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Programme overview

The Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice (BCMP) degree is a 3 year, full-time programme that aims to develop a new group of health care workers (Clinical Associates).

The programme consists of three courses, one to be taken in each year of the three years of study. The first year provides a scientific foundation which will be used for the integrated study of all the organ systems of the body. The second year continues this process for different stages of life with focus on common, chronic and acute medical conditions that are seen in the district hospitals. The third year develops the role of the Clinical Associate in the hospital and community.

The qualified Clinical Associate will be expected to:

  • Assist with the assessment and management of emergencies in casualty or ward situations for children and adults, for all conditions likely to occur in a district hospital
  • Take responsibility for performing routine procedures in district hospital wards, casualty and the outpatient departments under supervision
  • Form an essential part of the health care team in areas of need.

Clinical Associates will be taught mainly at district hospitals with some training at other hospitals and Wits Medical School.

The curriculum is based on the principle of developing a sound knowledge of the medical and clinical sciences to enable understanding of conditions and management strategies. Students will be expected to have a detailed knowledge of the biomedical sciences in areas related to the performance of procedures. 

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Career Opportunities

The Clinical Associate is able to work as a member of the medical team working under the supervision of a doctor.

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Entry Requirements

Health Sciences - View the  Wits University Revised Health Sciences Admissions Policy

Programme Minimum Admission Requirements  Selection procedures
APS Subjects & achieved scale
Bachelor of Health Sciences BHSc 
(3 years)
  • Biomedical Sciences      
  • Biokinetics 
  • Health Systems Sciences 
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
MBBCh (6 years)

Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy 
BSc (Physiotherapy)
(4 years) 

Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) 
(4 years)
The Faculty of Health Sciences does not calculate an APS score. Academic performance and National Benchmark Test (NBT) scores are used for consideration.
 
There are two points of entry into the MBBCh degree:
  • 1st year MBBCh for applicants currently completing Matric 
  • 3rd year MBBCh (i.e. the Graduate Entry Medical Programme (GEMP) for applicants who have completed a prerequisite degree. Click here for more info.
English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Life Sciences and/or
Physical Science - 5
If you are applying to the Faculty of Health Sciences, you will not be selected solely on your school leaving results, although they are very important. A composite index is calculated, taking into consideration 
(1) your academic results for FIVE subjects and (2) National Benchmark Test (NBT) scores.
 
Only five subjects are used to derive a matriculation score, which is calculated according to the percentages obtained, NOT symbols. These are English Language, Mathematics, Physical Science/ Life Sciences and the best two other subjects. (Dentistry requires Physical Science and Life Sciences and the best other subject).
  • ALL applicants (excluding applicants who are applying to the Graduate Entry Medical Programme - GEMP only) are required to write the National Benchmark Test (NBT).
  • GEMP applicants may be invited to the Wits Additional Placement Test (WAPT) and all applicants are advised to prepare in the event that they are invited. For more information on the WAPT please refer to: www.wits.ac.za/health/gemp 
  • ALL GEMP applicants who are invited to the WAPT will be expected to complete a Biographical Questionnaire on the day of the test.
  • ALL applicants to BSc (Occupational Therapy) and/or BSc (Physiotherapy) must spend time (16 hrs) observing and/or assisting an Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist and complete a certificate of attendance. Only observation hours completed between 1 July 2017 and 31 July 2018 will be accepted as valid.
Bachelor of Dental Science 
BDS (5 years)
English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Life Sciences and 
Physical Science - 5
Bachelor of Nursing BNurs 
(4 years) 

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy- BSc (OT) (4 years) 
English HL or 1st Add Lang - 4
Mathematics - 4
Life Sciences and/or
Physical Science - 4
Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice (BCMP) (3 years)

Bachelor of Oral Health Sciences (BOHS) (3 years)
English HL or 1st Add Lang - 4
Mathematics - 4 or
Mathematical Literacy - 7
Life Sciences and/or
Physical Science - 4

 

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Application Process

Your application

  • You may apply for three programmes (degrees).
  • Applications to Wits must enclose a non-refundable application fee of R100 (for international applicants, R700).

Documentation / Checklist

  • Submit your Grade 11 report which must be signed and stamped by your school principal.
  • If you have already matriculated, attach a copy of your matric certificate.

Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.

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Closing Dates

30 June 2018
Faculty of Health Sciences (All programmes)
Bachelor of Architecture
Bachelor of Audiology
Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology

30 September 2018
All other University programmes
Residence applications 

Online applications
  • Complete an online application to study at Wits
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Course Costs

The average course costs for local students range from R34 000 to R62 000, depending on the course and the number of years of study.
Tuition fees are payable for each course for which a student is registered. 

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