• Early Closing date: 03 August 2020
  • Late Closing date: 30 September 2020

International Applicants: Deadline - 30 September 2020 (Application fee - please consult International Office)



If you dont meet the AS score. Then based on your work exprience and your matric results, assessments will be done to conclude whether or not you are qualified for RPL. From there, if you qualified for RPL, further assessments will take place to conclude on the possibility and level of your entry to the programme.  

Enrol at a TVET college and take the necessary subjects you don’t have. Ensure that you take it on a matric level (NQF4).

  • Yes it does for those with an AEA qualification and above. 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. However, you must still meet matric endorsement requirments to access University. If you don't meet the matric endorsement requirements for the degree, your application will be screened for further assessments. 


  • Unfortunately not, however your application will be assessed if you meet RPL acess criteria. 
  • If, however, you have an ECT or NDip qualification, you can apply to get credit for certain modules.

Selections or Selection Dates are by invitation only.

They take place in the Summerstrand area of Port Elizabeth.

Selection Dates for 2021 intake are below:

28 November OR  12 December OR  19 December
Kindly Note:
  • Selection Dates will NOT be open to all applicants but only to those whose applications were assesed and qualified for them.
  • For those who have been invited and accepted to attend Selection Dates via emails, failure to attend Selection Dates means your application is incomplete and that means you are automatically rejected for admission into the 2021 academic year.

If the programme is not full then another round is conducted in January.

  • 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 and the payment of your Uniform Deposit and HPCSA Registration fee;
  • Once all the above is in order, you are then strongly recommended to attend an orientation camp in January.

Absolutely, yes! Start training and get fit by exercises such as running and swimming!

It is recommended that you do not apply for the B(EMC) programme unless you can find a way to overcome your phobias.

Due to the high physical training demand, unfortunately this means the Programme cannot take in any individuals with physically disability and visual impairment (lost of vision or color blindness). 

No you will not be excluded, but it will be to your advantage that you can swim. 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.

  • First year class fees: approximately between R35 000 - R40 000 (applicable for 2021).
  • Prescribed uniform and equipment: approximately between R15000 - R16000 this is a once off payment often applicabe for first year students;
  • Medical Examination: whatever the doctor charges.
  • Professional Membership Fee with the Health Professions Council of South Africa: approximately between R500 - R600. 
  • Indemnity Insurance: approximately between R500 - R600 depends on which company you choose. The indemnity insurance is only valid for one year and wil need to be renewed annually while students are validly registered for first throughou to fourth year. 
  • There are more compulsory expenses, especially in the first year, that will add up to approximately R55 000 for everything.
  • Students are responsible to arrange own transportation to travel to and back from practical placements throughout the programme.

Please note: all indicated fee above may be subjected to slight increase annually. 

  • It is essential that you have a good working knowledge of the EMS industry. 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.

This varies according to each employer, yet an approximate figure would be R350 000 per annum. This amount is often doubled or tripled if working overseas.

In South Africa there are many job opportunities, especially for Emergency Care Practitioners (ECPs) with the degree qualification. Also, many South African ECPs work overseas.

Visit the university Study at Mandela page for all the necessary information. In essence, you need to fill in an online application form and submit it with the necessary supporting documentation as stated on the application form. The admissions department is situated at Nelson Mandela University South Campus, Ground Floor, in the Embizweni building.

International Students please refer to the International Office for additional information.

Please visit International Office page to find the correct application process for the B(EMC) programme. 

There is limited annual intake for international students. All international candidates are expected to physically attend the compulsory Selection Day set out and will be communicated to potential candidates by the Department. Unfortunately, candidates who cannot make it to the Selection day, his/her space will be filled in by those who can/will be present on that day. In other words, the preference of candidate finalisation will mainly rest on candicates' presence at Selection day.