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Study Length

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Medical Secretary

Medical secretaries assist health professionals and other workers by performing a variety of communication, documentation, administrative and internal coordination functions, to support health workers in medical facilities and other health-care related organizations.

How to become qualified in this field (learning path)

  • NSC/NC(V)

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

  • NSC/NC(V)

Duration of study

1-3 Years


Medical secretaries may find employment at large and small clinics and hospitals (government and private) as well as private practises.

Others may be employed at companies within the private sector.

Further Information

Department of Health

Educational Institutions offering this qualification

There are many educational facilities that offer accredited courses in this field and you can study short courses as well as longer ones to increase your level of skills. These are just some of the accredited institutions where you can find medical secretarial courses: 

Cape Town College:

Skills Academy:

SA College of Technology:

Varsity Institute of Science and Technology:

Tshwane City College:

Berea Technical College:

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