Frequently Asked Questions on how to become a Paramedic with the HSE National Ambulance Service (Updated 3rd August 2010)
How do I apply to become a Paramedic with the National Ambulance Service?
The Service holds a national recruitment campaign on a needs basis, the next campaign may be held later in 2010. These recruitment campaigns are advertised on the website www.publicjobs.ie
If I'm employed as a Paramedic, can I choose where I would like to work?
Successful candidates are appointed to posts anywhere within the National Ambulance Service, depending on operational demands.
What qualifications do I need to become a Paramedic?
The entry criteria are under review presently. The last entry criteria required that Candidates must meet the following requirements;
- Be the holder of full clean C1 driving licence (no restrictions) Paramedic students will be required to obtain a full D1 driving licence prior to being offered employment, following paramedic qualification.
- Have a good standard of education. Potential students will be required to hold a minimum of 5 passes, including maths and a science subject, at leaving certificate pass or honours level. Secondary Education from other countries equivalent to the above may be considered.
- Be of good health and may be required to pass a fitness test
- Successfully complete an entrance aptitude test
- Successfully complete a competency based interview process
- Receive a satisfactory rating in an occupational health screening assessment
- Receive clearance from the Garda Vetting Unit
If Iím selected where do I train to become a Paramedic?
Individuals who met these criteria are placed on a panel and offered places on a paramedic training programme at either of the Collegeís facilities in either Ballinasloe or Dublin.
How long is the paramedic training programme?
The paramedic programme consists of a ten month training period, leading to the completion of the National Qualification in Emergency Medical Technology exams, at paramedic level. Following successful completion of these exams candidates enter a one year operational internship, at a location assigned by the Service. Successful completion of the internship requires in field assessments and completion of project work and specific training modules.
Can you explain the difference in education levels / standards between Ireland and the UK?
There is no direct correlation between the levels of practitioner that exist in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The PHECC offers overseas personnel a process of recognition for their qualifications. To be considered for the National Ambulance Service you must be a PHECC registered EMT, Paramedic or Advanced Paramedic. Note that the NAS will not be recruiting EMTs for emergency ambulance duties. You can find out more information on the recognition of qualifications from outside Ireland on the PHECC website @ http://www.phecit.ie/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabindex=0&tabid=578
Is there any possibility for privately funded entrants to participate in the Paramedic course?
At present the National Ambulance Service College has no plans to offer Paramedic training to privately funded participants.
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