1 year full time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
Start date:
6 July 2020
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


Begin a rewarding career treating and transporting patients with a Diploma of Paramedical Science at Victoria University Polytechnic.

You will gain clinical skills and theoretical knowledge to treat and transport patients. This course will prepare you to work in pre-hospital and out-of-hospital care in the health care industry. You’ll be qualified to work in the private and non-emergency patient transport sector as an Ambulance Transport Attendant (ATA) in Victoria.

You will complete practical clinical placements and be introduced, under supervision, to the responsibilities of an ATA to ensure you graduate job-ready.

This diploma provides the skills required by some state ambulance authorities and non-emergency patient transport companies to deliver patient care and transport services.

Everything you learn with Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. We place a strong emphasis on clinical and practical learning.

Clinical placement is an important part of your training. You will be progressively introduced, under supervision, to the responsibilities and experiences of the ambulance transport attendant and paramedic. Through 160 hours of placement, you will gain direct practical experience to improve your confidence.

We have a strong network of established industry contacts and provide a supportive learning environment in the workplace and community.

As a paramedics student, you will practice your new skills in a safe environment in our state-of-the-art facilities. They include:

  • clinical practice rooms
  • self-directed learning laboratories (SDL)
  • life-like mannequin technology.

As a leading health and fitness university, VU’s St Albans and Werribee campuses also feature high quality fitness centres.

This course is delivered through Victoria University Polytechnic’s award-winning blended learning model that combines face-to-face workshops with flexible, user-friendly eLearning activities.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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TAFE resources

Gain clinical skills and theoretical paramedic knowledge to treat and transport patients.

Careers in paramedics

In Victoria, you will be qualified to work in roles such as:

  • Ambulance Transport Attendant (ATA)
  • Patient Transport Officer (PTO)
  • Ambulance Community Officer (ACO) with Ambulance Victoria (in rural areas).

Further employment opportunities vary from state to state. You may find employment with:

  • private sector health care providers e.g. Royal Flying Doctor Service, St John Ambulance
  • state/territory ambulance authorities
  • Australia Defence Force
  • first aid providers.

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degree and in some cases receive credit for your study:

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Find out more about our study pathways to VU

Course structure

To be awarded HLT51015 Diploma of Paramedical Science, a student must successfully complete a total of seventeen (17) units of competency, comprising of:

  • nine (9) core units, and;

  • eight (8) elective units, of which:

  • at least four (4) units must be selected from the electives listed within the HLT51015 Diploma of Paramedical Science qualification;

  • up to four (4) units may be selected from the electives listed within the HLT51015 Diploma of Paramedical Science qualification, any endorsed training package or accredited course - these units must be relevant to the work outcome.

All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.




Units in Transition

These units are only available for current/continuing students. They are not available for new and prospective students.

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

This qualification reflects the role of pre-hospital and out-of-hospital workers employed by State/Territory ambulance authorities, the Australian Defence Force and the private sector to provide patient assessment, healthcare and transport services. These workers possess clinical skills and theoretical knowledge and provide clinical assessment and pre-hospital and out-of-hospital interventions to patients in an emergency, including providing advanced skills in life support.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • Full-fee paying place pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

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.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have previously completed HLT31115 Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient and hold a current and valid driver's licence (minimum probationary).
Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.
For employment and practical placement, this vocational sector typically requires a current and satisfactory:
- Police Record Check (issued within 6 months of course commencement);
- Working with Children Check, and;
- Immunisation test.
Failure to provide the required documents in the timeframe specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course.
The following are suggested sites you could visit to obtain these checks:
- Police Record Check - http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274
- Working with Children Check - http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/
Further advice regarding the specific immunisations required will be provided to applicants at the course information session.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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