This programme is designed to provide students with a systematic and coherent introduction to the broad knowledge, principles, concepts and problem-solving techniques of pre-hospital 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 in order 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 early exit with a Diploma in Pre-hospital 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. Successful completion of the Bachelor of Pre-hospital Emergency Medical Care will enable registration with the HPCNA as an Advanced Life Support Practitioner, while graduates will be able to find employment in more senior positions, typically as Advanced Life Support Practitioners (Paramedics).
The programme has been endorsed by members of the Programme Advisory Committee, as well as the HPCNA, while academics in South Africa have been consulted for purposes of international benchmarking.