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.
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:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
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.
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.
VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).
- CHCMHS005 - Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
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.
Fees & scholarships
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 subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
- full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
Find out more about:
- the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
- ways to pay your fees
- important fee dates
- how to apply for a VE/TAFE refund
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.
- All applicants must provide a current and valid Drivers Licence (minimum probationary).
- All applicants must complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (LLN). VU Polytechnic use the Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) tool for this assessment and applicants must achieve level four (4) in both literacy and numeracy. Applicants who complete the ACSF assessment tool the minimum exit level three (3) for both literacy and numeracy must be achieved.
- Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Applicants will be given four (4) scenarios based questions, and five (5) minutes preparation time prior to a fifteen minutes interview. Applicants will be scored based on their answers according the key points outlined in the assessor's guide.
- This delivery model requires applicants to have successfully completed previous studies. All applicants must provide one (1) of the following documents.
- HLT31115 Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport
- HLT41115 Certificate IV in Health Care
- Academic transcript with the following five (5) minimum unit of competency listed below:
- HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
- HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
- HLTAMB001 Follow procedures for routine safe removal of patient
- CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
- HLTAMB014 Transport non emergency patients under operational condition
- A current Working with Children Check (WWCC)
- A satisfactory Police Record check
- A Health Status check (immunisations status) are required for clinical placement purposes.
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.