What You Can Learn in a Paramedical Pathway Course

Published 13th October, 2023. 

The HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care is Australian Paramedical College’s (APC’s) most popular course, and unsurprisingly so, given all its career opportunities and ability to allow for individuals to progress their careers later to become a paramedic at university. If you’re interested to learn what you could can learn in a paramedical pathway course, make sure to read on.

Studying paramedicine 

The HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care (formerly known as a Diploma of Paramedical Science) is an emergency response course designed to assist you in building the knowledge and practical skills to deliver pre/out of hospital care. Whether major or minor incidents you attend, you can feel confident in your ability to act in a team or solo environment. 

This entry-level qualification is run over 24 months, consisting of 17 units of theory, 2x 5-day Clinical Workshops and 160 hours of Clinical Placement. These Clinical Placement hours can be conducted with an organisation of a student’s choice, ensuring that it fulfils the unit requirements of HLTOUT004 – assess and deliver basic clinical care and/or HLTOUT005 – assess and deliver standard clinical care 

The entry requirements 

If you wish to enrol, the good news is that students do not need to have any prior healthcare experience. Instead, students need to hold at least a year-10 high-school certificate (or equivalent), be an Australian or New Zealand citizen (or hold an approved visa), have a current driver’s license and be 16 years of age.  

Clinical skills 

The Diploma has been designed by to ensure our graduates can offer advanced life support when it’s needed most. Upon graduation, you can expect to hold competencies in: 

  • 12 lead ECG acquisition and interpretation 
  • P-wave, QRS, STEMI, Tachycardias 
  • Managing trauma 
  • Paediatric assessment 
  • Nebulisation 
  • Arterial tourniquets 
  • Laryngoscopy
  • And much, much more.  

Career opportunities  

Nationally qualified, APC’s Diploma of Emergency Health Care can provide you with multiple career opportunities. If you’re interested in learning more about them, why not check out our career pathways page? 

Alternatively, you can check out our university pathways which outline the route you can take to become a Registered Paramedic.  

Interested in speaking to someone directly?

If you’re interested in speaking to us, why not fill out an application form to speak to someone in the team today? We’d love to assist you in pursuing the career you want, and making our courses fit your needs!

We look forward to hearing from you. 

What is your career journey?

To discover how you can become a fully qualified Ambulance Paramedic or Basic/Advanced Life Support Medic, complete a personalised paramedical career development plan.