University Pathways
Bachelor of Paramedic Science

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“Because of APC I’m doing better at uni than a lot of 3rd year students”…Rachel

The Australian Paramedical College’s Diploma of Paramedical Science can provide a pathway into university – not only that;  Rachel’s experience and knowledge of clinical practice techniques in a prehospital emergency health care environment gave her a head start over other QUT students who were already 2 years into their Bachelor’s degree.

Rachel is one of many APC graduates who used the diploma as a stepping stone in to university.

Studying the Diploma of Paramedical Science isn’t as big as a commitment as direct entry to university; plus graduates of APC will gain the underpinning clinical knowledge and possess hands-on experience.

Paramedic registration

  • You are required to possess a Paramedic Science degree (or equivalent on-road experience) to apply to become a registered Ambulance Paramedic in Australia.
  • Paramedics are required to register their details with the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme and Paramedicine Board of Australia.
  • Paramedics 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.

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

Pathways to university

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.

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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, 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

  • You will be qualified to start working in the industry faster as you can apply for medic work or the like whilst you study at University to complete your degree.
  • 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 or the like?

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).

  • 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.

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.

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 Paramedic 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 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.

 

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 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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Universities offering the Bachelor of Paramedic Science

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.

See the list of Universities here

Australian Capital Territory
Australian Catholic University

www.acu.edu.au

New South Wales
Charles Stuart University
www.csu.edu.au

University of Western Sydney
www.uws.edu.au

Northern Territory
Central Queensland University
www.cqu.edu.au

Queensland
Central Queensland University
www.cqu.edu.au

Queensland University of Technology
www.qut.edu.au

University of Queensland
www.uq.edu.au

James Cook University
www.jcu.edu.au

Griffith University
www.griffith.edu.au

University of Southern Queensland
www.usq.edu.au

University of Sunshine Coast
www.usc.edu.au

South Australia

Flinders University
www.flinders.edu.au

Tasmania
University of Tasmania (TAS, NSW)
www.utas.edu.au

Western Australia
Curtin University
www.curtin.edu.au

Edith Cowan University
www.ecu.edu.au

Victoria
Federation University Australia
www.federation.edu.au
LaTrobe University
www.latrobe.edu.au

Monash University
www.monash.edu.au

Victoria University
www.vu.edu.au