Both nationally and internationally there is a growing awareness among healthcare professionals in private practice that good business skills are essential to their success. They increasingly realise that practising medicines successfully in the 21st century requires more than good intentions and world class medical skills. Healthcare professionals are faced with numerous business challenges emerging from such trends as medical super-inflation, consumerism globalisation and reform of the funding industry.

The Higher Certificate in Practice Management has been customised to focus on the business environment, current priorities and practice needs of all healthcare practitioners, in private practice. It introduces the healthcare professional or practice manager to business principles in a private practice environment, contextualised to the ethical framework applicable to the South African healthcare environment. The programme is designed to develop the functional and operational management skills required to successfully manage a small to medium size healthcare business aligned with effective and efficient patient care.

Who Should Enrol

Practice managers and all health professionals in private practice or who plan to go into private practice.

Course Design

The mode of delivery for this qualification is distance learning, supported by one interactive workshop per module, based on participatory learning methods suitable for adult learners. This programme will be delivered over a period of 12 months.

Course Content

This programme will cover the following modules:

  1. Understanding the South African Healthcare Environment
  2. Human Resources Management
  3. Financial Management
  4. Health Law and Ethics
  5. Managed Care
  6. Strategic and Operational Management (Business Planning)
  7. Marketing


NQF5 (120 Credits), CHE accredited, Department of Education registration,

SAQA number 96726.


Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Health Care Professionals for 30 CEU’s on Level 2. Participants are required to obtain a mark of 70% or more to qualify for CPD points.


Students will be assessed by means of both formative and summative assessments. With a minimum of one written assignment per module and one integrative examination.


Students will receive a Higher Certificate in Practice Management upon successful completion of all assessments.

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