Studying Paramedicine at TAFE
You don’t have a lot of choice when it’s time to think about studying towards creating a better life for yourself. One of the big questions is can you afford to take time off work and study pre-hospital emergency health care qualifications at TAFE?
For some, this may be the only option, yet for others, they say, “I don’t think I can go to TAFE full time, I need to keep working and earn a living, but I really want to study and work towards my dream of becoming a medic or Paramedic’.
TAFE, for the most part offers its paramedical training courses via a loan through the Australian government VET Student Loan Study Assist program. Choosing to study at TAFE means a 20% government loan fee is automatically added to the cost of the course, which can add $2000 to the total price of the course.
Your loan to study with TAFE is repaid through the Australian Tax Office (ATO) when your income reaches $45,881 per annum. The more you earn, the more money the ATO automatically takes out of your bank account; you really don’t have a choice.
If TAFE is not an option for you, there is another way.
The Diploma of Paramedical Science (superseded by HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care) is the flexible study, online paramedic course that can set the foundations for a career in private emergency health – or as a pathway into university. The diploma is a safe option to work out if you really want to work in the pre-hospital emergency health care system. Note: To become a Registered Ambulance Paramedic with a State Ambulance Service, you’ll need the Bachelor of Paramedic Science degree.
If the university is not for you, the diploma will deliver the qualifications you need for a well-paid job as a private sector Medic, Event Medic, Mining Medic (ESO), Emergency Medical Technician or many similar roles. There are jobs you can do locally and will often tie in with some of the activities you like to do and watch. Imagine being the medic at your local footy game, golf event or outdoor concert? This is all possible with the Diploma of Paramedical Science (superseded by HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care).
Find out more about the different pre-hospital emergency health care training jobs you can do.
Alternatives to studying at TAFE
There are three paramedical, pre-hospital health care qualifications you can study online at the Australian Paramedical College.
Course completion can take anywhere between 12 months and 24 months depending on the qualification level.
You can study where and when you like, in your own time (although there is a limit of 2 years to complete the diploma).
This is one of the most appealing aspects of learning online – everyone loves the freedom to choose their own study timetable. APC offers unlimited support and mentoring from tutors and paramedic trainers. There’s a huge facebook group of students who are always willing to lend a hand and help one another when they need it.
Choose your course
- HLT31120 – Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport
This is the job where you take patients in your ambulance to and from their home, doctors surgeries to hospitals and medical clinics. This is a perfect job if you love helping people, enjoy driving and love a chat.
HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care
The entry-level medic course to get you started in a new career saving lives as a Basic Life Support Medic. Work in the private sector and be the one person others rely on at sporting events or outdoor concerts where large volumes of people congregate and the risk of injury is high.
- HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care (formerly HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science)
This sought-after qualification means you can work in the private sector as a Medic and/or enter university to study a Bachelor of Paramedic Science. Equipped with advanced life support skills, you can work in a wide range of sectors like mining, oil & gas, maritime, construction, tourism, sports etc.
You need a plan.
No matter which pathway you choose, TAFE or othwise – you need a plan and a clear view of where you want to take your career. With a clear plan, you can develop an amazing career in the pre-hospital health care sector by making the right choices on which training option ticks all your boxes. You’re probably wondering where to start, which courses to do and how to develop your skills.
With the right mix of skills and experience you can pick and choose the jobs ad and working conditions that fit in with your idea of a well-balanced work/family life. Balance is important; and being happy and fulfilled in your work makes such a difference in your life. You’ll be working a long time – so you’d agree when we say you have to make good choices early on.
Whilst you’re thinking about how safe and secure a career in health care could be, now more than ever, the whole world has come to recognise the great work every health care worker does. It’s the perfect time to work in health.
Is it time you made a different and gave something back to your community and one of the first steps to achieving that is by completing a Paramedical career development plan!
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