Bachelor of Paramedic Science?

student uses diploma paramedic science to achieve great results studying paramedical science at QUT

“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, knowledge of clinical practice techniques in a pre-hospital emergency health care environment gave her a massive 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 their Diploma as a stepping stone in to university.

Studying the Diploma of Paramedical Science isn’t as big as a commitment (financially and time0wise) as going to university. Taking on tertiary studies means being prepared to work hard. The last thing on anyone’s mind is the realisation they are out of their depth because they are not properly prepared.

This is why studying the Diploma first, gaining the underpinning clinical knowledge and getting hands-on ‘real-world’ experience is so appealing.

Think of the Diploma as setting solid foundations to study the Bachelor in Paramedic Science, which by the way is essential if you want to become a registered Ambulance Paramedic, or have your sights set on becoming a flight/rescue Paramedic.

Paramedic registration facts

  • You need 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) – Charles Sturt University.

Pathways to university

APC is proud to be associated with the following universities who have accepted APC graduates into the degree program and awarded on average, a 30% credit towards the degree. Although on average students are awarded credits towards the degree, this can be subject to change.

Read how APC graduates have been accepted into university degree programs by studying the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science.

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The Bachelor of Paramedic Science

The thought of going to university directly from year 12, or even as a mature-aged student can be overwhelming for some, yet, as we said earlier, a Bachelor of Paramedic Science is absolutely essential if your goal is to work as an Ambulance Paramedic.

The Bachelor of Paramedic Science degree is offered by many universities across Australia by way of 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 be accepted into university first; and that can be the tricky part, especially if your ATAR or OP does not meet the entry standards.

Degree curriculum

A typical Bachelor of Paramedic Science degree, can be made up of 24 courses, divided into 6 terms.

For the most part, you can expect to complete the degree in around 3 years, although we have seen UTAS offer the Bachelor of Paramedic Practice (Conversion Pathway) which can be completed in 2 years. This pathways exists for those who are already working in the pre-hospital emergency health care field.

With the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science from APC you meet the entry requirements (most universities) to be accepted into the Bachelor of Paramedic Science.

30% credits towards the degree

You can definitely benefit from completing the Diploma then going on to university – here’s why;

  • APC Diploma graduates have been credited up to 30% of their degree, or close to one semester
  • 7 subjects on average were credited. This can be subject to change as some universities have different entry requirements. We recommend you check with your chosen university before proceeding.

The key areas in which APC students receives credit points were;

  • Paramedic practice/science and clinical skills.
  • Anatomy (human body systems) and physiology.
  • Drug actions; and
  • Social, cultural, legal issues, ethical awareness.

APC is proud to be associated with the following universities who have accepted APC graduates into their degree program;

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) at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) 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 (there are some word differences), however, the curriculum and subjects you could be studying can vary from one university to the next.

This is a very important consideration when choosing which university you are going to attend. Of course, not everyone has the luxury of choice; because where you live often dictates which university you will go to (for the most part anyway).

The reason for the differences in the curriculum’s can be attributed to many factors such as the location of the university which can influence the socio-economic and community-based learning outcomes. Degrees are also structured to prepare graduates for the current as well as future demands of the industry.

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 Wellbeing

There are some differences in the subjects for each degree. 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.

If university is your pathway, we encourage you to discover for yourself how the degree is structured and how it compared to other degrees.

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 you will be learning, your life at uni will 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.

Discover for yourself how the degree is structured and find out which universities offer credits towards the Bachelor of Paramedic Science.

Paying for your degree with a government loan (HECS)

Current research shows the cost of a Bachelor degree can be around $60,000+.

As most people know, funding tertiary studies (for the majority) means getting a HECS-HELP loan.

This is not free money from your government – you have to pay it back. You start to make repayments through the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) once your income reaches a certain amount. You don’t pay anything back until your income is over $44,000 p.a.  Repayments are calculated initially at 1% of your salary and increase the more you earn.

[See the repayment calculator here]

As the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) is an Australian government initiative, repayment rates can vary at any moment, so it pays to understand what you’re committing to, especially when dealing with interest and indexation. Not forgetting the 20% loan fee added by the government. This is on top of the cost of the degree.

Find out more about interest and indexation on the government website.

The government openly reveals there is no real interest charged on HECS‑HELP loans, however the interest charged can vary as it is linked to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and is reviewed each year.

The government has more information on HECS loan repayments on their website.

Figures quoted may not be correct at the time of publishing. The Australian Paramedical College strongly suggests you conduct your own research.

To save you some time and make things easy for you, here’s some additional information.

To be eligible for a university degree HECS‑HELP loan, you must:

  • be studying in a Commonwealth supported place;
  • meet the relevant HECS-HELP residency requirements;
  • be an Australian citizen; or
  • be a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency requirements; or
  • be a permanent humanitarian visa holder;
  • be enrolled in each unit at your university by the census date; and
  • submit a valid Request for Commonwealth support and HECS‑HELP form by the census date (or earlier administrative date) to your university.


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 concepts, the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science is a good place to start.

This Nationally Recognised qualification has been developed by the Australian government Vocational Education and Training (VET) department, in conjunction with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) , the Australian Core Skills Framework, Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and the Industry Skills Council.

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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

New South Wales
Charles Stuart University (APC Diploma > Degree Credits Awarded: YES)

University of Western Sydney

Northern Territory
Central Queensland University

Central Queensland University (APC Diploma > Degree Credits Awarded: YES)

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) (APC Diploma > Degree Credits Awarded: YES)

Western Australia
Curtin University

Edith Cowan University (APC Diploma > Degree Credits Awarded: YES)

Federation University Australia
LaTrobe University

Monash University

Victoria University (APC Diploma > Degree Credits Awarded: YES)