To register as a Clinical Associate with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), a student has to obtain the Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice (BCMP) degree. 
A Clinical Associate is a professional member of the healthcare team with the necessary knowledge and skills to make a substantial contribution within the district health system in South Africa.
Clinical Associates work under the supervision of a qualified medical practitioner, often functioning within the Department of Family Medicine. Teamwork and communication skills are critical and Clinical Associates need good clinical skills to manage common ailments and diseases.
Clinical Associates are medical assistants to supervising doctors in the performance of all practice-related activities, including the requisition of diagnostic, therapeutic and other medical services, based on their education, training and experience. Clinical Associates can work as a member of the healthcare team in district healthcare services.
Potential employers include the Department of Health, the South African Military Health Service and non-governmental organisations.
The BCMP qualification is a three-year full-time degree course. The curriculum has been compiled on the basis that training should take place through service delivery. The training is practical and problem-orientated.

For more information, please consult the Faculty webpage.

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Career Opportunities

Clinical associates, academics and researchers

Programme Code


Closing Dates

  • SA – 31/05/2019
  • Non-SA – 31/05/2019

Admission Requirements

  • The following persons will be considered for admission: a candidate who is in possession of a certificate that is deemed by the University to be equivalent to the required Grade 12 certificate with university endorsement; a candidate who is a graduate from another tertiary institution or has been granted the status of a graduate of such an institution; a candidate who is a graduate of another faculty at the University of Pretoria; and a candidate who is currently in university.
  • Admission to Health Sciences programmes is subject to a selection process.
  • Grade 11 final examination results, the National Benchmark Test (NBT) results as well as a Value-added Form will be used for the provisional selection of prospective students.
  • For selection purposes the sum of the results in six subjects, including English, Mathematics and Physical Science, is calculated.
  • Life Orientation is excluded in the calculation of the Admission Point Score (APS).
  • Candidates, please note that your conditional admission will be revoked if your APS drops by more than two points in your final school examination results.
  • PLEASE NOTE that compliance with the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to any programme in this Faculty.
  • Selection queries may be directed to [email protected]

Minimum requirements

Achievement level

English Home Language or English First Additional Language




AS Level


AS Level






* Cambridge A level candidates who obtained at least a D in the required subjects, will be considered for admission. International Baccalaureate (IB) HL candidates who obtained at least a 4 in the required subjects, will be considered for admission.

Selection Process

Selection is based on Grade 11 results and the Biographical Information Form. Physical Science and Life Sciences are not compulsory subjects, but will be an advantage for selection purposes.

Duration of study

3 years, full-time.

Faculty Notes

As an international role-player focusing on healthcare in Africa,  the vision of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria is to maintain health standards through quality education, research and community service. Since its inception, it has grown to be one of the largest health training institutions in the country and boasts an undergraduate and postgraduate student corps of over 6 000.

Students who join this Faculty will be part of a new generation of health professionals. The Faculty’s training is outcomes-based and problem-orientated – a unique way of looking at patients and their health.

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