Welcome to Clinical Associate South Africa
Clinical Associates
A New Kind of Health Professional in South Africa


logo_wsu.jpgThe Professional Association of Clinical Associates in South Africa (PACASA) was established on the 10th of April 2012. PACASA is a non-statutory, non-profitable organisation for Clinical Associate professionals.


logo_wsu.jpgLocated in Eastern Cape Province, Walter Sisulu University is one of three historically black South African universities.
logo_wits.jpgThe University of Witwatersrand (Wits) is situated in Johannesburg, the social and economic hub of South Africa. 
logo_up.jpgThe University of Pretoria is the leading research university in South Africa and one of the largest in the country. 

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Welcome to Clinical Associates South Africa

Clinical Associates are required to earn a Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice from an accredited university to qualify for registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Rooted in problem-based learning, this 3-year course of study emphasizes the acquisition of hands-on clinical skills that Clinical Associates need to take their place as essential members of district-level care teams. The rigorous, nationally standardized curriculum is competency-based. It prepares students to provide any medical service within their scope of practice that is delegated to them by the supervising medical practitioner.

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Development of a documentary film for Clinical Associates

The American International Health Alliance (AIHA) has been supporting the introduction of Clinical Associates in South Africa, a new cadre of health worker similar to physician assistants in the US. To help spread the word about this exciting infusion of much needed human resources for health in South Africa, we are working with Community Media Trust on the development of a documentary film chronicling the experience of recently deployed Clinical Associates on the front lines providing care in district hospitals throughout the country.


First South African clinical associates take their pledge at WSU
WSU's Faculty of Health Sciences hosted its annual oath taking ceremony for graduate nurses, doctors and the first of their kind; clinical associates, at the Nelson Mandela Drive Campus on Friday, 10 December. The students took their pledges of service as a declaration signifying the umbilical relationship they have with communities.
Clinical Associate graduates working at Zithulele Hospital
Clinical associates are a new cadre of staff in South Africa – a mid-level worker trained to concentrate on procedures and managing uncomplicated conditions. We are privileged to have 2 of the first group to graduate and look forward to their contribution to ever improving clinical care for our patients. Read more..


Mid-level health professionals for SA
South Africa's Department of Health has launched a three-year clinical associate programme designed to produce a new category of mid-level health professionals in the country. Qualified clinical associates are able to assess patients, make diagnoses, prescribe appropriate treatments, and undertake minor surgical procedures under the supervision of medical officers.

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