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.
Everything you learn with Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. We place a strong emphasis on clinical and practical learning.
Clinical placement is an important part of your training. You will be progressively introduced, under supervision, to the responsibilities and experiences of the ambulance transport attendant. Through 160 hours of placement, you will gain direct practical experience to improve your confidence.
We have a strong network of established industry contacts and provide a supportive learning environment in the workplace and community.
COVID-19 vaccine requirement
In response to Victoria's Roadmap announced in September 2021, all students must have any COVID-19 vaccine prior to the commencement of placement.
- You must provide evidence of having the COVID-19 vaccine. If you are not compliant with this requirement you are not eligible to undertake a placement and progress within the course.
- Be willing to undergo any additional checks and immunisations as directed by the University.
You will practise your new skills in a safe environment in our state-of-the-art facilities. They include:
- clinical practice rooms
- self-directed learning laboratories (SDL)
- life-like mannequin technology.
This course is delivered through Victoria University Polytechnic’s award-winning interactive e-learning model that combines face-to-face workshops with flexible, user-friendly eLearning activities.
VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.
We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
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.
The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.
To be awarded the HLT51020 Diploma of Emergency Care, a student must successfully complete a total of Seventeen (17) units of competency, comprising of:
* Nine (9) core units
* Eight (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.
VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).
- CHCMHS005 - Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers
Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT), and must be approved by VU Polytechnic.
This qualification reflects pre-hospital and out-of-hospital workers employed 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.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type for this course: VET
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
- full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
Find out more about:
- the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
- ways to pay your fees
- important fee dates
- how to apply for a VE/TAFE refund
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.
As part of the application process applicants must:
- be at least 18 years of age or over by the time of commencement date of the program
- complete a Pre-training Review (PTR)
- undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment. VU Polytechnic use the Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) tool for this assessment and applicants must achieve level four (4) in both literacy and numeracy. Applicants who complete the ACSF assessment tool the minimum exit level three (3) for both literacy and numeracy must be achieved.
- hold a driver's Licence (probationary licence accepted)
- undergo an interview, prior to admission into the course.
Pathway delivery model:
This delivery model requires students to have completed the following units before entry into the program, which normally in the course HLT31115 Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport and HLT31120 Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport:
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
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
- HLTOUT001 Implement safe access and egress
- HLTOUT010 Communicate in complex situations to support health careApplicants are required to provide Academic transcript with a minimum of four (4) units. For students who do not hold the units HLTOUT001 and HLTOUT010, will be required to undertake these units as part of the program.
Practical Placement requirements:
For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires:
- A current Working with Children Check (WWCC)
- Police check (valid 6 months of course commencement)
- Medical and physical testing (InjuryNet) as required for Ambulance Victoria related shifts
- Fit to work check
- Evidence of up to date Immunisations
- Any other regulatory requirements (e.g. PPE training)
- In response to Victoria's Roadmap announced in September 2021, all students must have any COVID-19 vaccine prior to the commencement of placement. Students will be required to provide evidence prior to commencement of placement. If students are not compliant with this requirement they are not eligible to undertake a placement and this will mean that they will not be able to progress within their course.
Failure to provide the required documents in the timeframe specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course.
The following are suggested sites you could visit to obtain these checks:
Police Record Check - http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274
Working with Children Check - http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/
- Information about the immunisations can be found online at https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/immunisation
Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.
You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.
Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.
How to apply
Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.
Available start dates:
- 10 July 2023
Before you apply
Before starting your application, please read through the step-by-step VU Polytechnic application process to make sure you have all the necessary documents and information ready to successfully complete your application.
Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:
- Credit transfer/Recognition of prior learning (RPL): If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.
Apply direct to VU
Apply direct to VU using our admission centre, submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.
Direct applications open 10 March 2023.
Already a VU student?
If you are already a VU student, apply direct to VU using our Admissions centre to transfer into this course. Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.
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- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered
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