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Student Paramedic

The National Ambulance Service (NAS) currently employs approximately 2,600 staff. 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 recruit for student paramedics at least once each year and following recruitment campaigns NAS maintains a panel of suitable candidates who are invited to commence student paramedic training at one of the NAS three colleges in Tallaght (Dublin), Ballinasloe (Galway) and Tullamore (Offaly).

While our campaign is nationwide, successful applicants from the following counties:  Limerick, Clare, Tipperary, Roscommon, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford, Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, will be the most likely to be based within 45km of their chosen address in the light of the fact the majority of our vacancies are located in stations in these counties.

  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 and will commence training on a starting salary of €32,085
  • Successful completion of the course leads to the awarding of a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree.
  • Good job opportunities upon successful completion of paramedic training
  • There are a variety of promotional opportunities within the National Ambulance Service such as studying a level 9 in Paramedicine, becoming a manager, getting involved in the education of student and qualified paramedics
  • Opportunities to participate in research and 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 subject to funding confirmation.

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 and 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.

The recruitment process will include the following:

Stage 1 – Application Form (

Stage 2 – Supervised Verbal Evaluation and Logical Thinking Testing

Stage 3 – Eligibility Sift in line with eligibility criteria

Stage 4 – Competency Based Interview

The full details of the eligibility criteria will be outlined in the recruitment campaign, when advertised.

Student Paramedic Opportunities will be advertised between 24th April and 15th May 2024 (these dates may be subject to change) on the page below

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