Diploma of Paramedical Science (HLT51015)
This qualification reflects the role of pre-hospital and out-of-hospital workers similar to that 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.
To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 160 hours of Vocational Placement relevant to the qualification outcomes as detailed in the Assessment Requirements.
VET Student Loans may be available for eligible students in approved Diploma level qualifications. The loan can be used towards Tuition Fees only and does not cover additional expenses such as textbooks, uniforms, equipment, travel, tools, and accommodation or general living expenses. Loan limits or caps may apply for some eligible courses and where a loan limit is reached for a course, students may be required to pay upfront for any remaining units.
|How to Apply||Please Enquire|
|AQF Level||Level 5: Diploma|
If you are not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Information on English Language Proficiency requirements is available here.
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
Standard Course Structure
To successfully complete this course, students must complete 17 units, consisting of:
9 core units and 8 elective units.
|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|
2018 Study Sequence
Enrol into all units from one stage at a time as per the following order:
Mandatory attendance at Residential School 1
Mandatory attendance at Residential School 2
Course Assessment Information
|Third Party Verification|
2018 Mixed Mode
There is one course intake for 2018, available in March.
Duration and dates
12 months full-time
QTAC Code: 895325
This course is delivered by Mixed Mode, where students primarily study online and are also required to attend two compulsory residential schools scheduled throughout the duration of this course. Students will require strong self-motivation and must have 24 hours per week available for study. This course is self-paced so students must have sound literacy and numeracy skills.
Residential School Information
|Residential School One||Residential School Two|
|1 x five day residential school||1 x five day residential school|
Resource and Computing Requirements
It is strongly recommended that students have access to a broadband connection or higher to access online student resources that include but are not limited to, email, Internet, video streaming and electronic assessment submission. Students must also be familiar with using USB devices and retrieving electronic material, and uploading documents to and downloading documents from the online course.
Students are also required to create and complete tasks using Microsoft Office software products such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. It is expected that students have a basic level of proficiency in these products prior to course commencement.
Vocational Placement information
There are Vocational Placement activities of at least 160 hours, in a pre-hospital / out of hospital context. These are usually identified by the student at a convenient location. The Vocational Placement activities will be negotiated between the Diploma of Paramedical Science Qualification Coordinator and the individual student to ensure suitability of placements. Vocational Placement opportunities may also be identified by the University. All costs in attending Vocational Placements are borne by the student.
Before commencing Vocational Placement, students must submit all CQU requirements to the Schools Work Integrated Learning Officers nine weeks prior to commencement.
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
- 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.
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.
- 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