FAQs - Paramedicine Online
Paramedicine Online provides information about paramedical courses to become a medic/Paramedic in Australia. Online training. Clinical workshops.
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FAQ’s For New Students

Please note: The courses on offer cannot be used for the VET in schools program; and will not earn you credit toward your final results. Should you enrol in one of our VET courses, you will be studying in addition to your senior secondary schooling.

1. How to become a paramedic

In past, the only way to become 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. In 2018, changes were introduced to protect the word ‘paramedic’ from being used by any person who has not been registered with the 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 aspects of the health care industry—including patient transport and pre-hospital emergency health care. This shift has made it easier to become a Basic/Advanced Life Support Medic by way of a nationally recognised training packages to suit your unique needs.

For those looking to become a paramedic/medic and could not get into university, one of the proven pathways is to begin with the the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care. This 18-24 month course allows you to be qualified and working in the private sector.

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2. How do I enrol?

The first step is to apply. Then your application will be reviewed, then 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 enrolment.

3. Is this the same as a university course?

No, the courses on offer are not university level. Vocational training packages are on offer because these packages are designed to be studied online in your own time, and prepare you to enter the workforce quickly, in entry-level and advanced life support medic roles, including as a qualified private sector medic.

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

Definitely. We welcome you to come and visit the Gold Coast training campus and our Course Advisors can answer any questions you may have.

5. Do you accept international students?

Unfortunately not. Due to the clinical placement and workshop requirements, international applications are not possible.

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 the training packages?

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.

Courses are available on flexible payment plans.

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

We don’t provide VET Student Loans 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 you get your study started sooner.

The advantage is that you are not left with a Student Loan debt at the end of your training.

9. Can high school students/graduates 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 (minimum ages is 16-years. Paramedical training courses are available that can also help you get into university.

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

Paramedic courses do not have any prerequisites, (although there is an expected level of English, reading, comprehension, math and computer abilities).

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Course Specific

11. What can I expect from the HLT41020 –  Certificate IV in Health Care course?

The course takes roughly 12-18 months and requires approx 10 hours of study per week. The majority of the study is online with a 7-day of face-to-face clinical workshop in either Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and WA – with more locations being added.

The HLT41020 – Certificate IV in Health Care is an entry-level pre-hospital emergency health care training course which 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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