HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care Qualification

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Formerly known as HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science

Quick Overview


Blended online, clinical placement and hands-on Clinical Intensive Workshops.


18-24 Months. Study when it suits you and your lifestyle.


Use this diploma to gain apply to university, or work in the private sector.



We offer flexible online study, making it easy to fit your learning time around your current lifestyle. No matter where you live in Australia, you can study to become an emergency response medic. We’ve also made attending clinical workshops even easier, with training locations in NSW, VIC, QLD and WA.

YES! You can study this qualification online.

Study online, attend 2 x 7-day Clinical Intensive Workshops and placement. Select where you want to attend your workshops.

Choose from NSW, VIC, QLD and WA.

HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care

(Formerly known as HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science)

The HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care qualification is nationally recognised and allows you to work in the pre-hospital emergency health care industry. This diploma delivers essential skills required to effectively manage life-threatening patient situations.   A strong focus of this training is on gaining skills and knowledge of paramedical equipment, drug administration and proven procedures to save lives.

The course is a blended online and hands-on program, allowing you to manage your other lifestyle commitments around your studies.

Graduates of the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care use this qualification to secure employment in the private sector, or in some cases work overseas; and a pathway to most universities to study a paramedicine degree. This is the requirement to become a registered Ambulance Paramedic in Australia.



The HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care is a nationally recognised pre-hospital emergency health care qualification. 


If you missed out on a place at university, use this diploma as a pathway to get into university. Study to become an Ambulance Paramedic.


Australian Paramedical College graduates have used this qualification to secure employment overseas; working as frontline emergency health care responders.


Your ATAR Doesn’t Matter

This Australian Paramedical College Diploma of Emergency Health Care could get you into university even if you have a low ATAR.

If you’re concerned about not having the highest marks to go straight into university from school, you DO NOT have to worry.

APC is an established private college, providing nationally recognised emergency health care training and industry-relevant qualifications.

Qualifications can be achieved by the effort you’re required to put in combined with APC support.

What are the benefits of completing the diploma then going to university?

  • Completing the diploma first means you will be qualified to begin working in the industry faster, because you can apply for medic work or the like whilst you complete your degree at university.
  • Imagine the advantages you’ll have by graduating from university with real industry experience?



Know Your Facts

Do your research and discover which course or career pathway is right for you at this time.

Studying the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care will allow you to work in the industry, create a pathway into university.

Note: Universities are very different from one another. It’s best to contact our admissions team before deciding to use this diploma as an entry pathway to university.

Careers opportunities.

The HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care can help you to get a job in the industry. Begin working sooner than you think. Studying at your own pace, means you control how fast you get yourself into the workforce.

The following careers are just a handful of examples. Do your own research and discover which job suits you the best.

Private Medic

Work with organisations and companies requiring on-site medical assistance. Attend outdoor and indoor events, construction/remote sites or in other business related activities.

Event Medic

Work at sporting events, clubs, markets, music/school festivals etc, assuring crowds that immediate medical care and support is close by.

Industrial Medic

Provide emergency response, primary health care, disease management, injury prevention, and health promotion at industrial or construction sites.

Remote Medic

Provide remote emergency response at remote and isolated sites where timely emergency response it limited. Requires additional skills such as wilderness survival etc.


Emergency Services Officer (ESO)

Work on mine sites, remote drilling rigs and quarries. This is a multi-skilled role requiring additional qualifications and knowledge of training, WHS, high-risk operations, breathing apparatus etc.

Oil and Gas Medic On/Offshore

Gas and Oil Onshore/Offshore medics are popular roles due to experience and high-paying salaries. Additional skills required.

Adventure and Expedition

Provide medical care and support in remote and challenging locations around the world. Additional skills are required.

Want to learn more?

Below are more details about what the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care course involves. Find out about admission requirements, study options, course units, timelines, training, support and clinical skills learnt during the training.

Additional Information

Course Information
Training & Support
Clinical Skills
Course Units
Course Information

Getting Started

The HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care can be studied online; so no matter where you live in Australia, it’s never been easier to up-skill and put yourself in a better position to build a solid career working in health.

