according to necessary legislation governing education, training and development in the healthcare industry.

Our learning centres

Our college comprises of ten learning centres and three classrooms throughout the country. The learning centres are situated in Benoni, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, East London, Middelburg, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Roodepoort and Mossel Bay and the classrooms in Empangeni, Klerksdorp and Bushbuckridge.

Our college's programmes

All programmes offered by the Life College of Learning are accredited and include:

1. Nursing

  • basic one-year programme for training as an enrolled nurse auxiliary;
  • two year programme for training as an enrolled nurse;
  • two year bridging programme for training as a registered nurse;, and
  • one-year programmes for specialised training in areas such as intensive care, operating theatre, trauma nursing and occupational health.

2. Health Sciences

  • ODA – Diploma in Operating Department Assistance

Our college has adopted an outcomes-based model of education and training, which promotes quality service delivery, and ensures that Life Healthcare’s values are reflected in the activities of the organisation.

Contact us

Head Office

Luke Cheketri
Tel: 011 219 9885
Email: Luke.cheketri@lifehealthcare.co.za

Learning centre list of contacts

Learning Centre Physical address Telephone
Bloemfontein Classroom Pasteur Hospital,
Pasteur Drive 54, Hospital Park,
Bloemfontein, 9301
Tel (051) 522-1828/9
Fax 086 619 1964
deborah.colam@lifehealthcare.co.za
Cape Town Learning Centre First Floor, The Park,
Park Lane,
Pinelands,
Cape Town,7405
Tel (021) 506-5340
Fax (021) 506-5351
fay.abrahamse@lifehealthcare.co.za
KZN Learning Centre Life St Joseph's,
82 South Ridge Rd,
Berea, Durban
Tel (031) 204-1352
Fax (031) 204-1444
mark.raptie@lifehealthcare.co.za
East London Learning Centre St Dominic's Hospital,
45 St. Mark's Rd,
East London
Tel (043) 742-4438
Fax (043) 743-6824
julie.stringer@lifehealthcare.co.za
Midmed Learning Centre 22 OR Tambo Street
Shop NR 1
Middelburg MPU, 1050
Theresa Stander
Tel (013) 243 3924/1302
Fax (013) 243 1216
yvonne.els@lifehealthcare.co.za
East Rand Learning Centre 18 Lakeview Crescent,
Kleinfontein Lake,
Benoni, 1501
Tel (011) 744-8600
Fax (011) 744-8649
deborah.colam@lifehealthcare.co.za
Port Elizabeth Learning Centre Ground Floor, Oasim North,
Havelock St. Central,
Port Elizabeth, 6001
Tel (041) 501-1851
Fax (041) 501-1872
koelsum.september@lifehealthcare.co.za
Pretoria Learning Centre Room 10, Denneboom Park,
Denneboom Rd, Die Wilgers,
Pretoria, 0041
Tel (012) 807-6140
Fax (012) 807-3645
elsabe.jansen@lifehealthcare.co.za
West Rand Learning Centre 91 Leader Rd, Robertville,
Roodepoort
Tel (011) 474-0400/1-6
Fax (011) 474-0643
phumi.ntsele@lifehealthcare.co.za
Mossel Bay Learning Centre Cnr Da Nova & Alhoff Drives,
Da Nova,
Mossel Bay, 6500
Tel (044) 691-3718
Fax (086) 580-9323
anita.klackers@lifehealthcare.co.za

Our geographic spread of learning centres and classrooms



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