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Diploma of Paramedical Science (HLT51015)

Course summary

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. 

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Course details

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

Entry Requirements

Domestic Students

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

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, First Responder, Industrial Paramedic, Paramedic.

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

To successfully complete this course, students must complete 17 units, consisting of:
9 core units and 8 elective units.
Core 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
Elective Units
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
HLTAMB002 Implement safe access and egress in an emergency
HLTAMB013 Contribute to managing the scene of an emergency
Study Sequence
Enrol into all units from one stage at a time as per the following order:
Stage 1
  • BSBMED301
  • HLTAAP002
  • HLTAAP003
  • HLTAMB008
  • HLTINF001
  • HLTWHS002
Mandatory attendance at Residential School 1

Stage 2
  • HLTAMB001
  • HLTAMB002
  • HLTAMB012
  • HLTAMB013
  • CHCCOM005
  • CHCPRP003

Stage 3
  • CHCCCS020
  • CHCDIV001
  • CHCDIV002
  • CHCLEG001
  • HLTWHS006
Mandatory attendance at Residential School 2

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Third Party Verification

Course Intakes

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.

For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here

Related Courses

No related course found.

Residential School Information

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

There are two residential school blocks scheduled throughout the duration of this course:

Residential School OneResidential School Two
1 x five day residential school 1 x five day residential school
Details of residential schools will be made available on the unit Moodle page at the start of each teaching term.  

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 student to contribute to the practical sessions in a manner that is acceptable to them. For example if you are not comfortable removing clothing for 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.

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 

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.

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