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Diploma of Paramedical Science

Pathways into prehospital 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 prehospital and out-of-hospital interventions to patients in an emergency, including providing advanced life support skills.

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HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science

Yes, you can study most of this course online and attend 2 clinical workshops.

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HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science


Work in prehospital emergency health care or continue on to university to get your degree

Reasons to study this Diploma

Nationally Recognised Training

The HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science is a nationally recognised, prehospital emergency health care qualification. Choose from a wide range of job roles and careers 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.

Flexible Online Learning
Live Virtual Lectures
Live Q&A Sessions
Virtual Classrooms
Collaborative Learning

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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 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.
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 this Diploma to get into university, study the Bachelor of Paramedic Science and develop your career as an Ambulance Paramedic.

> This Diploma prepares graduates for entry into university to study the Bachelor of Paramedic Science. Graduates of the college enjoyed a less stressful transition into university because of the level of knowledge they already possess. Degree credits have been awarded to our students. Consult your local university because not all universities are the same.

> 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.


Emergency Scenario Training

Clinical Workshops – Realistic Simulations

Australian Quality Framework Level 5

Graduates at the Diploma of Paramedical Science level will possess specialised knowledge and skills for skilled/paraprofessional work and/or further learning.

Knowledge: Graduates will 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, 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.

Prehospital Emergency Health Care Careers

View the types of jobs you can do

>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 this Diploma of Paramedical Science from the Australian Paramedical College, you can now apply to the London Ambulance Service for the position of Paramedic. The Diploma is all you need to qualify to work in the UK (no degree required). This is an amazing opportunity to work in one the world’s busiest cities and gain immense prehospital emergency health care experience in a short period of time. 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.

Additional information

Study options

Course overview

This qualification is made up of 17 units of competency.

The course curriculum has been designed to allow students the flexibility of gaining the underpinning paramedical knowledge by accessing a full library of online learning materials through a purpose-built platform and smartphone/tablet App. The format is easy to follow with plenty of help and support if you need it.

Getting Started

You work through the first 11 subjects, 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 as well as reference the learning materials via a purpose-built App which is available on the App store or Google Play.

For some students, paper-based materials are the perfect way to learn, whilst for others, the appeal of learning on an iPhone or Galaxy phone, iPAD or laptop is what works best for them.

Once the first 11 subjects have been successfully completed (8-12 months), it’s time to attend the clinical workshop 1, 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, VIC and WA.

After Clinical Workshop 1 is completed, it’s time to work with emergency medical response companies and complete your clinical placement requirements.

Clinical Placement

Clinical placement is classed as supervised activities in a prehospital medical support role. Placements may be with State Emergency Service, hospital, clinic, events organisers, private first response organisations, 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 even have students who are working as a medic on mine sites, who offer placement opportunities.

Clinical Skills Development

One of the most comprehensive and hands-on subjects you will study is the HLTAMB008 – Assess and Deliver Standard Clinical Care unit. 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 in the front line of emergency patient care. Allow up to 3 months of study to complete the subject which prepares students for clinical workshop 2.

Clinical workshop 2 means you’ll take part in simulated medical emergency scenarios, and experience first-hand how to operate specialised medical equipment, drive an ambulance, load and unload patients 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).

**Note: There is a 2 year time frame to complete the Diploma.


Course units

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


Study timelines

Course duration

18 – 24 months (max) with 2 blocks of 80 hours clinical placement at different stages of the training.

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 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).
  • 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 much, much more.

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Personalised training

Although the Australian Paramedical College is the largest prehospital 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
  • 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

Students enjoy a full range of support and help from our dedicated in-house student success team, 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 perfect 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 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.

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  • 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

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