A degree is required to work in the prehospital emergency health care sector as a registered Ambulance Paramedic.
The degree can take a minimum of 2-3 years full-time at university, then one year as a probationary Paramedic.
APC Diploma graduates have previously been credited for multiple subjects within their degree. This often shortens the length of their degree while allowing them to work in the health care industry while they study.
The subjects credited differ depending on the courses offered within the degree per university. This can be subject to change as some universities have different entry requirements. We recommend you check with your chosen university.
The Bachelor of Paramedic Science degree can also be referred to as the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic).
APC Diploma of Paramedical Science graduates, after applying to certain universities, have been credited for multiple degree subjects. This often shortens the completion time of their degree whilst allowing them to work and study at the same time.
The subjects credited can differ from university to university. Credit amounts and subject credits can change because each university will have a different curriculum.
The following universities offer the Bachelor of Paramedic Science and have awarded Bachelor of Paramedic Science credits to APC graduates:
Read how APC graduates have been accepted into university degree programs by studying the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science.University Pathways Guide - Create Your Personalised Plan
The Bachelor of Paramedic Science degree is offered by many universities across Australia via an on-campus program or by distance (online) learning.
No matter where you live in Australia, studying for a Bachelor of Paramedic Science is relatively straight forward – you just have to apply and be accepted into university first; and that can be the tricky part, especially if your ATAR or OP does not meet the entry criteria.
A typical Bachelor of Paramedic Science degree, can consist of 24 courses, divided into 6 terms (dependent on the university)
For most universities, the expected time frame to complete a bachelor is 3 years, although there are conversion pathways which can be completed in 2 years dependent on the university. This conversion pathways exists for individuals who are already working in the pre-hospital/emergency health care field.
The HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science from APC can potentially assist you with being accepted into the Bachelor of Paramedic Science.
Why you can benefit from completing the Diploma then going to university
Who would you choose at an interview for a Paramedic position?
It just makes sense – best of both world’s (not to mention the networking you can do in the industry to get that Paramedic career at the end of university).
As always, universities can change their policy. All information on this page is subject to change and is to be used as a guide only.
Read more about how you can save time on your degree and get the credit you deserve.
The Bachelor of Paramedic Practice (Conversion) is an online program designed to help you upgrade your existing pre-hospital emergency health care qualifications (if you have them) and allow transition into the Bachelor of Paramedic Practice degree. You must be working in the field to qualify for this program.
Essentially, the name of the degree is the same, however, the subjects you could be studying can vary from one university to the next.
APC recently surveyed 11 universities in Australia offering the Bachelor of Paramedic Science. For the most part, the degree is structured into 6 categories.
Some universities for instance do not focus on mental health (ECU & Curtin) or ageing, whereas some will focus more on obstetrics and paediatrics (ECU & UTAS).
Depending on your career goals you may choose a university which focuses on professional development and leadership (Vic Uni, ECU, USC, CQU, UTAS), or perhaps infection control, epidemiology and biochemistry (CQU, ECU, QUT, VIC UNI) is more suited to your interests.
In a world where universities compete heavily with one another, our advice is to take a good look at a few universities. Paramedicine is a challenging subject, especially at university level. Once you’re clear on which subjects are on offer, your life at uni could be more enjoyable and interesting. If you get this bit right, you’ll be fueled with motivation to complete your studies, become the best version of yourself and show the world (and yourself) you can achieve something truly remarkable.
If university is not an option for you at the moment and you’re passionate about studying paramedical science, the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science is a good place to start.
This qualification is developed by the Industry Skills Council in conjunction with industry bodies to develop a training package that meets the requirements and aligns to the Australian Qualifications standards for a Diploma level qualification in the VET sector.
This qualification is delivered by the Australian Paramedical College and can be completed via a mix of online learning, face-to-face clinical workshops (QLD, NSW, VIC and WA) and clinical placement.University Pathways Guide - Create Your Personalised Plan
If you’d like a list of the universities for future reference, download the list here (PDF).
Information on this page is subject to change and is to be used as a guide only.
New South Wales
Charles Stuart University
University of Western Sydney
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