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HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science

Develop a career in the private sector or continue on to university


A highly regarded qualification

The HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science is the essential and highly-respected qualification for those who wish to enter the pre-hospital emergency health care sector. This qualification for the most part can be studied online, so no matter where you live in Australia, you can create a rewarding career in pre-hospital emergency health care.

This Nationally Recognised qualification delivers the skills and capability required to work in non-emergency and first responder roles in the private sector – or as an entry pathway into university.

Private sector jobs for Diploma-qualified medics

Diploma-qualified medics are equipped with the skill and knowledge to perform pre-hospital emergency health care in the private sector. A wide range of career opportunities exist within organisations whose role it is to provide emergency medical response personnel to respond to the pre-hospital emergency health care of their employees, contractors and the general public.

Private sector jobs for Diploma graduates

Private company medics enjoy the freedom to work across many industries, including mining, oil & gas, construction, sports, public events, maritime, aviation, humanitarian and expedition. We encourage you to read through the list below to find out more.

See the types jobs you can apply for

  • Paramedic/medic in mining, offshore, construction, manufacturing, hospitality, sports and tourism industries
    Work in the fast-paced and challenging environments, where every day is different. Develop your career and choose the sector that suits your interests, experience and skills. Typically the role of a medic in the mining or industrial sector is that of an Emergency Services Officer (ESO). To find out more about an ESO and what they are trained to do – download a PDF fact sheet here.
  • Onshore and offshore oil & gas paramedic
    This type of work is considered to be one of the most sought-after roles because of the capacity to earn a good salary. At this level you are required to possess additional qualifications associated with working off-shore in a remote environment.
  • Industrial medic in the power generation sector
    Working in small teams and often in challenging locations, you could be required to work in confined spaces or performing rescues at heights; or in remote locations on transmission towers and even underground.
  • Paramedic in the maritime industry
    If you love the idea of travelling the world and visiting exotic locations, then a medic on an oil tanker, container ship or freighter is perfect for you.
  • Remote area paramedic
    Rapidly becoming one of the highly challenging careers of the decade, the remote paramedic is for those who have attained additional qualifications as a Critical Care Paramedic (CCP). This role requires survival and wilderness skills, providing life-saving care to critically injured persons – days before help could arrive.
  • Adventure and expedition paramedic
    Travel the world and provide expert medical care in exotic destinations from the depths of the Borneo rain forest to the harsh and unforgiving environment of Antartica. Additional survival skill and qualifications are a pre-requisite for this type of role, where experienced and well-credentialed paramedics are selected.
  • Emergency Response Officer – airports, cruise ship terminals, train stations, bus terminals, ferries and heavy haulage depots.
    Be employed by private contractors who provide first responder emergency health care response where vast amounts of people congregate.
  • Emergency Services Officer at public events, outdoor and indoor concerts
    Provide immediate medical response where mass crowds gather. These types of roles can provide assistance heat exhaustion and fatigue, to full cardiac arrest and even childbirth.
  • Search and rescue volunteer with State Emergency Services and other non-profit organisations
    One of the positive ways to give back to your community is to volunteer your expertise and knowledge in the community. Being required to work in all-weather conditions in unpredictable situations, you’d utilise your paramedical knowledge and quick thinking abilities to provide medical assistance – at all hours of the day or night.
  • Event medic at sporting events such as Commonwealth Games, rugby league, equine events, football matches, NFL, NRL etc
    Working with a wide range of clubs and contractors, being an event medic can be personally rewarding on so many levels. Reassure spectators and participants alike just by being on-site to administer medical care and even save lives. This type of role would appeal to sports fans who wish to play a bigger part than just being a member of a cheering crowd.

Apply to study the Diploma of Paramedical Science

Your personal training plan

As a student of the College you’ll be given a personalised study/training plan by your course support team, spanning the entire course curriculum from start to finish. As training progresses, your skills, confidence and clinical knowledge will rapidly develop.

Although this course is predominantly taken online, along the way, you will be required to participate in clinical workshops at various locations in Australia.

As a Diploma-qualified medic, you are authorised to deliver life-saving treatment as well as administer advanced drug therapy protocols (DTP’s).

You will also learn a wide range of Clinical Protocols including:

  • advanced airway management
  • 12 lead ECG monitoring and manual defibrillation
  • Normal Sinus Rhythm
  • Sinus Bradycardia
  • Sinus Tachycardia
  • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Pulseless Electrical
  • Activity (PEA)
  • Non STEMI
  • 1st Degree block
  • 2nd Degree block type 1
  • 2nd Degree block type 2
  • 3rd degree block
  • Left Bundle branch block
  • IV cannulation and fluid resuscitation
  • chest decompression…and more


Course duration

18 – 24 months (max) with 2 blocks of 80 hours clinical placement (on-the-job work experience) required.
* time frames are an estimate only – the more time you allocate to your studies, the quicker the completion time.

