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Emergency Medical Care

1. When is the closing date for the 2018 applications?
  • Early closing date: 02 August 2018

    Late closing date: 30 September 2018

     On-Campus accommodation

     Applications for on-campus accomodation open: 1 April 2018

    Closing date: 30 September 2018

    International Applicants: International students First Semester 2019 (February): Deadline - 31 October 2018 (Application fee of R500)

2. What are the normal entry requirements?
  • Please refer to the brochure for this information.
3. What if I have an APS of less than 30?
  • Unfortunately you will not be allowed access to the programme.
4. What must I do now?
  • Work on improving your marks over the next year and reapply for 2018.
5. What if I don’t have the correct subjects?
  •  Enrol at a TVET college and take the necessary subjects you don’t have. Ensure that you take it on a matric level (NQF4).
6. If I am informed that I must go and write the Access Assessment Test (AAT), what is this test? When and where does it take place?
  • If you need to write the AAT, do it as soon as possible! The sooner you find out the result the sooner you will know if you can be considered for the programme;
  • You can write the test on South Campus at the Centre for Access Assessment and Research (CAAR) or at an accredited site anywhere in South Africa. You must phone to make a booking and to confirm where you can write the test.
7. Can I prepare for the AAT?
  • Unfortunately not. The AAT tests your reading comprehension and numeracy skills.
8. Does it make a difference if I have an EMS qualification?
  • Yes it does for those with an AEA qualification and up. If you don’t meet the standard entry requirements, you may apply for access to the programme through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process;
  • When applying for access via RPL, you will be required to write the AAT.
  • You must have a minimum APS of 18.
9. Do I get any credit for modules on the B(EMC) programme if I have done the AEA or CCA qualification?
  • Unfortunately not, however if you are a CCA, you can challenge exams and possibly achieve exemption from modules;
 If, however, you have an ECT or NDip qualification, you can apply to get credit for certain modules.
10. When do Selections take place?
  • At the end of November, following the matric exams. They take place in the Summerstrand area of Port Elizabeth. Dates to be confirmed:
  • Wednesday, November 2018
  • Thursday, November 2018
  • Friday, November 2018
11. Is it compulsory to attend a Selections Day?
  • Absolutely, yes!
12. What if I cannot attend the Selections?
  • If the programme is not full then another round is conducted in January.
13. What do the Selections consist of?
  • You are expected to attend a one day session that we call Selections Day. This entails an information session, followed by a fitness, strength, swimming and phobia test;
  • The rest of Selection process includes being consider medically fit according to the Class 2 Aviation Medical Examination and the payment of your Uniform Deposit and HPCSA Registration fee;
  • Once all the above is in order, you are then expected to attend an orientation camp in January.
14. Can I prepare for the Selections Day?
  • Absolutely, yes! Start training and get fit!
15. What if I am Claustrophobic or have a Fear of Heights?
  • It is recommended that you do not apply for the B(EMC) programme unless you can find a way to overcome your phobias.
16. Will I not be selected if I cannot swim?
  • No you will not be excluded, however there are many applicants for the programme and if someone is able to swim, his/her chance of being accepted onto the programme is more likely. Please note that if you are accepted onto the programme, you will be expected to pass the swimming assessment at the end of the first year.
17. What is the cost of the programme
  • First year class fees: approximately R 37 000.00 in 2018
  • Prescribed uniform and equipment: approximately R 9 000.00 – this is a once off payment;
  • Class 2 Aviation Medical Examination: whatever the doctor charges.
18. Is there anything I can do to be better prepared for the programme?
  • It is essential that you have a good working knowledge of the EMS is. If you haven’t worked on an ambulance or in the EMS, then it would be very helpful for you to work a few shifts as a volunteer with an ambulance service;
  • It is imperative that you set-up your support systems to excel as a student. This entails having the financial means, support by family and loved ones, continuous internet access as well as trustworthy transport.
19. What is a typical starting salary of a graduate paramedic?
  • This varies according to each employer, yet an approximate figure would be R350 000.00 per annum. This amount is often doubled or tripled if working overseas.
20. What are the job opportunities with the B(EMC) qualification?
  • In South Africa there are many job opportunities, especially for paramedics with the degree qualification. Also, many South African paramedics work overseas.
21. How or where do I apply for the B(EMC) degree?
  • Visit for all the necessary information. In essence, you need to fill in an application form and submit it with the necessary supporting documentation as stated on the application form, as well as pay the application fee at the Cashiers at the university (if you hand in a manual application). The admissions department is situated at Nelson Mandela University South Campus, Ground Floor, in the Embizweni building.