Paramedic courses are routinely provided in a didactic fashion, meaning that you must attend a course and be instructed through a face to face teacher/student interaction method. This is primarily because of the hands on nature of paramedicine. For instance, it is hard to teach how to immobilise a patient’s spine without physically getting the equipment out and using it.
Most Ambulance Services around the world provide initial training and then on-the-job training; however, due to the competitive nature of the profession, it is often a requirement or necessity in order to be competitive for a student paramedic position to have completed some prior course.
Many universities in Australia offer full time internal student (meaning you actually attend the university) 3 year paramedic courses. However, most will offer Distance Education or On-line completion of the final year of the course. Also, if you have a previous degree, or a background in Nursing, you may be able to get credits for some of the subjects, and then complete the degree through On-line distance education.
The University of Tasmania does offer a 3 year Part Time Associate Degree in Paramedics which can be completed Online course via Distance Education.
If you just wish to improve your paramedical knowledge in order to better provide emergency pre-hospital health care to your patients, or sit an Intensive Care Exam with better success, please review the Anatomy and Physiology and Patient Assessment Links on this website.
Alternatively, if you are looking to improve you knowlege of the human body, you may wish to review the Anatomy and Physiology Study Course or Study Materials available for download.