This course was developed in response to an increased need for advanced providers working on expeditions, in remote clinics, on oil rigs, cruise ships, and in security. Students will learn the necessary skills in order to provide advanced practice clinical care in urban, remote, and rural environments specifically with limited resources.

Graduates go on to work in a number of advanced practice areas such as Emergency Departments, ICUs, and remote health centres. To meet the needs of this rapidly diversifying profession, this course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to confidently deliver complex high-quality care across many cultures and age groups. This qualification leads to jobs that are varied, challenging, and highly rewarding as you progress into a profession where you can make a positive impact on people’s lives.

The Remote Paramedic Practice program is the first undergraduate degree that is specifically designed for the practice of paramedicine in remote, resource-poor, and austere environments.

It is a three-year program that leads to the Level 6 Bachelor’s Degree. It has an exit award after one year with the Level 5 Diploma and after two years with the Level 5 Higher Diploma. The bachelor’s degree will commence in the autumn semester of 2020.

​The program is accredited with the European Credit Transfer Scheme (ECTS) and the College is registered through NCFHE in Malta.

We are happy to announce that Year 3 of this program is now fully accredited by the Malta Department of Education.

 Programme Title Bachelors of Science in Remote Paramedic Practice
 Starting Date 1 August 2021
 Application Deadline 1 July 2021
 Requirements High School diploma, Leaving Cert or equivalent
 Length of Programme 3 years
 Mode of Delivery Full-time / Part-time
 Location Online, Malta and Tanzania
 Language English
 Tuition Fees 7,500 EUR per year
 Contact info@corom.edu.mt

Prerequisite: none

RPP101: Remote Emergency Medical Technician

Compulsory

Mode: Blending Learning

Credits: 10 ECTS

The REMT module is designed for individuals requiring an EMT certification for work in remote and austere locations worldwide. It is a core module of Year 1, but can also be taken as a standalone module. 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

Compulsory

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 10 ECTS

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 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

Compulsory

Mode: Blended Learning

Credits: 10 ECTS

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 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

Compulsory

Mode: Classroom Learning

Credits: 15 ECTS

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

Compulsory

Mode: Clinical Placement

Credits: 15 ECTS

   This compulsory module provides hands on clinical experience to practice and perfects the skills learned in RPP104. The 375 hours of clinical placement are conducted under the direct supervision of a medical doctor or advanced practitioner.

Certification Earned

   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.

Prerequisite: Diploma in Remote Paramedic Practice or RPL for the equivalent. Students will select a minimum of 3 from 5 elective modules.

RPP201: Foundations in Tropical and Austere Medicine

Compulsory

Mode: Blending Learning

Credits: 10 ECTS

This compulsory 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.

RPP202: Further concepts in Tropical and Austere Medicine 

Compulsory

Mode: Blending Learning

Credits: 10 ECTS

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 culminates with a prolonged field care exercise.

Certification: Remote and Austere Medical Skills course accredited by the Wilderness Medical Society.

RPP203: Intensive Care for Austere and Remote Environments

Elective

Mode: Blending Learning

Credits: 10 ECTS

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: Austere Urgent Care: Minor Illness and Injuries

Compulsory

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 5 ECTS

This elective module is designed to give students the skills required to manage a range of minor injuries and minor emergencies that may be encountered in the remote and austere environment. Common injuries have been identified from area specific literature, and the experience of the teaching faculty of working in remote and austere environments.

RPP205: Burns in Resource-limited Environments 

Elective

Mode: Distance Learning

This module will cover the fundamental topics regarding the presentation, diagnosis and initial management of the casualty suffering from burns specifically for the healthcare provider working in remote, austere and resource-limited environments.

RPP206: Prehospital Pain Management and Sedation

Elective

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 5 ECTS

This module introduces the fundamental topics for the assessment and management of pain specifically for the remote, austere and resource-limited environments, focusing on the concepts of general, regional, pain management, and sedation anaesthesia. Additional topics include: airway management techniques, positioning, and an introduction to anaesthetic pharmacology are emphasized. Anaesthetic management strategies for patients with common diseases and perioperative problems are examined. Upon course completion, students should be able to demonstrate prehospital pain management and sedation strategies.

RPP207: Austere Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis

Elective

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 5 ECTS

This module introduces basic clinical laboratory techniques, laboratory safety, care and use of basic laboratory equipment and setting up a small clinical laboratory in a remote, austere and resource-limited environment.

RPP208: Remote Medical Life Support

Compulsory

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 5 ECTS

This elective module covers the top twenty injuries and ailments seen by healthcare professionals working in remote, austere, and resource-limited environments.

