Please note that the Irish College of Paramedics is not an educational institution, and cannot provide advice regarding entry into paramedic education programmes. Please contact the institution in question directly with any enquiries - we receive a large volume of enquiries in relation to this matter.

University of Limerick

BSc Paramedic Studies - Undergraduate

University of LimerickUL's Paramedic Studies Programme is open to all those with an interest in patient care in the Pre-Hospital Field. It has a highly innovative curriculum which offers students the opportunity to acquire skills, knowledge and competencies required for a career in professional ambulance services. During your 4 years of study you will be taught the basic medical and clinical sciences and afforded the opportunity to hone and practice your skills in a controlled supervised environment. This will hopefully build you into a rounded and knowledgeable registered health care professional.


BSc Paramedic Studies - Practitioner Entry

UL’s Paramedic Studies programme is open to experienced paramedics/advanced paramedics who can demonstrate current paramedic practice.  It has a highly innovative curriculum which offers students the opportunity to complete an honours degree by predominantly distance learning.  During your 1.5 years of study, you will be taught the basic medical and clinical sciences necessary to build into a rounded and knowledgeable healthcare professional.

University College Corkuccassert

BSc Hons Paramedic Studies - Practitioner Entry

UCC's Paramedic Studies programme is a level 8 programme open to practising Paramedics who wish to advance their careers. This programme is due to commence in January 2017, subject to full academic approval. This two-year programme is aimed at building on the foundations provided by pre-registration programmes and professional experience. It is designed to develop skills and knowledge applicable to current practice in general and specialist areas. Graduates of this programme will be in a position to compete for more specialised roles in the paramedical field. Competition for these places is high and having a level 8 BSc qualification will provide you with a strong foundation to compete and give you options to specialise further in the future.

This programme takes into account the burden of managing a job while studying by delivering teaching using a blended learning approach of e-learning and participation in workshops. The idea is to support you as you learn in a university with state-of-the-art facilities and experienced staff.

The following courses do not lead to paramedic registration with PHECC but may be useful to obtain baseline knowledge or used as a pathway to university programmes. Contact the individual universities for entry requirements.

Healthcare Support - Pre-Paramedic

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This full-time one year course will lead to a FETAC Level 5 Award in Healthcare Support (DHSXX). The programme is provided in association with the National Ambulance Service College and will cover many aspects of healthcare training as well as paramedic topics. This course will offer the first steps to students wishing to work in the area of paramedicine or ambulance work. Students will also have work placement in appropriate settings throughout the course and some may progress to further study through the Higher Education Links Scheme.

Location Dublin City

Company: Inchicore CFE

Course Duration: 1 year

Entry Requirements: Leaving Certificate including Maths and a science subject. Relevant work Experience is desirable. Interview and references required.

Mature students welcome.

Emergency Care Personnel

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This programme is aimed at those who wish to work as paramedics, either in the Fire or Ambulance Services. Learners who successfully complete this programme will gain essential knowledge and skills in areas relevant to these careers and it is envisaged that this course will improve chances of recruitment in either the Fire Service or Ambulance Service. This programme is also suitable for adults seeking qualifications to return to the workforce as Nursing Studies is part of this programme.

Location: Limerick City

Company: Limerick College of Further Education

Fees: As an NDP-funded programme, there are no tuition fees. Learners, however, are liable for registration and examination fees. Additionally, learners are expected to supply prescribed class and study materials.  There are extra fees.

Course Duration: 1 Year