WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$3,220 /year
Part-time Study:2 Years
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice Honours (BCMP Hons)
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Health Sciences
Application Deadline: July 2021
Programme Overview

Rationale: The Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice undergraduate degree began at Wits University in 2009 with the first cohort graduating in 2011. This created the first group of medical professionals with the title Clinical Associate, registered to practise medicine under a doctor’s license as designated by the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

The Clinical Associate is a competent, knowledgeable, procedural oriented health professional established to help reduce the disease burden of South Africa. Historically, there has been no post-graduate course or career progression for continued training to advance the clinical associates’ level of education, training and experience.

This Honours degree will provide for the 4th year of an academic programme to continue the student’s learning in the area of clinical associate medical practice. The Honours is then a means to continue with a Post-Graduate Degree, Masters Degree and PhD studies.

Career Advancement: Work opportunities post-graduation will be based on the additional depth of clinical knowledge and practice in the emergency department, trauma units and intensive care units during the study programme. There is no increase in the scope of practice, as this is an academic degree with the advancement of theoretical and clinical medical practice focused on emergency medicine for the practising clinical associate.

Course Aims:  The purpose of this Honours qualification in emergency medicine is to produce graduates who are well equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to continue a career as clinical associates in a demanding emergency focused clinical discipline in a teaching or district hospital environment.

The postgraduate degree provides a platform for progression towards further studies such as Masters and PhD degrees. The qualification will provide BCMP graduates from South African universities, many of whom are from rural communities in underserved areas, with the opportunity to advance their development academically and professionally in the area of emergency medicine. It will assist in promoting and sustaining the clinical associate profession, thus contributing to the improvement of health care in areas of need.


Course Structure:

Year 1: during 2020 academic year
– SCMD4006A – Advanced Clinical Medical Practice in Emergency Medicine I: Adult Medical and Trauma medicine [48 credits]
– SCMD4009A – Theory and Methods in Clinical Research [22 credits]

Year 2: during 2021 academic year
– SCMD4007A – Advanced Clinical Medical Practice in Emergency Medicine II: Paediatrics, Intensive Care, Anaesthesia and Obstetric Emergencies [48 credits]
– SCMD4008A – Clinical Medical Research Essay [22 credits]

Admission Requirements

Application Requirements:
– Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice (BCMP) Undergraduate Degree with minimum 65% aggregate mark, no other bachelor degree accepted at this time
– HPCSA Registration – current and in good standing, submission of proof of registration
– Six months full time employment as a Clinical Associate post qualification, prior to start date of Honours programme, submission of letter from employer to demonstrate work experience
– Submission of academic transcript(s)
– Submission of Curriculum Vitae (CV)
– Submission of a motivation letter for Honours application
– Submission of three references, one must be from academics and one from clinical work place

Additional Entry Requirements
Use the following codes when applying to the BCMP Honours in Emergency Medicine
– Degree code: MH0-A
– Program code: MHA01
– Plan code: MFABCMP41

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $12
Application Fees for International Students: $12

How to apply
– Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
– Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
– Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal, view academic application status, accept an offer (once certified hardcopies have been received by SEnC), apply and check residence application status, and generate a fees estimate.
– Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities are;
– Emergency Medicine Physician
– Ambulatory Surgery Center Nurse Manager
– Associate Medical Doctor
– Physician Assistant Pediatric Emergency Medicine
– Urgent Care Physician
– Emergency Medicine – Assistant Ultrasound Director

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $3,220
Tuition Fees for International Students: $3,220

*Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay the same annual tuition fees as South Africans plus an International Registration Fee (IRF). The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
*Students sponsored by the Government of Rwanda will be treated as and pay the same amount as SADC students.
*Students from all other countries (Non-SADC) will pay the same amount as South African Students
*Diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa & International Wits employees and their dependents will pay South African tuition fees + International Registration Fee (IRF).

Relevant Contact

Miss Lerato Phasha
Division of Clinical Associates Administrator
Miss Anna Muronga
Faculty Officer