Bachelor of Paramedic Practice (53A)

This course is in teach-out and is not accepting new admissions

Overview  2024

Entry Requirements

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Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years


Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.


This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

I like the fact that its outside, its active and it's different every day. It's different every job. You have no idea what's going to happen until that job drops down - it's really exciting.

Tegan GroomRozelle, Campus - Sydney

This course is no longer accepting applications. Please see 53X Bachelor of Paramedicine.

Integrity, accountability, respect and teamwork – these qualities embody the practice of Paramedicine.

If you are compassionate, committed and want to make a difference in your community then a career in Paramedicine may be right for you.

The Bachelor of Paramedic Practice degree is offered in Hobart TAS, and in Rozelle NSW. This degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills to assess and manage the broad range of out-of-hospital clinical presentations within a safe, effective and ethical practice framework, preparing you for a role as a paramedic.

The degree will include a number of opportunities to learn in a simulated environment and in the real-world. This includes in the University's ambulance simulation vehicle, and in practice at various ambulance stations and other specialist health facilities, such as hospitals and aged care organisations.

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Paramedic Practice, you will have the knowledge and skills to assess and manage the broad range of clinical presentations in an out-of-hospital setting.

You will understand the importance of critical, informed clinical reasoning in the context of the out-of-hospital care of the undifferentiated patient, in situations often complicated by unpredictable and challenging environments.

  • 1 Incorporate their understanding of contemporary local and national healthcare priorities, including integrated care models, mental health reforms, quality and safety management in paramedic practice
  • 2 Functions, builds and sustains collaborative, professional relationships as a member of a team within multidisciplinary teams and agencies. Provides patient-centred care as applicable to current evidence-based practice in a diverse range of patient presentations and events.
  • 3 Employs critical, analytical and reflective abilities within paramedic practice, understanding the importance of lifelong learning within the profession.
  • 4 Demonstrate an adaptive, flexible and self-directed commitment to the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health and to the delivery of primary health care across the lifespan.
  • 5 Employ a range of technologies to enhance their professional development and support the health care they are providing
  • 6 Demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and skills required for competent practice in a range of paramedic practice contexts as documented in the National Competency Standards for the Paramedic (PPCS 2013)
  • 7 Demonstrates professional autonomy and accountability whilst acting in accordance with accepted standards of conduct and performance of a paramedic and practices within the legal and ethical boundaries of the paramedic profession
  • Students will undertake clinical placements in various ambulance stations and other specialist health facilities, such as hospitals. The student will be responsible for their transport and other associated costs during these clinical placements.

    In addition to experience in healthcare settings, you will also have the opportunity to:

    • Access the latest technology and modern simulation equipment in both Hobart and Rozelle
    • Undertake interdisciplinary learning activities with students studying other health courses such as nursing and medicine
    • Participate in community engagement activities such as Open Day

    "The opportunity to work alongside Tasmanian paramedics confirmed for me that a career in Paramedicine was something that I would enjoy."

    Jared Baker, Bachelor of Paramedic Practice (Hobart)

    Professional Experience Placement Requirements

    Safety in Practice Compliance

    All students enrolling in College of Health and Medicine programs which include a professional experience placement component, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation.

    The College, in accordance with Safety in Practice Compliance and Risk Assessment Procedure (PDF), assesses student compliance with Safety in Practice Requirements, which include:

    • national criminal history;
    • working with children registration;
    • medical, physical and psychological capacity to safely undertake the College of Health and Medicine Mandatory Functional Requirements (PDF)and
    • infectious disease and immunisation status.

    National criminal history and medical, physical and psychological disclosures can inhibit student eligibility to participate in courses. Students must submit the Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation to enable risk assessment to be completed before:

    • semester one census date annually; or
    • in case of late enrolment, prior to beginning study.

    The exceptions are the Working with Children Registration and Immunisation Record Card check, which must be completed 4 weeks prior to first PEP.

    Career outcomes

    You could find work as a paramedic in organisations such as:

    • Your state based emergency service around Australia or New Zealand
    • International ambulance services
    • Industry emergency response units
    • Non-emergency transport
    • Community based emergency health settings

    "The Fast-track option 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, Bachelor of Paramedic Practice (Hobart)

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    Entry requirements

    53A Bachelor of Paramedic Practice Admissions Requirements Applicants who have recently completed secondary education (in the past two years) This course does use ATAR and equivalent ranks as part of the admission process. Applicants with previous higher education study • Completed UTAS Diploma, as specified by the College of Health and Medicine (or equivalent at any Australian higher education provider or equivalent overseas qualification); OR • Partially completed course at Associate Degree level or higher at any Australian higher education provider (or an equivalent overseas qualification). Applicants must have completed the equivalent of at least four units of study (equivalent to 50 UTAS credit points). If an applicant has failed any units, the application may be subject to further review before an offer is made. Applicants with previous VET / TAFE study • Completed Diploma as specified by the College of Health and Medicine Applications on the basis of work or life experience This course does accept applications based on work or life experience. Prerequisites Nil.

    As per Rule 6: Part 3 Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning, students may submit an Application for Credit.

    Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Options for this course

    This is a full-fee course, which means you’ll need to pay the full amount for your studies. Commonwealth Supported Places are not available in this course. However, there are still support options available for eligible students to help you manage the cost of studying this course.

    You may be able to fund all or part of your tuition fees by accessing a FEE-HELP loan from the Australian Government. FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists domestic full-fee students to pay for University, which is repaid through the Australian Tax System once you earn above a repayment threshold. This means you’ll only have to start repaying the loan once you start earning above a specific amount

    Our scholarships and prizes program also offers more than 400 scholarships across all areas of study. You can even apply for multiple scholarships in one easy application.

    Further information

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).


    For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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