Certificate in Emergency Medical Care

Aims of the Course

The Certificate in Emergency Medical Care will enable learners to acquire life-saving and practice as a license practitioner who practices under supervision. This curriculum enhances the essential knowledge base of Emergency Care Technicians. Upon obtaining the certificate learners will gain entry into and have an impact in the re-structuring of the Emergency Medical Services of Swaziland.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission for this Certificate in Emergency Medical Care programme candidates must:

  • Pass a fitness assessment set up to test endurance (both physical and mental).
  • For learners coming straight from high school they will have to possess a minimum of 25 points in Form 5.
  • Those already in the EMS industry should possess the minimum of a Certificate in Basic Ambulance Assistance course or higher with any accredited and reputable institution.
  • Entry by exemption: candidates from protection services (Defence Force, Police Service, and Wildlife), Fire Brigade, Agriculture, Emergency Medical Services and Utility Services will also be eligible for entry.

Course Content

The duration of the Certificate in Emergency Medical Care course will be offered over a period of two semesters which will be one (1) year. The course is divided into seven (7) modules; an organizational plan was chosen to begin a process of standardization of the curricula. The modules are:

Emergency Medical Care Theory

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Medical Emergencies & Management
  • Trauma Emergencies & Management
  • Basic Pharmacology

Emergency Medical Care Practical

  • Patient Simulation

Emergency Medical Practice and Ethics

  • Law and Ethics
  • ILS Scope of Practice
  • ILS Drug Protocol

Clinical Practice

  • Clinical Shifts - Rapid Response Vehicle with a BTech EMC Practitioner (EMRC).
  • Clinical Shifts - Ambulance with a NDip ECT Practitioner (EMRC).
  • Clinical Shifts - Hospitals: Casualty (Trauma) and Maternity or Obstetric Units
  • Primary Health Care facility (Clinic) 

High Angle Rescue I

  • Rope rescue theory
  • OSCES and Simulations

Light Motor Vehicle Rescue

  • LMVR Theory
  • OSCES and Simulation

Physical Training

  • Practical


The course is competency based and learners who successfully complete this course must demonstrate competency over the knowledge and skills outlined in the program.

Programme Structure and Duration

The programme is a one (1) year full time course running over two (2) semesters. The program comprises of the following six (6) months of classroom lectures and practical series and three (3) months of clinical practice to relevant prospective workplaces in both public and private sector.

Work opportunities for graduates of the Certificate in Emergency Medical Care course exist in:

  • Provincial and local authority Emergency Medical Services
  • Private Emergency Services and hospital groups
  • Defence Forces
  • Remote site services such as offshore oil rigs and the mining industry
  • Civil defence agencies
  • Emergency Medical Services abroad eg UK, USA, Australia, UAE
  • Universities and colleges offering emergency care education and training