One of the biggest questions people are asking today in the paramedic field is whether you can become a paramedic without a bachelor degree? The truth is that there are many paramedic style careers and roles in the community that don’t require a bachelor degree. These roles have a very similar skill set of a registered paramedic, but with a different (and usually lower level) scope of practice.
There are several paramedical courses designed to provide the quality training needed to fulfil these roles. Our training is provided by some of the industries most experienced emergency health care trainers, all while sparing the student a massive university debt that will take them years (sometimes decades) to pay off.
To become a registered paramedic in Australia, you are required to undertake a bachelors degree. After successful completion, you can register with AHPRA and work for a state ambulance service, responding to triple zero (000) calls. To work as a medic in the private sector, such as an Event Medic, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Emergency Services Officer (ESO), for example, you are not required to complete a bachelors degree. Instead, a VET Sector course, such as the Diploma of Emergency Health Care, will qualify you to work in the private sector.
The short answer is, no. In order to become a registered paramedic, you are required to undertake a bachelors degree. However, there are many similar style roles, that do not require a bachelors degree. In these roles you still respond to patients, make patient assessments, provide pre-hospital treatment and sometimes even transport them to the hospital.
Below you will find an overview of the many different career paths you can take that will give you a similar experience to a paramedic. You will also learn the general training and education that is required for each position. These are just a few examples, there are many similar roles out there within different industries. It is important, however, to keep in mind that many of these requirements differ from state to state and within different organisations.
An Event Medic provides an advanced level of first aid and life support to patrons of medium and large events. When people gather in large crowds, it’s imperative to have on-site medical assistance nearby to deal with any life-threatening emergencies. Events that enlist Event Medics include sporting events, music festivals, conferences, marathons and much more! You can learn more about event medics here. The most popular qualification for this career choice is the Diploma of Emergency Health Care.
Become a medic on mine sites and offer medical assistance to mine workers in both routine and emergency scenarios. This role requires skills in pre-hospital medicine, WHS, rescue operations and more. This role may require further qualifications in Mine Rescue. You can learn more about ESOs here. The minimum requirement for this role, depending on which state you are hired in, is either the Certificate IV in Health Care or the Diploma of Emergency Health Care. (plus a mines rescue course, not offered by APC)
Be the ‘go-to’ medical assistance on-site of large industrial or construction sites. Both minor and major injuries are common on construction sites, despite the best safety processes. Large construction sites that have many workers, power tools, trucks and other dangerous activities will often hire Emergency Health Care workers to remain on-site and render medical assistance as required. The most popular qualification for this career choice is the Diploma of Emergency Health Care.
Once the threat of COVID-19 reduces, the world will begin to open up again for recreational travel. People will be making up for lost time and going to places on their bucket list that they’ve always dreamed of going to. Advanced level hikes and expeditions will often have an emergency medical crew travel with them to remote locations, just in case! Travel the world and get paid for it. Complete the Diploma of Emergency Health Care to ensure you have the right skills to help your clients, especially in remote locations when you can’t call for backup.
High-paying salaries attract many people to live and work off-shore in oil and gas rigs. Their locations mean they are unable to access emergency trauma care in hospitals, so there are WHS requirements to have Emergency Health Care workers on-site. This role may require additional training. The entry-level course would be the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care.
Transport non-emergency patients to and from the hospital in an ambulance, as a PTO. For example, aged care or injured patients who do not have the ability to transport themselves will be required to attend medical appointments. These patients are non-emergency but do require medical monitoring under the observation of a trained health care worker. We have a course dedicated to this role as it is an extremely fast-growing industry. The CHLT31120 – Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport is typically the minimum requirement, although many students opt for the CHLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care in order to give themselves a competitive advantage on their resume.
The great thing about the Australian Paramedical College is that you can complete all of the above required courses with some of the industries best paramedic trainers. You can also complete the e-Learning component at your own pace, conveniently working around your needs and your unique circumstances then complement your studies with Clinical Workshops and Clinical Placement. Talk to one of our experience Paramedic Career Advisors today by calling 1300 377 741.
Study pre-hospital emergency health care qualifications online at APC; with the aid of clinical workshops as well as online and phone support from trainers and educators. Enjoy unlimited access to a student success team who are always ready to help and assist. Although paramedical courses can be studied online; APC fosters a vibrant and passionate community that encourages students to engage and help one another.