Thanks for your interest in studying at Australian Paramedical College (APC)!
Deciding to undertake studies can be an exciting, but daunting time for individuals. We’re big on the small things, so want to make sure you know the answers to all of your questions before entering into our HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care, HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care or HLT31120 – Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport.
Feel free to review our most commonly asked questions on this page, or click the button below to have a non-obligatory chat with an APC Course Advisor.Quick enquiry
We’re proud to offer a study option for all. Get to know some of our most popular pre-enrolment questions.
We look for commitment, passion and drive in individuals to ensure success in studying at APC. We want to give people of all backgrounds the chance to enter the pre-hospital healthcare industry and thrive.
Like any Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or University residing in Australia, certain entry requirements must be met before enrolling.
To apply for APC, the following must be met:
*You may apply and enrol holding your learner’s (L) licence, however, you will need a provisional licence (P) before attending Workshop 1 (approximately 12 months into your preferred course).
Pre-intake checks include:
Clinical Placement checks, prior to the time of placement:
We encourage you to reach out so we can put you in touch with one of our Course Advisors who can help guide you and work through any relevant details before applying.
Not at all.
APC allows you to complete the majority of your course online, at your pace and in your own time. Where you choose to complete the theoretical aspect of your studies doesn’t impact your enrolment at APC. Students are required to attend at least 1x 5-day Clinical Workshop throughout the direction of their studies at any of APC’s QLD, NSW, VIC or WA facilities although *
*Please note HLT31120 – Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport Clinical Workshops are only run in QLD, NSW and VIC.
You do not need an ATAR to study paramedicine at APC.
If you didn’t get the ATAR you were hoping for, it doesn’t mean you’ll never be able to get to university, it just means you need to consider alternative ways of getting there. APC’s HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care is a great course to study if you have future university aspirations but may not have the time, finances or ATAR results to apply right away.
Learn more about why your ATAR doesn’t matter here.
APC is passionate about offering life-changing education pathways to individuals of all ages!*
We’re proud to support high-school students, to mature-aged individuals the chance to excel in a healthcare career. You truly can never be too young or too old to start.
You can hear from a few of our students first-hand about their positive experiences studying at APC in the video below.
*You must be at least 16 years of age to enrol at APC (parental consent required if you’re under 18).
Many students who enrol at APC wish to have an entire career change, meaning they work in a full-time capacity and need to do so until they become graduates to be eligible to start their healthcare career.
With this in mind, we deisgn our courses to be flexible, so you can study at your own pace when it suits you!
Hear first-hand from APC student, Ashleigh, where she talks about studying the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science (since superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care) while working full-time in aged care.
We believe everyone should have the opportunity to follow their passion, no matter their background or level of experience.
Concerns about being smart enough to study are very common however as you can hear in the video below, our students found the supportive learning environment of APC helped them overcome any initial doubts they had.
You’re welcome to contact us if you have any concerns you’d like to discuss. One of our friendly Course Advisors can help provide you with more information so you feel comfortable about enrolling too!
Interested in understanding the enrolment requirements at APC? Or how to pay for your course? Make sure to check out the answers below.
APC offers three core courses on scope, these are:
It is important to note as a student of APC, you have the chance to complete your studies at an accelerated rate, depending on your personal goals and ability to fit study into your schedule.
APC is proud to deliver to our students a blended learning experience.
So, what does this mean for you? You get to enjoy the flexibility of completing the majority of your studies online, in the comfort of your home and at any time that suits you!
The only in-person element of studying at APC is Clinical Workshops and if studying the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care or HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care, Clinical Placement too.
All of APC’s courses are nationally recognised, enabling you to kick start your career in emergency or non-emergency healthcare no matter where you reside in Australia. We’re a Registered Training Organisation (RTO#32513) and approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).
Study costs will depend on the course you wish to undertake at APC, plus external factors such as your prior education etc. We also offer flexible payment options, depending on your financial situation. You can read about them here.
We encourage you to enquire today and chat with one of our friendly Course Advisors about course fees, assisting you to discover which course payment option is right for you.
Yes – APC offer RPL and CT’s on all of our courses. APC welcomes all to review their eligibility before enrolling by requesting a pre-enrollment proposal after speaking with an APC Course Advisor.
