Specialist training for new Paramedics

HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science


Get qualified and develop your career in the private sector or continue on to university

Reasons to study at the College

The Australian Paramedical College is the largest pre-hospital emergency health care training provider in Australia.

With training locations on the Gold Coast, NSW and Victoria, we offer an educational pathway for passionate and focused individuals who seek to pursue a fulfilling career in pre-hospital emergency health care.

This Diploma is a pathway into;

  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 paramedic/medic in the private sector; or continue on to university to develop their paramedical qualifications further.


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 nationally recognised qualification provides you with the skills and capability required to work in non-emergency and first responder roles in the private sector.

Private sector roles 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 assist their employees, contractors and the general public.

Private sector job descriptions

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.
  • 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

Every student at the College is assigned their personal training plan which covers the entire course from start to finish. As training progresses, your skills, confidence and clinical knowledge will develop.

Along the way, you will be required to participate in lifelike scenarios, clinical workshops and competency reviews. The paramedical techniques and scope of practice learned at this level are highly regarded.

At this level, you are also authorised to administer advanced drug therapy protocols (DTP’s), including:

  • Adrenaline (S3) (Auto-Injector/Epi-Pen – Adult/Child)
  • Adrenaline (epinephrine) (S4) (IM, IV NEB)
  • Aspirin (S2) (Oral)
  • Glucagon (S3) (IM)
  • Glucose Gel (US) (Oral)
  • Glyceryl Trinitrate (GTN) (S3) (Sublingual)
  • Ibuprofen (S2) (Oral)
  • Methoxyflurane (S4) (INH)
  • Paracetamol (S2) (Oral)
  • Salbutamol (S3) (INH – Puffer & Spacer)
  • Salbutamol (S4) (NEB)
  • Oxygen (US) (NAS, INH)
  • Atropine (S4) (IM)
  • Benztropine (S4) (IM)
  • Ceftriaxone (S4) (IM, IV)
  • Fentanyl (S8) (NAS, IM)
  • Hydrocortisone (S4) (IM)
  • Metoclopramide (S4) (IM, IV)
  • Sodium Chloride 0.9% (UNS) (IV)
  • Glucose 10% (UNS) (IV)
  • Naloxone (S4) (IM)
  • Morphine (S8) (IM, IV)
  • Lignocaine 1% (SUBCUT)
  • Midazolam (S4) (NAS, IM)

You will also learn a wide range of Clinical Protocols and Pharmacology, 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)
    • STEMI
    • 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 160 hours of clinical placement 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.
Clinical 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

This course is delivered predominantly online and supported by a thriving and supportive facebook community of fellow students who share their own learning experiences and assist one another – especially new students.

The College offers full support and assistance from our dedicated in-house student success team, paramedical instructors/educators to help you get the most out of your course.


Clinical placement

Clinical placement is an essential part of your training. This is classed as supervised activities undertaken by a student to work (paid or volunteer) in a medial support role. Placements can be with an Ambulance Service, Rural fire Service, State Emergency Service, event organisers, security companies, sporting associations etc.

The College maintains regular contact with medical services providers in most states with a dedicated team working to develop more opportunities for students to gain the essential clinical placement work experience.

There are often requests on the APC student facebook group page for volunteers who are studying the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science to attend functions and events in a non-emergency medic capacity.

This is the perfect opportunity to gain real-world experience and develop your network of contacts within the community.

Requirements for clinical placement

  • You must hold a current first aid certificate
  • You must have completed all modules of training leading up to 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.

How to apply

We believe that becoming a paramedic should not be exclusive. Regardless of your current educational level or whether you feel you are smart enough or not – we encourage you to apply.

Many of our students who initially thought they were not smart enough, have gone on to develop successful paramedic careers in the private sector – or have gone on to university to study a degree in paramedic science.

Start your application

  1. Complete the application to study form.
  2. Self-book a phone interview time/day with our selection team.
  3. Your application to study and interview is reviewed by a selection panel.
  4. 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]
  5. Student acceptance
  6. Confirmation of enrolment

See the HLT51015-Diploma of Paramedical Science course overview here

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