Graduate Diploma of Paramedic Science (Critical Care Practice) - CC70

The Graduate Diploma of Paramedic Science (Critical Care Practice) is an innovative and practical course that aims to ensure that you can provide essential services in critical care paramedic practice, including assessment and decision-making, pharmacology, diagnostics and skills involved in critical care practice. You will also develop advanced critical care trauma management and human performance optimisation in complex environments.

Completion of this course opens a pathway into the Master of Paramedic Science (Critical Care Practice) with credit available for four units. 






1 years full-time, 2 years part-time



As a graduate from this course, you will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, clinical reasoning and clinical judgment to successfully perform within the role of a Critical Care Paramedic or clinical level equivalent both within Australia and internationally. The Graduate Diploma of Paramedic Science (Critical Care Practice) is an innovative and authentic program that aims to ensure that you will hold the attributes associated with a work-ready skills-based employee upon graduation.

You will learn advanced skills including assessment and decision-making, pharmacology, diagnostics and skills involved in critical care practice. Your learning is enhanced through laboratory and simulation scenarios and residential schools, exposing you to future-thinking skillsets such as ultrasound. 

You will study critical care trauma management and human performance optimisation in complex environments. In addition, you will complete two evidence-based practice units to develop your ability to make connections between research and practice, and contribute to improved evidence-based practice in paramedicine. 

Upon completion, you will have the option to pathway into the Master of Paramedic Science (Critical Care Practice) with credit available for four units.

Core Units 8 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

You are required to complete eight (8) units.

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

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

CQUniversity’s postgraduate paramedic science courses provide you with professional growth opportunities to enhance your career.

Our choice of postgraduate courses are designed to advance your knowledge and skills to complement your career interests. Registered paramedics can study the Graduate Diploma of Paramedic Science (Critical Care Practice) (CC70) to work towards a role as a Critical Care Paramedic and develop your skills, knowledge and experience in this advanced-care space. Upon completion, you can pathway into the Master of Paramedic Science (Critical Care Practice) to gain advanced critical care and clinical leadership skills in a range of operational environments, and adopt the skills, knowledge, clinical reasoning and leadership strategies to meet the role of a critical care paramedic. 

Studying the Master of Paramedic Science (Primary Healthcare Paramedic) (CH87) has a strong focus on primary healthcare to provide essential services in the non-emergency, out-of-hospital, low acuity or primary healthcare settings. The course combines diagnostic skill development in ultrasounds at point of care and a research project.

These courses are available to study online, giving you the flexibility to balance your work, personal and other commitments with your study. As part of your online experience, you will be required to attend residential schools. Residential schools are ideal on-campus learning opportunities that allow you to network with peers and your teaching team, and complete on-campus study requirements.

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2022Available Online
Term 1 - 2023Available Online
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
Some units in this course will require compulsory attendance at residential schools.

Entry Requirements

Paramedics with current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a minimum of 2 years unsupervised clinical operational experience.

Experience must be provided in the form of either a letter of employment, or an official statement of service. Letters of employment must be presented on a company letterhead as well as signed and dated by a delegated authority. Please ensure the letter contains your position title, a brief position description and your length of service.

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 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime 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 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) ‐ Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); 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.

Security Requirements

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

Health Requirements

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

Assumed Knowledge

Prior studies in the paramedic discipline area.

The Graduate Diploma Paramedic Science (Critical Care Practice) allows you to operate in the increasingly complex environment faced by paramedics on a daily basis. If you are currently an Intensive Care Paramedic holding a previous Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification and wish to deepen your knowledge or are an Advanced Care Paramedic who wishes to practice as a Critical Care Paramedic (or state equivalent), this qualification provides a pathway for you to do so.

2022 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$8,016.00
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$26,064.00

The indicative first year fee is an approximate cost of enrolling in this course for one academic year. Your actual fees may vary, depending on the units that you select to study and the number of units you study per term. You can view unit fees in the Cost Per Unit table. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

  • Indicative fees for Graduate Certificate courses are based on studying four units in an academic year.
  • Indicative fees for Graduate Diploma and Master courses are based on studying eight units in an academic year. 


Fee Category Commonwealth Supported Place
What is a Commonwealth Supported Place? A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.
Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place? You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:
  • an Australian citizen who will undertake in Australia at least one unit of study that contributes to the requirements of your course; or
  • a New Zealand citizen who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study; or
  • the holder of a permanent visa, including a permanent humanitarian visa, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study.
  • If you are not eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place you will be required to pay tuition fees. Find out more about tuition fees or fees for international students.

Fee Type Student Contribution
What is a Student contribution? As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.
What is my Student Contribution? Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees.
HECS-HELP and payment options

HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan. Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.

If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.

Other Fees You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Other study costs

Incidental fees may be applicable for clinical placement forfeiture and clinical placement supplementation if this occurs. You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.

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Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

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  • Option 2: Ideal for all other states.


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It’s a really good program. It covers a breadth of information. It’s well delivered and the staff are accessible and it’s absolutely a program that is able to be studied by distance. It gave me the practical skills to be comfortable as a critical care paramedic.

Kirsty Berger

Graduate Diploma in Paramedic Science (Critical Care)