Course details

Category: Under-Graduate Programmes
Course Name: Ambulance Emergency Assistant Programme

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 
                                     Driver’s licence 
                                             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.


Course Code: AEA
Duration: 3 Months
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