Graduate Certificate in Counter-Terrorism and Operational Medicine

Duration0.5 years full-time, 1 year part-time
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOnline
Course codeCL64
This course offers Commonwealth Supported Places, meaning you may be eligible for significant fee savings.
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The Graduate Certificate in Counter-Terrorism and Operational Medicine is an innovative postgraduate course ideal for first responders, including paramedics, nurses, police and medics who deal with acute trauma situations where advanced life support is required in dynamic and high-threat environments. This course will interest you if you are involved with mass casualty and terrorist attack response plans and services.

The Graduate Certificate in Counter-Terrorism and Operational Medicine, will equip you with specialised knowledge and skills to manage trauma in high-threat environments. The course is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of counter-terrorism and operational medicine.  You'll gain critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and leadership skills necessary for success in dynamic and high-pressure situations.   You will learn to apply these skills in a range of situations, including counter-terrorism operations and other high-risk scenarios.

The course combines theoretical knowledge, practical exercises, and hands-on training to equip you with new clinical knowledge, skills, and interventions to manage trauma effectively in the field. You will learn how to assess, plan, prepare, and implement strategies for successful operations in civilian tactical environments, as well as how to operate in direct, indirect, high-threat, and prolonged field care environments.

By completing this course, you will be better equipped to handle the unique challenges of trauma care in dynamic and high-threat environments while maintaining a focus on clinical excellence and adherence to best practices in operational medicine.

Ultimately, the course aims to contribute to public safety and security by providing you, as a medical professional, with the tools you need to operate successfully in high-risk environments.

Study experience

Career Opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Counter-Terrorism and Operational Medicine is a professional development course that trains professionals to respond to and manage trauma in high-risk environments where their safety may still be threatened. It will also allow those with relevant qualifications or experience to enter the fast-growing counter-terrorism and operational medicine fields.

Structure & Availability

You are required to complete four units. 

Unit Information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit Transfer Information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Online Availability

Term 1, 2024Available Online

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.

Some units in this course will require compulsory attendance at residential schools.


Recommended study

There is no recommended pre-study required for entry into this course.

Entry requirements:

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must demonstrate one of the following

  • A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent Bachelor of Paramedic Science, or equivalent; or
  • A completed AQF equivalent Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent;
  • A completed AQF equivalent Diploma in Paramedic Science; or
  • Current or past employment as an Australian Defence Force (ADF) Combat Medic (with an approved medic qualification, not including combat lifesaver CLS) or Police Medic; or
  • Current employment in a relevant field* and evidence of a completed short course in Tactical Medicine.

*Relevant fields include employment in Military Medicine (including the Reserve), Law Enforcement and Police Medicine, Fire and Rescue Services Medicine, Search and Rescue Medicine, Disaster Response Medicine, Private Military Companies (PMC) medical support contractors, Expedition and austere environment medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Trauma Surgery, Anaesthesiology and Pain Management, Wilderness Medicine, Global Health including non-government organisations (NGO) support to refugees, Public Health and Epidemiology, Biomedical Research and Development, NGO medical support services.

Employment and clinical experience must be demonstrated by providing a letter of employment which is presented on a company letterhead as well as signed and dated by a delegated authority. The letter must contain your full name, position title, duties performed and length of service.

Applicants applying based on employment and clinical experience will be referred to the Head of Course for consideration.

English Language Proficiency Requirement:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 or 12, or equivalent), or
  • Tertiary diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full-time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

Completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBt - 75 or better overall and no score less than 17; or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.

There are no specific health requirements required for entry into this course.
There are no specific security requirements for enrolment into this course.
You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2023 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$4,148
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$13,092

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is four units over one term for a graduate certificate or eight units over two terms for a graduate diploma or masters degree). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth supported places

With Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available for this course, you may be eligible for significant fee savings. If you are not eligible for a CSP or if CSPs are full, you will be required to pay full fees. Find out more about CSP eligibility criteria.

Government assistance and HELP loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. Learn more about paying for university.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

How to apply

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