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Practice Development - Developing Paramedic Practice (post-qualification) Graduate Diploma

Course Description

Designed in collaboration with the North West Ambulance Service, we offer the ideal course to meet the educational needs of paramedics looking to advance their career. We understand that finding time to study can be hard in such an important role, which is why we offer a flexible solution that works around your shift commitments. Through distance and work-based learning, you'll continue your professional development by working at a pace that suits you.

Get started on a path to more senior levels of work in your field by learning from specialist team members who have extensive experience in distance learning. Since 2000 we have provided excellent levels of academic support for paramedics, helping them go onto great things in their careers. Show that you have the skills to succeed by developing your knowledge and abilities on our course.

Course outline

This programme will build on your existing academic achievements gained at degree level, facilitating your ongoing professional development. You will make use of e-learning technologies that will allow you to fit your studies around your shift work, allowing you to improve your skills whilst continuing with your commitments to your team.

Our course is benchmarked against the Skills for Health Competency and Curriculum Framework for Emergency Care Practitioners (DoH 2007) and the competencies identified by the Royal College of Nursing for Advanced Nurse Practitioners (RCN, 2008).

Graduate destinations

You will be qualified to continue to a masters degree, such as the MSc Practice Development: Enhancing Paramedic Practice. We also have a range of stand-alone modules and awards to continue your professional development, covering areas such as pharmacology and prescribing practice, respiratory assessment and management, and personal effectiveness. By completing 60 credits, you may be eligible for a UAD in practice development.

Graduates have gone on to work at a more senior level, including as advanced and remote paramedics.

Other admission details

To access this course you must be a qualified paramedic, registered with the Health Care and Professions Council or an equivalent, and presently working in an emergency ambulance service or similar accident and emergency/first contact health care practice environment. You will need to provide a statement from your current employer who must make reference to your professional competence. Selection is via telephone interview with the course leader.

Visit the Practice Development - Developing Paramedic Practice (post-qualification) Graduate Diploma page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

1st or 2nd class honours degree. Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) procedures. See course description for further admission details.

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