Graduate Diploma of Paramedicine

1 year
(120 credit points = 1.0 EFTSL)
Entry requirements
Entry requirements apply to this course. 

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 program structure or view our enrolment information page.

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

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 2022 Feb 7-18, April 11-15, July 11-22, Sept 26-30. Clinical placement dates TBC. 200 hours of Clinical Placement with Ambulance Victoria (dates TBC)

Delivery: Combination of classroom and online.

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

Entry requirements (year 12)


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

Extra Requirements

  • Medical and physical capacity assessment by Ambulance Victoria's approved health provider
  • Police check
  • 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.

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

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: NN4

CRICOS code: 077885K

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,021 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2022

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Other study costs

Successful applicants need to be aware that they are responsible for the cost of their uniform for clinical placements, which will commence from early in Semester One.

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".

Applications close on the 19th of November 2021.

First round offers will be made to successful applicants in early December

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

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 programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, 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

School department

School of Health

Course coordinator

Anita Giannis