Patient Transport / Pre-Hospital Care

In accordance with industry protocols, you will provide clinical assessment and pre-hospital and out-of-hospital interventions to patients in an emergency situation, including providing advanced skills in life support.

Once qualified, a range of opportunities exist within State/Territory ambulance authorities, non-emergency transport companies and private organisations who provide emergency and non-emergency patient care and transport services.

Our nationally accredited course is designed and delivered by Health Professionals who all have extensive industry experience within various public and private organisations throughout Australia.

We deliver critical theoretical knowledge components supported by comprehensive competency based practical skills and assessments. Our programs are continually reviewed to meet the changing needs of the industry and incorporate the latest developments in pre-hospital care, including alignment to current Australian Resuscitation Council Guidelines and emergency/life support ambulance practices.

Blended training methods provide a more streamlined approach for the active learner and also compliment those who are transitioning from one profession to another.

If you would like to apply to enrol in the Diploma of Paramedical Science qualification, email to advise that you want to apply to enrol in this course.  We will then email you the application forms along with other information that we will require you to supply.

Alternatively you can Contact Us directly – we are here to help.

Diploma of Paramedical Science at First Intervention

If you are already working as a Patient Transport Officer and want to upskill …. we’ve got the course you’re going to need! Starts on November 6th!

Posted by First Intervention – RTO 20946 on Saturday, 26 September 2020

Entry Requirements

All applicants are required to complete a Pre-Training interview to discuss their suitability for this course.

To qualify for admission into the Diploma of Paramedical Science, applicants are required to demonstrate that they:

  1. Are capable of successfully completing the course within the specified timeframes;
  2. Hold a valid Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport (in order for Credit Transfers to be ascertained and for course fees to be calculated based on the units of competency that remain to be undertaken by the applicant);
  3. Are CURRENTLY EMPLOYED as a Patient Transport Officer (PTO or equivalent) in the Non-Emergency Patient Transport Industry; and
  4. Have been employed as a PTO (or equivalent) for a minimum of 6 months at the time of applying to enrol in this course.


Please Note: applicants are responsible for all costs incurred in providing the required information as part of their application to enrol in this course.

Course Delivery and Duration

Commencing Friday 6th November 2020, this qualification is scheduled for a duration of approximately 7 months.

The qualification is taught via blended learning over 7 months.

Students must attend:

  • 11 full days of LIVE on-line classes using ZOOM with our trainer; and
  • 9 days of classroom based face-to-face training;

Students also have to attend approximately 25-30 days of supervised shifts at their place of employment in order to complete the requirements of the work placement log book associated with this qualification.

You can download the FULL course schedule that lists dates and times for all classes here.


Units of competency in this qualification generally involve a blend of theoretical and practical skill based elements. If you’re thinking about studying, we offer a Skills Recognition Pathway aimed at evaluating your options and entitlements to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT). You may be able to reduce the time it takes to achieve your qualification based on the skills and knowledge you’ve gained through work and life experiences. Each applicant’s circumstances will be different in terms of any RPL and/or Credit transfers which are approved, therefore the course schedule can vary for each individual. As a result, a final course schedule is provided to each student once enrolment has been accepted and the RPL/Credit Transfer process has been completed.

Units of Study in this Qualification

17 units of competency are required to complete this qualification, including 9 core units and 8 elective units.

Core Units


Work with diverse people


Work legally and ethically


Confirm physical health status


Assess and deliver standard clinical care


Follow procedures for routine safe removal of patient


Communicate in complex situations to support health


Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures


Follow safe work practices for direct client care


Manage personal stressors in the work environment

Elective Units


Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately


Transport non-emergency patients under operational conditions


Transport emergency patients


Implement safe access and egress in an emergency


Respond effectively to behaviours of concern


Contribute to managing the scene of an emergency


Manage a routine non-emergency scene


Work effectively with others


On successful completion of this course you will be awarded the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science which is a nationally recognised qualification.

Students who do not complete all units may be eligible for a Statement of Attainment for the partial completion of units within the Certificate.

Training Centres


Career Opportunities

Potential job roles in this qualification are:

  • Ambulance Paramedic
  • Ambulance Transport Attendant

Course Fees & VIC Government Funding

Contact us to discuss your course fees and to find out if you’ll be eligible for Victorian Skills First Government funding for this qualification.


Pathways provide ways into and connections between courses, starting at certificate level and right through to postgraduate study.

The Units of Competency achieved in this qualification may provide credit towards a range of other qualifications at Diploma level and above, with many students continuing with their pre-hospital/paramedic knowledge and training and moving into more advanced areas of study as a natural progression.

After completing your Diploma of Paramedical Science, you may also be eligible to apply for particular higher education qualifications such as an Undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic).

Further details on qualifications and job pathways are available from and

Our Trainers

Our training is delivered by qualified health care professionals who excel in their field of expertise, ensuring that we are providing you with the highest standards of knowledge and skills that is supported with up-to-date and relevant industry practices and protocols.

Train with confidence – through our quality program that is both comprehensive and hands-on and focuses on developing your proficiency of skills and knowledge.

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All units outlined here contribute to a Nationally Recognised Training Qualification which is recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework.

General Enquiries

+61 3 9376 7900

+61 3 9376 4900

First Intervention Pty Ltd

25 Silicon Place, Tullamarine,

Victoria 3043 Australia

RTO ID: 20946