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Student Paramedic

The National Ambulance Service (NAS) currently employs approximately 2,000 staff of which 1,700
work as paramedics. Paramedics are trained at the National Ambulance Service College which has
three campuses in Tallaght (Dublin), Ballinasloe (Galway) and Tullamore (Offaly).
Our Paramedic course is a degree level programme and takes three years. NAS maintains a panel of
candidates who are invited twice a year to take up available places at the National Ambulance
Service College.
There are some very attractive benefits on offer to Paramedic trainees including the following:

  • Paramedic trainees are paid while they are attending the 3 year course at the National
    Ambulance Service College
  • Successful completion of the course leads to the awarding of a Bachelor of Science
    (Honours) degree.
  • Job opportunities are very good for candidates at the successful end of their training
  • There are a variety of promotional opportunities within the National Ambulance Service
    such as studying to be an Advanced Paramedic, becoming a manager, getting involved in the
    education of paramedics and also in clinical analysis work.

NAS is committed to providing an efficient and effective Emergency Ambulance, Intermediate
Care, First Responder and Communications Service which meets in full, all statutory duties and
public expectations.
NAS is seeking persons interested in undertaking the Paramedic Training Programme (including
Internship) and acquiring Registration as a Paramedic with the Pre Hospital Emergency Care
Council (PHECC).

The intention of this process is to provide a pool of suitably qualified paramedics, licensed to
practice by the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC), who will be offered positions at
the grade of Paramedic at various locations throughout the NAS.

The Paramedic (PHECC Registered Paramedic) will be competent to carry out all of the duties
assigned and will have a range of abilities which will permit the safe delivery of emergency care
and transport within the framework and limits specified by PHECC.

The Paramedic will be responsible for the care, treatment and movement of patients and
maintaining self, vehicles, equipment and station in a manner fit to respond to that role.

The Paramedic Training Programme is operated jointly by the National Ambulance Services
College (NASC) and the College of Medicine & Health, University College Cork (UCC). Successful
completion of the course will lead to Paramedic Registration with the pre-Hospital Emergency
Care Council and award of the BSc (Hons) in Paramedical Science, UCC.

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