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Emergency Care Providers are responsible for providing pre-hospital advanced life support and rescue services to critically ill or injured patients. This involves gaining access to the patient, often in hostile environments, providing emergency medical care and stabilisation in the field, and ensuring their transportation by whatever means to the most appropriate medical facilities for definitive care and onward management. Emergency Care Providers usually operate in an Emergency Medical Service (EMS) system which is an integral component of any national health structure and their duties may also include the transportation of patients between different specialised health care facilities locally, nationally and internationally.

The Department of Emergency Medical Care & Rescue has both a national and international reputation in the education of high-quality, professional Emergency Care Providers who are well sought after across the globe. The department currently offers the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) degree in Emergency Medical Care and has developed a robust post-graduate programme offering the Master of Health Sciences in Emergency Medical Care degree the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Emergency Medical Care. Graduates of the Bachelor degree programme may register to practice within the highest level scope of practice of the Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP), an autonomously practising clinician, with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

The department of Emergency Medical Care has as its vision, mission and core values:


Leaders in Emergency Care Education


To develop quality emergency care graduates

through excellence in:

  1. Teaching and learning
  2. Research
  3. Community engagement



  1. Commitment

(We are selfless and dedicated to our mission.)

  1. Professionalism

(We value integrity, fairness, accountability and continuous development)

  1. Ubuntu

(We are kind, respectful, courteous, considerate and compassionate to all)

Contact Information


Leigh Meyers All department queries:
Secretary: Mrs L Meyers
Tel: 031 373 5203
Fax: 031 373 5201
Email: LeighM@dut.ac.za
Location: Ritson Campus