Doctor of Advanced Clinical Practice (Paramedicine Practitioner)

Postgraduate coursework

The Doctor of Advanced Clinical Practice (Paramedicine Practitioner) will set you up with both clinical and research training to become an advanced clinical practitioner and a leader in the emerging paramedicine practitioner field.

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Key facts

Duration

4 to 6 years of part-time study, depending on trimester utilisation.

The course is only available to students on a part-time basis

Campuses

Offered in Cloud (online) with intensives to be held at Warrnambool Campus

Cloud (online)

Current Deakin Students

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Course information

Our Doctor of Advanced Clinical Practice (Paramedicine Practitioner) will set you up with both clinical and research training to become an advanced clinical practitioner and a leader in the emerging paramedicine practitioner field.

Our course provides experienced paramedics with a training program and pathway that leads to an expanded scope of practice and career advancement opportunities, by meeting the necessary competencies for advanced paramedicine practice. You will be specifically trained to meet the requirements for admission to Fellowship of the Australasian College of Paramedic Practitioners*. In addition, you will gain research skills and experience often sort by industry employers.

Are you an experienced paramedic keen to take your career to the next level?

The Doctor of Advanced Clinical Practice (Paramedicine Practitioner) incorporates the Master of Advanced Clinical Practice (Paramedicine Practitioner) training, giving you the knowledge to provide evidence-based paramedic practitioner expertise in the assessment, diagnosis and management of clinical conditions, and skills in the performance of appropriate procedures to provide advanced patient care. You will graduate with key skills and strategies enabling you to effectively care for, educate, and engage and collaborate with patients, carers, communities, colleagues, and other health professionals.

By broadening your skills and expertise as an experienced paramedic, you will be ready to work as a paramedic practitioner in various primary care settings. The paramedic practitioner role is an innovative way of delivering healthcare to rural and regional communities, as you will provide complementary care to that provided by GPs and nurse practitioners, and will work with community health partners and allied health professionals to prevent and treat health problems.

The Extended Masters component of the course features research training and thesis units that will increase your research capabilities. This will allow you to apply advanced critical thinking and high-quality communication techniques to expertly lead health professionals and professional organisations. 

The course has a strong focus on healthcare delivery to rural and regional communities.

Alternative course offerings

This course provides those who wish to continue on from the Master of Advanced Clinical Practice (Paramedicine Practitioner) or other equivalent course the option of completing 12 credit points of research-based study taken over an additional two or three years part-time. As part of this extended study, you will have the opportunity to plan and execute a substantial research-based project. Please note that this course is not the equivalent of a doctoral degree or doctorate.

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Course structure

The majority of your learning activities will take place via Deakin’s award winning Cloud Campus (online). Throughout the masters program, you’ll be required to attend on-campus study intensives associated with five of the units, each of a five-day duration, which are held at the Warrnambool Campus. The intensives will include a mix of classroom activities (lectures, small group teaching, group activities) and practical skill sessions (clinical skill teaching, low and high fidelity clinical scenarios).

The course will be undertaken via Cloud Campus (online), with on-campus intensives at the Warrnambool Campus*. Students are responsible for all costs associated with attending the intensives (e.g. travel, accommodation).

*Intensives will be held prior to scheduled commencement of each Trimester.

To complete the Doctor of Advanced Clinical Practice (Paramedicine Practitioner) students must attain 24 credit points. 21 compulsory core units and three elective units. Students must pass all units including all components of units in the course. Students who have previously completed the Master of Advanced Clinical Practice (Paramedicine Practitioner) are only required to complete final 12 credit points of research-related units. 

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first semester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

The course is only available on a part-time basis.

Core units

Completed over 4 years of part-time study across Trimesters 1,2 and 3

Year 1 -  Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Advanced Principles of Primary Care 1
  • Trimester 2

  • Advanced Clinical Diagnostics 1
  • Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 1 - Quality and Safety
  • Trimester 3

  • Advanced Principles of Primary Care 2
  • Plus one elective unit

    Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Advanced Clinical Diagnostics 2
  • Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 2 - Prescribing and Medication Management
  • Trimester 2

  • Advanced Principles of Primary Care 3
  • Clinical Leadership 2
  • Trimester 3

  • Research Literacy for Health Practice
  • Plus one elective unit

    Year 3 - Trimester 1

  • Research Interpretation and Integrity
  • Plus one elective research unit

    Trimester 2

  • Advanced Clinical Practice Thesis 1
  • Trimester 3

  • Advanced Clinical Practice Thesis 2
  • Year 4 - Trimester 1

  • Advanced Clinical Practice Thesis 3
  • Trimester 2

  • Advanced Clinical Practice Thesis 4
  • Trimester 3

  • Advanced Clinical Practice Thesis 5
  • Course completed over 6 years of part-time study across Trimesters 1 and 2

