Diploma of Paramedical Science
Pathways into pre-hospital emergency health care careers
The HLT51015 – Diploma qualification reflects the role of pre-hospital and out-of-hospital workers employed by State/Territory ambulance authorities, the Australian Defence Force and the private sector to provide patient assessment, healthcare and transport services.
Holders of the Diploma possess clinical skills and theoretical knowledge to provide clinical assessment and pre-hospital and out-of-hospital interventions to patients in an emergency, including providing advanced life support skills.
HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science
Yes, you can study this course online
HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science
Work in pre-hospital emergency health care or continue your studies at university
Reasons to study this Diploma
Nationally Recognised Training
The HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science is a recognised, pre-hospital emergency health care qualification. Choose from a wide range of job roles in the private sector.
A Proven Pathway into University
If you missed out on a place at university, this Diploma presents a unique opportunity to further your paramedical studies and become an Ambulance Paramedic.
Become a Paramedic in London
Graduates of the College who have completed their Diploma are now heading to London to work in one of the busiest cities in the world. We can show you the way too.
Know your facts
Before we show you what to expect from this course, we’d like to reveal a few facts to help you make a decision about which pathway is right for you. The HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science is a Nationally Recognised qualification and is accepted in the UK.
Which pathway is right for you?
(1). Complete this Diploma in around 18-24 months and begin working in the private sector as a Medic or First Responder.
(2). Use this Diploma to get into university, study the Bachelor of Paramedic Science and develop a career as an Ambulance Paramedic.
As a Diploma-qualified graduate you’re equipped with high-level clinical knowledge in an authorised scope of paramedic practice within the private sector. Your training will prepare you to save lives – our graduates can testify to this.
> This Diploma DOES prepare graduates for entry into university to study a Bachelor in Paramedic Science. Graduates of the College have enjoyed an easier transition into university because of the underpinning knowledge of paramedic practice. Choosing this pathway has resulted in course credits being awarded. (consult your local university for exact details).
> With this Diploma you can develop a career as a Medic/Paramedic/First Responder in mining, offshore on rigs and ships, events, concerts, sporting events (motor racing, footy, rugby, tennis, cycling, equine etc), public and community events (Basic Life Support Medic) and a host of local and international volunteering roles.
Develop High-level Clinical Skills
Graduate with the confidence to apply your knowledge when it’s needed most.
About this Diploma
The HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science is a Nationally Recognised and highly-respected qualification. It is fully endorsed by the Australian government and recognised in every State of Australia. The Diploma is also highly regarded by the London Ambulance Service as well as other Commonwealth countries. The appeal of overseas travel and the opportunity to gain invaluable experience with the London Ambulance Service is a good move if you have the passion and interest to work abroad.
Private sector jobs for Diploma graduates
Private company Medics and Paramedics enjoy the freedom to work across many industries. This is why the private sector is so inviting for new graduates and you don’t need a degree.
Realistic Scenario Training
Clinical workshops – hone your life support skills.
Clinical skills learned at this level.
The skills acquired at Diploma-level are to the level of life support standards. The scope of training is thorough and prepares graduates to be ready for anything – including 12 lead ECG acquisition and interpretation, P-wave, QRS, STEMI, Tachycardias etc – plus in-depth education on clinical practice processes and procedure such as pediatric assessment, respiratory assessment, managing trauma, hospital handover, intramuscular injection, nebulisation, gunshot wounds, arterial tourniquets, history taking, karyngoscopy, hypovalemia, SADs, Korotkoff sounds, Capiliary Refil Time – CRT, acute pain management with Methoxyflourane – Penthrox, Glyceryl Trinitrate – GTN, types of shock, central nervous system, Cushings Triad, Nexus criteria (Intermediate) C Spine, spinal cord injury, venous and arterial circulation to name but a few.
>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.
>London Ambulance Service Paramedic
With this Diploma of Paramedical Science from the Australian Paramedical College, you can now apply to the London Ambulance Service for the position of Paramedic. This is all you need to qualify to work in the UK. This is a great opportunity to work in one the world’s busiest cities and gain immense experience in a short period of time. Find out out how to become a London Ambulance Service Paramedic 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/Medic 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 Medic
Rapidly becoming one of the highly challenging careers of the decade, the remote medic/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.
>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.
>Emergency Services Officer (ESO) 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.
This qualification is made up of 17 units of competency.
The course curriculum has been designed in such a way as to allow students the flexibility to gain the underpinning knowledge by accessing a full library of online learning materials through a purpose-built platform. The format is easy to follow with plenty of help and support if you need it.
Once enrolled, you work through the first 10 subjects exclusively online, which could take approx 8-12 months. Each subject has its own set of learner guides and materials; complete with assessments which can be completed on or off-line. Even though this is an online course, students can download and print the learning resources.
