Becoming a medic/Paramedic is a popular career choice for many people. This vocation offers a wide range of opportunities to work on the front line of emergency health care. Times have changed; with new online training methods, advanced learning systems, apps, videos, online lectures, forums and Zoom, Messenger, Skype, Slack communication – today’s students have so much more collaboration tools at their fingertips. When you think about it, it’s hard to find an excuse not to get started.
At the Australian Paramedical College, we believe the pathway to becoming an Ambulance Paramedic or Basic/Advanced Life Support Medic in the private sector should be made clear. There are many stages of learning to become an emergency medical professional.
If you’re like most people, the thought of becoming a Paramedic/Life Support Medic and working full/part-time has been a lifelong dream. Or perhaps a personal trauma in your life has made you realise the most fulfilling job you can do is to help people and perhaps even save a life one day.
You may already know that direct entry into university to study paramedicine is a popular pathway direct from school. Although what about adult education? How can older Australian’s get back into the study mode and balance their hectic lifestyles. Everyone has their own idea of how their life should evolve, although at times, life can be unpredictable – take Coronavirus, for instance.
The reality is, if you did not do so well at school or are perhaps a mature-aged student (18 years +) looking for a career change or just wanting to give themselves a better chance at living a full life, getting into university may not be an option. Let’s be clear, if you want to work as an Ambulance Paramedic (a person who drives those ambulances with red and blue flashing lights), there’s no option but to get a degree.
If that seems like a plan, but it’s way off at the moment – keep reading, because we have some good news on how you can keep doing what you’re doing now and study in your spare time.
One of the best ways to understand what training and career options you have is to create a Paramedical Career Development Plan.
Choose which option suits you the best.
If your career goal is to work as a registered Ambulance Paramedic, you must be prepared to go to university and complete your degree. For some, this is a preferred option because the degree means you have more employment opportunities and have the security of a government-backed job.
The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme requires all Paramedics to be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). University graduates submit their application to the Paramedicine Board of Australia in order to become officially recognised as member of the ‘Paramedic’ profession.
The HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care does not allow you to work as an Ambulance Paramedic; however, you can work as a Basic/Advanced Life Support Medic in the private sector. Working in the sports, events, construction and mining industries. There is plenty of opportunity to build your connections network by meeting and working with various employers. Many graduates of APC will work in the private sector, gain invaluable experience, then decide to advance their knowledge at university.
*Formerly know as the HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science.
Many people choose to study the APC diploma because;