Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)

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Course essentials

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. 


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 2018 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 the following diploma or advanced diploma course(s) at VU, you will be guaranteed a place in this bachelor degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

HLT50412 - Diploma of Paramedical Science (Ambulance)

You will be credited for 2 units of study.

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 completion of the Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic), graduates will be able to:

  1. 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;
  2. perform paramedic skills and techniques within paramedic protocols and apply paramedic knowledge necessary for safe, efficient and effective practice within paramedic environments;
  3. interpret the paramedic needs of patients and members of the community within a holistic framework and apply an integrated holistic approach in paramedic practice;
  4. perform effectively and safely as an independent person and as a member of a health care team in paramedic environments;
  5. be sensitive to contemporary issues within socially and culturally diverse communities and predict and respond effectively to such issues when providing paramedic practice;
  6. examine current research and developments in paramedic practice and evaluate their implications for paramedics and the profession.

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic), students will be required to complete 288 credit points (equivalent to twenty-four (24) units).

Year 1, Semester 1:

Semester 2:

Year 2, Semester 3:

Semester 4:

Year 3, Semester 5:

Semester 6:

Admission requirements

  • Year 12: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.
  • 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.

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Direct applications due 22 February 2016.

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