Higher Certificate in Emergency Medical Care

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Faculty Website:   Faculty of Health Sciences
Department: Department of Emergency Medical Care
Programme Level: Undergraduate
Programme Name: Higher Certificate in Emergency Medical Care
Programme Code: F9E01Q

Medium of Facilitation: Full-Time
NQF Level: 5
NQF Credits: 132
SAQA: 111391

Application Start Date: 1 April 2024
Application End Date: 31 October 2024

Campus: Doornfontein

Contacts: UJ Call Centre 011 559-4555
Email: mylife@uj.ac.za

Duration of Study: 1 Year

Programme Fees


The purpose of this qualification is designed to produce entry-level emergency care providers who are clinical assistants within the emergency medical care environment thereby replacing the Basic Ambulance Assistant Course as the entry qualification for emergency medical services. The qualification provides an entry point into a career in emergency medical services thereby creating access and an opportunity for employment within the emergency services and related industries. The programme will develop the necessary foundational knowledge; skills and attitudes necessary to form the basis for further study in the field of prehospital emergency medical care and will provide access to further study within the HEQSF. This programme also aims to promote an understanding of the multi-disciplinary approach to effective, efficient patient care.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will practice primarily on ambulances within South Africa in rural and urban contexts that range from sophisticated emergency medical care facilities to remote primary health care settings.

Admission Requirements

Minimum APS of 21, English 4 (50%+), Mathematics 3 (40%+), Mathematical Literacy is not accepted, Physical Sciences 3 (40%+) and Life Sciences 4 (50%+). *Additional subject 1 and 2 must be minimum 3 (40%+). An applicant with a Senior Certificate (Prior to 2009) must have at least a minimum of an E symbol on Higher Grade or a D symbol on Standard Grade pass for all of the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Biology or Physical Sciences.

Selection Process

Selection will be based on: academic merit, a structured personal interview, a phobia evaluation; medical examination, physical fitness and swimming proficiency evaluation, an English proficiency evaluation and previous appropriate experience (a recommendation).

More Information

Extended BSc in Life and Environmental Sciences (Zoology and Chemistry)

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