Graduate Diploma of Counter-Terrorism and Operational Medicine

Duration1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOnline
Course codeCL70
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The Graduate Diploma of Counter-Terrorism and Operational Medicine will provide you with the knowledge, clinical skills and clinical reasoning required to deal with the complex challenges of treating acute critically ill or injured patients in dynamic and high-threat environments.

The Graduate Diploma of Counter-Terrorism and Operational Medicine is a specialised course designed to prepare medical professionals to manage trauma in high-threat environments. Through this course, you will receive comprehensive training in counter-terrorism and operational medicine, emphasising developing critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and leadership skills necessary for success in dynamic and high-pressure situations.

You will gain new clinical knowledge and diagnostic skills and learn how to assess, plan, prepare, and implement strategies for successful operations in civilian tactical environments, including diverse population groups and in direct, indirect, high-threat, and prolonged field care environments. The course will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to operate successfully in high-risk environments, contributing to public safety and security.

Upon completing the course, you will be better equipped to handle the unique challenges of trauma care in dynamic and high-threat environments while focusing on clinical excellence and adherence to best practices in operational medicine. With the comprehensive training provided, you will be equipped with the skills to manage high-acuity trauma in various high-threat scenarios, ensuring you can provide the best possible care to patients while maintaining their safety and security.

Career Opportunities

The Graduate Diploma in Counter-Terrorism and Operational Medicine is a professional development course that trains health professionals to respond to and manage acute medical emergencies at the critical care level in high-risk environments where their safety may still be under threat. It will also allow those with relevant qualifications to enter the fast-growing operational medicine field. Additionally, this course will provide transferable knowledge that can be applied in resource-limited medical contracting, search and rescue and expedition medicine environments.

Structure & Availability

You are required to complete eight core 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:

  • Current registration as a Paramedic with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent Bachelor of Paramedic Science, or equivalent; or
  • Current registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

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 within the last 5 years of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), 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, which will meet the English proficiency.

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 7.0 overall with a minimum 7.0 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) – requires 94 or better overall and no score less than 27 for writing, 23 for speaking and 24 for listening and reading.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) ‐ Requires an overall score of 65 with no sub‐score less than 65; 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.

Paramedic students English language skills are directly aligned with the requirements of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

There are no specific health requirements for entry into this course.

There are no specific security requirements for entry 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
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$26,184

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$27,756

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.

Government assistance loans

You may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian Government loan scheme that helps eligible students pay their tuition fees. Provided you meet the FEE-HELP eligibility criteria, you can choose to use FEE-HELP to cover all or part of your tuition fees. Learn more about paying for university or view the FEE-HELP information booklet on the Australian Government’s Study Assist website.

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, uniforms, 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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