The training is a half-day session where students are oriented to the safety around aeroplanes for the purpose of participating in medical (mercy) flights.
The training relates to the Intensive Care Unit and Critical Care Transportation course that is offered in the final year.
The students are taught how to transfer critically ill patients safely via various forms of transport and the considerations thereof.
The training session is an orientation of safety around aircrafts.
Students are also shown how to safely load and offload patients, how to access and operate emergency exits, and how to safely store away medical equipment used during aeromedical transfers in preparation for their work integrated learning shifts.
The three-year degree is an intensive programme that is aimed at developing a well-rounded emergency medical care practitioner that is able to work effectively in the pre-hospital field.
The programme allows for exit with a Diploma in Pre-hospital Medical Care after successful completion of the second year of study.
Students who exit with a Diploma will be able to find employment in industry as mid-level emergency care practitioners and will be eligible to register with the HPCNA as Emergency Care Technicians.
For this year, 17 new first-year students were registered, after successfully completing a three-day selection process that included various aspects such as academic performance, physical performance and a face-to-face interview.