HOW TO BECOME PARAMEDIC

How to become a paramedic

Thank you for thinking of a job in emergency care before entering the hospital. South Africa is in urgent need of qualified and qualified emergency care providers. The profession has grown tremendously in the past 25 years. It can no longer be considered a job, but rather a professional profession. Commitment to patient care, professional integrity and lifelong learning is vital to success in this profession.

Work in the emergency medical services
There are two main employers in the emergency services industry, which are government and private emergency services. Usually the minimum requirements are HPCSA registration as BAA / BLS Assistant (Basic Ambulance Assistant), valid driver’s license, and professional driver’s license (PrDP) for goods and passengers.

There is currently a surplus of BLS providers in the country. BLS professionals may need to be persistent and committed to getting a full-time job in the industry.

ILS and ALS are in great demand. As such, the demand for training in these areas is high.

Please note that ER24 does not provide any business training to members of the public or institutions.

University education
Some universities offer a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Care (BEMS). Graduates of this program are qualified as emergency care professionals and can provide the highest level of emergency care before hospitalization.

Contact the college of your choice for more information about costs and admission requirements.

A two-year diploma in emergency medical care is available. This qualification is also offered by accredited institutions, and graduates will register on the South African Health Professions Council as paramedic. Mediclinic offers a diploma in Emergency Medical Care in Cape Town. For more information about the program, visit the Mediclinic website.

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