Higher Diploma of Remote Paramedic Practice
The Remote Paramedic Practice programme is the first undergraduate degree that is specifically designed for the practice of paramedicine in remote, resource-poor and austere environments.
It is a two year course that leads to the Level 5 Higher Diploma. It has an exit award after one year with the Level 5 Diploma.
Please note: the bachelor's degree is still being accredited by the Maltese authorities and we cannot accept any applications for year three until that has been awarded.
The programme is accredited with the European Credit Transfer Scheme (ECTS) and the College is registered through NCFHE in Malta.
Enrolment Start Academic Year 20/21: Enrolments are open.
Registration deadline is September 1st.
Sign up here to receive the diploma application pack on July 1st.
Diploma in Remote Paramedic Practice
RPP101: Remote Emergency Medical Technician (blended learning)
The REMT module is designed for individuals requiring an EMT certification for work in remote and austere locations worldwide. Past students have been from the security, energy, international guides and academic industries. If you work or spend time in austere environments where access to medical care is often delayed and communication is unreliable, this six-day course is for you! The REMT is the industry standard for mountain leaders, professional guides, close protection team leaders, expeditions, and search and rescue team members.
Certifications: Remote EMT. Graduates from RPP101 can register as EMTs with the Malta Registry of Paramedics.
RPP102: Applied Human Sciences (online only)
This module includes human anatomy, pathophysiology and microbiology. It gives a fundamental understanding of human biology and the structure and function of the human body. The pathophysiology section provides a case based learning of human pathology. The microbiology provides a good background understanding of the diseases and processes that will be applicable for the second year modules in tropical and austere medicine.
RPP103: Fundamentals of Paramedic Science (blended learning)
This module focuses upon the basic concepts, skills and principles that are required for a fundamental safe practice for the remote paramedic. It uses an evidence based approach to describe and demonstrate safe professional practice in the remote clinical setting. It will introduce the direct and indirect factors that influence patient care. It covers how relationships between health care professionals and casualties can be enhanced through effective communication, best practice medical skills and a for thinking outside of the box.
RPP104: Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice (classroom learning)
This module provides the hands on skills and case based learning that builds on the concepts found in RPP103. The three week module is a comprehensive introduction to the paramedic profession and the practice of advanced medical skills in the remote prehospital environment. Through a variety of didactic and clinical experiences, students will gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the remote paramedic practice. The module includes a strong emphasis on developing an evidence based, assessment-based approach to casualty care that leads to appropriate treatment and evacuation of the critical casualty.
RPP105: Clinical Practicum
This module provides hands on clinical experience to practice and perfect the skills learned in RPP104. The 375 hours of clinical placement are conducted under the direct supervision of a medical doctor or advanced practitioner.
Graduates from RPP105 can register as a paramedic with the Malta Registry of Paramedics. There are jobs available in the remote and offshore industry that have accepted this registration. Some jobs require additional certifications such as the UK HSE Offshore Medics course, ITLS/PHTLS, ACLS/ALS and sometimes they require health and safety certificates.
Higher Diploma in Remote Paramedic Practice
Prerequisite: Diploma in Remote Paramedic Practice or RPL for the equivalent
RPP201: Foundations in Tropical Medicine (blended learning)
This module provides didactic and hands on classroom based learning that covers wilderness medicine, tropical medicine, expedition medicine and travel medicine. The module was based on disease and non-battle injury (DNBI) research found in the review of recent expeditions and military deployments. It focuses on the top twenty injuries and ailments found in remote clinics worldwide. The module culminates with a prolonged field care exercise.
Certification: Tropical Travel and Expedition Medical Skills course accredited by the Wilderness Medical Society.
RPP202: Advanced Concepts in Austere Clinical Practice (blended learning)
This module provides didactic and hands on classroom based learning that covers the remote and austere medical skills needed for the advanced practitioner. It covers minor surgical skills, austere laboratory clinical diagnosis and culinates with a prolonged field care exercise.
Certification: Remote and Austere Medical Skills course accredited by the Wilderness Medical Society.
RPP203: Fundamentals in Critical Care (blended learning)
This module focuses upon the basic concepts, skills and principles that are required to assess and treat the critical casualty. The course covers haemodynamic monitoring, critical care monitoring, advanced concepts of shock, the treatment of burns in remote environments and prepares the student for the American board certification as a Critical Care Paramedic.
Optional certification: Flight Paramedic (FP-C) or Critical Care Paramedic (CCP-C) accredited by IBSC.
RPP204: Clinical Practicum
This module provides hands on clinical experience to practice and perfect the skills learned in RPP203. The 750 hours of clinical placement are conducted under the direct supervision of a medical doctor or advanced practitioner.
RPP205: Capstone Project (online)
This module is a dissertation provides an opportunity for the student to produce an individual study project developed from an aspect of the remote paramedic practice in which they are particularly interested. It will enable students to further develop skills acquired throughout the remote paramedic programme such as evidence based practice, problem solving, critical thinking and the reflective practice. The capstone project will provide a mechanism by which students will be able to demonstrate autonomy and self-direction whilst undertaking a real problem solving exercise within a topic area of their choice relevant to the remote paramedic practice.
Location of courses
The College is located in Malta. Most of our paramedic classroom training is located there.
European Credit Transfer Scheme
ECTS is a credit system designed to make it easier for students to move between different countries. Since they are based on the learning achievements and workload of a course, a student can transfer their ECTS credits from one university to another so they are added up to contribute to an individual's degree programme or training.
Wilderness Medical Society
International Board for Specialty Certifications
Annual tuition: €7500
Registration deadline is 1 September of each year.
Discount option: The College does provide discounted tuition for citizens of countries listed in the United Nations' list of developing countries. This list can be found here.
Payment plans are available.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Due to the requirements for EU accreditation, the College will look at all applications for recognising prior learning. There is no guarantee that the College will accept any prior learning.
In the past, we have granted exemption from year one of this programme to NREMT Paramedics and HCPC Paramedics. They matriculate directly into year two.
RPL Cost: €65