Understanding online courses
With the recent global health crisis, never before has so much interest been generated in learning online. For many people, the thought of isolating themselves means a time to reflect on their current situation, education and work opportunities.
Online study offers so many advantages, as well as some considerations. At APC, our courses are 90% online, although there are clinical workshops and placement which must be completed. When you consider the role of an emergency first responder means you could have someone’s life in your hands – you’d better be ready and equipped to handle any emergency.
Typically an online course is divided into three areas.
- Theory (develop your theoretical knowledge of paramedical concepts)
- Practical (attend clinical workshops and take part in emergency scenario’s)
- Hands-on (supervised clinical placement in the community as a first responder)
As an example, our HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science qualification is one of the most popular because of the immense employment opportunities it offers, as well as opening up the doors to a university degree.
The diploma has 17 units to study. Typically you’d study about 11 of them before attending a clinical workshop, where you get to apply the knowledge in a range of simulated emergency scenarios. Once completed (and you’ve passed the assessments), you’ll start clinical placement out in the community, then get right back into online study. When you’ve completed the required learning, it’s back into the workshops, then out into the community again, then you’re back to studying online to complete the remaining units.
That may seem like a lot of activity, although when you think about it, all of the theory is done online – and there’s nothing stopping you from studying as fast as you can.
Studying online means you receive the same standard of education you would when studying in the classroom. At APC, we offer complete flexibility as to how you study. We’ve even seen some students complete the entire HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science in 6 months – yes 6 months!