The Diploma Paramedical Science Degrees

What is the Diploma Paramedical Science

A Diploma Paramedical Science degree could help you start or advance your career as a paramedic. Requirements vary widely from states to state. Some states still accept lower certificates but as time goes by the diploma paramedical science degree will likely become a requirement. Here’s what you can expect to learn as you work towards the diploma.

Prerequisites for Diploma Paramedical Science

Before entering the Paramedical Science program, you will need to show that you have the necessary prerequisites. This will include either the completion of a Certificate IV in Healthcare, the completion of a recognised training program, or through on-the job experience in the pre-hospital care environment.

An assessment is conducted to ensure the applicant’s competency in subjects that include:

  • Workplace relationships.
  • Routine safe removal of client.
  • Basic clinical care.
  • Communication.
  • Scene management.
  • Non-emergency client transport; and
  • Infection control policies and procedures.

It is also necessary to be able to confirm the client’s health status prior to completing the more advanced courses that will allow you to obtain the diploma paramedical science certification.

Clinical Assessment

The clinical assessment course involves learning to quickly assess a patient’s medical status. The course builds on knowledge gained as you complete classes in delivering basic first aid and confirming health status. During this assessment you will decide what treatments will be required before transporting the patient and those that should be continued in the ambulance.

Standard Clinical Care

Standard clinical care may include a variety of medical practices depending on the emergency. Fluids are often needed by patients who have lost blood. Applying a splint may be necessary for someone with a broken bone. The standard clinical care builds on what you learned in basic clinical care and allows you to be a more effective paramedic.

Communicating in Complex or Difficult Situations

As is the case with most of the courses in the Diploma Paramedical Science program, the communications course covers more advanced subjects than those covered in basic communication classes. Communicating effectively in complex and difficult situations can be challenging. Staying calm is essential. Being an effective communicator in an emergency situation takes practice. The practice gained in this course will help you become an effective communicator and equip you with invaluable skills to manage any emergency situation.

Emergency Scene Management

Emergency scene management is often one of the electives you may choose as you work to complete your degree. The number of units required to complete the program vary from one college to the next. The program at the Australian Paramedical College consists of 14 units, 7 of which are electives.

The Diploma Paramedical Science degree may become the standard training program for paramedics throughout Australia. By earning this kind of degree now, you ready yourself to be competitive in the future job market.

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