FAQs - Paramedicine Online
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FAQ’s For New Students

1. How to become a paramedic

In past years, the only road to becoming a paramedic in Australia was completing a 3-year undergraduate course at university and then applying for a graduate position at a state ambulance service. Many people still pursue this avenue. In 2018, changes were introduced to protect the word ‘paramedic’ from being used by any person who has not been registered with the newly-formed Paramedicine Board of Australia by way of AHPRA. Therefore, to practise as a paramedic in Australia for new graduates, they must be degree-qualified and be registered.

Paramedic registration does not however affect the private sector. Recently, there has been a shift towards privatisation of many areas of the health care industry—including patient transport, health care and pre-hospital emergency health care. This shift has made it more accessible to becoming a medic, Basic Life Support Medic, First Responder, offering a range of paramedic training options to suit your unique needs.

For those looking to become a paramedic or medic and could not get into university, can start with the the Diploma of Paramedic Science. This 18-24 month course allows you to be qualified and working within the world of private paramedic practice science in a third of the time.

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2. How do I enrol?

The first step is to apply via the application link. Then your application is reviewed and you will be contacted to attend a phone interview to assess whether this career choice is the right fit for you at this time in your life.

After that, if you meet the criteria – you may proceed with formal emrolment.

3. Is the college a university?

No, this not a university course. As an online private training college, vocational training packages are on offer, rather than a Bachelor of Paramedic Science. These courses are designed to be studied online in your own time and get you into the workforce quickly, in entry-level and advanced life support medic roles, including as a qualified private sector medic. The Diploma of Paramedical Science can also referred to as a foundation course for studying paramedic science at university.

4. Can I visit the campus and meet with someone to discuss the program?

Definitely. We welcome you to come and visit the College (Gold Coast) and answer any questions you may have prior to beginning your studies.

5. Do you accept international students?

Unfortunately not. Due to the clinical placement and workshop requirements, international students are unable to apply.

6. What if I have prior training or related experience?

You can apply for Credit Transfer or Recognised Prior Learning (RPL).

Credit Transfer is a simple process in which you declare related courses that you have already completed.

The RPL process involves an assessment which evaluates your skills, life experiences, and knowledge related to a career in paramedicine. Both options save you precious time by allowing you to skip previously learned material and courses.

7. What are the prices for your courses?

Fees can vary depending on the prior experience and/ or qualifications already gained by applicants so it is best to apply then course fees can be discussed at the time of the preliminary interview.

All courses are available on flexible payment plans.

For more details go to our compare all courses page.

8. Can I use the VET Student Loans/government funding?

We don’t provide VET Fee or HECS (university only) as these schemes tend to cost students far more in the long term. However flexible payment plans are available to help students get their study started sooner.

The advantage of this is that the tuition cost a third of the price and you are not left with a nasty HECS or VET free debt at the end of your training.

9. Can high school students begin their training part time before finishing school?

Yes! It’s a great idea to start the training early and gain industry experience while still in school. Paramedic courses are available that can count for university credit.

10. Which classes should I take to prepare for a career as a paramedic?

Our paramedic courses do not have any prerequisites but any classes that improve your decision-making process and communication skills will certainly come in handy.

Have a question that is not answered here? Please call us on (07) 5520 2522 or email:
support@paramedicineonline.com.au

Course Specific

11. What can I expect from the Certificate IV in Health Care course?

The course takes roughly 12-18 months and requires approx 10 hours of study per week. The majority is based online, there is one week of face-to-face clinical workshops in either Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and WA – with more locations being added.

The Certificate IV in Health Care is an entry level paramedical training course and provides you the skills you need to work in a wide range of support roles within the private sector.

12. When are your clinical workshops/practicals and intakes?

Clinical workshops begin at the start of every month and intakes vary depending upon how many students are enrolling. The College likes to ensure they maintain a student tutor ratio that allows the maximum amount of contact hours for each student.

Existing Students

13. How much do paramedics generally make?

It varies based on shifts, skill sets, and posting location. The average paramedic salary ranges from $60,000 to $90,000.

 

14. Do you help graduating students find jobs?

We are committed to a holistic approach to study and helping you move into your new career.

We don’t find students jobs however we have several partnerships with companies who frequently hire our graduates and we also have a resume service to help you stand out from the crowd.

15. Do you recommend any universities?

A degree has become the minimum requirement to become a State Ambulance Paramedic and there are many great universities around the country who are providing this degree.

Each university has different entry requirements and ways of delivering the course including distance learning, classroom, tutorials, lectures and practical variations.
Prior to deciding which university is best for you, you should consider your location and what your preferred learning method is and determine a suitable institution based on those factors.

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