"The Fast-track option also persuaded me to study at the University of Tasmania because it means that I can get into the workforce earlier than other options."
- Aaron Reynolds, current student.
Bachelor of Paramedic Practice
I decided to attend the University of Tasmania because I always wanted to be a paramedic, and the best way to achieve this career goal was to undertake the Bachelor of Paramedic Practice.
The University of Tasmania was the best choice for me because it is close to where I live. I wanted to complete a degree in my home state, and in an area in which I would hope to gain employment when I finish. The Fast-Track option also persuaded me to study at the University of Tasmania because it means that I can get into the workforce earlier than other options.
I choose elective units that are in areas of interest to me, and which are going to further develop my skills as a paramedic. Choosing to study Mental Health Care and Professionalism in Paramedic Preceptorship was easy because they highlight additional paramedic skills that weren't identified in the core units.
I really enjoyed the clinical, bioscience and pharmacology units in my degree. These units provide an in-depth understanding of what's happening in the body and how the medications administered work to produce the desired effect.
At the end of my degree I would like to continue training to become a qualified paramedic. My degree will give me the opportunity to be employed as a graduate paramedic where I will receive 12-18 months of paid, on-the-job training, and ultimately train to become an intensive care paramedic.
If I had any advice for future students it would be to leave some time aside in between your studies for yourself. Make sure you engage with your fellow students, step outside your comfort zone and keep to your goals.