Ambulance Paramedic in Victoria
There are essentially two pathways to becoming an Ambulance Paramedic in Victoria. In fact, it’s pretty much the same process no matter where you live in Australia. We have detailed these two pathways for you below so that all you need to do is determine which option is best suited to your situation.
Paramedic – Via University
The paramedic profession in Australia changed in late 2018. Legislation was passed to bring the industry into line with other health care professions. Students currently studying paramedical theory must now complete a degree from a university approved by the Council of Ambulance Authorities Inc.
Paramedics also are required to be registered with the Paramedicine Board of Australia and AHPRA.
The Bachelor degree will open up many employment opportunities in the paramedical sector. Typically, the full degree takes around three years to complete and can cost anywhere from $55,000 to $65,000+. The University of Tasmania (UTAS) – Bachelor of Paramedic Practice 53A is a 2 year bridging degree, although there are some conditions.
The following is a list of universities offering degrees in paramedical science:
|Course Name||Course Provider||Location|
|Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)||Victoria University||Melbourne, VIC|
|Bachelor Emergency Health (Paramedic)||Monash University||Melbourne, VIC|
|Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic)||Monash University||Melbourne, VIC|
|Graduate Diploma of Paramedicine||Ballarat University||Ballarat, VIC|
|Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine||Australian Catholic University||Ballarat, VIC|
|Bachelor of Paramedicine||Australian Catholic University||Melbourne, VIC|
|Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Paramedic Practice||La Trobe University||Bendigo, VIC|
|Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)||Charles Sturt University||Bathurst, NSW|
|Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)||Charles Sturt University||Bathurst, NSW|
|Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)||Flinders University||Adelaide, SA|
|Bachelor of Paramedic Science||CQUniveristy||Rockhampton, QLD|
|Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)||Queensland University of Technology||Brisbane, QLD|
|Bachelor of Paramedic Science||University of the Sunshine Coast||Sunshine Coast, QLD|
|Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science)||Edith Cowan University||Perth, WA|
|Bachelor of Paramedic Practice||University of Tasmania||Tasmania and NSW|
|Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)||Auckland University of Technology||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)||Whitireia Community Polytechnic||Wellington, New Zealand|
The Australian Paramedical College is proud to be associated with the following universities who have accepted our Diploma graduates into the degree program;
- Central Queensland University (CQU) – Bachelor of Paramedic Science
- Edith Cowan University (ECU) – Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science)
- Charles Sturt University (CSU) – Bachelor of Paramedicine
- University of Tasmania (UTAS) – Bachelor of Paramedic Practice 53A
- Victoria University (VU) – Bachelor of Paramedicine
- University of Western Sydney – Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedicine)
If the university pathway is not an option, there are other alternatives.
One of the most popular pathways is to complete the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science online, then apply to a university to complete the degree. The benefits to this are, you can keep in working in your current job and keep on earning, there’s no interruption to your existing lifestyle and when you get to the end of the Diploma, you’re ready to make your application to a university.
Many universities offer credits towards the degree(usually around 30%) because the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science is highly recognised and is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 5 qualification.
Each university has a slightly different course structure and the subjects can vary.
As a guide, the following Bachelor of Paramedic Science course/subjects were awarded to APC Diploma graduates;
- Human Body Systems – Anatomy and Physiology 1
- Human Body Systems – Anatomy and Physiology 2
- Skills in Paramedical Practice 1
- Skills in Paramedical Practice 2
- Paramedic Clinical Practice 1
- Paramedic Clinical Practice 2
- Foundations and Principles of Paramedic Science
- Foundations of Professional Paramedic Practice
- Systems Physiology
- Australian Health and Social Care Systems and Policy
- Cultural Studies
- Pre-hospital Ethical and Legal Issues
- Principles of Drug Actions For Health Professionals