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How to become a Paramedic from a Nurse

How to become a Paramedic from a Nurse

Working as a Registred Nurse is an incredibly rewarding experience as you may know, one that brings with it a variety of skills and knowledge that applies itself to other areas of the health care sector. What happens, however,  when you want to change career paths? Do you have to start from scratch?

If you want to make the change from a Nurse to a Paramedic, the Australian Paramedical College can help you transition into your new career path. We can show you which pathways you can take, via a Diploma – or by way of a degree. There are a few options – so please read on.


Make the most of your nursing skills and qualifications

Through your studies and experiences in being a Registered Nurse, it goes without saying that you possess many great qualities that will contribute to a successful career as a paramedic. For that reason, our HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science program via RPL ensures that your experience is recognised and acknowledged.

Available online and face to face, our Diploma of Paramedical Science is nationally recognised and is an intermediate level course that will provide you with the skills necessary to step into higher level paramedical roles, such as:

  • Emergency Services Officer (ESO) Mining and Resource Sector – Diploma of Paramedical Science
  • Industrial medic – Diploma of Paramedical Science
  • Basic to Advanced life support medic first responder
  • Ambulance Paramedic (by way of a degree pathway program)
  • Ambulance transport attendant (ATA) – Certificate IV in Health Care / Diploma of Paramedical Science
  • Emergency medical technician (EMT) – Certificate IV in Health Care / Diploma of Paramedical Science
  • Private patient transport officer (PTO) – Certificate III in Non-emergency Patient Transport
  • Emergency patient transport officer (Certificate III in Non-emergency Patient Transport – Diploma of Paramedical Science

Considering a Registered Nurse will already have a degree, explore the option of further study and obtain the Bachelor of Paramedic Science (Specialised) through one of our recommended universities who have awarded degree program credits to APC graduates.

Comparison between Paramedics and Nurses:

Paramedics and nurses have  similar roles when it comes to caring for patients in need of medical attention. While nurses look after patients when they arrive at a hospital, paramedics tend to a patient’s needs when he/she is being taken to a hospital. These environments are so very different from one another, hence the need for additional training.

The key responsibilities of nurses and paramedics are discussed below.


Most paramedics remain on duty on 12-14 hour shift to assist patients who need immediate out-of-hospital emergency care.

Their job includes the following responsibilities:

  •       Transporting emergency patients to a medical facility.
  •       Observing patient vital signs.
  •       Managing the medical supplies and equipment in an ambulance in the best manner possible.

How to become a Paramedic from a Nurse


The job of nurses is vastly different from that of paramedics, although both focus on patient care as an absolute priority. Typically, nurses are required to work within contained environments, hospitals, medical facilities and the like to assist the doctors and other medical care staff.

Their job requires them to manage some the following tasks:

  •       Developing care plans for patients, checking their medical history, and documenting their progress.
  •       Operating medical equipment in the facility.
  •       Performing examinations and interpreting results.
  •       Educating patients about a future course of action.

Benefits of Being a Paramedic

Transitioning from a nurse to a paramedic can be made easier with the help from the Australian Paramedical College and the Diploma of Paramedical Science. It is definitely worth it.

Here are a few perks of being a paramedic.

Satisfaction of Helping Others

How to become a Paramedic from a Nurse

Paramedics are often the first on-scene to assist those who require life-saving medical care. They are required to quickly assess the medical state of a patient and make snap decisions to provide essential care on the spot. While this process can be demanding, the satisfaction of playing such an important role in someone else’s recovery is well worth the stress.


On-road, Ambulance Paramedics aren’t bounded by the walls of a hospital or medical facility. They are usually on the go and are tending to emergency patients wherever the need arises. Their job takes them to different locations every single day, which appeals to so many people. Being engaged in your job, having the freedom and no two days are ever the same are compounding reasons why the paramedic profession is a highly sought after one.

Educational Requirements

  • A Paramedic Science degree (or equivalent on-road experience) is required to become a registered Ambulance Paramedic.
  • Paramedics are required to register with the new National Registration and Accreditation Scheme and Paramedicine Board of Australia.
  • Paramedics are registered through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Only those who possess recognised qualifications and/or experience or who are registred can use the term ‘Paramedic’ to describe their job role.

To transition from a nurse to paramedic would be by way of application for RPL and/or credit transfer.

The process of RPL or Recognition of Prior Learning will assess and recognise the qualifications and experience of all registered nurses wanting to become paramedics. The RPL process can be quite lengthy, however, it is well worth the time and effort to do so.



Start your transition from a nurse to a paramedic and kick-start your journey forward





How to become a Paramedic from a Nurse

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