From Diploma to Bachelor of Paramedic Science degree.

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University pathways to the Bachelor of Paramedic Science

A bachelor’s degree is required to work in the pre-hospital 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.

Getting an offer to study at university can be challenging for some; however, if you’re looking for a pathway into a degree, the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care is a popular choice. APC HLT51015 Diploma graduates have previously been credited for multiple subjects in their degree. This often shortens the length of the degree while allowing them to work in the emergency health care industry while studying.

The subjects credited may differ depending on the university curriculum. This can be subject to change as some universities will have different entry requirements. We recommend you check with your chosen university.

Pathways to university

APC diploma graduates have been credited for multiple Bachelor of Paramedic Science degree subjects. This often shortens the completion time of the degree, whilst allowing them to work in the field as a medic and study at the same time.

The Bachelor of Paramedic Science degree can also be referred to as the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) or Bachelor of Paramedicine.

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 credits to APC graduates (former qualification HLT51015):

Read how APC graduates have been accepted into university degree programs by studying the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science (superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care) .

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Bachelor of Paramedic Science

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.

Degree curriculum

A typical Bachelor of Paramedic Science degree, may 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 some universities offer conversion pathway degrees which can be completed in 2 years. This conversion pathway option exists for individuals who are already working in the pre-hospital/emergency health care field.

Why you can benefit from completing the Diploma then going to university

  • You will be qualified to start working in the industry faster as you can apply for medic work whilst you study at University.
  • Imagine graduating from university with real industry experience

Who would you choose at an interview for a Paramedic position?

  • John Smith with a Bachelor Degree?
  • or YOU who holds a Bachelor degree and 2 years’ industry experience as a medic in the pre-hospital industry?

It just makes sense – best of both worlds (not to mention the networking you can do in the industry to get that Paramedic career at the end of university).

  • APC diploma graduates have previously been credited for multiple subjects within their degree. This can often shorten the amount of study time, whilst creating a unique opportunity work in the health care industry while studying.
  • We recommend you check with your chosen university as credited subjects can differ.

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.

Bachelor of Paramedic Practice

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.

Are all Paramedical degrees the same?

Absolutely not!

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.

  1. Paramedic Practice
  2. Paramedic Functions
  3. Sciences
  4. Community
  5. Personal/Career Development
  6. Personal Well-being

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 each other, our advice is to take a good look at a few different universities when choosing the right one for you. Paramedicine is a challenging subject, especially at university level. Once you’re clear on which subjects are offered, your life at uni could be more enjoyable and interesting. If you get this bit right, you’ll be motivationed to complete your studies, become the best version of yourself and show the world (and yourself) you can achieve something truly remarkable.


What if university isn’t an option?

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 (superseded by HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care) 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.

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Paramedic registration

  • You are required to possess a Paramedic Science degree (or equivalent on-road experience) to apply to become a registered Ambulance Paramedic with a state ambulance service in Australia.
  • Paramedics are required to register their details with the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme and Paramedicine Board of Australia.
  • Paramedic registration is managed through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Only registered Paramedics can legally use the term ‘paramedic’ to describe their job role.

Universities offering the Bachelor of Paramedic Science

If you’d like a list of the universities offering the Bachelor of Paramedic Science, download the list here (PDF).

Information on this page is subject to change and is to be used as a guide only.

See the list of Universities here

Australian Capital Territory
Australian Catholic University

New South Wales
Charles Stuart University

University of Western Sydney

Northern Territory
Central Queensland University

Central Queensland University

Queensland University of Technology

University of Queensland

James Cook University

Griffith University

University of Southern Queensland

University of Sunshine Coast

South Australia

Flinders University

University of Tasmania (TAS, NSW)

Western Australia
Curtin University

Edith Cowan University

Federation University Australia
LaTrobe University

Monash University

Victoria University