Programme Outcome

A graduate with a Higher Certificate in Diagnostic and Procedural Coding will have the necessary the foundational skills, knowledge, attributes and applied competencies to enable them to render a service as a Clinical Coder in the Healthcare industry. The graduate will be equipped to: systematically access, critically analyze and evaluate exiting data in the field of Clinical Coding; allocate diagnostic and procedural codes; collect data; supervise of data collection, data auditing, data capturing and elementary data analysis. 

Programme Duration

One Academic Year 

Target Group

Grade 12 Students

NVC level 4 Primary Health Students

Mediclinic employees interested in doing a formal clinical coding programme

Format of Tuition

Teaching is contact-based, using problem solving and self-study in health care settings. Professional personnel, in simulated and real life settings, accompany training. The curriculum is outcomes-based. 

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not meet the minimum admission requirements can apply for access to the programme via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). The RPL applicant has to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Have a valid Matric (grade 12) with admission to a Diploma or equivalent with 50% average or old senior certificate: D-aggregate (950 marks)
  • If a candidate does not have one of the following subjects: Computer Literacy (on a Grade 11 level) or Biology (Life Science) or Physical Science (on a Grade 12 level), he/she can apply for entrance to the programme via RPL, if:   
  • 25 years and older
  • Have a minimum of 5 years operational experience in healthcare
  • Write and pass the relevant RPL course 


Recognition of prior learning based on criterion-referenced assessment students with healthcare-related experience, if applicable.

Locations of Programme

The programme is available at the following registered Mediclinic Learning Centres:

Cape Region (Western Cape)

Tijgerpark 1, Willie van Schoor Drive Bellville, 7530 

Tel: (021) 943 6000 

Learning Centre Manager: J Olivier (Registered Nurse with Education qualification) 


Clinical Placement

Cape Region

Mediclinic Hospitals (Western Cape)

Mediclinic Corporate Office (Clinical Coding Department) and learning centre 



Programme Content

Module 1: Professional Practice

Module 2: Anatomy 1

Module 3: Physiology 1

Module 4: Fundamentals of Clinical Coding

Module 5: Diagnostic and Procedural Coding Science

Module 6: Health Information Science 

Timeline For Applications

Closing Date for Applications: 1 May to 30 June

Commencement of Programme: January


Application Process

Visit the application portal here.

The following will be required as soon as the application system opens: required:

  • Short CV
  • Certified copy of grade 12 certificate or grade 11 academic results
  • Certified copy of the front page of the ID book
  • Proof of non-refundable application fee paid
  • Proof of South African citizenship, if applicable.

Admission Requirements

National senior certificate

  • Grade 12 with minimal requirements for admission to diploma studies, as gazetted for higher education, with an average of 50%
  • Life or physical science subject at NQF Level 4 with a minimum mark of 40%
  • Mathematics Literacy at NQF Level 4 with a minimum mark of 50% or Mathematics at NQF Level 4 with a minimum mark of 40%
  • English at NQF Level 4 with a minimum mark of 40%
  • Computer Literacy at NQF Level 3 with a minimum of 40% will serve as a recommendation

National vocational certificate

  • National Vocational Certificate, equivalent to Grade 12, with an average of 55% is required
  • Life or physical science subject at NQF Level 4 with a minimum of 50%
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 4 with a minimum of 50% or Mathematics Literacy at NQF Level 4 with a minimum of 60%
  • English communication Skills at NQF Level 4 with a minimum of 50%
  •  Computer Literacy at NQF Level 3 with a minimum of 40% will serve as a recommendation

Old senior certificate

  • Grade 12 with D-aggregate (950 marks)
  • Grade 12 Life (Biology) or physical science 4 with a minimum mark of 40% (higher grade) and 50% (lower grade)
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 4 with a minimum mark of 40% (higher grade) and 50% (lower grade)
  • Grade 12 English with a minimum mark of 40% (1st or 2nd language)


  •  Computer Literacy at NQF Level 3 with a minimum of 40% will serve as a recommendation

Payment of a non-refundable application fee.

