FAQ's Graduate Diploma of Emergency Health (Intensive Care Paramedic)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the aim of this course?
This course is designed to provide students the necessary education and training for the specialist intensive care paramedic role including advanced clinical skills, leadership and decision making in order for graduates to provide the highest level of pre-hospital paramedic care in the world.
What are my career opportunities after completing this course?
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Emergency Health (Intensive Care Paramedic) may be eligible for employment as Intensive Care Paramedics or be engaged in clinical leadership, management or training roles within the emergency health services.
Why should I study at Monash University?
Monash has achieved an enviable national and international reputation for research and teaching excellence in a short 50 years. Monash is ranked in the top one per cent of world universities. And, in line with our vision and strategy for the future, Monash will continue to drive for improvement. But while rankings are important, we care as much about your individual experience as we do about our position on the global scale. We give you opportunities that will enrich your life and ensure you will succeed in your chosen field of Emergency Health. Click on the link below to see how we can support you once your course is complete.
I am a healthcare professional in another discipline; can I also complete this course?
No, this course is designed for emergency paramedics that are experienced practitioners in the pre-hospital environment. Health care practitioners from other disciplines including those who work in an Emergency Department of a hospital are not eligible to apply.
I am an international student, can I complete this course?
This course is available to international students through Distance Education only. This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. Holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and students studying off-campus by distance education and living outside of Australia may be eligible for this course.
Can I complete this course entirely through Distance Education?
Yes, this course has been designed for multimodal delivery and the majority of students throughout Australia complete this course entirely through Distance Education. Students can complete the entire course through distance education with the exception of one elective clinical unit PAR4460 that is only offered as an on-campus intensive unit at the Alfred. PAR4470 is an alternate unit designed specifically for distance education students to facilitate the same learning outcomes for students who do not wish or are unable to complete the on-campus intensive unit PAR4460.
Can I complete the foundation units and clinical units at the same time?
No, the two foundation units are required to be completed before any of the core clinical or clinical elective units. The foundation units cover a lot of material that is then presumed knowledge leading into the core clinical units. The two foundation units are offered twice per year to enable students to tailor their course to suit their own circumstances and needs.
What elective units should I complete?
Students are able to complete any of the elective units from the Graduate Diploma of Emergency Health (Intensive Care Paramedic) suite after completion of the two foundation and four core clinical units however individual services may require specific units to be completed for eligibility into an Intensive Care practicum. Industry sponsored students will generally not be able to select their own elective units to complete. Most students completing the Graduate Diploma of Emergency Health (Intensive Care Paramedic) complete PAR4450 (intensive care management of paediatric and obstetric patients) and either PAR4460 (transition to clinical intensive care paramedicine) or PAR4470 (intensive care paramedicine clinical practicum) in order to meet the requirements of most emergency ambulance services for entry into their Intensive Care internship program.
What are the fees for these courses and what are my payment options?
Students completing the Graduate Diploma of Emergency Health (Intensive Care Paramedic) complete a total of eight units of study, which includes two foundation units, four core clinical units and two elective units. Fees can be estimated for the Graduate Diploma of Emergency Health (Intensive Care Paramedic) course 3877 using the fee calculator. Students who are industry sponsored may have their fees covered by their employer either upfront or through reimbursement after successfully completing each unit of study. Non-industry sponsored students may pay the fees upfront or defer the payment of course fees through Fee HELP.
When are the intakes for the Graduate Diploma?
The Graduate Diploma of Emergency Health (Intensive Care Paramedic) has two intakes per year, which commences in Summer Semester (November) and First Semester (March) each year that correlates with when the two foundation units are offered. The core clinical units are offered in both First Semester and Second semester each year, which are designed to follow on directly from the two foundation units. The clinical elective units are offered in different semesters depending on the actual unit of study