Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)

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This pre-service training degree prepares you for a career in paramedics.

As a graduate of this course you will have learnt to:

  • identify, evaluate and manage the physical, psychological and social needs of patients undergoing paramedic assessment
  • treat, transport and apply problem solving skills during out-of-hospital care
  • perform paramedic skills and techniques in a safe, efficient and effective way
  • apply a holistic and integrated approach to paramedic practice
  • be sensitive to contemporary issues within socially and culturally diverse communities and prepare to respond effectively to such issues during paramedic practice
  • examine current research and developments in paramedics and evaluate their implications in the paramedic profession.

Paramedic clinical placement

Paramedic clinical placement is an important part of paramedic training. You are progressively introduced to the responsibilities and experiences of the ambulance paramedic. 

Course essentials

  • Location:
  • Other locations:

    CLINICAL PLACEMENTS: Clinical placements operate on a year-round basis. Paramedic Science students will be required to attend clinical placements on a rotation basis, including outside of semester hours. Placements maintain a public service and provide continuity of clinical care.

  • College:
  • Study mode:
    Full Time and Part Time
  • Delivery mode:
    On campus
  • Course code:
  • Duration:
    3 years
  • Fee type:
  • This information is for Australian residents.


VU’s Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) is held in extremely high regard in the industry for its hands-on approach to learning. Scenario-based assessments and clinical placements, combined with a solid theoretical foundation are just some of the ways we prepare you for the real world.

Job titles

  • Paramedic
  • Air ambulance paramedic
  • Ambulance community officer
  • Clinical instructor
  • MICA paramedic

Organisations employing paramedic graduates

Ambulance officers and paramedics are employed across several industries including health care and social assistance, public administration and safety, education and training, and manufacturing. Examples include: Ambulance Victoria, Paramedic Services Group, Royal Flying Doctor Service and education institutions.


76 per cent of VU Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) graduates were earning more than A$60,000 four months after graduation (VU Australian Graduate Survey).

Employment rates

Employment for Ambulance Officers and Paramedics to 2016-17 is expected to grow very strongly (Job Outlook).


Clinical placements are an important part of paramedic training. Students are supervised by a clinical instructor in various settings which include the Non-Emergency Patient Transport sector and Ambulance Victoria.

Dynamic Learning

Study paramedics at VU and you will get hands-on experience while you learn through scenario-based assessments. Our state-of-the-art facilities include hospital prac rooms and lifelike mannequin technology.

Study pathways

If you have completed a diploma or advanced diploma at VU, you may be guaranteed a place in this bachelor degree, and in some cases receive credit for previous study to shorten the time it takes to complete this degree.

Find out if your prior study is your pathway to this degree.

Transferring to VU

You can get credit in the Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) (HBPX) for study you have done at other universities. We have formal credit transfer arrangements for this course with the following universities

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

  • If you studied the Bachelor Degree Nursing Courses accredited by Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia you may get up to one and a half years of credit.

Advanced Standing (previously known as Recognition of Prior Learning)

Get credit for your work, study and life experience through our Advanced Standing process.

Find out more about Advanced Standing.

Course objectives

The aims of this course are to produce graduates who can:

  • identify, evaluate and manage the physical, psychological and social needs of patients and members of the community undergoing paramedic assessment, treatment and transport, and apply problem solving skills when planning and implementing out-of-hospital care;
  • perform paramedic skills and techniques within paramedic protocols and apply paramedic knowledge necessary for safe, efficient and effective practice within paramedic environments;
  • interpret the paramedic needs of patients and members of the community within a holistic framework and apply an integrated holistic approach in paramedic practice;
  • perform effectively and safely as an independent person and as a member of a health care team in paramedic environments;
  • be sensitive to contemporary issues within socially and culturally diverse communities and predict and respond effectively to such issues when providing paramedic practice;
  • examine current research and developments in paramedic practice and evaluate their implications for paramedics and the profession.

Units and electives

This course is usually delivered on a three (3) year full-time or part-time equivalent on-campus basis.

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, sem 1

Year 1, sem 2

Year 2, sem 3

Year 2, sem 4

Year 3, sem 5

Year 3, sem 6

Admission information

  • Year 12: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (ESL) or 20 in any other English. Preference will be given to applicants who have successfully completed biology, physics or mathematics.
  • Other: Applicants who do not meet the normal admission requirements but who possess appropriate educational qualifications, work or life experiences which would enable them to successfully undertake the course, will be considered for admission. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Science degree will be required to undergo a Victoria Police Check, a medical check and a physical capacity test before commencing placement units. Annual police checks need to be completed prior to census date of semester 1 of each year throughout the program. Prospective and continuing students should be aware that not passing relevant police checks may restrict access to clinical placements necessary for graduation.

How to apply for this course

Apply direct to VU

Direct applications close on 20 February 2015.

Before applying:

Note that campus locations may offer different options (e.g. study mode, fee type). You may wish to review:

  • The course index to confirm the study options available at each location.
  • Advice to applicants which provides information about how to apply for your course and what happens when you submit your application.

Also consider whether you wish to apply for:

  • Special consideration: For people with specific life circumstances, you can request these be taken into consideration when assessing your course application.
  • Extra credit for past skills and study (this is known as 'Advanced standing').

When you're ready:

Apply direct to VU

You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).

You'll be able to submit applications for one or more courses and track the progress of these whenever you like.

After you apply:

It is important that you check emails from us (remember to also look in the Spam folder) and complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered.

Transferring between VU courses

Want to swap into this course from another VU course? You can apply online at the Admissions centre .

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current course.

You can also contact us directly:

  • Ring us on +61 3 9919 6100
  • Find answers and ask questions at GOTOVU

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