RPP209: Wilderness and Expedition Medicine

Elective

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 5 ECTS

This elective module introduces the foundational concepts of the practice of healthcare and the knowledge base required to work in wilderness and expedition medicine.

RPP210: Practicum II

Compulsory

Mode: Clinical Placement

Credits: 15 ECTS

This module aims to build on the concepts of assessing and managing a patient in the remote out-of-hospital environment found in RPP105. It will provide students with advanced knowledge, understanding and skills to undertake preliminary patient assessment and treatment, and will introduce them to the range of management options available for paramedics within a defined range of situations. This knowledge, and the skills gained during the module, will directly assist them in preparing for their placement modules.

Prerequisite: Higher Diploma in Remote Paramedic Practice or RPL for the equivalent. Students will select a minimum of 5 from 8 elective modules.

RPP301: Travel Medicine, Health and Safety

Elective

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 5 ECTS

This module presents the fundamental skills and knowledge needed by the remote healthcare practitioner to assess and treat the unwell traveller and the skills needed to assess and mitigate travel risks. It also covers health and safety in the remote workplace including water safety, food safety and workplace safety.

RPP302: Special Operations Medicine

Elective

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 5 ECTS

This elective module builds on the foundational knowledge from RPP301. It discusses the role of the special operations medic whilst providing medical care in remote, austere and resource-limited environments.

RPP303: Public Health and Disaster Medical Response

Elective

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 5 ECTS

This module combines the knowledge and skills needed for disaster medical response and public health requirements found in remote and austere environments.

RPP304: Tropical Medicine for Remote Practitioners

Elective

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 5 ECTS

This advanced module will build on the fundamental learning of tropical medicine from RPP201 and RPP202. It will cover advanced concepts in tropical diseases that will include a profound understanding of the pathophysiology and laboratory diagnosis of tropical diseases and advanced assessments and treatments for these issues.

RPP305: Diving and Marine Medicine

Elective

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 5 ECTS

This module introduces the foundational concepts of dive and marine medicine including the medical observation of divers, diseases and organisms specific to the marine environment and the management of medical conditions and emergency situations found whilst diving or during marine operations.

RPP306: Mountain and Altitude Medicine

Elective

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 5 ECTS

This elective module discusses the various conditions found whilst ascending to altitude. The physics of altitude medicine are discussed, along with the assessment and treatment of altitude sickness. Optimal management is discussed, along with strategies that can be used to prevent altitude sickness.

RPP307: Aeromedical Retrieval Medicine for Extreme Altitudes

Elective

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 5 ECTS

This elective module provides foundational knowledge on the recovery of the critical casualty by air specifically focusing in the extreme altitude environments. Additionally, the module will focus on the clinical, aviation and logistics issues that ensure safe and effective retrieval missions.

RPP308: Pharmacology for the Paramedic Practitioner

Compulsory

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 5 ECTS

This module builds on the foundational knowledge learned in modules RPP103 and RPP104. Emphasis is placed on applying advanced concepts for the use of pharmaceuticals for the healthcare practitioner working in remote, austere and resource-limited environments.

RPP309:  Prehospital Ultrasound for Resource-limited Environments 

Elective

Mode: Blended Learning

Credits: 5 ECTS

This elective module will allow you to develop the fundamental skills of the use of ultrasound in resource-limited environments including; patient care and communication; technical skills and the scanning and use of equipment.

RPP310: Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals Project

Compulsory

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 10 ECTS

This module is designed to engage the student in entry-level research in an associated field. The purpose of this module is to introduce the student to research methodologies, including but not limited to sourcing of academic information, peer-reviewing articles, assessing bias, impact factors, the applicability of the research to their academic research and the importance of referencing in relation to plagiarism.

 

RPP311: Clinical Practicum III

Compulsory

Mode: Clinical Placement

Credits: 15 ECTS

This module is designed to give students the skills required to prepare and submit for presentation, a minor dissertation on a subject pertaining to pre-hospital, austere or remote medical or trauma care. This module is designed to engage the student in entry-level research in an associated field. The minor dissertation will be conducted under the supervision of an experienced, published, academic supervisor. It will also serve to introduce the student to academic writing, referencing, and to secure a knowledge of the rigours of academic writing and plagiarism.

RPP312 Dissertation Project

Compulsory

Mode: Distance Learning

Credits: 10 ECTS

This compulsory module is designed to give students the skills required to prepare and submit for presentation, a minor dissertation on a subject pertaining to pre-hospital, austere or remote medical or trauma care.

This module is designed to engage the student in entry-level research in an associated field. The minor dissertation will be conducted under the supervision of an experienced, published, academic supervisor. It will also serve to introduce the student to academic writing, referencing, and to secure a knowledge of the rigours of academic writing and plagiarism.

