Paramedic courses at the University of Central Lancashire

Pre-registration diplomaIn 2008, the local strategic health authority released a tender document for local higher education institutes (HEIs) to bid for commissioned pre-registration paramedic education in the form of a two-year, full-time diploma of higher education. This new course accepts direct entry students via the UCAS application system, as well as existing emergency medical technicians, who enter the course in year two and complete a one year conversion programme to become registered paramedics.The pre-registration diploma is also conjointly validated by the HPC, which means that successful students will be automatically entitled to apply for registration as paramedics. This move of pre-registration paramedic education into universities has also ignited the higher education spark amongst many existing paramedics within the North West Ambulance Service, to the extent that many of them are well on the way to completing a post-registration diploma in higher education focused on prehospital care.

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