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This course is available to be studied in several different study modes, including online or face-to-face. Check study modes offered in the 'course details’ section below.

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has also reviewed the availability of the face-to-face version of this course, and this will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

This professional certificate will advance your knowledge and develop your clinical and non-technical skills to enable you to practise in austere and challenging environments.

Through case studies and discussion, you will first gain an understanding of the operational environment including scene management, retrieval transportation and special rescue settings.

In the second unit you will be equipped to provide appropriate prehospital trauma care and manage critical care issues specific to different transport modes and special patient groups that are increasingly encountered in retrieval medicine. You will also gain an understanding of equipment and monitoring in retrieval medicine. You will learn from a highly experienced team of expert critical care doctors and paramedics and study both online and at workshops where you will have an opportunity to practice your skills.

Units of study:

  • Retrieval Medicine Operational Environment (CRIT5006)
  • Clinical Retrieval Medicine (CRIT5007)

Please see below under What you’ll study for unit of study details.

Subject areas
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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Closing date

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Not available to student visa holders or to international students to study offshore. International students in Australia on other visas with study rights may apply.

Closing date

Semester 1 - 15 January of the commencing year

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

What you'll study

The professional certificate requires completion of 12 credit points of units of study.

The units of study are delivered mainly online with a compulsory 2 day workshop at Bankstown Aerodrome for each unit. 

Units of Study

Admission criteria

Admission to the Sydney Professional Certificate in Retrieval Medicine requires a:

  • medical degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent; OR
  • bachelor or postgraduate degree in paramedicine or equivalent, or nursing, plus 1 year of retrieval experience.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Course opportunities

After completing a Sydney Professional Certificate in Retrieval Medicine you may progress on to the below courses if you meet requirements. 

*Some critical care units of study are available as a non-degree course. If you are interested in completing a non-degree unit please contact

Career pathways

The course provides advanced postgraduate training for students who intend to pursue a career in critical care.

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