Location of courses

   The College is located in Pretty Bay, Malta. Most of our paramedic classroom training is located there.

National Commission for Further and Higher Education of Malta

This programme has been submitted to the Department of Education of Malta for accreditation to the bachelors (level 6). We have full accreditation for years one and two but are currently waiting for the accreditation for year three.

CoROM can be found on the NCFHE website here.

 

European Credit Transfer Scheme

ECTS is a credit recognition and transfer system designed to make it easier for students to move between different countries. Since ECTS credits are based on the learning achievements and workload of a course, a student can transfer their credits from one university to another, so they may be totalled to contribute to an individual’s degree programme or training.

Wilderness Medical Society

   Modules RPP201 and RPP202 are accredited for the Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. 

International Board for Specialty Certifications

   Diploma graduates can register to sit the American Certified Tactical Paramedic (TP-C) Examination

Annual tuition: €7500 ​

Enrolment is possible for either September or January academic year start.

The College provides discounted tuition for citizens of countries listed in the United Nations’ list of developing countries. Tuition is €125 per credit and is paid per module as you go through the programme.

 

Module Title Location ECTS Credits Cost
Year One
RPP101 Remote Emergency Medical Technician Malta in November 10 €1250
RPP102 Applied Medical Sciences Online 10 €1250
RPP103 Foundations in Paramedic Science Online 10 €1250
RPP104 Foundations in Paramedic Practice Malta in March 15 €1875
RPP105 Clinical Practicum I Various Locations 15 €1875
Year Two
RPP201 Foundations in Tropical and Austere Medicine Malta in March/April 10 €1250
RPP202  Advanced Concepts in Tropical and Austere Medicine Malta in April 10 €1250
RPP203  Intensive Care for Austere and Remote Environments Malta in April 10 €1250
RPP204  Assessment and Management of Minor Illness and Minor Emergencies Online 5 €625
RPP205 Assessment and Management of Burns in Resource-limited Environments Online 5 €625
RPP206 Assessment and Management of Sepsis in Austere Environments Online 5 €625
RPP207 Austere Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis Online 5 €625
RPP208 Remote Medical Life Support Online 5 €625
RPP209 Wilderness and Expedition Medicine Online 5 €625
RPP210 Clinical Practicum II Various Locations 15 €1875
Year Three
RPP301  Prolonged Field Care and Nursing Management for the Critical Casualty Online 5 €625
RPP302  Special Operations Medicine Online 5 €625
RPP303  Austere Emergency Critical Care Online 5 €625
RPP304  Tropical Medicine for Remote Medics Online 5 €625
RPP305 Diving and Marine Medicine Online 5 €625
RPP306 Mountain and Altitude Medicine Online 5 €625
RPP307  Aeromedical Retrieval Medicine for Extreme Altitudes Online 5 €625
RPP308  Pharmacology for the Paramedic Practitioner Online 5 €625
RPP309  Prehospital Ultrasound for Resource-limited Environments Malta 5 €625
RPP310  Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals Online 10 €1250
RPP311 Clinical Practicum III Various Locations 15 €1875
RPP312 Dissertation Various Locations 10 €1875

CoROM Covid-19 policy

October 2020

The Maltese Government continues to update its published guidelines on how we will be allowed to provide classroom-based training.  As lockdown measures slowly lift, CoROM will implement a phased return to campus-based courses.

We will focus on:

  • The safety and general wellbeing of all our students and staff.
  • Securing the confidence of staff, students, and their families, based on evidence and information so that they can plan for the session ahead.
  • Consistency with the Maltese Government’s framework for decision making and measures in place – such as distancing, managing attendance, and wider protective actions.
  • Alignment with the national effort to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Our 2020/2021 academic session will commence on 1 September 2020. We are preparing to start the new semester with a blended delivery of safe on-campus teaching and digital learning. This will mean that we will move the majority of our didactics into an online format with classroom training primarily focusing on hands-on clinical skills. There will be limited lectures during the classes held in Malta.

Please be aware: The Maltese Department of Education can close our College if there is a resurgence of the pandemic. If this happens, we will follow all guidelines given out by the EU and Maltese governments. We will support our students as best as we can.

There is a risk that your cohort may be required to defer until it is safe to return to the classroom. If this happens, our College will continue to run our online modules but will have to wait until the authorities allow us to run a classroom environment. We will extend your enrolment without cost until you are allowed to continue with your classroom and/or clinical training.

We will regularly issue updates with information and guidance as our planning progresses.

Stay safe and stay healthy. We look forward to seeing you again soon.