    Year 1 -  Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Advanced Principles of Primary Care 1
  • Trimester 2

  • Advanced Clinical Diagnostics 1
  • Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 1 - Quality and Safety
  • Year 2 -  Trimester 1

  • Advanced Principles of Primary Care 2
  • Plus one elective unit

    Trimester 2

  • Advanced Clinical Diagnostics 2
  • Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 2 - Prescribing and Medication Management
  • Year 3 -  Trimester 1

  • Advanced Principles of Primary Care 3
  • Plus one elective unit

    Trimester 2

  • Clinical Leadership 2
  • Research Literacy for Health Practice
  • Year 4 -  Trimester 1

  • Research Interpretation and Integrity
  • Plus one elective research unit

    Trimester 2

  • Advanced Clinical Practice Thesis 1
  • Year 5 -  Trimester 1

  • Advanced Clinical Practice Thesis 2
  • Trimester 2

  • Advanced Clinical Practice Thesis 3
  • Year 6 -  Trimester 1

  • Advanced Clinical Practice Thesis 4
  • Trimester 2

  • Advanced Clinical Practice Thesis 5
  • Electives

    Research Methods - 1 credit point from:

  • Biostatistics 1
  • Qualitative Health Research
  • AND

    ACPP Fellowship stream (2 credit points))

  • Advanced Clinical Practicum 1 (Fellowship Stream)
  • Advanced Clinical Practicum 2 (Fellowship Stream)
  • OR

    2 credit points from:

  • Contemporary Health Issues and Policies
  • Health Communication
  • Health Economics 1
  • Fundamentals of Health Informatics
  • Health Law and Ethics
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Doctor of Advanced Clinical Practice (Paramedicine Practitioner)
    Year

    2021 course information

    Deakin code
    H962
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus - with on campus intensives at Warrnambool Campus* 
      Students are responsible for all costs associated with attending the intensives (e.g. travel, accommodation).

      *Intensives will be held prior to scheduled commencement of each Trimester

      Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible. There are limited places available in this course.

    Additional course information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placement.

    Mandatory student checks

    Please refer to Commencing Student Guide for further detailed mandatory student requirements. This guide will be sent to all applicants and include:

    • Checklist for students
    • Placement requirements and timelines, if applicable
    • Compliance documentation, including:
      • All students are required to maintain AHPRA registration throughout the course.
      • Students who intend to undertake the ACPP Fellowship Stream and associated clinical practicums will be required to meet the Working with Children Check obligations of EACH placement organisation prior to the commencement of the unit. Students who fail to do so prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake the placement and this will impede progress in the course. Please note that requirements differ between states and also between organisations within states.

    Students are also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, workshops, online interaction and clinical placements. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    All years of the course require a part-time commitment, with a substantive load of required learning activities and study time.  Although the course is designed for working health professionals, students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities per unit credit point.

    Participation requirements

    Attendance at on-campus intensives and, depending on electives selected, clinical placements are required through the course – see individual unit descriptions for full details.

    The Extended Master’s research component of the course has no on-campus requirements and can be completed wholly online.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability.

    Work experience

    As part of the degree you can choose elective units to undertake 300 hours of clinical placement at an appropriate location of your choosing, such as a hospital, general practice, or community health facility, where appropriate supervision is available. You will be responsible for arranging these placements but they must be mutually agreed to by the health service and Deakin at least three weeks prior to the commencement of the placement. Clinical placements give you the opportunity to apply your newly acquired knowledge in a real-word context, adding experience to your resume and further developing your professional networks so that you graduate confident and ready to take the next step in your career. The clinical placements are also a requirement for the Fellowship of the Australasian College of Paramedic Practitioners.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    English language requirements

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.

    Entry requirements include:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Paramedicine or equivalent
    • AHPRA Registration: Evidence of AHPRA registration with no conditions or restrictions
    • Clinical paramedic practice: Evidence of three years (FTE) clinical practice (on road clinical experience as a qualified paramedic within an ambulance service) post qualification. This does not include student placements nor graduate year(s). A signed letter from your Manager/Employer confirming clinical experience is required.
    • Supporting Documentation is encouraged to assist with the application assessment and ranking:
    • CV
    • Personal Statement (information demonstrating motivations, commitment, and interest in the course)
      Please note: copies of transcripts, AHPRA registration, and evidence of clinical practice MUST be uploaded with your application.

