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HLT51015-diploma-paramedical-science-ambulance-paramedical - become an emergency paramedic

Use this course as an entry pathway to University or to get a job in the private sector

This qualification, formerly known as HLT50412 – Diploma of Paramedical Science(Ambulance), refers to the role of pre-hospital and out-of-hospital workers employed by State/Territory ambulance authorities, the Australian Defence Force and the private sector, to provide pre-hospital patient assessment, health care and transport services.
The recently upgraded HLT51015 qualification, applies to a variety of roles including Paramedic (BLSM) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
As a Diploma level qualified medic, you will possess clinical skills and theoretical knowledge to provide emergency and non-emergency clinical assessment, pre-hospital and out-of-hospital care to patients.
The practical skills learned on this course are highly valued by private companies, health care providers and universities. This means you’ll stand out from the rest and possibly get a job faster!

You will learn Skills, Protocols and Pharmacology equivalent to the level ALS Paramedic Ambulance Service

“advanced airway management, an introduction to 12 lead ECG monitoring and manual defibrillation, IV cannulation and fluid resuscitation, chest decompression…and more.”

Clinical skills development

Diploma qualified medics possess high-level clinical knowledge and the subsequent application of medical techniques equivalent to that of an Advanced Life Support (ALS) Paramedic.
Advanced drug therapy protocols (DTP’s) are included in this course, as well as those covered within the scope of the Certificate IV in Health Care, including: Adrenaline, Atropine, Frusemide, Metoclopramide, Morphine, Midazolam, Ondansetron (Skills, Protocols and Pharmacology equivalent to the level ALS Paramedic Ambulance Service NSW)
Course duration
12 months with 160 hours of clinical placement* required. Three residential blocks of five days practical assessment required.
*Clinical placement is classed as supervised activities undertaken by a student to work (paid or volunteer) as a real paramedic. Placements can be with an Ambulance service, Rural fire service, SES, event organisers etc.
The College maintains regular contact with a number of medical services providers, who have a presence in most states. Additionally, on the College’s facebook page, there are often requests made for students to volunteer for a wide variety of functions and events in a non-emergency medic capacity.

This is an online course

This course is predominantly online with a thriving and helpful community of students. You will be supported by our student support team, paramedic trainers and resident coach. Expert help and assistance is always on-hand whenever you need it; including additional assistance with;

  • Organisation and time management techniques
  • Stress management and coping with study
  • Tips to help you study more efficiently
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Emotional support
  • Financial assistance

Employment opportunities

As an example, the following job roles are;

  • Advanced Life Support (ALS) Paramedic
  • Paramedic in the private sector (mining, oil & gas, construction, manufacturing, hospitality, security and industrial)
  • Paramedic support at airports, transport organisations, sea-going vessels, merchant navy..etc
  • Emergency Services Officer
  • Industrial medic
  • Event medic/Paramedic

No previous health care knowledge needed

With the recent Australian government updates to the structure of the Diploma course, there are now no pre-requisites to enrolling. Previously, it was a requirement to have obtained several units of competency in health care related study before being accepted into the Diploma course.
There are also no tertiary qualifications needed to begin a career as a paramedic. As long as you have a good understanding of English and maths, you possess a winning attitude and are committed to your studies, then this course is perfect as a stepping stone into a career in non-emergency patient care, or as a pathway to university to continue with paramedical studies.

College enrolment process

The College maintains a student selection process, where every enrolment application is reviewed by a selection team.
We do this to maintain a well balanced student/trainer relationship; which in turn ensures every student receives consistent high-level support, guidance and mentoring.
To apply to attend the College, follow the steps below;

  1. Fill out the enrolment application form.
  2. Arrange a phone interview immediately after completing the enrolment application.
  3. Application reviewed by a selection team to determine suitability and progression into this course.
  4. Formal notification of round offer.

Course overview

Go to the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science course outline to find out about the units you will be studying.

HLT41012 - Certificate IV Health Care (Ambulance)
This course will be delivered in partnership with Industry Pathways who are a leading provider of nationally recognised paramedical training courses. Registered Training Organisation: (NPN:32513).
Nationally Recognised Training