HLT51020 Diploma of Emergency Health Care

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VU course code: HLT51020 | Level of study: TAFE
7 months full time
Face to Face with eLearning


No tuition fees for eligible students

Industry, Sunshine
08 July 2024
21 June 2024


Start your career in emergency health care – one of Australia’s largest and fastest-growing industries – with a Diploma of Emergency Health Care HLT51020 from Victoria University.

During this healthcare course, you will gain the clinical skills and knowledge to assess patients in an emergency. You will learn how to provide life support, and master appropriate interventions for the crucial time before your patient gets to hospital.

Learning from our expert staff through our award-winning learning model, you will gain knowledge and skills in emergency reponses:

  • providing critical life support
  • infection prevention and control procedures
  • management of major incident scenes
  • delivering clinical care
  • health professional and health system engagement
  • safe work practices.

You also gain crucial patient communication skills, including:

  • analysing and responding to client health information
  • communicating complex situations to support health care
  • working with culturally diverse patients.

Once you have completed this course, you will have the confidence and skills to work in the healthcare and patient-transport industry, supporting ambulance drivers, paramedics, and hospital workers.

NRT logoThis course is nationally recognised training.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, which lets you finish your course more quickly when you have gained some of the skills required from past study or work experience.

COVID-19 vaccine requirement

All students must have any COVID-19 vaccine before beginning placements.

You need to provide evidence of having had the COVID-19 vaccine to undertake a placement and progress within the course.

 You must be willing to undergo any additional checks and immunisations as directed by the University.


Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To be awarded the HLT51020 Diploma of Emergency Care, 17 units must be completed comprising:

* 9 core units * 8 elective units, consisting of:

  • at least four (4) units from the electives listed below,
  • up to four (4) units from the electives listed below or from any other current endorsed Training Package or accredited course. The selection of electives must be relevant to the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the complexity of skills appropriate to the AQF level of this qualification.

Fees & Scholarships

TAFE fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer.


Eligible students won’t be required to pay tuition fees for this course.

Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand in from Victorian employers.




In Victoria, you will be qualified to work in roles such as:

  • Ambulance Transport Attendant (ATA)
  • Patient Transport Officer (PTO)
  • Ambulance Community Officer (ACO) with Ambulance Victoria (in rural areas).

Further employment opportunities vary from state to state. You may find employment with:

  • private sector health care providers e.g. Royal Flying Doctor Service, St John Ambulance
  • state/territory ambulance authorities
  • Australia Defence Force
  • first aid providers.


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