    If your application has been assessed as meeting the entry requirements it will be placed into a pool of eligible applications. Offers for this course will then be made in rounds, as noted below. Your application will be considered in the next available round of offers and if successful, you’ll receive an letter offering you a place in the course. Offer rounds will continue until all places in the course are filled.

    • 16 November 2020
    • 7 December 2020
    • 18 January 2021

    Doctor of Advanced Clinical Practice (Paramedicine Practitioner)

    Applicants who wish to undertake the extended masters program must possess a Master of Advanced Clinical Practice (Paramedicine Practitioner) or equivalent with a minimum WAM of 65%, and registration with AHPRA with no conditions or restrictions, and three years full-time (or equivalent) clinical experience as a paramedic.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $27,000 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    Not applicable

    Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Deakin Application Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
    1800 693 888
    myfuture@deakin.edu.au

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    The role of paramedic practitioner provides an important new career path for experienced paramedics who would like to work more sociable hours or provide more primary care to their communities, or who can no longer meet the physical demands of working on-road.

    As a paramedic practitioner, you will be equipped to expand your clinical practice by conducting more comprehensive patient assessment, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests and providing expanded health management in order to provide more complete episodes of care. As a paramedic practitioner you will possess the knowledge, skills and attitude to undertake practitioner roles within your healthcare field. You will be able to provide care complementary to that provided by GPs and nurse practitioners, particularly in regional and rural areas where collaborative models are being used to meet healthcare workforce shortfalls.

    The research training incorporated within the Extended Masters component of the course will increase the research capacity of paramedic practitioners. This will be attractive to industry and government employers, particularly in the rural areas where graduates are likely to be employed. 

    Into the future, paramedic practitioners are expected to play an important role in alternative rural health Models of Care proposed due to the medical workforce shortages in rural and remote areas. Upskilled paramedic practitioners will help fill the ongoing shortfall and play a vital role in healthcare in regional areas. The additional research and communication skills will further enhance this role and prepare you for leadership positions within the profession.

    Professional recognition

    The Doctor of Advanced Clinical Practice (Paramedicine Practitioner) incorporates the Master of Advanced Clinical Practice (Paramedicine Practitioner) that was designed in accordance with the Australasian College of Paramedic Practitioners (ACPP) accreditation requirements. The Doctor of Advanced Clinical Practice (Paramedicine Practitioner) can be completed without meeting ACPP Fellowship clinical practice requirements. If you complete the ‘ACPP Fellowship Stream’, which includes clinical placement (2 credit points taken as electives) you will be eligible to apply to seek accreditation with the ACPP under the College’s ACPP Fellowship program. If you complete the extended masters program without taking the ACPP Fellowship stream you may still be eligible for accreditation with the ACPP if you also complete the appropriate number of clinical placement hours before applying to the ACPP^.

    *The course is currently pending accreditation with the Australasian College of Paramedic Practitioners.
    ^Please refer to the Australasian College of Paramedic Practitioners for further information

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply advanced and integrated knowledge to demonstrate expert Paramedic Practitioner judgement in the evidence-based assessment, diagnosis and management of clinical conditions and performance of appropriate procedures to provide safe patient care.

    Communication

    Apply advanced communication techniques including verbal and high-quality written reports to engage, educate, collaborate with, persuade and expertly lead patients, carers, communities, colleagues, other health professionals, and professional organisations.

    Digital literacy

    Expertly use digital technologies to collect relevant discipline-information; synthesis, evaluate and integrate this information to enhance patient outcomes through evidence-based practice, and patient and health professional education.

    Critical thinking

    Competently design and conduct relevant research, allowing for critical and professional assessment, planning, evaluation and reflection on Paramedic Practitioner practice, recognition of limits of scope of practice and collaboration with other health professionals.

    Problem solving

    Expertly critically analyse and integrate evidence-based practice, knowledge and skills to formulate and implement person-centred care plans to deliver best possible care.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate professionalism and accountability through clinical proficiency monitoring and self-evaluation; and commitment to life-long learning through educational needs identification with ongoing professional development.

    Teamwork

    Develop, manage, and maintain collaborative relationships and practice within the multidisciplinary healthcare team through appropriate consultation and referral to provide high quality care.

    Global citizenship

    Develop and apply an ethical, professional, and culturally-sensitive holistic approach to advocate and enhance the health and well-being of individuals, communities and populations with recognition of the diversity of needs; particularly those of rural, remote, Indigenous and marginalised communities.