This course provides you with the skills, knowledge and clinical reasoning to meet the role of a critical care paramedic. The Graduate Diploma of Paramedic Science (Critical Care Practice) is an innovative and practical course, engaging contemporary evidence to ensure that you can provide astute critical care in a range of operational environments.
The Graduate Diploma of Paramedic Science (Critical Care) supports graduates to operate in the increasingly complex environment faced by paramedics on a daily basis. This qualification provides a pathway for current Intensive Care Paramedics holding previous Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications who wish to deepen their knowledge and also for current Advanced Care Paramedics who wish to practice as a Critical Care Paramedic or state equivalent.
|Duration||1 years full-time or 2 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||48|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Postgraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||GradDipParamedSci(CriticCarePrac)|
|AQF Level||Level 8: Graduate Diploma|
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Paramedics with current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a minimum of 2 years unsupervised clinical operational experience.
Experience must be provided in the form of either a letter of employment, or an official statement of service. Letters of employment must be presented on a company letterhead as well as signed and dated by a delegated authority. Please ensure the letter contains your position title, a brief position description and your length of service.
English Language Proficiency Requirement:
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.
Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:
completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below.
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.
Each student will be assessed individually.
There are no specific security requirements for entry into this course.
There are no specific health requirements for entry into this course.
Prior studies in the paramedic discipline area.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
|Professional Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Learned Society Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Compulsory Residential School||Some units in this course will require compulsory attendance at residential schools.|
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Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.
If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting email@example.com. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas|
|4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice|
|5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concept|
|6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters|
|Number of units: 8||Total credit points: 48|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|PMSC20001||Advanced Clinical Assessment and Decision Making|
|PMSC20003||Pharmacological Application in the Critical Care Setting|
|PMSC20002||Advanced Critical Skills Application|
|PMSC20005||Advanced Assessment, Diagnostic Interpretation and Management|
|PMSC29002||Human Performance Optimisation in Complex Environments|
|PMSC28002||Evidence-based Practice 1|
|PMSC29003||Critical Care Management in Trauma|
|PMSC28003||Evidence-based Practice 2|
RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS
Students studying this course will be required to attend compulsory residential schools for some units.