Diploma in Paramedic Science

The Diploma in Paramedic Science is for students who want a career in pre-hospital emergency healthcare, primarily in an ambulance setting.

After completing the Diploma in Paramedic Science you will have successfully met the requirements to work as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). This paramedicine diploma is only offered at the AUT South Campus in Manukau.

Start date: 2020

Minimum entry requirements

  • Completion of Year 12
  • Must be capable of meeting Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) requirements and Vulnerable Children’s Act (VCA Act) including police clearance

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent.

English language requirements

Career opportunities in New Zealand include employment with St John, Wellington Free Ambulance services, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and other pre-hospital medical providers.

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 an EMT include

  • 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
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Quick facts
Programme code:
AK1011
Level:
6
Points:
120
Duration:
1 year full-time
Campus:
South Campus
Starts:

24 Feb 2020

13 Jul 2020

Fees:
Domestic
$6,580
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, the tuition fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • Check if you're eligible for fees-free study
International
$36,670
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, the tuition fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.