After completion of the first 10 units, it’s time to attend Clinical Intensive Workshop #1, where you get to put the theory into practice. This workshop is held over 7 days at locations in QLD, NSW, VIC and WA. After completing Clinical Intensive Workshop #1, it’s time to carry out the clinical placement.

Units Of Study

This qualification contains 17 units of competency. Each unit has an accompanying learner guide to help understand the concepts and confidently complete
questions, quizzes and assessments.

The learning materials are easy to
follow with plenty of help and support from trainers, student success
team, fellow students and alumni – if you need it.

Although this is a predominantly online course, we’ve made the entire course materials downloadable. Simply print it out and use it as a hands-on study guide.

Online Study

The course curriculum has been designed to allow you the flexibility to learn by accessing a library of learning materials through a purpose-built online platform. Study on a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. The APC student app is also available on the App Store or Google Play.


Course Duration

Maximum allowed completion time is 24 months. Students are able to complete this in less time (if desired).

Additional Course Requirements

  • 2x 7-day Clinical Intensive Workshops
  • 160 hours of Clinical Placement

Payment options

Low deposit payment plans are available to assist spread the cost of the training.

Admissions Requirements

To apply:

  • Age: Be at least 16 years of age (parental consent required if under 18)
  • Education: At least year-10 high-school or equivalent
  • Residency: Be an AUS/NZ citizen, AUS PR, or hold an approved temporary visa
  • Driver’s license: Hold a current driver’s license (at least Ls in QLD, otherwise at least Ps)
  • Technology: Have regular access to a computer and internet, and be comfortable with online study and assessments

Pre-intake checks:

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy: Short quiz to check basic English and math skills, and help us better support you through your course (unless already holding equivalent or higher qualification)
  • Health: Medical declaration to ensure  you are fit to study

Clinical placement, prior to the time of placement:

  • Evidence of National Police clearance
  • Working with Children’s check (blue card)

Training & Support

Personalised Training

Although the Australian Paramedical College is the largest pre-hospital emergency health care training provider in Australia, we offer personalised training for small groups of students.

This includes:

  • Clinical practice environments
  • Dedicated rooms for self-directed medical learning
  • Fully-equipped lecture rooms
  • Scenario and medical emergency simulation facilities
  • 2 fully equipped Ambulances
  • An in-house, life-sized simulator ambulance
  • Latest paramedical equipment


Support and Mentoring

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

Clinical Skills

Clinical Skills Learned At This Level

The clinical skills learned at diploma-level are to the standard and competencies of basic/advanced 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
  • In-depth education on clinical practice processes and procedure
  • Pediatric assessment,
  • respiratory assessment,
  • managing trauma,
  • hospital handover,
  • intramuscular injection,
  • nebulisation,
  • haemorrhage control
  • arterial tourniquets,
  • history taking,
  • Laryngoscopy,
  • Hypovolaemia,
  • SADs,
  • Korotkoff sounds,
  • Capillary refill Time – CRT,
  • Acute pain management with Methoxyflurane – Penthrox,
  • Glyceryl Trinitrate – GTN,
  • Central nervous system,
  • Nexus criteria (Intermediate) C Spine,

Just to name a few.

Course Units







Clinical Placement – 160  Hours Total

Clinical placement is classed as supervised activities in a pre-hospital medical support role. Placements may be conducted within event medical services, private first response or security companies, sporting associations, State Emergency Service, GP surgeries 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 have students who are working as an Emergency Services Officer (ESO) on mine sites and can arrange placements from time to time.

**Note: Students are requested to source their own placement. We alert companies and students of available placement opportunities. However it is up to the student to follow up and apply for placement.

To learn more about Clinical Placement, click here.


Australian Qualifications Framework Level 5

Knowledge: technical and theoretical knowledge in a specific area (pre-hospital emergency health care).

Skills: 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.
  • 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.

Admissions process

  1. Complete an online application form here (takes <2 mins!).
  2. Chat with a friendly Course Advisor to ensure our courses suit you and ask any questions.
  3. Receive an enrolment offer (you’re nearly there!).
  4. Pay a deposit to secure your enrolment.
  5. Complete final pre-enrolment checks.

You’re officially an APC student! Start studying to save lives!