Diploma in Emergency Medical Care

Aims of the Course

An Emergency Care Technician treats patients that need urgent medical care by performing advanced pre-hospital medical procedures. Emergency Medical Care courses offered by EMRC intends on being student orientated and ensuring that post qualifying the prospective learners will be considered for employment based on the quality of teaching and learning.

A qualified Emergency Care Technician is able to render emergency medical care to ill and injured patients in a variety of environments. In addition, the Practitioner is also trained to take command of major incidents, provide clinical governance, manage emergency services and play a role in education and training of emergency service personnel.

The clinical learning component is integrated into the programme and exposes the student to real patients in both the pre-hospital and in-hospital environments. Students also complete a number of classroom practicals as well as work on the EMR College emergency vehicles with their lectures. During these learning events the students are supervised by qualified registered practitioners.

The Diploma in Emergency Care Technology will enable students to acquire life-saving and practice as a license practitioner. This curriculum enhances the essential knowledge base of Advanced Life Support emergency care technicians. This Diploma will enable learners to gain entry into the emergency medical services and have an impact in the re-structuring of the emergency medical services of Swaziland.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission for this Diploma 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 or equivalent with passes in English, Mathematics and Sciences. Geography will be an added advantage.
  • 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 Emergency Medical Rescue College’s (EMRC) Diploma in Emergency Medical Care course would be offered over the duration of two (3) years comprising of a total of six (6) semesters. The course is divided into Twenty One (21) modules. An organizational plan was chosen to begin a process of standardization of the curriculum.  The Twenty One (21) modules are; 

  1. Introduction to Emergency Medical Care
  2. Anatomy & Physiology
  3. Basic Sciences
  4. Psychological Health and Wellness
  5. Physical Training I
  6. Emergency Medical Care Theory I
  7. Emergency Medical Care Practical I
  8. Physical Training II
  9. Foundations Of Emergency Professional Practice
  10. Clinical Practice I
  11. Pharmacology I
  12. General Pathology
  13. Computer Literacy
  14. Medical Rescue I
  15. Medical Rescue II
  16. Emergency Medical Care Theory II
  17. Emergency Medical Care Practical II
  18. Physical Training III
  19. Pharmacology II
  20. Clinical Practice II
  21. Primary Health Care


Work opportunities for graduates of the Diploma 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 e.g. UK, USA, Australia, UAE
  • Universities and colleges offering emergency care education and training