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1. ACLS for Experienced ProvidersPost-Graduate Programmes

The ACLS for Experienced Provider course is a challenging two-day programme aimed at healthcare providers with previous experience in providing ACLS skills.  It takes the base line knowledge acquired in the ACLS course, and develops the systems and processes into a more Advanced Level.  It is aimed at Paramedics, Doctors and Nurses that regularly participate in Resuscitations, and who would benefit from a more in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills required. The core concepts covered are:

  • Expands on the core ACLS course with the 5 quadrads approach
  • Special Resuscitation Emergencies – hypothermia, submersion, asthma, anaphylaxis and lightning strikes, to name a few.
  • Toxicology emergencies
  • Metabolic emergencies
  • Deeper knowledge for understanding and treating ACLS patients

Course duration:             2 days

CEUs:                                     34 (including 4 CEUs for ethics)

Prerequisite:                     Current ACLS certification

This course can be presented at a FECC campus or at a site mutually acceptable to parties. 

2. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)Post-Graduate Programmes

The ACLS ® course is aimed at nurses, final year medical students, advanced life support (ALS) paramedics and medical practitioners (GPs and specialists) who wish to improve and/or update their advanced management of adult patients in cardiac arrest and post-cardiac arrest, and arrhythmia management.  Use of medications for these cases is included in the course.  A section of the course is dedicated to basic and advanced airway management techniques and devices.  Recognition and early management of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and stroke are also covered during the course. 

Participants will practise skills and patient management in the form of scenarios on specially designed, state-of-the-art computerised equipment.

After successful completion of the course (written and practical assessment), participants will receive an American Heart Association (AHA) certificate which is valid for two years.

Course duration:         2 days

CEUs:                                 34 (including 4 CEUs for ethics)

Prerequisite:                 Current basic life support for healthcare providers certification

This course can be presented at a FECC campus or at a site mutually acceptable to parties. 

ACLS2 Days
3. AEA Entrance EvaluationUnder-Graduate ProgrammesAEA Entrance EvaluationAEAEE 
4. AHA ECG and Pharmacology ProgrammePost-Graduate Programmes

This course is aimed at persons who would like to improve their understanding of the heart, its anatomy and physiology as well as learn more about currently accepted trends in treating arrhythmias at an advanced level. The successful candidate gains an understanding of the anatomy and electrophysiology of the heart and learns to identify normal ECG measurements. He or she understands basic and advanced cardiac life support arrhythmias, basic and advanced cardiac life support drugs and dosages as well as routes of administration. The successful candidate will be able to appropriately integrate knowledge obtained into current algorithms. Practical application of the material in group discussion settings ensures that all participants learn together (9 CEU's, 1 ethics point).

ECG1 Day
5. Ambulance Emergency Assistant ProgrammeUnder-Graduate Programmes

The ambulance emergency assistant (AEA) programme is designed for BAA graduates who wish to further their career in the emergency medical services (EMS) and qualify as intermediate life support providers. 

Students will be taught about medical and trauma emergencies in adult and paediatric patients based on the published curriculum by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) Professional Board for Emergency Care. 

The programme includes lectures, skills stations and patient simulations.  Students must be successful in the mid-term examinations in order to gain access to the practical phase of the programme (6 weeks).  Following the practical phase, the final examinations must be completed. 

On successful completion of the AEA final examinations, candidates are eligible to register with the HPCSA as an Intermediate Life Support Emergency Care Practitioner.

Course duration:       3 months (full-time)


CEUs: 30

Prerequisite:               Current registration as a BAA with the HPCSA 
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                                             1000 operational hours as a BAA 
                                             Entrance examination

Please note: writing the entrance examination does not guarantee a place on the next AEA programme; candidates are selected on academic merit following the entrance examination.


AEA3 Months
6. Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS)Post-Graduate Programmes

This course is aimed at healthcare professionals who need to perform CPR (adults, children and infants), use an AED (automated external defibrillator) and manage patients who are choking (adults, children and infants) in a range of in-hospital and out-of hospital situations. 

Participants will receive a course manual and be guided through the video based course by an AHA (American Heart Association) qualified instructor.  On successful completion of the course (written and practical assessment), participants will receive an AHA certificate which is valid for two years.

Course duration:         6 hours

CEUs:                           14

This course can be presented at a FECC campus or at a site mutually acceptable to parties. 

Please note: This course is a pre-requisite for the ACLS ® and PALS ® courses.

BLS6 Hours
7. Basic Life Support Refresher Programme (BLS)Post-Graduate Programmes

This course is aimed at qualified Basic Ambulance Assistants (BAA) who wish to update their professional knowledge and stay current in their skills.  

The course includes lectures and practical sessions on common medical and trauma emergencies, paediatric and obstetric emergencies and published science updates in patient care. 

On completion of the course and successful completion of a written assessment, a continuing professional development (CPD) certificate is issued to candidates. 

Course duration:         5 days

CEUs:                                 15 (including 5 CEUs for ethics)

Prerequisite:                  Registration as a BAA with the HPCSA

BLS-R5 Days
8. BLS Instructor ProgrammePost-Graduate ProgrammesBLS Instructor ProgrammeBLSIP 
9. CPR for Family and FriendsGeneral Public Programmes

This course is suitable for persons who wish to learn CPR but who do not need a course completion card for work purposes. 

Participation in this course will provide you with the necessary skills to aid children and infants, who are choking, are in respiratory arrest (have stopped breathing) or in cardiac arrest (heart has stopped beating).  It may prove invaluable in saving the life of children and babies of friends, family, colleagues and neighbours or even complete strangers. 

The course is offered in conjunction with the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Resuscitation Council of South Africa (RCSA).  Participants will be provided with a course manual and guided through the course by a qualified CPR instructor and video based demonstrations.  Succesfull completion would allow candidates to earn a total of 2500 Discovery Vitality Points. 

Course duration:         4 hours

This course can be presented at a FECC campus or at a site mutually acceptable to parties.  The course can be tailored to meet specific requirements of participants as well as accommodate existing skills and literacy levels.  

CPRFF4 Hours
10. Diploma in Emergency Medical CareUnder-Graduate Programmes

The Diploma in Emergency Medical Care is a 2 year qualification at an NQF 6 level and will lead to registration as a Paramedic with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.


The minimum entrance requirements for the programme will be as follows:

  •          Senior Certificate with University exemption, or its equivalent (NQF Level 4), as determined by a status committee, with an M-score of 10 and at least:

o   a E symbol on Higher Grade Biology/Physiology, Physical Science and Mathematics, or

o   a D symbol on Standard Grade in Biology/Physiology, Physical Science and Mathematics.


  •          The minimum admission requirement for applicants with a post-2008 National Senior Certificate  in which the candidate has obtained the following:

o   Mathematics                           Minimum APS score of 3


o   Mathematical Literacy            Minimum APS score of 6

o   English                                    Minimum APS score of 4

o   Life Sciences                          Minimum APS score of 3

o   Physical Science                    Minimum APS score of 3

o   Additional subject 1                 Minimum APS score of 3

o   Additional subject 2                 Minimum APS score of 3

o   The minimum total APS score for admission will be 24 (excluding Life Orientation).


All applicants that meet the minimum academic entry requirements will undergo a selection process which will consist of the following:

  •          Literacy and numeracy skills assessment
  •  English speaking proficiency assessment 
  •          Structured personal interview
  •          Physical fitness and swimming proficiency assessment
  •          Medical examination


Applications for the intake in June 2019 has closed. Applications for the June 2020 intake will open in October 2019. 


DIPEMC2 years