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 in Australia, studying for a degree in Paramedic Science is relatively easy – you just have to get into university first – and that can be 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 2018 will be around $60,000+. Which of course can vary depending on which university you choose and your ATAR, OP score or existing paramedical qualifications you possess*.
Are all Paramedical degrees the same?
In a world where universities compete heavily with one another, the focus can be on creating the right mix of subjects to thoroughly prepare graduates for life in the ‘real world’.
Universities don’t make it easy to gather all of the information you need to make the right decision and choose the university that is right for your career goals. Paramedicine is a wonderful subject that opens up many career pathways in the health care sector, so it really pays to be certain which career you want to end up with – or which area of health care you wish to follow.
** The College is currently preparing an information guide which will reveal how paramedic study curriculum’s differ in their course content, which in turn can dramatically affect where your degree can take you. It’s no use investing in yourself only to realise, the degree you now have, is not what you thought it was.
Study Loans (HECS)
As most people know, funding tertiary studies is by way of 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. Repayments are currently set at around 4% of your gross salary.
2017-2018 HELP & TSL repayment thresholds and rates
|2017-2018 Repayment income||Repayment % rate|
|$55,874 – $62,238||4.0%|
|$62,239 – $68,602||4.5%|
|$68,603 – $72,207||5.0%|
|$72,208 – $77,618||5.5%|
|$77,619 – $84,062||6.0%|
|$84,063 – $88,486||6.5%|
|$88,487 – $97,377||7.0%|
|$97,378 – $103,765||7.5%|
|$103,766 and above||8.0%|
Because the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) is an Australian government initiative, repayment rates can change at any moment, so it pays to understand what you’re committing 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.
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 you can’t go to university just yet?
If university is not an option for you at this stage, there is some good news.
This qualification can get you into university
Delivered by the Australian Paramedical College, the Diploma can provide an entry pathway into university.
The HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science is one the most effective solutions to get into university, especially if you did not receive the ATAR or OP score you were expecting.
Even if you never finished year 12, or you’ve decided it’s now 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 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