Paramedicine

Paramedics workingWhy study Paramedicine?

Save lives and help promote and protect people's health.

Learn to give emergency care and work with people to be active in their own health and develop healthy environments for everyone.

Our unique course will qualify you to become a paramedic and promote healthy lifestyles and decisions.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for positions in ambulance organisations in Australia and overseas.

 

Courses

Local students

2017

Bachelor of Paramedic Practice/Bachelor of Public Health Promotion

Duration :
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR:
Albury-Wodonga N/A
Bendigo 71.2
Mildura N/A
Shepparton N/A
Year
2017
About this course
This degree qualifies you as an entry-level paramedic in Australia and New Zealand, and also opens up roles in the public health sector creating public policy in health promotion, developing community facilities or building on public health research.

By studying areas of the public health sector, you'll gain an understanding of how healthcare works in the wider community and how this relates to paramedicine.

Promoting and protecting communities is a key focus of the degree. We examine public and community health, and look at the differences between rural and urban health systems.

In first year, you'll have the opportunity to study health and applied science theory at one of our four rural campuses (Albury-Wodonga, Shepparton, Mildura and Bendigo). Here you'll look at how class, gender, socio-economics and ethnicity influence social practices and community involvement. Your subjects will address the fundamentals of primary health care in different geographical locations.

From second year, you'll be based at our Bendigo campus where you'll focus on health science subjects in counselling, health promotion, law and welfare and complete work placement and fieldwork tasks. Second year placements are undertaken in health and healthcare centres, while in third and fourth year you'll gain experience through an active appointment with Ambulance Victoria. Here you'll develop an understanding of advanced trauma management as well as professional practice and promoting health in rural communities.
Career opportunities
Employment prospects for paramedics are very good and like most of the allied health workforce, there are current national and international workforce shortages.
Professional recognition
While the ambulance industry is highly regulated, there are currently no professional registration requirements.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in two of Biology, Chemistry, Health And Human Development, any Mathematics, Physical Education, Physics or Psychology.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.

Medical and Physical Capacity checks are compulsory industry requirements for students undertaking clinical placements with Ambulance Victoria.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in Health And Human Development, any Mathematics, Physical Education or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Costs
Students should allow approximately AUD$600 for a uniform, name badge and equipment. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded uniforms must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain the student's personal property.

In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid 11 Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Additional information
Students at Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses must transfer to the Bendigo campus for the final three years of the course.

This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Professional Placements website.

You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more.
How to apply

Apply through VTAC or UAC to start in Semester 1, 2017.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
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See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Paramedic Practice/Public Health PromotionBendigo
Paramedic Practice/Public Health PromotionMildura
Paramedic Practice/Public Health PromotionShepparton
Paramedic Practice/Public Health PromotionAlbury-Wodonga

Want to know more?

Feel free to ask us a question about any course for local students.

Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2017

Bachelor of Paramedic Practice/Bachelor of Public Health Promotion (079863M)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
30 000
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2017
About this course
This degree qualifies you as an entry-level paramedic in Australia and New Zealand, and also opens up roles in the public health sector creating public policy in health promotion, developing community facilities or building on public health research.

By studying areas of the public health sector, you'll gain an understanding of how healthcare works in the wider community and how this relates to paramedicine.

Promoting and protecting communities is a key focus of the degree. We examine public and community health, and look at the differences between rural and urban health systems.

In first year, you'll have the opportunity to study health and applied science theory at one of our four rural campuses (Albury-Wodonga, Shepparton, Mildura and Bendigo). Here you'll look at how class, gender, socio-economics and ethnicity influence social practices and community involvement. Your subjects will address the fundamentals of primary health care in different geographical locations.

From second year, you'll be based at our Bendigo campus where you'll focus on health science subjects in counselling, health promotion, law and welfare and complete work placement and fieldwork tasks. Second year placements are undertaken in health and healthcare centres, while in third and fourth year you'll gain experience through an active appointment with Ambulance Victoria. Here you'll develop an understanding of advanced trauma management as well as professional practice and promoting health in rural communities.
English Language Requirements
Successful completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70%) PG1) level conducted by La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 70 per cent final result in a course.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 70
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2015 (indicative only) - N/A
International Baccalaureate - 24
GCE A Levels - 7
HKDSE - 2 x Level 4
Sri Lankan A Levels - BBC
STPM - 8.67
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 4
Sweden Slutbetyg - G/VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 65
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8
Indonesia (SMA) - 8.2
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 2.6
GAOKAO - see the website.

NB: The scores above are indicative only and may change based on the number of applications received and places available. Achieving the above listed scores does not guarantee an offer of a place.
Subject prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in two of Biology, Chemistry, Health And Human Development, any Mathematics, Physical Education, Physics or Psychology.
Additional costs
Students should allow approximately AUD$600 for a uniform, name badge and equipment. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded uniforms must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain the student's personal property.

In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid 11 Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Professional recognition
While the ambulance industry is highly regulated, there are currently no professional registration requirements.
Career opportunities
Employment prospects for paramedics are generally very good and like most of the allied health workforce, there are current national and international workforce shortages.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Paramedic Practice/Public Health PromotionBendigo
Paramedic Practice/Public Health PromotionMildura
Paramedic Practice/Public Health PromotionShepparton
Paramedic Practice/Public Health PromotionAlbury-Wodonga

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

La Trobe University and Ambulance Victoria are using advanced simulations to give paramedic students a unique hands-on experience.  Watch the crash course for paramedics video.

An essential component of the Bachelor of Paramedic Practice and Bachelor of Public Health Promotion course is the requirement for all students to undertake clinical placements with Ambulance Victoria. Read the Course and Industry Requirements (DOC 488KB)

Alternative pathways

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course or want to transfer from another university or course, see alternative pathways.

Paramedicine placements

Professional placements usually start in the second year of the program and allow you to put your theory into practice. Placements focus on work-based learning opportunities in hospitals, community settings and with Ambulance Victoria.

 

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on staff in Paramedicine.