Applicants will also undergo psychometric testing, an interview and a health assessment as part of the selection process. You will have to travel to the learning centre in Bellville for the theoretical instructions and Mediclinic Corporate Office/hospital (s) for experiential learning. 

Rules and Requirements

  • Students must have an average mark of 50% for modules 1, 2, 3 and 6 (except modules 4 and 5) to gain entrance to examinations.
  • Students require the following marks for module 4 to gain entrance to the examination:
  • 70% for the theoretical component
  • 80%the for practical component
  • Students require the following marks for module 5 to gain entrance to the examination:
  •  50% the for theoretical component & 80% the for practical component
  • A theory examination mark of 50%, for each module 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 (except module 4), is required to pass the examination/s.
  • A theory examination mark of 70% is required to pass the module 4 examination.
  • A practical examination mark of 80% is required to pass the module 4 and examinations.
  • Competency must be achieved in all required formative and summative practical assessments.
  • Students will need to fulfil all requirements to complete the study year and be awarded the final qualification.
  • A supplementary theoretical and clinical examination will be granted for each module.
  • Students may maintain credit/s for modules passed if they have to repeat a module/s.
  • Mediclinic will place students for the clinical component of the programme.
  • All students must work a 40-hour week minimum to qualify.
  • 13.33 hours per month vacation leave (159.96 hours per year) will be grantedduring the programme (according to the rotation schedule).
  • 96 hours of sick leave will be granted per year.
  • 24 hours (3 days) special leave will be granted per year (only applicable after completion of 4 months of the programme).
  • If not all the practical requirements can be met in the student’s work setting, he/she will be placed in another facility by the programme coordinator. 
  • Mentoring is provided by the educator/facilitator and mentors. The student must provide:
  • Evidence of practical competence
  • A complete portfolio of evidence (PoE) 





Fees and Funding

Mediclinic Higher Education determines the fees annually. The fees (including uniforms) are subject to change and are published on the Mediclinic website. A registration fee of 50% of the total annual fee is required. The second payment of 50% is due by the end of June. No student will be allowed to progress to the following study year if there are any outstanding fees.

A certain number of bursaries will be allocated by Mediclinic and/or ER24 each year:

Bursary students will also be provided with a stipend to assist with living expenses, though students are expected to arrange their own accommodation and transportation to and from the various clinical facilities.

Students are responsible for the cost of any prescribed and recommended books. Other institutions requesting training for their employees will be invoiced prior to programme commencement.


Students will be expected to sign a contract with Mediclinic; bursary students will have to work back a period equal to the length of the programme on successful completion. If a bursary student does not complete the programme successfully, he/she will be liable for the programme costs and administration costs.

Student information will be shared with legislative bodies and be used for BBBEE purposes.

Code of Conduct

All students are subject to the Mediclinic grievance procedures and the disciplinary code that governs workplace conduct.

Student Support Services

Support Facilities

Library, computer room and simulation room.

Support Services

We have an academic support system in place which assists students with study methods and provide professional counselling. We have INCON clinics in the hospitals where students are referred if professional counselling is required or assistance needed with health and wellness needs.

Complaints and disability

We have student complaint and disability policies and procedure in place to deal with student complaints and disabilities.


Mission Statement

Our mission is:

  • To deliver measurable quality training outcomes, governed by sound educational principles, evidence-based practice and adherence to legislation.
  • To contribute to the development of skills relevant to health care service delivery nationally.

The Institution

Mediclinic (Pty) Ltd Private Higher Education Institution

Corporate Office: Mediclinic (Pty) Ltd Offices

Postal Address: PO Box 456, Stellenbosch, 7599
Address: 25 Du Toit Street, Stellenbosch, 7600.

Tel: +27 21 809 6500

Mediclinic (Pty) Ltd is a registered company operating in the private healthcare industry. Company registration number 1969/009218/07. Mediclinic (Pty) Ltd is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training until 31 December 2023 as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2008/HE07/006

The programme, Higher Certificate in Diagnostic and Procedural Coding, is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).