The Diploma in Paramedic Science is for students who want a career in pre-hospital emergency healthcare, primarily in the ambulance setting. After completing the Diploma in Paramedic Science you will have successfully met the requirements to work as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).


Programme code: 36885
Level of study: 6
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: All year around thru distance learning

Entry requirements

NCEA: 48 credits at level 2 or higher including 8 credits at level 2 in any one subject from Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies OR Business Studies, Economics, Physical Education.

Structure and content


·      Knowledge Enquiry & Communication

·      Introduction to Paramedic Practice

·      Human Anatomy & Physiology I

·      Human Anatomy & Physiology II

·      Paramedic Science

·      Clinical Practice I

·      Clinical Practice II


Career opportunities

Career opportunities in hospitals 

An emergency medical technician administers pre-hospital emergency care – looking after patients during the time between when an ambulance locates the patient and when that patient arrives at the hospital or treatment centre. EMTs are required to provide a high level of professional medical care to patients under a variety of circumstances.

Responsibilities of anEMT :

·       Attend accidents and emergencies

·       Treat sick and injured people

·       Stabilise the patient’s condition by delivering basic life support care of the injured and medically unwell

·       Transport patients and accident victims to medical facilities

·       Liaise with other emergency services, including fire and police, at the scene of an emergency

·       Ensure the ambulance and equipment are kept clean and in good working condition

·       Ensure that patient paperwork is complete and kept confidential

·       Transfer non-emergency patients to and from medical facilities

·       Work a roster pattern with day and night shifts

·       Provide a high level of professional medical care to patients under all circumstances


Further study options

Diploma in Paramedic Science graduates can progress to a higher level paramedic qualification by completing the Bachelor of Health Science in Paramedicine.


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