Why you should study this diploma.
REMINDER: The HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science has been superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care. The information on this page has been updated to reflect the new and improved diploma.
Pathways to university
If you missed out on university, this diploma could get you an offer to study paramedical science at uni and eventually become an Ambulance Paramedic.
Become a Paramedic in London
APC graduates have used the diploma to gain employment with London Ambulance Service; working as a Paramedic in one of the busiest cities in the world.
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HLT51015 -Diploma of Paramedical Science
REMINDER: The HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science has been superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care.
Pathways into prehospital emergency health care careers
The HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science qualification (superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care), reflects the role of prehospital and out-of-hospital workers employed by State/Territory ambulance authorities, the Australian Defence Force and the private sector to provide patient assessment, health care and transport services.
Holders of the Diploma of Paramedical Science possess clinical skills and theoretical knowledge to provide clinical assessment and prehospital and out-of-hospital interventions to patients in an emergency; including providing advanced life support skills.
Your ATAR Doesn’t Matter
The Australian Paramedical College diploma could get you into uni, even if you have a low ATAR.
Why you will benefit from completing the diploma then going to university
- You will be qualified to start working in the industry faster as you can apply for medic work or the like whilst you study at University to complete your degree.
- Imagine graduating from university with real industry experience?
Who would you choose at an interview for a Paramedic position?
- John Smith with a Bachelor Degree
- or YOU who holds a Bachelor degree and 2 years’ industry experience as a medic or the like.
It just makes sense – best of both world’s (not to mention the networking you can do in the industry to get that Paramedic career at the end of university).
- APC diploma graduates have previously been credited for multiple subjects within their degree. This often shortens the length of their degree while allowing them to work in the health care industry while they study
- The subjects credited differ depending on the courses offered within the degree per university. This can be subject to change as some universities have different entry requirements. We recommend you check with your chosen university.
Flexible Online Learning
Live Virtual Lectures
Live Q&A Sessions
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Develop your clinical knowledge faster – complete the training sooner
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 (superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care, is a nationally recognised qualification and is often accepted in the UK.
Which pathway is right for you?
(1). Complete this qualification in around 18-24 months and begin working in the private sector as a medic, EMT or First Responder.
As a diploma-qualified graduate, you’re equipped with high-level clinical knowledge in an authorised scope of practice within the private sector. Your training will prepare you to save lives; our graduates can testify to this.
(2). Use the diploma to get into university, study the Bachelor of Paramedic Science and begin your career as a registered Ambulance Paramedic.
> The diploma prepares graduates for entry into university to study the Bachelor of Paramedic Science. Graduates of the college enjoy a less-stressful transition into university because of the knowledge they already possess. Degree credits have been awarded to APC graduates. We recommend contacting your preferred university because not all universities are the same. when it comes to credits.
> With this diploma you can develop a career as a medic, EMT or 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 and apply your skills when they are most needed.
About this diploma
The HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science (superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care), is a nationally recognised and highly-respected qualification. It is fully endorsed by the Australian government and recognised in every state in Australia.
Private sector jobs for diploma graduates
Private company medics 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.
Emergency Scenario Training
Clinical Workshops – Realistic Simulations
Australian Qualifications Framework Level 5
Graduates at the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science (superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care), level will possess specialised knowledge and skills for skilled/paraprofessional work and/or further learning.
Knowledge: Graduates possess technical and theoretical knowledge in a specific area (prehospital emergency health care) or a broad field of work and learning.
Graduates will possess a broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:
- Analyse information to complete a range of activities.
- Provide and transmit solutions to sometimes complex problems, and
- Transmit information and skills to others.
Application of knowledge and skills: Graduates will be able to apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and defined responsibility in known or changing contexts and within broad but established parameters.
Clinical skills learned at this level
The clinical skills learned at Diploma-level are to the standard and competencies of basic life support.
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, Laryngoscopy, Hypovolaemia, SADs, Korotkoff sounds, Capillary refil Time – CRT, acute pain management with Methoxyflurane – 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.
Pre-hospital Emergency Health Care careers
>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 – read this article on our website about ESO’s.
>London Ambulance Service Paramedic
With APC’s HLT51015 Diploma of Paramedical Science, you can apply to the London Ambulance Service for paramedic positions. The Diploma will assist with your application and qualify you to work in the UK as no degree is required for LAS. Find out out how to become a London Ambulance Service Paramedic here.
