CQUniversity Australia

Graduate Certificate in Counter-Terrorism and Operational Medicine

CQUniversity Australia

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00219C

The Graduate Certificate in Counter-Terrorism and Operational Medicine, will equip you with specialised knowledge and skills to manage trauma in high-threat environments. The course is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of counter-terrorism and operational medicine. You'll gain critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and leadership skills necessary for success in dynamic and high-pressure situations. You will learn to apply these skills in a range of situations, including counter-terrorism operations and other high-risk scenarios.The course combines theoretical knowledge, practical exercises, and hands-on training to equip you with new clinical knowledge, skills, and interventions to manage trauma effectively in the field. You will learn how to assess, plan, prepare, and implement strategies for successful operations in civilian tactical environments, as well as how to operate in direct, indirect, high-threat, and prolonged field care environments.By completing this course, you will be better equipped to handle the unique challenges of trauma care in dynamic and high-threat environments while maintaining a focus on clinical excellence and adherence to best practices in operational medicine.Ultimately, the course aims to contribute to public safety and security by providing you, as a medical professional, with the tools you need to operate successfully in high-risk environments.


4 units (24 credit points)


  • Counter-Terrorism and Operational Medicine

Standard entry requirements

  • To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must demonstrate one of the followingA completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent Bachelor of Paramedic Science, or equivalent
  • OrA completed AQF equivalent Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent
  • A completed AQF equivalent Diploma in Paramedic Science
  • OrCurrent or past employment as an Australian Defence Force (ADF) Combat Medic (with an approved medic qualification, not including combat lifesaver CLS) or Police Medic
  • OrCurrent employment in a relevant field* and evidence of a completed short course in Tactical Medicine.*Relevant fields include employment in Military Medicine (including the Reserve), Law Enforcement and Police Medicine, Fire and Rescue Services Medicine, Search and Rescue Medicine, Disaster Response Medicine, Private Military Companies (PMC) medical support contractors, Expedition and austere environment medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Trauma Surgery, Anaesthesiology and Pain Management, Wilderness Medicine, Global Health including non-government organisations (NGO) support to refugees, Public Health and Epidemiology, Biomedical Research and Development, NGO medical support services.Employment and clinical experience must be demonstrated by providing a letter of employment which is presented on a company letterhead as well as signed and dated by a delegated authority. The letter must contain your full name, position title, duties performed and length of service.Applicants applying based on employment and clinical experience will be referred to the Head of Course for consideration.English Language Proficiency Requirement:If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:A secondary qualification (Year 11 or 12, or equivalent), orTertiary diploma level qualification, orBachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full-time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0Completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America.If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset
  • OrTest of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBt - 75 or better overall and no score less than 17
  • OrPearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46
  • OrAn Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study and must appear on a single result certificate.

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  • Full-time : 6 months
  • Part-time : 1 year

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