Graduate Diploma of Paramedicine - NN4


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On Offer Yes
Award Graduate Diploma of Paramedicine
Accepting Applications Currently accepting applications
Program Coordinator Nareeda Miller
Contact Hours (per week) Block mode
Classes Held

Higher Education students can expect the majority of classes to fall any time between 8:30 am and 6:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Commences Semester 1
Program Outline

Go from a nurse to a paramedic in one year with the Graduate Diploma of Paramedicine.

The Graduate Diploma of Paramedicine aims to provide you with the appropriate knowledge, skills and values, to be effective in providing paramedical patient care. This patient care occurs in pre-hospital environments to those who are suffering a health crisis, whether this be traumatic, medical, surgical and/or psychological.

Career Opportunities

The program will prepare graduates for entry into the paramedic discipline as beginning practitioners who are competent to practice in a variety of clinical settings.

Graduates will be eligible to apply for Graduate Entry Programs within Ambulance Victoria (AV) and Private Patient Transport Services. Graduates will also meet the requirements for employment with other pre-hospital and ambulance service employers throughout Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom (UK). Applicants are encouraged to discuss their employment options and locations of work with the relevant ambulance service.

The Ambulance Victoria website ( provides information about further education opportunities and career progression.

Ambulance Victoria has an Aboriginal employment pathway (cadetship) available. For more information please refer to the Ambulance Vistoria website:

Program Rules and Requirements

The program consists of eight (8) 15 credit point courses, two of which are clinical fieldwork courses. It is expected that each half year, two courses will be delivered in block mode, one via online and one in an ambulance service.

You will be provided with an introduction package prior to the commencement of the semester, this will outline the level of expected knowledge. The material will form the base of teachings during the year and may be examinable.

Duration (EFTSL) 1.0

Information Sessions
There are currently no information sessions scheduled.
Professional Recognition
  • Ambulance Victoria
  • Full accreditation with the Australasian Council of Ambulance Authorities

The Ambulance Victoria website ( provides information about further education opportunities and career progression.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does being a paramedic involve?
Being a paramedic is about a lot more than lights and sirens and rushing to help someone in need. Paramedics perform clinical procedures, administer drugs, maintain patient records and decide the most appropriate medical facility to take someone to.

Paramedics help people in non-life threatening situations too, from sporting injuries to routine transport between hospitals and health services. For more information visit the Ambulance Victoria website

What are the block dates for 2016?
8th - 12th February
15th - 19th February
4th - 8th April
11th - 15th July
18th - 22nd July
26th - 30th September

Are there any cadetships available for this program?
Ambulance Victoria's Aboriginal Paramedic Cadetship Pathway is a study and placement pathway for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person to progress through tertiary education and concurrent employment with Ambulance Victoria. For more information please visit the Ambulance Victoria website or contact Ambulance Victoria via phone 03 9840 3653 or email

Is the program currently available to international students?
No. The availability to international students is currently under review.

Are there Commonwealth Supported Places available?
Yes, there are CSPs available in this program.

Do I need to register as a paramedic after graduating?

No. Paramedics currently do not operate under a registration system. Completion of the program enables graduates to apply for a Graduate Paramedic position with an Australian ambulance service.


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DomesticDomestic students are students who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa.
FedUni Code NN4
Mid year entry No
Credit Points 120
Other Study Costs

Successful applicants need to be aware that they are responsible for the cost of their uniform for clinical placements, which will commence from early in Semester One.


1 year full-time

Location Mt Helen Campus (Ballarat)
Application Method The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to Apply page for further information.
Application Type - Direct Yes
Entry Requirements
  • Completion of a Bachelor of Nursing
  • A minimum of 12 months clinical experience
  • Postgraduate/specialist qualifications and/or experience in an emergency department or critical care would be advantageous
Extra Requirements
  • Medical assessment by Ambulance Victoria's approved health provider
  • Police record check
  • Evidence of a comprehensive understanding of: basic life support; basic health assessment; basic ECG interpretation; basic use and theory of portable testing devices

It is a requirement of the program that students undertake clinical placements with Ambulance Victoria, in both rural and metropolitan areas. It is a requirement of AV that all students must be both medically and physically fit for placement on their operational vehicles. Applicants are advised that comprehensive assessments by AV's approved health provider and a police record check must be undertaken prior to commencement of study, details of which will be sent out prior to commencement.

Successful applicants need to be available to attend clinical placements equalling 160 hours, or up to 16 shifts. These shifts will be organised by the Coordinator in consultation with AV, and may be anywhere in the rural/metropolitan region.

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Minimum of 160 hours (or up to 16 shifts) of industry placement. These placements will be organised by the Coordinator in consultation with AV, and may be anywhere in the rural/metropolitan region.

Pathways/Alternate Entry

Graduates may be eligible to move into the Master of Nursing (by Research) or other forms of postgraduate study.

Indicative Fees
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Program Majors Available
2016 - Sample Program Structure
Further Information A range of student services, are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please call the number listed above.
The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this publication including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of going to press as at the date above, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

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Information correct as at 13/Nov/2015

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