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;
- A career as a paramedic/medic in the private sector
- University to study a Bachelor in Paramedic Science degree
- 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 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 job you can do
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.
- 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.
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.
Along the way, you will be required to participate in lifelike scenarios and clinical workshops. The paramedical techniques and scope of practice learned at this level are highly regarded.
At the Diploma level, you are 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 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