Advanced Certificate in Medical Rescue

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ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN MEDICAL RESCUE (C9EMRQ)

Programme Duration 

  • Part-Time: Minimum 2 years and Maximum 3 years
  • Mode of Offering: Contact
  • NQF Level 6, 147 Credits

Purpose: This programme is designed to equip graduates with the required knowledge, skills and attributes to function as Medical Rescue Technicians. Medical Rescue Technicians will function within the emergency care profession of the South African healthcare system. These professionals will have the technical and cognitive ability necessary to operate at urban, rural and aquatic rescue incidents. Medical Rescue Technicians will promote a multi-disciplinary approach to effective, efficient rescue techniques with the patients’ needs being central to the rescue operation.

Outcomes

  1. Articulate a meaningful understanding of the over-arching principles and generic phases of a rescue including the role and function of rescue personnel, rescue services, incident command systems and applicable legislation within the South African context.
  2. Apply the principles and theories of basic sciences underpinning rescue activities.
  3. Conduct operational routines including the identification, inspection, preparation, operation, maintenance and storage of equipment, vehicles and other resources required to provide safe and effective rescue services.
  4. Demonstrate appropriate levels of physical fitness, emotional stability, endurance, teamwork, and leadership required for the effective rendering of rescue in austere environments.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to safely construct and operate rope rescue systems used to access, package, treat and extricate victims in a range of contexts including, urban, rural, industrial, wilderness and aquatic settings.
  6. Perform and participate in search and rescue activities within a range of contexts including, urban, rural, industrial, wilderness and aquatic settings.

Rules of Access and Admission Requirements

This is a qualification for individuals who are already registered as health care professionals. Applicants will be required to provide proof that they are registered with the Health Professions Council (HPCSA) of South Africa or similar registering authority in the case of international applicants.

In addition, applicants would need to also hold an applicable recognised NQF level 5 or other higher education qualification in emergency medical care that facilitates their articulation and access into the Advanced Certificate in Medical Rescue. Applicants may enter the programme using the UJ’s RPL criteria.

Selection Criteria

To register for the qualification, the candidate must meet or exceed all the requirements indicated below:

The applicant with a Senior Certificate (prior to 2009) with University exemption, or its equivalent (NQF Level 4), as determined with an M-Score of 10 and at least a minimum of an E symbol on Higher Grade or a D symbol on Standard Grade pass for the following subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Biology/Physiology or
  • Physical Science

The applicant with a National Senior Certificate with a Diploma endorsement must have the following subjects and rating codes: (Exclude Life Orientation when calculating APS)

Minimum APS: 21

  • Language  of teaching and Learning (English): 4
  • Mathematics: 4
  • Mathematical Literacy: Not Accepted
  • Physical Sciences: 4
  • Life Sciences: 4

In addition to the above applicants must undergo structured interview, a South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) Class II Cabin Crew Medical Assessment (or equivalent), physical fitness assessment (including swimming proficiency), acrophobia and claustrophobia testing and an English language proficiency assessment prior to registration.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be applied on an individual basis against the exit-level outcomes of the programme on a case-by-case basis and will be conducted in accordance with the UJ’s RPL Policy and Professional Board requirements.

Pass Requirements

  1.  Students must pass all components of the module(s) to obtain credit for the module(s).
  2. Students may graduate once they have passed all of the modules.
  3. The Physical Preparedness module will be considered a co-requisite for any registered student, regardless of having passed the module in the prior academic semester or year.
  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. 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.

Curriculum

All modules are Continuous Evaluation modules.