The Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA) has established the Paramedic Education Program Accreditation Scheme (PEPAS) for tertiary entry level or entry to practice paramedic courses. Accreditation ensures that graduates meet the requisite education, training and practice proficiency standards for employment with Australian and New Zealand ambulance services as entry-level Ambulance Paramedics.
There are three stages of accreditation for entry-level paramedic education programs:
• Preliminary approval
• Provisional accreditation
• Full accreditation
All courses, regardless of their accreditation status, are subject to the quality standards set by CAA's Paramedic Education Programs Accreditation Scheme (PEPAS).
The accreditation status relates to the length of time the course is taught, refer accreditation timeline:
Course commences - Preliminary Approval for 18 months -> Provisional Accreditation for 3 years -> Full Accreditation for 5 years -> Reaccreditation
CAA Accredited Courses
Australian Catholic University – Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine
Australian Catholic University – Bachelor of Paramedicine
Central Queensland University – Bachelor of Paramedic Science
Charles Sturt University – Bachelor of Paramedicine
Charles Sturt University – Bachelor of Paramedicine (Honours)
Charles Sturt University – Graduate Diploma Clinical Practice (Paramedic)
Curtin University – Bachelor of Science (Paramedicine)
Edith Cowan University – Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science)
Federation University – Graduate Diploma of Paramedicine
Flinders University – Bachelor of Paramedic Science
Griffith University – Bachelor of Paramedicine
LaTrobe University – Bachelor of Paramedic Practice / Bachelor of Public Health Promotion
Monash University – Bachelor of Paramedicine
Queensland University of Technology – Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedic Science
Queensland University of Technology – Bachelor of Paramedic Science
University of Southern Queensland – Bachelor of Paramedicine
University of Sunshine Coast – Bachelor of Paramedic Science (BPSc)
University of Tasmania – Bachelor of Paramedic Practice
Victoria University – Bachelor of Paramedicine
Western Sydney University – Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedicine)
Graduate Diploma Qualifications
Entry to these programs requires that students be already qualified in another health discipline, generally nursing, and have recent practical experience. These pre-requisites are specified by the Universities concerned and details are available on their websites. Students undertaking these qualifications should check with individual ambulance services regarding their recruitment policies.
The CAA acknowledges that a number of other Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers also offer Certificate and Diploma level courses in paramedic studies. While these courses may have been developed to meet select third party employer needs, they are not recognised by CAA member jurisdictions for the purposes of employment as an entry-level paramedic.
Prospective students seeking to undertake these programs for the purposes of employment as an ambulance paramedic with an Australian or New Zealand ambulance service are advised to seek specific advice on the extent to which, or if any, recognition may be applicable toward potential employment prior to commencing these programs.