Graduate Diploma of Paramedicine

Federation University

Go from a nurse to a paramedic in one year with the Graduate Diploma of Paramedicine. The Graduate Diploma of Paramedicine aims to provide you with the appropriate knowledge, skills and values, to be effective in providing paramedical patient care. This patient care occurs in pre-hospital environments to those who are suffering a health crisis, whether this be traumatic, medical, surgical and/or psychological.

Course Fee:

Australian: $21,500
International: $27,400

Entry Requirements:

Completion of a Bachelor of Nursing; A minimum of 12 months clinical experience; Postgraduate/specialist qualifications and/or experience in an emergency department or critical care would be advantageous. Extra requirements: Medical and physical capacity assessment by Ambulance Victoria's approved health provider; Police check; Evidence of a comprehensive understanding of: basic life support; basic health assessment; basic ECG interpretation; basic use and theory of portable testing devices It is a requirement of the program that students undertake clinical placements with Ambulance Victoria, in both rural and metropolitan areas. It is a requirement of AV that all students must be both medically and physically fit for placement on their operational vehicles. Applicants are advised that comprehensive assessments by AV's approved health provider and a police record check must be undertaken prior to commencement of study, details of which will be sent out prior to commencement. Successful applicants need to be available to attend clinical placements equalling 160 hours, or up to 16 shifts. These shifts will be organised by the Coordinator in consultation with AV, and may be anywhere in the rural/metropolitan region.


The program consists of eight 15 credit point courses, two of which are clinical fieldwork courses. It is expected that each half year, two courses will be delivered in block mode, one via online and one in an ambulance service. Students will be provided with an introduction package prior to the commencement of the semester, this will outline the level of expected knowledge. The material will form the base of teachings during the year and may be examinable. This program is offered in Block mode. 2019 Block mode dates: 4 - 15 February 2019 29 April - 3 May 2019 15 - 26 July 2019 7 - 11 October 2019

Subjects you can Study:


Study Pathways:

Graduates may be eligible to move into the Master of Nursing (by Research) or other forms of postgraduate study.

Further information:

Successful applicants need to be available to attend clinical placements equalling 160 hours, or up to 16 shifts. These shifts will be organised by the Coordinator in consultation with AV, and may be anywhere in the rural/metropolitan region.


Ambulance Victoria Full accreditation with the Australasian Council of Ambulance Authorities

Who for:

Nursing or health graduates wanting to enter into the paramedic discipline

Accepts International Students:


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Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Mount Helen (Ballarat) No info No 1 year

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