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What qualification is needed to be classed as a ‘Paramedic’?

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We are often asked, “How do I become a Paramedic in Australia?” and while the answer is simple, the pathways that people take to get there can vary.

To become a registered Paramedic in Australia, working for a State Ambulance service, you need to undertake a Bachelor of Paramedical Science (or equivalent). This degree is 3 years full time at a recognised university.

To become a Private Sector Medic, for example, an Emergency Medical Technician, Event Medic, or Emergency Services Officer, which are very similar roles to Paramedics, you will need to complete the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care. This is an 18-24 month-long blended learning course, completed partially online and partially face-to-face at Clinical Workshops and Clinical Placement.

The Diploma of Emergency Health Care is also an excellent pathway into university, for those students who wish to go all the way to become a Registered Paramedic, but don’t have the right grades for direct entry, or simply want to get their knowledge ‘up-to-scratch’ before embarking on the bachelor’s degree.

The term Paramedic became a protected title in 2018 and the rules changed regarding the required education. Prior to that, the Diploma (plus work experience) was enough to become registered through AHPRA, which is the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Benefits of completing the Diploma prior to the Bachelor’s degree:

  • Having the Diploma means you can work in the private sector and gain experience, while you study the bachelor’s degree.
  • You will start your first year of university being one step ahead of your classmates, with tonnes of prior knowledge from your studies and hands-on experience from your Clinical Placements.
  • You may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) which means you can skip some of the first-year subjects.
  • Your resume will be impressive when you finally apply to become a paramedic, because of the extra qualification and experience.

Do Diploma graduates excel at university?

In the below video, you can hear Sam Willis, Senior Lecturer of Paramedicine at Charles Sturt University, explain how the APC graduates in his cllass are excelling in their bachelor’s degree. They have the practical background and experience that makes other students look up to them for support and guidance. Not only is their clinical knowledge advanced, but they demonstrate the correct way to interact and engage with others.

Do you have what it takes?

Being a Paramedic or Private Sector Medic is a job like no other! The rewards from helping patients each day are second to none. Every day is different, and you genuinely have the opportunity to impact people’s lives in a positive way. If you aren’t sure you have what it takes or know what pathway is best for you, we can help! You can create your very own personalised career development plan right here. The detailed report will explain to you how you can start taking the steps you need to get the career of your dreams.

If would like to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable Course Advisors, you can call us on 1300 377 741.

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About the Australian Paramedical College

The Australian Paramedical College is the largest private pre-hospital health care training provider in Australia, we can help you to achieve your paramedical training and career goals.

We offer three courses in the emergency healthcare sector:

Our nationally recognised paramedical training programs provide a flexible and affordable training pathway to employment in the private sector, or as a stepping stone to university to study a Bachelor of Paramedic Science. APC offers you the opportunity to become a Paramedic/Medic, regardless of your educational background. We believe you should still pursue your goals even if your school or college grades have previously prevented you from following a career path you know you’d be good at.

today, more than ever, anything is possible when you put your mind to it. With advances in online learning and teaching methodologies, it’s now easier than ever to fit study around your current lifestyle. A few of hours here and there each week is often all it takes to begin your studies. There’s no reason why you can not follow your dreams and become the person who saves lives and contributes to the well-being of their community. Apply to study at the college.

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