Course Information and Fees

HC: Higher Certificate:EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE higher certificate


HC: (higher certificate)

This qualification is an entry-level qualification in the three-tier Emergency Care Qualification Framework, as proposed by the Department of Health in the National Emergency Care Education and Training (NECET) policy. The qualification provides the introductory knowledge, cognitive, conceptual tools and practical techniques as well as attitudes necessary for a career in the Emergency Medical Services. The qualification will also provide the key competencies and capabilities necessary for registration with the Health Profession Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as Emergency Care Assistants (ECA). ECAs provide basic and fundamental emergency care to sick and injured patients and transport these patients to hospital. Holders of this qualification will work mainly in and around the ambulance in a variety of contexts, and will mainly provide a supportive role in the emergency services. ECAs work under the guidance of Emergency Care Technicians, Emergency Care Practitioners and Medical Officers provide assistance to these more advanced emergency care providers.

Career Information
This qualification provides an entry point into the Emergency Medical Services. Emergency Services work in both the public and private sectors, in rural and urban settings, at mass gatherings and in both the military and civilian settings. In addition to employment at emergency service, industrial, mining and the oil and gas industries also employ emergency care personnel.

Career Opportunities
Career opportunities exist in operational emergency services, mass gatherings and special events, remote sites and mining as well as in education and training. Employment opportunities exist within the private and public sectors as well as with the South African Military Health Services.

Admission requirements


For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements


For all Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements

Career Advantage
The Higher Certificate in Emergency Medical Care provides comprehensive fundamental emergency care skills. The HC EMC provides an entry point into the EMS career pathway and the possibility exists for articulation into higher qualifications. Recognition by and registration with the Health Professions Council South Africa provides graduates with recognition of professional attainment.

A minimum level of physical fitness is required for emergency care work. To this end, physical training is included in the course and students are required to pass minimum fitness requirements for graduation. Additional, a minimum level of swimming proficiency is required. A basic swimming assessment will be conducted at the end of the course and a pass mark is required.

Syllabus and fees

First Year

Compulsory subject(s):
Bellville Campus only:
30950 ZAR
8 Subjects

Experiential Learning
During the programme, you will be placed on ambulances and at hospitals where you will attain clinical skills as required by the HPCSA. You will be required to complete a minimum number of working hours and clinical skills on the clinical platform before graduation and professional registration.

Offering Type and Duration
Full-Time /

Course is offered on Bellville Campus.

For any queries get in touch with:

Contact: Nandipa Mfecane
Telephone: 0219538408
Fax: -

NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2021 academic year and are provided to assist you in your planning.



This information is subject to change based on approval and accreditation of HEQSF aligned qualifications.

Admission requirements may therefore differ between the existing qualification and the HESQF aligned qualification. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page; however the University reserves the right at any time, if circumstances require, to make changes to any of the published details.