CUT Emergency Medical Care

CUT Emergency Medical Care, The Central University of Technology (CUT) is assisting 60 Emergency Medical Service (EMS) students that were left hanging when the tertiary’s accreditation for the programme was retracted in 2016.

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) proposed that students should be placed at other accredited institutions when it withdrew accreditation for the course.

Acting Vice-Chancellor, Henk de Jager, says HPCSA and the Department of Higher Education and Training is assisting the students to gain a sufficient certification this year.

“We’ve committed large resources to support those students to meet the requirements with the board in order to register professionally as Emergency Medical Care practitioners. [We spoke] with the emergency medical care board and we’ve engaged with the University of Johannesburg and the Department of Higher Education and Training and we’ve developed a remedial programme that the students started with on April 1.

“On the remedial programme we cover the expenses as far as possible. It is critical for us that they complete the remedial programme whereafter that the board committed that if they meet the requirements and outcomes they will be eligible for registration,” he says.

De Jager says the remedial programme is for the students who were in their third year or had already completed their qualification. Students who were in their second year have been placed at other institutions. He says their Radiography field is still highly regarded by the HPCSA.


A student in Emergency Medical Care must register with the Professional Board for Emergency Care Personnel in terms of the rules and regulations of the Medical, Dental and Supplementary Health Services Professions Act (Act 56 of 1974) and the subsequent amendments pertaining to emergency care personnel, as approved.  Experiential training will be done at approved units identified by the Central University of Technology, Free State and the Professional Board for Emergency Care Personnel.

Type: undergraduate diploma

Duration: 3 year full time

Compulsory Subjects

First year subjects:
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Basic science
  • Medical rescue
  • Emergency medical care
  • Emergency service technology
Second year subjects:
  • Emergency service communication
  • General pathology
  • Psycho-psychiatric emergency care
  • Primary health care
  • Medical rescue
  • Emergency medical care
Third year subjects:
  • Emergency service administration
  • Pharmacology
  • Primary health care
  • Medical rescue
  • Emergency medical care

Careers: emergency officer, medical officer.