|10221012||Faculty of Health Sciences|
|Duration of study: 1 year||Total credits: 120|
The contact time in the major field of study is determined by the head of the department concerned and approved by the Dean. It includes systematic tuition as well as clinical/practical assignments.
The examination in the basic subject and the main field of study may take place every semester. However, only one subject may be written per semester. In order to be admitted to the examination in the main field of study the student must pass the basic subject. A final mark of at least 50% is required to pass.
Subject to exceptions approved by the Dean, on the recommendation of the head of department, a student may not enter for the postgraduate diploma’s examination in the same subject more than twice.
Minimum credits: 120
To be a good healthcare practitioner requires a life-long commitment to sound professional and ethical practices and an overriding dedication to the interests of fellow human beings and society. The term "profession" means "a dedication, promise or commitment publicly made". Practice as a healthcare professional is based on a relationship of mutual trust between patients and healthcare practitioners. In the course of their professional work healthcare practitioners are required to subscribe to certain rules of conduct. To this end the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has formulated a set of rules regarding professional conduct against which complaints of professional misconduct will be evaluated. These rules are presented in the basic subject, Ethics and jurisprudence.
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