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Specialist Cardiologist

Cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons are heart specialists, who are medical doctors trained to treat abnormalities and diseases of the heart and cardiovascular system.  This is a very specialised field and their skills are in exceptionally high demand. 

How to become qualified in this field (learning path)

  1. NSC or NC(v) with Bachelor’s Degree Pass
  2. Degree: Bachelor of Medicine:
    1. Theoretical training: 6 years.
    2. Student internship: 1 year.
    3. Community Service: 1 year
  3. Masters Degree: MMed (Cardiothoracic Surgery) 4-5 years

* Including residency: Min of Four years 

Duration of study

5 Years Post Grad studies after completing the MBChB degree


Cardiothoracic surgeons are in high demand and have many opportunities for employment including:

  • State hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Private practice

Further Information

Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HSPCA)

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