Certificte in Emergency Medicine

Course description

Emergency Medicine is a medical specialty—a field of practice based on the knowledge and skills required for the prevention, diagnosis and management of acute and urgent aspects of illness and injury affecting patients of all age groups with a full spectrum of undifferentiated physical and behavioral disorders. This course will further incorporate an understanding of the development of pre-hospital and in-hospital emergency medical systems and the skills necessary for this development

Target group

This course targets Doctors, nurses, and paramedics who work in Emergency Departments (Casualty Departments) on a regular or ad hoc basis, rural practitioners who have to rely heavily on their clinical skills to diagnose serious conditions, any health care practitioner interested in improving his or her clinical and diagnostic skills. It also targets emergency physicians generally practicing in hospital emergency departments, pre-hospital settings via emergency medical services, and intensive care units, but may work in Primary care settings such as urgent care clinics. Sub-specializations of hyperbaric medicine, sports medicine, palliative care, or aerospace medicine.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to: -

  • Identify an emergency
  • Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Perform life-saving emergency procedures
  • Safely transport an emergency victim 

Course content

This course will cover the following modules:

  • The Emergency Department as an error-prone environment (Including equipment)
  • Identification and mitigation of emergency cases
  • Written formulation of standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Medical mistakes
  • Clinical reasoning
  • High-risk presentations
  • High-risk patients
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Safety in triage, disposition, and discharge
  • Transport of an accident victim


Training methods

This course will be available on face-to-face and Online. It will encompass specific facilitator inputs (e.g. lecture presentations), combined with a variety of interactive learning activities, including structured group work, demonstrations, group and individual reflection, role plays, self-study and writing, and plenary discussions


Mode of assessment

The course will be assessed using pre and post-tests, continuous progressive tests, presentations, and group discussions



Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be issued with a certificate from Uganda Christian University.


Training venue

The training will be conducted at UCU School of Medicine campus Mengo or any other venue communicated in advance.


To register for the course, download a copy of the application form here or pick one from our administrative office at UCU School of Medicine Mengo near Namirembe Cathedral. Application forms cost a non-refundable fee of UGX 30,000 


A training fee of UGX 350,000 will be charged for the course. This covers tuition fees, learning materials, and training venue. Payment should be sent to our bank account before the start of training and proof of payment sent to UCUSoM@admin.ucu.ac.ug NOTE: Foreign currencies will be converted using prevailing forex rates.   

Visit https://ucu.ac.ug/payments for a variety of payment options. The Administrator shall avail an Access Code to Distance Learners upon presentation of proof of payment.

Training Schedule

The course will be available: -

Study options



Study time

Week days (Day)

Monday – Friday

For 2 weeks

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Week days (Evening)

Tuesdays & Thursdays

For 1 month

5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Weekends (Day)

Fridays & Saturdays

For 1 ½ months  

9:00 am – 4:00 pm


At convenience

Course must be completed within 3 months from the time of registration  

Course Intakes

The course will be available during the specified times below

Intakes for Face-to-face

Starts on

Easter Intake

February 11th, 2020

Trinity Intake

June 8th, 2020

Advent Intake

September 28th, 2020

The Online platform is accessible throughout the year 

Organizational Training

This can also be offered as a tailor-made course to meet organization-wide needs.
To find out more contact us on: ucusom@admin.ucu.ac.ug OR
+256 794770215 / +256 775264136 / +703737065


How to Apply

You can download an application form here (You will have to pay for it on submission) OR obtained one at a non refundable application fee at any of our Campuses Country-wide.
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