Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) [For Working or Volunteering Paramedics]

Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) [For Working or Volunteering Paramedics]

Gain a qualification that integrates the knowledge and skills necessary for practice as a paramedic, while already working or volunteering in ambulance services and holding an Authority to Practice at EMT or above. You’ll learn through online teaching and block courses, including simulation, and you will apply and advance your practice in your current workplace. Study part-time and have up to six years to complete the degree.

Flexible study options

The paramedic programmes at Whitireia provide flexible learning approaches to support the achievement of qualifications that meet student and ambulance service needs. This flexibility is achieved through the use of ‘blended learning’, i.e., a combination of traditional classroom (face to face) learning, online learning and block courses.

Programme length is based on individual credit recognition; the degree must be completed within six years. Online learning and campus-based courses throughout.

Programme outline

The Flexible Learning Strand (FLS)/Distance is designed for those already working or volunteering in ambulance services at a minimum of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) level. The FLS provides the opportunity to study part-time with up to six years to complete the degree. The programme is delivered using a blended education model that integrates online learning, block courses on campus, theory classes, simulation, and self-directed learning.

The Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) programme at Whitireia New Zealand (Whitireia) is run in conjunction with Wellington Free Ambulance (WFA). Graduates will have the knowledge and skills for practice as contemporary ambulance paramedics.

The Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority accredited by the Council of Ambulance Authorities.

Students applying for FLS need to go through a credit recognition process to determine their point of entry into the programme.

More detail about this qualification

Year one
  • Introduction to Paramedic Practice
  • Human Body Systems
  • Introduction to Healthcare in Aotearoa NZ
  • Trauma/Medical I
  • Human Body Systems II
Year two
  • Trauma/Medical II
  • Trauma/Medical III
  • Altered Cognitive States
  • Research and Evidence-Based Practice
Year three
  • Trauma/Medical IV
  • Professional Practice
  • Cardiology
  • Integration/Transition

Entry requirements

New students must provide evidence of their New Zealand Diploma in Ambulance Practice (Level 5) and a Letter of Support.

International students

Proven equivalence of entry requirements plus IELTS 6.5 in each band

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*International fee displayed is for 1 year of study (equivalent to 120 credits) and does not include insurance and administration (approximately $924 per year of study).

1. Apply online from the Whitireia website.
2. Before you start your online application, you will need to have the following documentation available to upload when requested:

  • Completed Letter of Support
  • Evidence of your New Zealand Diploma in Ambulance Practice (L5)
  • Verified ID

There is competitive entry for places, so it is important to apply early

Credit recognition

If you have relevant skills and knowledge through study or experiences in work or other activities, you may be able to receive credit for them when enrolling in a programme of study. Information (including the Credit Recognition Application form and fees information) is available here 

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This qualification is offered by Whitireia.

On 1 September 2022, the operations of Whitireia transferred to the Whitireia and WelTec business division of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (Te Pūkenga). As part of this, all existing Whitireia programmes transferred to Te Pūkenga.

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