CC70 - Graduate Diploma of Paramedic Science (Critical Care)

Overview

Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

This course provides you with the underpinning knowledge, clinical skills and clinical reasoning to successfully perform within the role of a Critical Care Paramedic or clinical level equivalent both within Australia and internationally. The Graduate Diploma of Paramedic Science (Critical Care) is an innovative and practical course that aims to ensure that you can provide essential services in critical care paramedic practice, including aeromedical, retrieval and tactical environments.

Career Information

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.

Course Details
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) GradDipParamedSc(Critical Care)
AQF Level Level 8: Graduate Diploma

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 1 - 2019

Online

Term 1 - 2018

Entry into this course will only be granted following approval from the discipline lead.
Distance

Term 1 - 2017

Entry into this course will only be granted following approval from the discipline lead.
Distance

Term 1 - 2016

Entry into this program will only be granted following approval from the discipline lead.
Distance

Term 1 - 2015

Distance
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International Availability

Term 1 - 2019

Online

Term 1 - 2018

Entry into this course will only be granted following approval from the discipline lead.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2017

Entry into this course will only be granted following approval from the discipline lead.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2016

Entry into this program will only be granted following approval from the discipline lead.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Requirements
  • a completed Diploma of Paramedic Science with a minimum of 3 years independent clinical operational experience with a state based or similar ambulance provider following their qualification; or
  • a completed Advanced Diploma Intensive Care Paramedic or equivalent in advanced practice with a minimum of 2 years independent clinical operational experience with a state based or similar ambulance provider following their qualification; or
  • a completed Bachelor of Paramedic Science or equivalent with a minimum of 2 years independent clinical operational experience with a state based or similar ambulance provider following their qualification
Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

Science

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation


Learned Society Accreditiation Queensland Ambulance Service New South Wales Ambulance Service Victorian Ambulance Service ACT Ambulance Service South Australian Ambulance Service St John (Queensland) St John (Western Australia) St John (Northern Territory) Ambulance Tasmania

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School Some units in this course will require compulsory attendance at residential schools.
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Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2018 14
2017 15
2016 16
2015 12
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply evidence-based knowledge of advanced anatomy and physiology to a broad range of acute and chronic conditions
  • 2. Integrate comprehensive knowledge of current evidence-based practice to undertake clinical assessment, skills and interventions in the management of critical care patients in various age groups and diverse populations
  • 3. Demonstrate critical thinking, problem-solving and decision making skills in critical care practice
  • 4. Implement advanced pharmacology in critical care practice
  • 5. Integrate critical care knowledge and functionality in aeromedical, retrieval and tactical operations
  • 6. Analyse and interpret research findings to enhance critical care practice
  • 7. Exhibit interpersonal, leadership, communication and teamwork skills in a variety of critical care environments
  • 8. Employ self-reflection and integrate performance feedback to identify and action self-improvement opportunities
  • 9. Promote ethical principles within critical care practice.
  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
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 8 Total credit points: 48

The Graduate Diploma of Paramedic Science (Critical Care) is open to current Intensive Care Paramedics who have successfully completed a relevant Advanced Diploma in Intensive Care Paramedic Practice or equivalent qualification. Students may be admitted and credit applied to some units on the basis of completion of the Advanced Diploma or equivalent qualification and minimum of five years front line practice as an Intensive Care Paramedic or equivalent clinical level.

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PMSC20001 Advanced Clinical Assessment and Decision Making
PMSC20003 Pharmacological Application in the Critical Care Setting
MEDS21003 Medical Science Research Project 1
PMSC20007 Aeromedical, Retrieval and Tactical Medicine
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PMSC20002 Advanced Critical Skills Application
PMSC20005 Advanced Assessment, Diagnostic Interpretation and Management
MEDS21006 Medical Science Research Project 2
PMSC20006 Advanced Clinical Care of Trauma and Environmental Emergencies
More Details
There is no additional information for this course.