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Graduate Diploma of Paramedicine

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
(120 credit points = 1.0 EFTSL)
Entry requirements

Become a paramedic in one year with a Graduate Diploma of Paramedicine.

Gain the appropriate knowledge and skills in areas such as diagnostics and community, paramedic culture and practice, to provide high-level patient care in pre-hospital environments.
As a graduate, you will be eligible to apply for graduate entry programs within Ambulance Victoria (AV) and Private Patient Transport Services. You will also meet the requirements for employment with other pre-hospital and ambulance service employers throughout Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. 

Ambulance Victoria provide information about further education opportunities and career progression.

Ambulance Victoria also has an Aboriginal employment pathway (cadetship) available. For more information please refer to the Ambulance Victoria website.



  • Access team paramedic
  • Ambulance communications officer
  • Ambulance rescue officer
  • Emergency manager
  • First aid instructor
  • Paramedic
  • Intensive care paramedic
  • Non-emergency ambulance attendant
  • Paramedic intern
  • Retrieval paramedic
  • Project officer
  • Team manager
  • Air ambulance paramedic
  • Ambulance community officer
  • Bicycle response paramedic
  • Emergency services officer
  • First aid officer
  • Group manager
  • MICA paramedic
  • Paramedicine educator
  • Rapid response paramedic
  • Ski patroller
  • Trainee ambulance officer
  • Ambulance clinical instructor
  • Extended care paramedic
  • Flight paramedic
  • Industrial paramedic
  • Medical equipment sales representative
  • Paramedic community support coordinator
  • Policy advisor
  • Researcher
  • Special operations team rescue paramedic

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course.  Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes.  To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual course structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current unit information and cost, click on the individual unit name below, or click here to view current unit information and cost for ALL units.

Year 1

Semester 1

HCPAR5001, 15 credit points
HCPAR5011, 15 credit points
HCPAR6902, 15 credit points

Semester 2

HCPAR6002, 15 credit points
HCPAR6012, 15 credit points
HCPAR6912, 15 credit points

On campus dates for 2024
Block 1:
Feb 5th-9th,
Feb 12th-16th, 
Block 2:
April 15th-19th, 
Exam Period:
Jun 11th-21st,
Block 3:
Jul 15th-19th,
Jul 22nd-26th,
Block 4:
Sep 16th-20th,
Exam Period:
Oct 28th- Nov 5th

Clinical placement dates TBC.
160 hours of Clinical Placement with Ambulance Victoria (dates TBC)

This program requires completion of 160 hours of placement with an emergency ambulance provider.

Entry requirements (non year 12)

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

English language requirement

Overall Academic IELTS band score of 7.0, with no less than 7.0 in listening and speaking and no less than 7.0 in reading and writing

Extra requirements

You are required to attend a medical and physical capacity assessment with Ambulance Victoria’s health care provider. This assessment will include a full range of medical tests to ensure you will be safe on clinical placement. This also includes various tests to ensure a requisite level of physical fitness (this may include a step test, flexibility and strength tests). These are inherent requirements of the role of a paramedic and need to be completed prior to attending clinical placement. Please contact the Work Integrated Learning Coordinator if you have any questions (

  • Police check
  • Working with children check
  • Vaccination status (including at least doses of Covid 19 vaccinations as well as Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella and Influenza) 
  • Proof of AHPRA registration

Note: Students are required to be registered with the Paramedicine Board of Australia (managed through AHPRA) at the commencement of the program. This is arranged by the university. Information is available here:

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.

Inherent requirements for Paramedicine

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: NN4

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,948 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government.  Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only.  It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed.  Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Other study costs

There are costs associated with the purchase of a uniform for clinical placement, obtaining a police record check, a working with children check and undertaking the medical and physical capacity assessment. These costs are likely to be between $1000-$1500 for the year.

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.


Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

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

Ambulance Victoria

The Ambulance Victoria website ( provides information about further education opportunities and career progression.

This program is accredtited by "AHPRA - Paramedicine Board of Australia".

We strongly encourage applicants who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander to apply.  For further information on Ambulance Victoria's Aboriginal Cadetship program visit

The Disability and Learning Access Unit makes reasonable adjustments to study requirements for students with a disability, medical or mental health condition whether it is temporary or permanent. We can also organise adjustments for people who are caring for someone with a disability. Further information can be found here:
The role of a paramedic can be mentally and physically demanding. You are required to have a level of health and fitness in order to undertake the role. This will be confirmed at your pre-placement medical and physical capacity assessment with a medical provider. This is done to ensure your own safety whilst on clinical placement. 

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

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Course co-ordinator

Ballarat - Mt Helen - Anita Giannis
Ballarat - Mt Helen - Nareeda Miller