Designed for people interested in a career in ambulance services. Learn core skills to manage and treat patients. You will be able to apply for the authority to practise as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with a recognised ambulance service.

The New Zealand Diploma in Ambulance Practice (Level 5) is a one year distance programme with onsite block courses and is designed for students who hold a first responder or PHEC qualification. Students will need to provide a letter of support confirming their access to clinical placements, including on a front-line emergency ambulance.

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

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 students

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

Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF)

This programme is FREE and covered under TTAF, click here for more information.

*Student services fee is not included under the Government scheme.