How to become a paramedic if you didn’t finish high school.

To become a registered Paramedic and work with a State Ambulance Service, you will be required to obtain a bachelor’s degree at University. You must successfully complete a Bachelor of Paramedic Science (or equivalent) and obtain registration through AHPRA.

“But I didn’t finish high school, can I still become a paramedic?”

If you didn’t finish high school, you most likely won’t be eligible for direct entry into university. But don’t panic, because there are other ways you can get into university to become a registered paramedic.

If you didn’t finish high school, you will need to complete a bridging course or another nationally recognised qualification to prove to the university that you’re willing and able to take on the intensity of their study programs.

Pathways to become a paramedic.

One of the most popular pathways to become a paramedic for those who didn’t finish high school is to complete the Diploma of Emergency Health Care. Not only will the Diploma assist in your application to university, but you will also graduate with a wealth of knowledge of pre-hospital care, and hands-on experience from your Clinical Intensive Workshops and your Clinical Placement. Imagine starting your degree being one-step ahead of all your fellow students. Plus, you will likely be eligible to be credited for some of your first-year subjects.

Be sure to ask your desired university which units they accept for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

So don’t worry if you didn’t finish high school, because you can complete the Diploma of Emergency Health Care with us at Australian Paramedical College. You do not need to have finished high school to apply to study with us, and the Diploma can be the starting point of the career you’ve always dreamed of.


Study pre-hospital emergency health care qualifications online at APC; with the aid of clinical workshops as well as online and phone support from trainers and educators. Enjoy unlimited access to a student success team who are always ready to help and assist. Although paramedical courses can be studied online; APC fosters a vibrant and passionate community that encourages students to engage and help one another.

Choose from three pre-hospital emergency health care qualifications.

HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care

HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care

HLT31120 – Certificate III in Non-emergency Patient Transport

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