For some students, paper-based materials are the perfect way to learn, whilst for others, the appeal of learning on an iPAD or laptop is what works best for them.
Once the first 10 subjects have been successfully completed (8-12 months), it’s time to attend the first clinical workshop, where you get to put into practice, the theory you have learned. Clinical Workshop 1 is held over 7 days at locations in QLD, NSW and VIC, (Perth dates will be scheduled soon)..
After Clinical Workshop 1 is completed, it’s time to go out and complete your clinical placement, working with emergency medical response companies. Think of this as work experience, where you will be given the opportunity to work in patient transport, be a trainee event medic or a first responder at a large sporting event; all the while being carefully supervised by your mentor. The College will also assist its students to find clinical placement close to where they live.
Next, it’s time to study one of the most comprehensive and hands-on subjects – HLTAMB008 – Assess and Deliver Standard Clinical Care. This subject covers the advanced clinical skill sets. Allow up to 3 months of study to thoroughly prepare for this intensive yet inspiring hands-on workshop.
Attend Clinical Workshop 2. At an APC campus, you’ll take part in simulated real-life medical emergency scenarios and experience first-hand how to operate specialised medical equipment, drive an ambulance, load and unload patients, complete the final practical assessments and so much more.
After completing Workshop 2, it’s back out into the community to complete your final 80 hours of clinical placement.
The remaining 5 subjects can be completed in your own time online (3-6 months). At this stage in the training, there are no more compulsory clinical workshops or placements to be completed.
**Note: There is a 2 year window to complete the full qualification.
|1||BSBMED301 – Interpret and Apply Medical Terminology Appropriately|
|2||HLTINF001 – Comply with Infection Prevention and Control Policies and Procedures|
|3||HLTAAP002 – Confirm Physical Health Status|
|4||HLTAMB001 – Follow Procedures for Routine Safe Removal of Patient|
|5||HLTAMB012 – Communicate in Complex Situations to Support Health Care|
|6||HLTAMB014 – Transport Non-Emergency Patients Under Operational Conditions|
|7||HLTAMB007 – Assess and Deliver Basic Clinical Care|
|8||HLTWHS002 – Follow Safe Work Practices for Direct Client Care|
|9||HLTAMB011 – Manage a Routine Non-Emergency Scene|
|10||HLTAMB013 – Contribute to Managing the Scene of an Emergency|
|11||CHCCCS020 – Respond to Behaviours of Concern|
|Clinical Workshop (1) = 7 Days + Clinical Placement (1) = 80 hours clinical placement
|12||HLTAMB008 – Assess and Deliver Standard Clinical Care|
|Clinical Workshop (2) = 5 Days + Clinical Placement (2) = 80 hours clinical placement
|13||CHCPRP003 – Reflect on and Improve Own Professional Practice|
|14||BSBMGT401 – Show Leadership in the Workplace|
|15||CHCLEG001 – Work Legally and Ethically|
|16||CHCDIV001 – Work with Diverse People|
|17||HLTWHS006 – Manage Personal Stressors in the Work Environment|
18 – 24 months (max) with 2 blocks of 80 hours clinical placement (on-the-job work experience) required.
New training locations in Victoria AND New South Wales.
Self-paced online study is perfect if you wish to continue working in your current job. It’s now easier than ever to fit study around your lifestyle.
This is an online course with so many benefits. We offer a dedicated online learning platform as well as the ability to download the entire course, print it out and study ‘the old fashioned way’.
Although high-tech learning is highly valued, our students tell us they really do prefer to study offline and enjoy the ability to add notes and highlight important text passages throughout the course notes.
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.
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
Clinical placement (work experience)
Although this course can be completed mostly online, there are clinical placement hours to complete. This is classed as supervised activities in a pre-hospital medical support role. Placements may be with State Emergency Service, hospital, clinic, events organisers, private first response organisations, security companies, sporting associations etc.
The College maintains regular contact with medical services providers in most States. Our dedicated team are continually adding new providers which in turn allows our students to complete their clinical placement hours.
Apply to Study The Diploma of Paramedical Science
Although the Australian Paramedical College is the largest pre-hospital emergency health care training provider in Australia, we offer boutique-style, personalised training for small groups of students. Our curriculum is a self-paced, blended learning style training program which is easy to understand.
Our state-of-the-art campus facilities include:
- A wide range of clinical practice environments
- Dedicated rooms for self-directed medical learning
- Lecture rooms
- 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
Support and mentoring
Students enjoy a full range of 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.
We encourage you to apply?
We believe that becoming a Medic/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.
Begin your application to study
- Complete the application to study form.
- Your application to study and interview results are reviewed by a selection panel.
- 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]
- Student acceptance
- Confirmation of enrolment