Student Medical Laboratory Technician Programme
The programme commences in February each year. Positions are advertised internally within PathCare and on the PathCare website in September/October of the year preceding commencement. Entry criteria for this Academy programme includes a grade 12 pass with mathematics and science and/or biology. Selection includes pre-interview testing and panel interviews. Successful candidates are paid an allowance and are employed on a two-year contract during their studies at the PathCare Academy. Each year, the Academy is also increasing its number of candidates recruited for/from various locations in South Africa and Namibia in order to help address the skills shortages affecting various areas.
Students write a national Board Exam set by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) during which they write two two-hour exams. The students need to achieve a 50% pass in both exams in order to pass, and a 50% average across the two papers, for each discipline in the Clinical Pathology exam. Once they have passed the exam, and completed the 24 month mandatory training period, they are required to register as Qualified Medical Laboratory Technicians with the HPCSA in order to be able to practise in their field.