NEW LOCATIONS IN Victoria AND New South Wales.
As part of this course (aside from the online component), you must attend two clinical workshops at pre-determined stages of your course. Workshop 1 can be taken after completing 10 units of competency online. Workshop (1) is held over 7 days.

Workshop 2 (5 day workshop) can be completed after another 3 months of study.  This is where you get to use the latest medical equipment, driving a real ambulance, take part in real-life simulated emergency medical scenarios and group exercises. This is the pivotal moment in your training where the rewards of dedicated study make you realise you were meant to do this type of work.

For your convenience, workshops and practical skills review are held at locations in New South Wales, Victoria and on the Gold Coast, Queensland.


Online learning with clinical workshops

Reasons to study at the College

The Australian Paramedical College is the largest pre-hospital emergency health care training provider in Australia. Our students choose to study with us because we offer a comprehensive blended learning style training program which is easy to follow and Nationally Recognised.

Our state-of-the-art campus facilities include:

  • A wide range of clinical practice environments
  • Dedicated rooms for self-directed medical learning
  • Scenario and medical emergency simulation facilities
  • A fully-equipped Mercedes Sprinter ambulance (as used by State Ambulance Services)
  • A simulation ambulance for internal practice and group scenarios
  • The latest paramedical equipment as used by State Ambulance Paramedics
  • Life-like mannequin technology for immersive experiences

This Diploma provides a pathway to;

  1. A career as a Paramedic/Medic in the private sector
  2. University to study a Bachelor in Paramedic Science degree
  3. A State Ambulance Paramedic (degree required)

Our students graduate with a nationally recognised paramedical qualification, the HLT51015-Diploma of Paramedical Science.

Graduates complete their training with the confidence, skills and knowledge to enter the workforce as a Medic in the private sector; or continue on to university to develop their paramedical education.

This course is delivered for the most part online via a portal, where you securely access the learning materials and assessments.

Is this a respected qualification?

Diploma qualifications are highly valued because of the skills and techniques learned at this level. This qualification is not just an advanced first aid course – you will be equipped to save lives and possess the credentials to do so.

Study options

Although this is an online course, one of the benefits of studying with the College means you can download the entire course, print it out and study ‘the old fashioned way’. For many people, the convenience of this enhances their study because they can study wherever they want and not have the need to take a laptop or tablet with them.

Although high-tech learning is all the rage, our students tell us that they really do prefer to study offline and have the ability to add notes and highlight important text passages.

It’s the same with the written assessments – all you have to do is upload your work and it will be marked by your trainer and assessor.

Self-paced study is perfect if you want to continue working in your current job because you can easily fit study around your lifestyle. On average, if you studied 14-16 hours per week, you could graduate in 12 months – 14 months.

Support and mentoring

The College offers full support and help from our dedicated in-house student success team, paramedical instructors and trainers to make sure you get the most out of the training.

Additionally there is a private facebook group for students where a strong community of like-minded people gather to help, inspire and motivate one another. This is an integral part of the learning environment because surrounding yourself with people who you share common goals with is a prefect recipe for successful study outcomes.


Clinical placement (work experience)

Clinical placement is an essential part of your training and can be explained as being supervised activities undertaken to work (paid or volunteer) in a pre-hospital medical support role. Placements may be with State Emergency Service, hospital, clinic, events organiser, private first response organisations, security companies, sporting associations etc.

The College maintains regular contact with medical services providers in most States and employs a dedicated team who are continually developing partnerships and agreements to allow our students to gain the essential clinical placement and work experience.

There are also requests for volunteers made on the Australian Paramedical College student facebook group who are studying the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science.

This is the perfect opportunity to gain real-world experience and develop your network of contacts within the pre-hospital health care sector.

Requirements for clinical placement

  • You must hold a current first aid certificate
  • You must have completed all modules of training leading up to the Clinical Workshop 1 (usually after 3-5 months study)
  • Attended and have been deemed competent in all simulated workplace practical demonstrations in Clinical Workshop 1.

We encourage you to apply?

We believe that becoming a paramedic should not be exclusive. Regardless of how you feel about your abilities or lack of experience in the health care sector – we encourage you to apply.

Many of our students who initially thought they were not smart enough decided to give it a go – and succeeded. Going on to  develope successful careers in the private sector – or going to university to complete their Bachelor in Paramedic Science.

Begin your application

  1. Complete the application to study form.
  2. Your application to study and interview is reviewed by a selection panel.
  3. If successful, a formal offer will be made to study at the College
    [*should you be successful at the interview stage, approval for minimal weekly payments can be endorsed]
  4. Student acceptance
  5. Confirmation of enrolment

See the HLT51015-Diploma of Paramedical Science course overview here

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