Paramedic Courses TAFE

Discover the options that Vocational and Education Training (VET) offers, and if a TAFE course is right for you.

Studying to Become a Medic/Paramedic


When it’s time to think about studying to create a better life, choosing a course that aligns with your personal and professional needs is essential and can take a lot of thought. One of the big questions to ask yourself is, ‘Can I afford to take time off work and study? ‘. 

You’re not alone if your answer is ‘not a lot ‘. We aren’t always fortunate enough to take time off work and forfeit the loss of finances, but we also don’t want to spend the rest of our lives in a job we don’t like. It’s times like these that considering studying at a private college may be the best for you rather than the conventional way of studying at university or TAFE.

Is University, TAFE or a Private RTO my Best Option?

Tertiary study (education after high school) can be broken down into two main categories:

Higher Education

Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Technical and Further Education (TAFE) and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs)


For those who aren’t ready to commit to the financial commitment of university and in-person requirements of TAFE, you might consider studying at an RTO for their flexible and affordable offerings.

Negatives of TAFE

For the most part, TAFE offers training courses through the Australian Government’s ‘VET Student Loan Study Assist Program’. This program automatically adds a 20% government loan fee to the course cost, potentially increasing the cost of your course by $2,000+. 

Choosing TAFE also offers little flexibility with re-payment options. The more you earn, the more money the ATO takes from your bank account to pay back the loan without you having any say in the matter.

Positives of an RTO

Privately-run RTOs, such as Australian Paramedical College (APC), often offer payment plans to assist with paying off your course.

With smaller interest amounts and flexible payment plans, you can decide how and when course repayments come out, with the ability to place them on pause at any given time of your course.

APC courses additionally offer payment schemes such as AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY, Skills Checkpoint, Youth Allowance, Pensioner Education Payment and the Regional Education and Skills Program for students to gain funding assistance.

How learning with APC works

If you’re interested in a paramedicine career, APC can offer flexible online courses to get you qualified as a Medic in as little as 24 months and opens the pathway to becoming a paramedic through VET entry at university. 

Learn online at your own pace

Enjoy the convenience of learning online, when and where it suits you.

Gain clinical skills

Clinical workshops are where you get to put the theory you’ve learned, into practice.

Get industry experience

Gain hands-on industry experience through our placement partners or go straight into work.

Getting you Industry Ready with our Industry Partners

As part of our commitment to quality, APC partners with 20+ organisations across Australia and New Zealand to deliver clinical placement opportunities and employment pathways. 

From aeromedical support to patient transport, event medical providers and ambulance services, we’re passionate about creating real career outcomes for graduates. 

Get-to-know our Industry Partners by clicking the button below.

Our Courses

APC offers three nationally-recognised courses throughout Australia that allow you to study how, when and where you want – getting you qualified and ready for employment within the healthcare sector within a 12-24 month period.

What’s even better is that at APC, there are no due dates for assessments, eliminating the immediate rush and stress. With 61.6% of students working up to 36 hours a week, it’s clear that balancing studies at APC with a full-time job is entirely possible*.
*APC Student Survey (July, 2024)

Looking to the future

Jessica Forbes | Diploma student

Meet Jessica, one of our amazing students who studied the Diploma at APC.

As someone who wishes to go to university to further her studies when she can afford to, Jessica has enjoyed the flexibility of studying online while working full-time. 

It’s a really good option, especially if you want to go onto university… I picked the Diploma as a steppingstone“, she shared of her APC experience.

Ready to learn more?

Take a closer look at our courses and have a chat to one of our friendly Course Advisors to find out how APC can help you create that amazing career you’ve always dreamed of.