Bachelor of Paramedic Science?
What you need to know
We receive a lot of questions about how to become a paramedic and why a degree is required. A Bachelor of Paramedic Science is essential if you want to work for a State Ambulance Service. These are government jobs with good career options one qualified.
The degree can also be called Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) as in the case of Charles Sturt University.
The Australian Paramedical College does not offer the Bachelor degree. What we do offer is a alternative pathway to a university degree for those who have previously missed out on the chance to go to uni.
Are you ready to start your degree?
The idea of going to university can be overwhelming for some, yet it’s absolutely essential to work as a State Ambulance Paramedic.
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The Bachelor degree
The Bachelor in Paramedic Science degree is offered by many universities by way of an on-campus program or by distance (online) learning. No matter where you live, studying for a degree in Paramedic Science is relatively easy – you just have to get into university first – and that can become the tricky part.
A typical Bachelor in Paramedic Science degree, can be made up of 24 courses – divided up into 6 terms, and generally takes 3 years to complete.
Our research shows the cost of a Bachelor degree in 2017 is around $60,000+. Which can vary depending on which university you choose and the level of education or existing paramedical qualifications you have*.
Get a loan from your government (HECS)
As most people know, funding tertiary studies can be by applying for a government HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid to the government by way of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), once your income reaches a certain threshold… which is currently just over $54,000 p.a.
Because the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) is an Australian government initiative, things can change at any moment, so it pays to understand what you’re commiting to, especially when dealing with interest and indexation. Find out more about interest and indexation on the government website.
The government openly reveals there is no real interest charged on HECS‑HELP loans – which is kind of a contradiction, because your loan repayment amount can vary as it is linked to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and is reviewed each year on June 1st.
The government has more information on loan repayments on their website.
Figures quoted may not be absolutely correct at the time of publishing. The Australian Paramedical College strongly suggests you carry out your own research.
There is a swathe of information on the government website, although we wanted to make things easy for you, so here’s some information to get you started.
To be eligible for a university degree HECS‑HELP loan, you must:
- be studying in a Commonwealth supported place;
- meet the relevant HECS-HELP residency requirements;
- be an Australian citizen; or
- be a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency requirements; or
- be a permanent humanitarian visa holder;
- be enrolled in each unit at your university by the census date; and
- submit a valid Request for Commonwealth support and HECS‑HELP form by the census date (or earlier administrative date) to your university.
What if university is not an option?
If university is not an option at the moment, there are other choices to consider.
At the Australian Paramedical College no matter what your current educational level, we can offer you a flexible learning pathway that can fit in with your lifestyle and circumstances.
Of course, you will have to meet certain levels of Language, Literacy and Numeracy because Paramedics are required to perform math be able to absorb and recall information quickly.
If university is not an option for you at this stage, there are alternatives.
The following qualifications available by way of the Vocational Education and Training system and delivered by the Australian Paramedical College, provide an entry pathway into a university degree. (or into the private sector where salaries can exceed $100,000 in the mining, oil & gas sectors)
The HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science is one the most effective solutions to get into university, especially if you have a high OP/ATAR.
Even if you never finished year 12, or you’ve decided it’s your time to get that degree you missed out on – you now have a unique opportunity to do so.
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Universities in Australia offering a Bachelor of Paramedic Science
If you’d like a handy list of the universities for future reference, download the list here (PDF).
Australian Catholic University
New South Wales
Charles Stuart University
University of Western Sydney
Central Queensland University
Central Queensland University
Queensland University of Technology
University of Queensland
James Cook University
University of Southern Queensland
University of Sunshine Coast
University of Tasmania (TAS, NSW)
Edith Cowan University