If you’re interested in understanding what RPL and CTs are, you can do so here.
Clinical Workshops exist in all of our courses, whereas Clinical Placement is only applicable to our HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care and HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care. Get to know more specifics below.
Clinical Workshops are a definite highlight for our students during their study journey!
Workshops at APC are interactive, hands-on practicals where you will develop your practical skills alongside our experienced Trainers & Assessors and fellow students face-to-face.
Once you’ve completed your relevant theory online, you will attend a workshop to start putting all of your knowledge into practice. Clinical Workshops consist of short theoretical lectures, demonstrations and then the most exciting part of all – you will get to use all the latest medical emergency equipment! A favourite amongst our students is driving APC’s decommissioned state ambulances!
During the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care you’ll complete 2x 5-day Clinical Workshops. If you’re completing either the HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care or HLT31120 – Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport, you’ll complete 1x 5-day Clinical Workshop.
Watch the video below to get a sneak peek into what our workshops are all about! Alternatively, you can check out our dedicated Clinical Workshop page here.
Many students fly in and spend the week at these locations, often choosing our beachside location in Burleigh Heads, Queensland. If you’re not based in one of these locations – that’s okay. You can check out some information here for students living in all other Australian states and territories.
*Clinical Workshops for the HLT31120 – Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport course are not held in Western Australia.
This invaluable experience gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their newly acquired skills under the direct supervision of individuals holding positions such as first responders, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, nurses, doctors and more.
Many students of APC choose to conduct their Clinical Placement alongside our Industry Partners, many going on to obtain employment as qualified healthcare practitioners upon graduation.
To learn more about Clinical Placement, click here, or discover our Industry Partners here. Alternatively, feel free to reach out and one of our friendly Course Advisors can walk you through Clinical Placement in detail.
From incredible industry leaders including Medical Edge Australia, St John Ambulance Victoria and Fire & Safety Australia to established organisations nationwide such as Crown Melbourne and Event Medical Plus, we are thrilled to provide our students and graduates with the chance to learn from healthcare experts in real-life settings.
The best part is – these experiences often lead to employment opportunities for our dedicated APC graduates!
Please note at APC we empower the responsibility of Clinical Placement to students, allowing them to choose where they conduct it. However, we are proud to have forged these Industry Partnerships to assist students in the sourcing of their placement, should they be looking for guidance.
Interested in what your future could look like as a graduate of APC? See below to have all of your questions answered below.
Once you have completed your course at APC you will be issued with 2x copies of your certificate – 1x hardcopy which is sent to your preferred postal address and 1x electronic. Please note that individuals will only be issued with their certificate once all monies have been paid.
Once an APC graduate, the pathway you wish to pursue is entirely up to you. Many graduates wish to start working in the sector with one of APC’s Industry Partners, others wish to take their studies to university to become a paramedic with the state ambulance service.
To become a Registered Paramedic and work with a State Ambulance Service, you will need to obtain a Bachelor of Paramedicine/Paramedic Science from university. However, a popular pathway to become a Registered Paramedic is through a Diploma first.
So, what are the benefits of completing APC’s HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care first?
APC is a great choice to get you started in the emergency healthcare sector, depending on your personal career goals and past education.
We encourage you to speak with one of our Course Advisors who will be able to help answer any questions you might have and provide guidance on the best way forward for you!
Many universities in Australia offer a VET pathway to their bachelor programs. You can find these on our website here.
While the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care is a pathway to university, there is no guarantee you will be able to get into any university at any time. Please keep in mind it can be competitive with limited spots available!
For students without an ATAR who wish to become a Registered Paramedic, we offer a unique opportunity for students to apply for university that they would not otherwise have. Many APC students who have taken this path have been successful.
We recommend speaking to one of our Course Advisors about your personal circumstances and career goals so we can best support you on your study journey.
The career pathways/jobs you can pursue upon graduation will depend on the course you study at APC and your residing state/territory too.
From becoming a Patient Transport Officer to an Event Medic, or even starting your journey to becoming an Ambulance Paramedic, there are different job possibilities depending on your career aspirations.
To learn about career pathways, click here.
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