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Bachelor of Emergency Medical Care
Modes of Study  Full-time
Duration 3 Years
Level Undergraduate
Course Code 07BOMC


The Bachelor  of Emergency Medical Care is a  three‐year  full‐time programme  that is  registered at a NQF level 7. Designed  to 
provide students with a systematic and coherent introduction to the broad knowledge, principles, concepts and problem‐solving 
techniques of emergency medical care. The programme will enable students to acquire cognitive/intellectual skills, practical/ clini‐ 
cal 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 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 an early exit with a Diploma in 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 (ECT’s). Successful completion of the Bachelor of 
Emergency Medical Care degree will enable registration with the HPCNA as an Advanced Life Support (ALS) Practitioner, while 
graduates will be able to find employment in more senior positions, typically as ALS practitioners (Paramedics).


Admission Requirements 

Candidates may be considered for admission to this programme, if they meet the General Admission Requirements of the Namibia 
University of Science and Technology (GI2.1 in Part 1 of the NUST Yearbook), and comply with the additional requirements below
(old curriculum):

• A minimum “E” symbol in English as a Second Language at NSSC Ordinary Level or a 4 on Higher Level;
• A minimum “D” symbol in Mathematics and Biology, or Physical Science, at NSSC Ordinary Level or 4 on Higher Level.

For candidates seeking admission with NSSCO/NSSCAS results requirements are as follows: in addition to meeting the University’s 
minimum admission requirements as spelt out in the general rules, candidates must have a minimum of 18 points in Mathematics, 
Biology AND EITHER Physics OR Chemistry on NSSC Ordinary Level or Advanced Subsidiary level  (NSSCO/AS), provided  that no 
symbol must be below “B” on Ordinary Level or a “D” on Advanced Subsidiary Level. Candidates must further have obtained at 
least an “E” on Ordinary level in English. Candidates will also be required to go through a 3 day selection process involving a written 
test, medical and physical fitness tests.

Mature age candidates will be considered provided they meet the requirements and pass the mature age entrance examinations 
of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (GI2.2 in Part 1 of the NUST Yearbook). Students are required to obtain a 
minimum final score of at least 60% in the language proficiency test and 50% in the mathematics proficiency test.
The final selection of candidates to this programme shall follow a three‐step process as indicated below:

Step  1: Applicants, who meet  or  surpass  the minimum admission  requirements, as  stated above, will  be  shortlisted  based  on 
academic merit. Such candidates shall receive an invitation and information package for the selection assessments of the second 
stage (Step Two).

Step 2: Candidates are to be assessed in terms of their physical, medical fitness/abilities and phobias, and will be required to do 
a short‐written placement test as well. Based on the outcome of these assessments, a shortlist shall be compiled and successful 
candidates will be invited to participate in a selection interview (Step Three).

Step 3: Candidates shall undergo an interview by the programme staff after which the final selection for admission shall be made. 
The results of the Selection Committee are final and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into.
If the final Grade 12 results of candidates, who were selected provisionally, do not meet the minimum requirements, then admis‐ 
sion to the programme will be withheld.

Holders of the National Higher Certificate in Emergency Medical Care may be considered for admission to this programme provid‐
ed they are registered with the Health Professions Council of Namibia as Emergency Care Technicians. These candidates, if admit‐ 
ted, will be granted credits for the following courses:
• Language in Practice (Principles of English Language Use)
• Computer User Skills
• Basic Science
• Pre‐hospital Emergency Medical Care I
• Human Anatomy and Physiology
• Clinical Practice I
• Basic Medical Rescue
• Clinical Practice II
• Primary Health Care and HIV/AIDS

Holders of the National Higher Certificate in Emergency Medical Care will not be awarded with the new Diploma in Emergency 
Care. Emergency Care Technicians (National Higher Certificate) and Critical Care Assistants (CCA’s) are eligible to apply for Recog‐ 
nition of Prior Learning (RPL) as established by the programme.

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