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The discipline of emergency medical care is continually evolving, making it an exciting field to practice in. However, as practitioners, whether current or future, it is essential that one stays abreast of the latest developments in the field.
The Netcare Education Faculty of Emergency and Critical Care (FECC) fulfils a vital role in the development and sustainability of skills in the emergency medical services (EMS) environment, with our complete offering of training courses, ranging from first aid for the layperson, to undergraduate courses for those wishing to make a career in EMS, to postgraduate courses for qualified doctors, nurses and paramedics. 

Training facilities
Netcare Education operates the largest private EMS training centre in Africa, spread over two campuses (Midrand and Durban). Each campus has purpose-designed lecture venues and reference libraries, as well as computer- and skills labs. The FECC is led by a dynamic team of experienced instructors and academics in the field of emergency medical services. 

Courses and Qualifications 

First aid courses

The FECC offers a range of First Aid and CPR courses at various levels, which can be structured to suit corporate or individual clients. Levels 1 to 3 may be taken one at a time, or as a bundle, and include theory and practical components in which a learner will become proficient at dealing with the initial medical care in any emergency. 

Undergraduate courses
For those wanting to make a career in the EMS, the FECC offers the full range of short courses certified by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). The entry level course is the 6-week Basic Ambulance Assistant (BAA), followed by the 13-week Ambulance Emergency Assistant (AEA), and culminates in the advanced life support qualification of the Critical Care Assistant (CCA) which is run over an 1 year period. These are theoretically in depth courses with a heavy emphasis on the practical skills needed to treat patients professionally at basic, intermediate and advanced life support (BLS, ILS, ALS) levels respectively. These courses require focused and continued effort, and because our standards are so high, SECC graduates benefit from an excellent reputation within the industry.
As from 2017, the short courses will be replaced by a tertiary styled system, encompassing a 1 year Emergency Care Assistant National Certificate and a 2 year Emergency Care Technician Diploma.

Postgraduate courses
These internationally accredited courses are an excellent way to stay current with the latest developments in emergency patient care, as well as awarding Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points as required by the HPCSA, and are offered to registered EMS professionals including doctors, nurses and paramedics. 

The FECC offers the Resuscitation Council of SA and American Heart Association (AHA) accredited courses including:

  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (1 day, 14 CPD points)
  • Basic Life Support Instructor course
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS, 2 days, 34 CPD points including 4 for ethics)
  • Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS, 2 days, 32 CPD points including 2 for ethics)
  • Paediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilisation (PEARS) aimed at ILS practitioners and enrolled nurses.

The FECC also offers International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) courses:

  • ITLS Advanced (3 days, 25 CPD points)
  • ITLS Basic (3 days, 25 CPD points)
  • ITLS Paediatric (1 day, 25 CPD points)

It is our firm belief that through the excellent training of EMS practitioners, the Netcare Education FECC can uplift the quality of patient care in the emergency and pre-hospital environment in South Africa. Join us as we strive toward this lofty goal!

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