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Mode of Study:
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NQF Level 7, Credits 383

Bachelor of Emergency Medical Care

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Emergency Medical Care is a three-year full-time programme that is registered at a NQF level 7. Designed to provide students with a systematic and coherent introduction to the broad knowledge, principles, concepts and problem-solving techniques of emergency medical care. The programme will enable students to acquire cognitive/intellectual skills, practical/clinical skills, and key transferable skills for a career in the profession of emergency medical care. Graduates of this programme will be able to competently integrate and apply theoretical principles and practical clinical procedures and techniques to independently provide emergency medical care to injured and/or ill patients in urban, peri-urban and rural areas within the scope of practice stipulated by the Health Professions Council of Namibia (HPCNA).

The programme allows for an early exit with a Diploma in Emergency 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 (ECT’s). Successful completion of the Bachelor of Emergency Medical Care degree will enable registration with the HPCNA as an Advanced Life Support (ALS) Practitioner, while graduates will be able to find employment in more senior positions, typically as ALS practitioners (Paramedics).

Admissions Requirements

Candidates may be considered for admission to this programme, if they meet the General Admission Requirements of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (GI2.1 in Part 1 of the NUST Yearbook), and comply with the additional requirements below: • a minimum E symbol in English as a Second Language at NSSC Ordinary Level or a 4 on Higher Level; • a minimum D symbol in Mathematics and Biology, or Physical Science, at NSSC Ordinary Level or 4 on Higher Level. Mature age candidates will be considered provided they meet the requirements and pass the mature age entrance examinations of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (GI2.2 in Part 1 of the Yearbook). Students are required to obtain a minimum final score of at least 60 % in the language proficiency test and 50% in the mathematics proficiency test. The final selection of candidates to this programme shall follow a three-step process as indicated below: Step 1: Applicants, who meet or surpass the minimum admission requirements, as stated above, will be shortlisted based on academic merit. Such candidates shall receive an invitation and information package for the selection assessments of the second stage (Step Two). Step 2: Candidates are to be assessed in terms of their physical, medical fitness/abilities and phobias, and will be required to do a short-written placement test as well. Based on the outcome of these assessments, a shortlist shall be compiled and successful candidates will be invited to participate in a selection interview (Step Three). Step 3: Candidates shall undergo an interview by the programme staff after which the final selection for admission shall be made. The results of the Selection Committee are final and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into. If the final Grade 12 results of candidates, who were selected provisionally, do not meet the minimum requirements, then admission to the programme will be withheld. Holders of the National Higher Certificate in Emergency Medical Care may be considered for admission to this programme provided they are registered with the Health Professions Council of Namibia as Emergency Care Technicians. These candidates, if admitted, will be granted credits for the following courses: • Language in Practice • Computer User Skills • Basic Science • Pre-hospital Emergency Medical Care I • Human Anatomy and Physiology • Clinical Practice I • Basic Medical Rescue • Clinical Practice II • Primary Health Care and HIV/AIDS Holders of the National Higher Certificate in Emergency Medical Care will not be awarded with the new Diploma in Emergency Care. Emergency Care Technicians (National Higher Certificate) and Critical Care Assistants (CCA’s) are eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as established by the programme.

Career Opportunities

Registered Emergency Care Technician, Advanced Life Support Practitioners (Paramedics).

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