Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Simulation

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Mode of Delivery: Distance (Online) Programme

Programme Duration

  • Part-time: Minimum 2 years and maximum 3 years
  • NQF Level 8, Credits 124

The purpose of the PGDip Clinical Simulation is to develop health care educators who are skilled in the integration and application of clinical simulation theories and practises in their own teaching, learning, assessment, and research. This requires problem-solving skills and critical, reflective thinking, as well as the ability to report on clinical simulated teaching principles in ways appropriate to the relevant academic and disciplinary discourses. The graduate will be able to competently apply an integration of theoretical principles, proven techniques, practical experience, and appropriate skills into their own teaching practises.

1. Demonstrate a deep understanding of the development and application of simulation as a strategy for health care education.
2. Apply adult learning theories to the construction and application of simulation-based learning experiences.
3. Describe and critically appraise current simulation technologies and modalities with regard to their value and application.
4. Design and implement simulation-based learning experiences using appropriate teaching, learning and assessment strategies.
5. Describe the core principles associated with the management of simulation facilities and related resources.
6. Critically appraise research methodologies and approaches used in simulation contexts.

Rules of Access and Admission Requirements

  • The minimum admission requirement is an appropriate Health Sciences related Bachelor’s degree or Advanced Diploma or equivalent qualification (a minimum of an NQF level 7).
  • The candidate should have experience in health professions education, with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in their relevant field. This includes clinical or profession specific experience.
  • Additionally, the candidate also needs access to a simulation laboratory/clinic where they will have the opportunity to conduct and participate in simulated activities. This may include conducting and participating in formal and non-formal simulation activities.
  • Applicants would need to have access to hardware required to successfully navigate the online nature of the programme. This includes a laptop, tablet or desktop computer with suitable word processing applications and an internet connection.
  • The use of Recognition of Prior Learning for access onto the programme will be considered provided this is in-line with the overall enrolment plan, related UJ and Council on Higher Education policies and procedures.
  • International applicants will be assisted with application for the programme once a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) equivalency for their existing qualifications, is established.

Selection Criteria
Once the minimum admission requirements are in place, applicants will apply via the UJ website. Once applications have been received by the Department, selection will be based on the candidates’ prior experience and qualification. Experience in health professions education would be advantageous. The selection will further be guided by the enrolment strategy of the Department and the Faculty.

Pass Requirements
1. Students retain credits for all modules passed.
2. Students must pass all components of the module(s) to obtain credit for the module(s).
3. Students may graduate once they have passed all the modules.
4. Students must pass a minimum of 50% of the modules to qualify for readmission to the programme.
5. Students may not register for the same module for a third time without permission from the Head of Department and Executive Dean of the Faculty.
6. Students have a maximum of two years full-time and three years part-time to complete the qualification.
7. A range of assessment strategies and weightings, as laid out in the relevant module’s learning guide, explains the continuous assessment criteria specified for promotion to the next year of study.