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Diploma of Paramedical Science (HLT51015)

Course summary

Entry is via QTAC.

This qualification reflects 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 patient assessment, healthcare and transport services.

These workers possess clinical skills and theoretical knowledge and provide clinical assessment and pre-hospital and out-of-hospital interventions to patients in an emergency, including providing advanced skills in life support. This qualification applies to a variety of roles including paramedic and emergency medical technician.

There is a Practical Placement required for this course. 

VET Student Loan Information

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Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Application Mode
  • Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC)
Study Area
  • - Health
Skill Area
  • - Health
AQF Level Level 5: Diploma

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course. 

Course Requirements

Prior to commencing the Practical Placement students may be required to satisfy requirements relating to suitability (eg. Blue Card), and will be required to provide evidence of vaccinations, Driver's License (Provisional or higher), holding and appropriate First Aid certificate. 

Specific organisational requirements may also apply.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Patient transport officer, industrial paramedic, paramedic.

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

Approximately 1200 hours of study time will be involved however, the training duration will depend on the electives and study mode selected. Compulsory unpaid simulation activities and clinical placement of 160 hours are included within the total hours for this course.

  • Distance
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
HLTAMB001 Follow procedures for routine safe removal of patient
HLTAMB008 Assess and deliver standard clinical care
HLTAMB012 Communicate in complex situations to support health care
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTAMB002 Implement safe access and egress in an emergency
HLTAMB003 Transport emergency patients

Full Time Study Sequence

This is the recommended study sequence for students who would like to study full time and complete the course in 12 months. 
Full Time Study Sequence
Study Period 1
Study Period 2
Study Period 3

Part Time Study Sequence

This is the recommended study sequence for students who would like to study part time and complete the course over 2 years.
Part Time Study Sequence
Study Period 1 

Study Period 2 

Study Period 3

Study Period 4

Study Period 5

Study Period 6

Course Availabilities

Distance Education

There are two intakes for this course. One intake for Term 1 2017 and one intake for Term 2 2017.

Duration and dates
12 - 24 months which includes practical placement


This course is available by Distance Education with compulsory Residential Schools and Practical Placement.
More information about Residential Schools and Practical Placements can be found in the More Details tab. 

Seventeen (17) units must be successfully completed - nine (9) core units and eight (8) electives.


QTAC Code: 895325

Distance students require strong self motivation and must have 10 - 15 hours per week available for study for each unit. This course is self paced so students must have sound literacy and numeracy skills. This course is delivered by distance education so students must have access to a computer, the internet and their student email. A good quality internet connection will be required to access student resources such as online videos and to submit assessments electronically. 

Term 1 2017 will commence from Wednesday, 1 February 2017.

Term 2 2017 will commence from Monday, 10 July 2017. 

There are three residential schools scheduled throughout the duration of this course. Further details are available in the More Details tab. 

Related Courses

No related course found.

Residential School Information

Throughout the course students will undertake hands on learning in a clinical simulated environment. These are also known as Residential Schools.

There are three residential school blocks scheduled throughout the duration of this course. Depending on which intake a student enrols into, the residential school may vary throughout the year, however the duration and location of the residential school will stay the same. 

Residential School One:

Delivering clinical care

Residential School Two:

Managing the scene of an emergency

Residential School Three:

Transporting in an emergency

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Residential School Behaviour expectations
Students must demonstrate professional behaviour during these sessions. During internal laboratory sessions and residential schools there will be some practical skills & simulation exercises that you will be required to participate in. For some of these sessions you may be asked to dress in sportswear to facilitate peer examination or clinical skills.

The majority of students are happy to participate in peer examination or clinical skills acquisition and find it a non-threatening way to learn. Peer examination would/can involve any of the following ECG acquisition, peripheral pulses, blood pressures and lung auscultation. No student will be asked to expose more than they are comfortable with.

It is essential that all students are treated with respect, dignity and confidentiality, just as you would with your patients. However it is not compulsory for students to allow other students to perform an examination or clinical skill on them and at no time should any student be pressured into doing so.

Some students may find peer examination challenging for various reasons and we will always be sensitive to those concerns. We expect our students to contribute to the practical sessions in a manner that is acceptable to them. For example if you are not comfortable removing clothing for an ECG acquisition but you are happy to have your blood pressure or peripheral pulses checked instead.

If you have any concerns with this aspect of residential school please contact your course coordinator. All discussions will be confidential and handled with sensitivity.

Related Course

Bachelor of Paramedic Science

Uniform Requirements

For placement activities and residential schools the following uniform standards are required:

  • Navy blue or black trousers
  • Paramedic Razor Polo (from CQUni Bookshop)
  • Navy blue or black socks with trousers
  • Closed in shoes according to organisational requirements. 

Additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will also need to be purchased as a Workplace Health and Safety requirement when on practical placement as per the organisations requirements. This may include specific footwear.

Textbook Requirements

It is recommended that students purchase the following textbooks:
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology Pearson: Frederic H. Martini & Judi L. Nath & Edwin F. Bartholomew
  • Huszar's Basic Dysrhythmias and Acute Coronary Syndromes Interpretation and Management 4th Edition: Keith Wesley
  • Emergency Care in the Streets, Seventh Edition: Nancy Caroline
  • Oxford Australian Mini Dictionary, Fourth Edition: Oxford

Practical Placement Information

There will be practical placements required throughout this course. This will be for a total of 160 hours and will be held in a health care environment such as a pre-hospital or out of hospital context.

Location of the practical placement activities will be negotiated between the Diploma of Paramedical Science Qualification Coordinator and the individual student to ensure suitability of placements.

Before commencing practical placement, students must submit all documentation to the Work Integrated Learning Officers nine weeks prior to commencement of the practical placement.

Immunisation and infection control

  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza vaccine 
  • Tuberculosis (TB) – Mantoux test or QuantiFERON Gold test 
  • Varicella (chickenpox) 
  • Adult Diptheria/Tetanus/Pertussis 
  • Measles, Mumps Rubella

Blue Card 

  • Blue Card Form (Queensland Blue Card Application Form) available here.
  • Identification Verification by a prescribed person form (for those students posting in their applications to be submitted with the Blue Card form – can be found under Supporting Forms) 
  • Authorisation to confirm a valid card/application (For those students that already have a valid Blue Card with another organisation/club) 

Student Orientation Checklist 

  • Students will be required to undertake an organisational and site specific orientation induction for their vocational placement activities.

Current approved First Aid Certificate and updated CPR

  • HLTAID003 First Aid valid for 3 years, but CPR requires updating every 12 months. CQUniversity requires students to attain a first-aid certificate from a registered training provider within the first year of enrolment and maintain competency in HLTAID001 - CPR.