>Onshore and offshore oil & gas medic
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.
>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 Medic
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 prerequisite for this type of role, where experienced and well-credentialed medics and 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 Support Officer at public events, outdoor and indoor concerts
Provide immediate medical response where mass crowds gather. These types of roles can provide assistance from patients who exhibit signs of 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 clinical knowledge and critical thinking abilities to provide medical assistance at all hours of the day or night.
- Minimum 16 years of age
- Language Literacy Numeracy requirements will require a good level of English reading and writing ability
- Parent consent if under 18 years of age
- Computer literacy
- Australian resident/citizen or approved temporary visa
- Medical consent if a medical condition is applicable
This qualification contains 17 units of competency, comprised of 7 core and 8 mandatory electives.
The course curriculum has been designed to allow you the flexibility to learn by accessing a library of learning materials through a purpose-built online platform. Study on a smartphone/tablet/laptop/desktop and the APC app, available on the App store or Google Play. The learning materials are easy to follow with plenty of help and support from trainers, student success team, fellow students and alumni – if you need it.
Low deposit payment plan options are available.
*** (IMPORTANT: this qualification has been superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care. *** Course requirements have changed.
Work through the first 11 subjects; which could take approximately 8-12 months. Each subject has its own learner guides and learning materials; complete with assessments, which can be completed on or off-line. Even though this is an online course, every unit can be downloaded and printed.
For some students, paper-based materials are the preferred way to learn, whilst for others, the appeal of learning online suits them the best. At APC, we give you plenty of options to learn in a way you find comfortable and engaging.
After completion of the first 11 units (8 – 12 months), it’s time to attend the clinical workshop 1, where you get to put into practice, the clinical theory you have learned. Clinical Workshop 1 is held over 7 days at locations in QLD, NSW, VIC and WA.
Once Clinical Workshop 1 is completed, it’s time to work with emergency medical response companies and complete 80 hours of clinical placement.
*** (IMPORTANT: this qualification has been superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care. *** Clinical placement details have changed.
Clinical placement is classed as supervised activities in a prehospital medical support role. Placements may be conducted within the State Emergency Service, GP surgeries, event medical services, private first response or security companies, sporting associations and even as a medic with a mining company.
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 requirements. We have students who are working as an Emergency Services Officer (ESO) on mine sites and can arrange placements from time to time.
Clinical skills development
One of the most comprehensive and hands-on subjects you will study is Assess and Deliver Standard Clinical Care. This unit covers the advanced clinical skill sets where your confidence and abilities are amplified; because this is where you get to experience the adrenaline of working on the front line of emergency patient care. Allow up to 3 months of study prepare for clinical workshop 2.
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.
**Note: There is a 2 year time frame to complete the diploma.
- 28 hours per week -> completion in 6-12 months
- 14 hours per week -> completion in 18 months
- 7 hours per week -> completion in 24 months
Study hours and completion time frames (guideline only) Campus locations in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia. Self-paced online study is perfect if you wish to continue working in your current job or paid activities.This is for the most part an online course with so many benefits. We offer a dedicated online learning platform and Australian Paramedical College App, as well as the ability to download the entire course, print it out and study ‘the old fashioned way’. It’s now easier than ever to fit study around your lifestyle.As a student of the college you’ll be given a personalised study/training plan by your student support team.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 much, much more.
Although the Australian Paramedical College is the largest prehospital emergency health care training provider in Australia, we offer personalised training for small groups of students. The learning curriculum is a self-paced, blended learning style training program.
Our state-of-the-art campus facilities include:
- A wide range of clinical practice environments
- Dedicated rooms for self-directed medical learning
- Fully-equipped lecture rooms
- Clinical practice rooms
- Scenario and medical emergency simulation facilities
- A fully-equipped Mercedes Sprinter ambulance (as used by State Ambulance Services)
- An in-house, life-sized ambulance simulator for practice and group scenarios
- The latest paramedical equipment as used by Ambulance Paramedics
- Life-like mannequin technology for immersive experiences
Support and mentoring
Our students enjoy unlimited support and help from our dedicated in-house student success team; and instructors and trainers 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 perfect recipe for successful study outcomes.
Find your perfect career - don't get stuck in a job you don't like.
This is the perfect opportunity to work in an industry that has huge future employment growth.
We encourage you to apply
We believe that becoming a medic/Paramedic should not be exclusive. Regardless of how you feel about your current 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