Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) (Conversion Degree)

Details for Australian residents

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  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen; or
  • Are an Australian permanent resident; or
  • Hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa
You are considered an international student if you:
  • are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident; and
  • do not hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa; and
  • are not a New Zealand citizen; and
  • hold a temporary visa.

Visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website for more information about studying in Australia on a student visa.

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Course essentials

Upgrade your paramedic qualification to increase your employment options with a Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) (Conversion Degree) at Victoria University.

This course is designed for pre-hospital practitioners, qualified ambulance officers or graduates with one of the following qualifications:

  • Associate Diploma of Health Science (Ambulance Officer)
  • Diploma of Health Science (Paramedic)
  • Diploma of Paramedical Science (Ambulance) or equivalent.

Increasingly, a bachelor degree is required for paramedic practice. Undertaking this one-year conversion degree will help you to stay ahead in the competitive ambulance service industry. It will build on your vocational experience to enhance your job prospects in the changing field of out-of-hospital care.

Your technical skills and professional knowledge will be recognised, and you’ll learn more about:

  • evidence-based practice
  • use of research findings
  • legal and ethical issues.

We work with Ambulance Victoria to ensure we offer the latest information and techniques.

Please ensure that you meet all admission requirements for this course (see below), in order for your application to be considered.

Online learning

Studying online allows you the flexibility to fit your studies around other work and life commitments. It also means you can study from anywhere, using VU Collaborate, our online-learning platform.

You’ll be supported virtually by teachers, and undertake readings, practical work and peer-supported learning all online.


Paramedicine is a competitive sector. Upgrading your qualification with us will give you improved career options in pre-hospital and paramedic care. VU graduates have the practical skills, knowledge and personal attributes to pursue a variety of career paths in the ambulance industry.

You’ll have work opportunities in Victoria as well as interstate and overseas. Many of our graduates have secured positions overseas, in countries such as the United Kingdom.

This course can create a pathway to other professions, as well as providing the opportunity to move into postgraduate paramedic studies.


Although it varies by state, the average annual salary of an ambulance officer or paramedic in Australia is $71,708 (JobOutlook).

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply and integrate new knowledge to their professional paramedic practice in the workplace in order to address the issues arising from an expanding scope of practice and the associated changing context of paramedic work. This will be achieved through learning activities that promote the ability to identify, anticipate and solve problems that range in complexity and, most importantly for the paramedic context, to enhance the capacity for making decisions;  
  2. Reflect on, and evaluate their practice and its impact in order to develop the capacity to make informed and reasonable decisions about how best to respond to the needs of their patients. This is achieved through learning activities that develop the capacity to access, evaluate and analyse information as well as the capacity to plan and organize themselves and others;  
  3. Evaluate and use research evidence as it relates to paramedic practice in the paramedic's local context through the application of evidence based principles. This is accomplished through learning activities that promote the development of the abilities to identify, anticipate and solve a range of multifarious problems, the abilities to access, assess and evaluate information, the understanding of how to develop and implement new ideas and the ability to make decisions that meet the needs of the patient in their social context;  
  4. Assess and critique the social context in which paramedics practice and its impact of the health status and current condition of their patients. This learning outcome is achieved through developing the ability to solve a range of problems as well as developing intercultural understanding and the capacity to contribute to their local community, in particular, in addition to the general global community;  
  5. Demonstrate the capacity to work autonomously. This outcome is attained through providing opportunities to develop the ability to solve a range of problems, communicate effectively and think critically as well as the enduring facility to engage in lifelong learning to achieve personal and work goals;  
  6. Develop and maintain professional relationships. This outcome is achieved through the provision of opportunities to develop effective communication and interpersonal skills in addition to the using new ideas, planning and organising and making decisions; and  
  7. Communicate effectively with fellow professionals and other members of the health care system. This outcome is also achieved through the provision of opportunities to develop effective communication and interpersonal skills as well as to develop the ability to use and implement ideas and organisational proficiency.  

Course structure

This course is offered over one year on a full-time basis or part-time equivalent, as demand requires. 

Students are required to successfully complete eight (8) units of study (a total of 96 credit points), which must include seven (7) Core Units and one (1) Elective Unit, in order to meet graduation requirements. Students are encouraged to contact the Course Co-ordinators, David Dawson or Shaunagh Darroch, prior to the selection of Core and Elective units.

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Core Units:


Core Units:

Plus ONE Elective Unit (12 credit points) from the General Electives Units list


Students may choose an Online Elective Unit (12 credit points) from any other higher education course within the College of Health and Biomedicine, subject to the approval of the Course Coordinator.

General electives



Recognition of Prior Learning/Credits/Units of Study Exemptions

No recognition of prior learning is permissible.

Course Regulations

The following should be read in conjunction with the College Regulations detailed earlier in this Handbook, and the University Statutes and Regulations.

Student Assessment and Progress

For information regarding the University's Student Assessment and Progress Policy, please refer to the information prepared by the Student Advocacy Service 2014 available on the Victoria University website.

General Electives

Students may choose an elective from any other higher education course within the College of Health and Biomedicine, subject to the approval of the Course Co-ordinator. Elective contact hours may be greater than three (3) contact hours and may be available in either semester. Choice of electives may be limited by online availability.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Mature: Applicants for the course are qualified and experienced paramedics and must meet the requirements listed below.

    To qualify for admission to the course, applicants must:
    - have an Associate Diploma of Health Science (Ambulance Officer), Diploma of Health Science (Paramedic), or equivalent;
    - be eligible for registration as a paramedic by the relevant Government recognised body within the applicant's state or country of residence OR hold a Certificate or Authority to Practice issued by a recognised Government authority AND the requirements for registration or practice must be equivalent to those required for practice in the State of Victoria, Australia; and
    - have a verifiable minimum of one-year post-qualification experience in the emergency response (patient transport) ambulance industry or equivalent.

How to apply for this course

Before applying:

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When you're ready:

You can apply online direct to VU from 2 October 2017.

After you apply:

  • It’s important to check for emails from us (remember to check your Spam folder).
  • Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered

You can also contact us directly:

  • Call us on 1300 VIC UNI (1300 842 864)
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