Become a Paramedic with New South Wales Ambulance.

How to become a paramedic – New South Wales Ambulance Service.

To become a Paramedic in the New South Wales Ambulance Service (NSWAS) is to join the ranks of Australia’s finest emergency medical response professionals. It is to embark on a career marked by courage, compassion and medical expertise.  As a Paramedic, you will be equipped with the responsibility and experience each day to provide life-saving emergency medical care to the citizens of New South Wales.

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Becoming a Paramedic in the Ambulance Service of New South Wales (NSWAS) is highly desirable. Owing to the sheer size of NSW, more and more opportunities for newly-qualified paramedics are being advertised. The current pandemic has also placed a heavy load on paramedic service in NSW, with recruitment drives being a common occurrence.  Being a member of ASNSW is to serve your community with the acknowledgement and respect of being an elite member of Australia’s most trusted professions.

What does your Paramedic pathway look like? Find out here.

(A) Meet the Eligibility Requirements.

All applicants to the Ambulance Service of New South Wales need to be either permanent residents or citizens of Australia, or hold New Zealand citizenship.

While applicants from a diverse array of backgrounds are accepted as paramedics, the following groups of people are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • People who speak a first language other than English
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

(B) Choose your paramedic training pathway.

Once you have meet the eligibility requirements, your next step is determine which pathway you should take to become a paramedic with the Ambulance Service of New South Wales.

These are the three main pathways available to prospective paramedics:

NOTE: To become an Ambulance Paramedic in NSW (as well as other states), you will definitely need a Bachelor of Paramedic Science degree. This only applies to new graduates. For paramedics who have years of experience and may be applying from overseas, or who have recently moved to Australia, there is an option to apply based on experience and existing skills review.

(1) Complete tertiary studies at university

In order to be considered for graduate entry as a Trainee Paramedic with the New South Wales Ambulance Service, applicants need to complete a tertiary degree in Pre-Hospital Care, commonly referred to as the Bachelor of Paramedic Science.

The universities listed below (for example) offer the degree;

  • University of Tasmania, Sydney (Rozelle Campus): Bachelor of Paramedic Practice // 2 year Fast-track degree (3 semesters per year).
  • Charles Sturt University, Sydney: Bachelor of Clinical Practice – Paramedic // 3 years (2 semesters per year).
  • University of Western Sydney, (Campbelltown Campus): Bachelor of Health Science – Paramedicine // 3 years (2 semesters per year).

Successful Trainee Paramedic applicants participate in a one-year mentored program that leads to recognition as a Registered Paramedic with the Ambulance Service of NSW.

A degree is essential.

To be eligible to work as an Ambulance Paramedic with NSWA, you definitely need a Bachelor of Paramedic Science. This is the new requirement for all newly-qualified paramedics and will soon become a national initiative. There are still many paramedics who have been working with NSWAS that only hold a Diploma, yet their many years of service and experience makes them invaluable employees.

Gaining a degree can be financially challenging for some, although with the government Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS), it is quite achievable, although there is a hefty 20% loan fee applied to the cost of the degree. Despite this, the Bachelor degree will open up many opportunities to work for New South Wales Ambulance Service.

Typically, the Bachelor takes around 3 years to complete. We have mentioned a few universities previously, although you can find more information on which universities offer the paramedic degree here.

HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care.

An alternative pathway to a degree

If the thought of going to university full-time or even part time is out of reach at the moment, then there are other alternatives. One of the most popular courses is the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care (formerly known as HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science).

This diploma-level vocational training program can be completed for the most part online in your spare time. This is a very popular course to equip you with the knowledge required to transition into university, or to enter the workforce as an Advanced Life Support Medic (ALSM) in the private sector.

When choosing the university pathway via the Bachelor of Paramedic Science, you may be awarded subject credits towards the degree if you have attained a diploma. Universities have different entry criteria; therefore it is always recommended to make your own enquiries.

Have your current health care sector qualifications and experience assessed.

Experienced and credentialed Ambulance Paramedics may be eligible to apply for immediate positions with NSW Ambulance if they meet the appropriate clinical training and have sufficient paramedic experience as a clinician. Simply email [email protected] to apply for a permanent or casual position.

Apply with the Trainee Paramedic Recruitment Campaign

If you have a recognised NSW university degree in paramedicine, you are eligible to apply to NSWAS. In some cases, those in their final year of study may also be eligible.

Becoming a Registered Paramedic via Australian Paramedical College

The Australian Paramedical College offers the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care qualification to enhance your eligibility to become a paramedic with the Ambulance Service of New South Wales. The diploma offers pathways into university to study the Bachelor degree, which is a pre-requisite for those looking to become a paramedic in NSW.

For more information regarding courses and entry requirements, or, if you would like to speak with a Paramedical Course Training Advisor today call 1300 377 741.

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