2024: February, April

3 years

2024: A$17,900*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.


Pursue a challenging and rewarding career as a Registered Paramedic with a Bachelor of Paramedicine at Victoria University (VU).

Develop the skills required to work as a Registered Paramedic in ambulance settings, primary health care settings, community health care settings and more. While studying your paramedicine degree at VU, you’ll be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Practice your technical and non-technical skills in VU’s safe spaces using sophisticated resources and gain the Professional Capabilities of a paramedic. Your study will include a mix of interactive theoretical face-to-face classes, clinical practice laboratories, high-fidelity simulation clinics and work integrated learning (WIL).

You’ll routinely engage with clinically current registered health professionals and academics as you develop your paramedic capabilities, ensuring you graduate with the professional standards and confidence to confidently enter the job market. 

Build skills, knowledge, and confidence through participation in real-world experience by working under the supervision of professional Registered Paramedics while you study.

During your paramedicine degree, you’ll complete work placements across different models of care, including ambulance services. Our students currently complete placements with organisations including:

Ambulance Victoria and VU have a strong working relationship involving the co-location of Ambulance Victoria resources on our campuses. Ambulance Victoria remains a strong employer of our graduates. 

Develop your skills in the supportive environment of VU’s clinical simulation suites on our St Albans campus, where you’ll have repeated opportunities to learn, practise and receive specific and immediate feedback working with simulated patients and technologically complex manikins.

You’ll be supported by specialist staff who work with discipline-specific experts to develop scenarios, validate scenarios, train for debriefing, prepare simulated participants and develop contextually-detailed settings within the simulation environment.

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Careers in paramedicine

As a Registered Paramedic, you’ll be qualified to work across a variety of healthcare settings nationally and internationally. The Australian health system is rapidly expanding to incorporate increasing job opportunities for Registered Paramedics. Internationally, you will find job opportunities are broad and varied.

Employers across international healthcare sectors and related industries can include, but are not limited to:

  • ambulance services
  • primary health care facilities
  • extended health care facilities
  • community healthcare facilities
  • hospitals
  • research and education organisations
  • emergency and disaster management departments/organisations
  • state/territory, national and international government departments.

Course structure

For 2022 and 2023:
To attain HBPD Bachelor of Paramedicine, students will be required to complete:

  • 288 credit points of Core units.

From 2024:
To attain HBPD Bachelor of Paramedicine, students will be required to complete:

  • 276 credit points of Core studies;
  • 12 credit points of Electives.


First Year Core units

Year Two

Semester 1

Semester 2

Year Three

Semester 1

Semester 2


First Year Core units

Year Two

Semester 1

Semester 2

Year Three

Semester 1

Semester 2


First Year Core units

Year Two

Semester 1

Semester 2

Year Three

Semester 1

Plus 12 credit points of Electives

Semester 2

We are the first Australian university to use a 'block' model of learning, where you study one unit at a time rather than juggling several at once.

Introduced in 2018, the VU Block Model has improved our student results and achievements, and has won awards for innovation and excellence. Initially for first-year students, it now applies to all students studying at our Melbourne campuses.

You'll study in short bursts, called blocks, of three 2-3 hour face-to-face teaching sessions per week.

Each block focuses on one unit (subject) and is only four weeks long, with up to four days between. Our two semesters have four blocks each, and there are optional blocks over winter and summer where you can catch up on a missed unit.

Some courses have labs and pracs too, and these are generally scheduled on the same days as teaching sessions. There are also workshops where you'll develop your study skills and prepare for your future career.

Find out more about the VU Block Model.

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

  1. Exhibit professional, ethical, person-centred and culturally responsive out-of-hospital care across diverse health populations and settings consistent with the Paramedicine Board's (AHPRA) standards of practice;  
  2. Exemplify critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills to safely, effectively and holistically provide person-centred, evidence-based assessment and management of patients across the lifespan;  
  3. Exhibit advanced communication and collaboration skills when working with patients, families, other health professionals and agencies within the healthcare setting;  
  4. Critically reflect on and learn from practice, recognising the need for self-care strategies and life long professional learning and development;  
  5. Exemplify effective leadership and mentoring skills within relevant clinical and professional frameworks;  
  6. Assess and manage risk to the paramedic, patient and others by performing effectively and safely in line with legal and regulatory obligations and requirements; and  
  7. Exemplify culturally safe, capable and responsive practice, value diversity among peoples and engage in inclusive practices that promote the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and culturally diverse communities.  

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.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.


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Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Inherent Requirements

'Inherent requirements' are the abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to meet the learning outcomes of a course. These should be met while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes.

You need to be able to demonstrate that you hold, or can acquire, the inherent requirements for this degree.

We may be able to make reasonable adjustments to help you manage circumstances that impact your studies – provided these don't fundamentally change the academic integrity of the degree.

Read more about inherent requirements.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English (or equivalent).
Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score or 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
Completion of a Foundation course (or equivalent).

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

Additional information

Students are required to be able to satisfy the safe practice requirements set by the clinical placement provider prior to commencing the second year of study and are required to maintain the currency of the safe practice requirements for the full duration of their course. Note, some requirements need to be renewed prior to the commencement of each of the third year.

Current requirements are:

· Working with Children Check
· Annual National Police check (Fit2Work)
. Infection control - donning and doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE)
· Medical Report (InjuryNET)
· Physical Report (InjuryNET)
· Mask Fit Testing
· Clinical Placement Provider Student Undertaking Form
· VU Declaration of Acceptance of Work Integrated Learning/Clinical Placement Terms and Conditions

Pathways & credits

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.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

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

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous 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 chair or academic adviser.

How to apply

We are currently accepting international applications, and we welcome you to apply for this course.

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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above – check your Letter of Offer for an estimate on non-tuition-fee-related expenses.

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