Programme Outcome

This programme leads to registration in the category of Auxiliary Nurse (GN R.169 of 8 March 2013). The Registered Auxiliary Nurse with the qualification Higher Certificate in Nursing will have the necessary knowledge and skills to function in a wide variety of healthcare settings, provide basic care to patients and provide a supportive function to general nurses, professional nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Programme Duration

One academic year

Target Group

Grade 12

NVC level 4 Primary Health Students

Format of Tuition

Teaching is contact-based, using problem-solving and self-study in healthcare settings. Training is accompanied by professional personnel, in simulated and real-life settings. Teaching is in English and the curriculum is outcomes-based.

Locations of Programme

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

Central Region

2nd Floor, Quantum Building, 3rd Avenue, Bloemfontein, 9301

Tel: (051) 411 4101

Learning Centre Manager: D. Bredenkamp (Registered Nurse with Education qualification)



56A Compensatie street, Polokwane, 0699

Tel: (015) 2903815

Learning Centre Manager: M. Poto-Rapudi (Registered Nurse with Education qualification)



1 Louise Street, Sonheuwel Extension, Nelspruit, 1200

Tel: (013) 759 0690

Learning Centre Manager: H Strydom 


Tshwane Region

132 Cilliers Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria, 0002

Tel: (012) 421 9100

Learning Centre Manager: F Hutchinson, (Registered Nurse with Education qualification)


Northern Region

Cnr Peter Place/Main Road, Bryanston, 2021

Tel: (011) 709 2366

Learning Centre Manager: E Powell (Registered Nurse with Education qualification)


Clinical Placement

Central Region

Mediclinic (Pty) Ltd Hospitals: Bloemfontein, Hoogland, Welkom

DoH facilities



Mediclinic (Pty) Ltd Hospitals: Limpopo and Tzaneen

DoH facilities



Mediclinic (Pty) Ltd Hospitals: Nelspruit 

DoH facilities


Tshwane Region

Mediclinic (Pty) Ltd Hospitals: Brits, Kloof, Legae, Medforum, Heart, Muelmed, Midstream

DoH facilities


Northern Region

Mediclinic (Pty) Ltd Hospitals: Emfuleni, Morningside, Sandton, Vereeniging, Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre

DoH facilities

Programme Content

  • Professional Practice
  • Applied Psychology and Sociology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Integrated Science
  • Nursing Science 

Timeline of 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

New Senior Certificate

From 2008 (compulsory subjects) and minimum rating scale:

  • Grade 12, at an NQF level 4, with minimal requirements for admission to higher certificate studies, as gazetted for higher education
  • English level 4
  • Life (Biology) or Physical Science level 3
  • Mathematics Literacy level 4 or Mathematics level 3
  • Minimum of 19 points (20 points if Mathematical Literacy applies), which excludes Life Orientation 
  • Computer Literacy (NQF Level 3) will serve as a recommendation

Old Senior Certificate

Before 2008 (compulsory subjects) and minimum rating scale:

  • Grade 12 with an aggregate of 950 marks or higher
  • English with a min mark of HG symbol D or SG symbol C
  • Life (Biology) or Physical Science with a min mark of HG symbol E or SG symbol D
  • Mathematics with a min mark of HG symbol E or SG symbol D
  • Computer literacy (NQF Level 3) will serve as a recommendation

National Vocational Certificate

  • National Vocational Certificate, equivalent to Grade 12 at a NQF level 4 and compulsory subjects 
  • English level 5
  • Life (Biology) or Physical Science level 4
  • Mathematics Literacy level 5 or Mathematics level 4
  • Minimum 24 points (25 points if Mathematical Literacy applies), which excludes Life Orientation 
  • Computer Literacy (NQF Level 3) will serve as a recommendation

The RPL applicant has to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Have a valid Matric (grade 12) with admission to a higher or National Vocational certificate with the required APS score (as indicated above) or old senior certificate with an aggregate of 950 marks and higher with the compulsory subjects
  • If a candidate does not have one of the following subjects: Life Sciences (Biology) 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 of operational experience in healthcare 
    • Write and pass the relevant RPL course
  • Submit a motivational letter from his/her employer, if applicable

Note: A candidate can RPL only one subject

Payment of a non-refundable application fee

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

South African Citizenship

Applicants will also undergo psychometric testing, an interview and a health assessment as part of the selection process.

You may have to travel to the nearest approved learning centre for theoretical instructions.

Rules and Requirements

  • Students must have an average mark of 50% for each module to gain entrance to the examination.
  • A theory examination mark of 50% per module is required to pass the examination.
  • A theory final mark of 50% per module is required to pass each year.
  •  Competency must be achieved in all formative and summative clinical assessments.
  • Students will need to fulfil all requirements to complete each study year and obtain the final qualification.
  • A supplementary theoretical and clinical examination will be granted.
  • Students may maintain credit for the theoretical/practical portions of the programme passed if they have to repeat the year.
  • Mediclinic will place students for the clinical component of the programme.
  • All students must work a 42-hour week minimum to qualify.
  • Students may not work permanent night duty during the programme.
  • Twenty-eight shifts (of 6 hours) leave (per year) will be granted during the programme (according to the rotation schedule).
  • Twelve (12) days of sick leave will be granted per year.
  • If all the practical requirements cannot be met in the student’s work setting, he or she will be placed in another facility by the Facilitator, in collaboration with the Nursing Manager.
  • linical accompaniment is provided by the educator/facilitator, trained mentors, and registered professional nurses.

The student must provide:

  • Evidence of clinical competence
  • A complete portfolio of evidence

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, simulation room, anatomy dry lab, and fitness facility.

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 2025 as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2008/HE07/006

The programme, Higher Certificate in Nursing, is accredited by the Council on Higher Education and the South African Nursing Council (SANC).

The programme is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).