Diploma of Paramedical Science

Diploma of Paramedical Science

This diploma has been superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care. Course details have changed. Please click the link above to view the latest qualification.

Course details

17 Units of competency

Maximum completion time for the diploma is 24 months.

2 Weeks Clinical workshops​

Two separate 7 day workshops throughout the training.

140 Hours clinical placement

Two separate 80 hour work experience blocks in the field.

The HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science (superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care.) will prepare you for pre-hospital and out-of-hospital careers in the private sector; providing patient assessment, emergency health care response and transport services where required.

The course curriculum has been designed to give you the flexibility to learn via a purpose-built online platform using your smartphone/tablet/laptop/desktop and the APC app; available on the App store or Google Play.

Graduates of this course possess clinical skills and theoretical knowledge required to provide patient care in an emergency; including advanced life support and monitoring until Paramedics arrive on-scene.

Course overview

This diploma has been superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care. Course details have changed. Please click the link above to view the latest qualification.

Course Progression


Study timeframes

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We’ve made online study easier and more convenient.

flexible online learning

Take control of your own learning schedule. You decide how fast you want to progress through the course. We provide guidelines to keep you on track to complete your training on schedule.

live virtual lectures

Watch 100’s of video’s relating to your course. Start with the basic concepts right through to advanced clinical skills and procedures.

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IOS and android learning app

The APC app is the smart, convenient way to study when and when you like by ccessing the course materials within the app.

Collaborative learning

Study and learn with your fellow students. Form your own online (and offline) classrooms and local meetups. Help and support each another to be confident, successful learners.

Why you should consider this diploma.

Nationally recognised

The diploma is a nationally recognised, pre-hospital emergency health care qualification, preparing you for a wide range of jobs in the private sector.

pathways to university

If you missed out on university, this diploma could get you an offer to study paramedical science at uni to get your degree and to become a registered Ambulance Paramedic.

Industry-relevant training

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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Australia-wide training locations, with low deposit and payment plan options available.


Nationally recognised qualificaiton

The HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science (now superseded by HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care)  is a nationally recognised qualification and classed as Level 5 in the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF).

Universities are classed as Level 6; therefor as a diploma-qualified graduate who is thinking of continuing on to university, this diploma offers the perfect stepping stone to the Bachelor of Paramedic Science degree.

Career pathways

Complete the diploma 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.

Begin working in emergency response roles, gain some experience, then decide which pathway suits you the best. APC can advise which pathways suit you the best.

Jobs you can do with this Nationally Recognised diploma

This diploma has been superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care. Course details have changed. Please click the link above to view the latest qualification.
Medic (Basic/Advanced Life Support)

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.

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

Be on-call at rugby league games, 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.

Search and Rescue Volunteer (SES)

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.

Apply to study the Diploma of Paramedical Science.

Emergency Scenario Training

Clinical workshops, featuring realistic simulations.

Preparing you for the real world.

Clinical skills development

The scope of practice is thorough and prepares you for entry into the workforce.

Patient Monitoring

12 lead ECG acquisition and interpretation, P-wave, QRS, STEMI, Tachycardias – plus in-depth education on clinical practice processes and procedures.


Types of shock, central nervous system, Cushings
Triad, Nexus criteria (Intermediate) C Spine, spinal cord injury, venous and arterial circulation.

Assessment and trauma

Paediatric assessment, respiratory
assessment, managing trauma, hospital handover, intramuscular injection,
nebulisation, gunshot wounds, arterial tourniquets.

Airway and pharamacology

Laryngoscopy, Hypovolaemia, SADs, Korotkoff sounds, Capillary refil Time
– CRT, acute pain management with Methoxyflurane – Penthrox, Glyceryl
Trinitrate – GTN.

APC student training scenario ambulances

Missed out on university because of a low ATAR? We can help.

This APC diploma will improve your university application outcome.

The diploma has been superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care.

Why you can benefit from completing the diploma then go to university

Who would you choose at an interview for a Paramedic position?

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).

Training Campuses

Our training facilities feature the latest equipment used by Ambulance Services across Australia.

What you’ll be studying


Interpret and apply medical terminology in the workplace.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to understand and respond to instructions; to carry out routine tasks and communicate with a range of people in a
medical environment; as well as use appropriate medical terminology.


Comply with Infection Prevention and Control Policies and Procedures.

This unit covers learning organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding
to infection risks such as COVID-19.


Confirm Physical Health Status.

This unit focuses on the skills and knowledge required to obtain and interpret information about the patient’s physical health status. Detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology is developed.


Follow Procedures for Routine Safe Removal of Patients.

This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to ensure safe removal of a patient under routine conditions as part of emergency work,  an immediate life threatening injury, illness or condition is not anticipated.


Communicate in Complex Situations to Support Health Care.

Learn how to effectively communicate with patients, colleagues and health providers in challenging, complex situations using verbal and non-verbal interactions in the context of providing a health care service.


Transport Non-Emergency Patients Under Operational Conditions.

Learn the skills and knowledge required to load, unload and drive vehicles safely; and transport non-emergency patients to and from a facility or service. It includes using communication equipment, checking vehicles and equipment in order to restock and remedy faults.


Assess and Deliver Basic Clinical Care.

Develop essential skills and knowledge to provide basic life support, conduct clinical assessment and deliver basic
clinical care in a pre-hospital/out-of-hospital environment in accordance with established clinical practice guidelines.


Follow Safe Work Practices for Direct Client Care.

Develop the skills and knowledge required to participate in safe work practices. Ensure your own health and safety and that of others whilst caring directly for others. It has a focus on maintaining your safety, your patients and other community


Manage a Routine Non-Emergency Scene.

Develop the skills and knowledge required to manage routine
non-emergency situations that are not anticipated to be life-threatening
to ensure safety at the scene.


Contribute to Managing the Scene of an Emergency.

Develop skills and knowledge required to manage
procedures, provide security and communicate/coordinate with other emergency services personnel
involved with patient care at the scene of an emergency situation.


Respond Effectively to Behaviours of Concern.

Develop the skills and knowledge
to respond effectively to behaviours of concern of people who exhibit difficult and challenging behaviour.
Skills are associated with handling difficult incidents rather than
managing ongoing behaviour difficulties.


Assess and Deliver Standard Clinical Care.

Develop clinical skills and knowledge required to conduct assessments and deliver standard patient care in the pre-hospital/out-of-hospital environment.

Covers advanced life support, prioritising clinical care, implementing time-critical health care procedures and therapies, and monitoring patient’s in accordance with clinical practice guidelines.


Reflect on and improve professional practice.

Develop the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance your own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development.

Applies to workers in all industry sectors who take pro-active responsibility for their own professional development.


Manage Personal Stressors in the Work Environment.

Studying this unit will help you maintain your own health and wellbeing by preventing and managing personal stress.

This unit applies to work in a range of health and community services settings, in particular work roles that operate in high stress situations and circumstances.


Demonstrate Leadership in the Workplace.

Acquire the skills and knowledge to lead individuals and teams.

Take responsibility for the work and performance of others. Make the transition from team member to providing leadership by influencing the work culture, values and ethics of teams under your supervision.


Work Legally and Ethically.

Raise your awareness, develop skills and knowledge required to identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to an individual job role.

Applies to community services and health workers who play a proactive role in identifying and meeting their
legal and ethical responsibilities.


Work with Diverse People.

This unit describes the fundamental skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from a wide range of diverse social and cultural groups and situations; including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.