There are two pathways to get a University paramedical degree
Gain direct admission into university (3 years full-time study or 3-6 years part-time)
Gain a VET qualification (e.g. the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care), and then progress onto university
Starting off with a diploma before moving onto a university degree is an excellent way to build up your practical skills, medical knowledge and career confidence.
It’s also a great choice if you’re the kind of person who ‘learns by doing’. The HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care with APC includes two clinical workshops to help you hone your hands-on skills with real-world paramedical equipment and patient care, and a work placement that will get you out into the field with the opportunity to use your skills in the real world, on real patients.
In fact, your ATAR doesn’t matter.
Good question! You can receive credits for completing the Diploma of Emergency Health Care. The amount of credit awarded will vary depending on the university you choose.
Credits are awarded by universities through a Recognition for prior learning (RPL) application process. This varies by each university but it’s usually straightforward and there is lots of information available.
APC graduates have received up to 10 credits towards their degree.
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No. Essentially, the name of the degree is the same or similar but the subjects you study can vary from one university to the next.
So it’s worth considering what you might want to specialise in, or what you’re most interested in before you apply. This will help you find the right degree for you, giving you the best chance of enjoying it, succeeding, and ultimately building a rewarding career.
What are my options?
Across Australia, paramedic degrees can vary to focus on a range of specialisms including mental health and aged care (two critical industry needs), obstetrics and paediatrics, infection control, epidemiology and biochemistry, and professional development and leadership for those aiming to move into management positions.
The subjects credited differ depending on the content structure of the degree and the university. This can be subject to change as some universities have different entry and recognition requirements. We recommend you check with your chosen university first.
See the some Universities below that accept VET Entry and have RPL available:
*VET Entry – If you do not have an ATAR you may be able to use your VET qualifications to meet eligibility requirements, however this does not guarantee a place.
**RPL Available – The university allows for Recognition of Prior Learning to be used for credit applications, however this does not guarantee acceptance of applications.
You may be able to apply directly to the university of your choice, or you can apply via UAC – Universities Admissions Centre.
During the application process, you will be required to provide the details and evidence of your previous qualifications. This is also when you will apply for credits if this option is available.
The cost of your degree will depend on the university you choose to study with, the degree itself and the subjects you elect to study. Typically, full-fee Bachelor of Paramedical Science or Paramedicine degrees cost ~$30,000.
Government funding may be available to help with some or all of the cost of your degree, be sure to do your research before you apply.
Fill in a short application form and one of our Career Advisors will give you a call to discuss the course and your goals in more detail. They’ll also answer any questions you might have.