How to become a paramedic in the Ambulance Service of New South Wales
To become a Paramedic in the Ambulance Service of New South Wales (ASNSW) 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.
About the Ambulance Service of New South Wales
Becoming a Paramedic in the Ambulance Service of New South Wales (ASNSW) 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.
(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: As of the middle/end of 2018, registration of all Paramedics will become legislated. What this means is that to become a Paramedic in NSW (as well as other states), you will definitely need a Bachelor of Paramedic Science degree.
(1) Complete tertiary studies at university
In order to be considered for graduate entry as a Trainee Paramedic with the Ambulance Service of New South Wales applicants need to complete a tertiary degree in Pre-Hospital Care, commonly referred to as the Bachelor in Paramedic Science. In some cases, those in their final year of studying this degree can apply.
The universities listed below 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 ASNSW, 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 ASNSW 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 HECS loan system, it is quite achievable, although there is a hefty 20% loan fee applied to the cost of the degree. Despite this, the Bachelor qualification will open up many opportunities in the Ambulance Service of New South Wales.
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 in the private sector.
When choosing the university pathway via the Bachelor of Paramedic Science, you are typically awarded subject credits towards the degree if you have attained a diploma studying emergency health care and pre-hospital emergency care principles. Universities have different entry criteria; therefore it is always wise to make your own enquiries first.
(2) Have your current health care sector qualifications and experience assessed
Qualified Ambulance Paramedics or those who have experience may be eligible to apply for positions within the ASNSW if they meet the appropriate clinical training and have sufficient paramedical experience on-road.
Alternatively, if you already possess paramedic qualifications or work in the health care system, you may be eligible to fast-track your paramedic training. In addition, you may qualify for a higher rate of pay as a paramedic.
(C) Complete an application to study at APC
The final step towards launching your career as Registered Paramedic with ASNSW, is to complete an application for to study the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care. Based on your qualifications and life experience, you should be able to determine which pathway suits your needs.
(1) Apply with the Trainee Paramedic Recruitment Campaign
If you have a recognised NSW university degree in paramedicine you are eligible to apply to ASNSW. In some cases, those in their final year of study may also be eligible.
(2) Apply for the VET diploma pathway training program with APC
If you do not have any prior medical experience you can apply and graduate with a nationally accredited HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science, (superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care).
(3) Apply for job as Registered Paramedic with NSW Ambulance
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.
Now that we have laid out for you the above steps, just remember – with a little hard work, you can achieve your dream of becoming a paramedic with the Ambulance Service of NSW.
Enhance your chances of becoming a Registered Paramedic with Australian Paramedical College
The Australian Paramedical College offers a number of qualifications to enhance your eligibility to become a paramedic (via university) with the Ambulance Service of New South Wales. Typically, the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care can help you get into university. Find out more information on university pathways here.
For more information regarding courses and entry requirements, or, if you would like to speak with a Paramedical Course Training Advisor today call (07) 5520 2522.