New Zealand Diploma in Ambulance Practice (Level 5)

New Zealand Diploma in Ambulance Practice (Level 5)

Gain a qualification that covers the knowledge and skills required for practice as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). You will learn through online learning and block courses that include simulation. You’ll need to have completed the NZ Certificate in Emergency Care programme and hold a position as a first responder.

What you will learn

The New Zealand Diploma in Ambulance Practice (Level 5) is a one-year equivalent distance programme held over 18months with onsite block courses and is designed for students who hold the  First Responder NZCEC qualification. Students must already hold a position as a First Responder and will need to provide a letter of support confirming their access to clinical placements, including on a front-line emergency ambulance.

This programme will provide graduates with the knowledge, skills and professional behaviours required to practise in out of hospital emergencies and other community settings. Graduates will have the skills needed for clinical assessment and patient management aligned with the recognised Authority to Practice (ATP) for an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in New Zealand. Course delivery is based on principles that respect the rights and individuality of the patient, is based on best evidence and meets legislative requirements in New Zealand. The course is offered part-time over 18 months through a blended delivery model. This programme prepares graduates with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to:

  • Apply functional knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology for a range of commonly seen medical and trauma conditions in order to improve patient outcomes in an ambulance context
  • Perform differential diagnoses and determine patient acuity using knowledge of structured, focused patient assessment techniques to improve patient outcomes in an ambulance context
  • Manage and treat patients using knowledge of structured and focused patient assessment techniques to improve patient outcomes in an ambulance context
  • provide competent out-of-hospital care incorporating safe, legal, ethical, and culturally safe practice to improve patient outcomes in an ambulance context
  • Communicate appropriately with stakeholders, including patients, whānau, health care providers and other emergency services, using speaking, listening, and writing skills to improve patient outcomes in an ambulance context

Entry requirements

Domestic

New Zealand Certificate in Emergency Care (Level 3); evidence of suitability based on interview, health screening as required, safety check and referee reports and 18 years of age prior to commencing practical placement

International

proven equivalence of entry requirements plus Academic IELTS 6.5 in each band, or equivalent.

Find your country's equivalent academic entry requirements here

*International fee displayed is for 1 year of study (equivalent to 120 credits) and does not include insurance and administration (approximately $924 per year of study).

Funding your study

Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF)

*This programme is FREE under TTAF, covering; compulsory tuition fees, compulsory course costs and compulsory student services fees. Visit tec.govt.nz for more information about TTAF.

Offering institute

This qualification is offered by Whitireia.

From 2023, Whitireia and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. All programmes offered by Whitireia and other subsidiaries of Te Pūkenga are under review, to ensure they are portable, consistent and aligned with the needs of industry. The programme you have enrolled in may change over time.

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