The HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS) holds recruitment competitions periodically. This panel is used to fill training places for Student Paramedic in the HSE National Ambulance Services on the Paramedic Training Programme.
The recruitment process has several stages. In previous recruitment campaigns including the most recent, having successfully completed Stage 1 (the initial application, by the deadline) successful candidates are invited to undertake a Verbal Evaluation and an Analytical Reasoning Test. Those who are successful at the aptitude test stage and following a sift in line with course entry requirements and necessary licensing documentation (e.g. C1 driving license documentation, etc.) will be invited to a structured interview. Our online course is aimed at helping candidates prepare for these types of assessments and the interview.
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Paramedics respond to emergency calls, perform certain medical procedures and transport patients to a hospital in accordance with protocols and guidelines established by physician medical directors. The biggest difference between EMTs and Paramedics is in terms of their training and their scope of practice. Put simply, paramedics undergo a longer period of training than EMTs and are therefore qualified to do a lot more.
The HSE periodically run recruitment campaigns that allow members of the public to apply for the position of Student Paramedics within the HSE. The recruitment process comprises of an online application form, aptitude tests and structured interviews. The recruitment campaigns are open to individuals who hold a C1 driving license and have passed the Leaving Certificate including Maths and a Science subject. The full list of requirements and the application form will be made available once a new recruitment campaign open on www.hse.ie
Candidates that are successful in the recruitment competition are placed on a panel and the HSE uses this panel to recruit new student paramedics as the positions become available. When the panel becomes exhausted, then the HSE run another recruitment competition.
Depending on the outcome of the selection process (aptitude tests, eligibility sift and interview) you may be placed on a panel in order of merit, from which specified purpose training places on the Paramedic Training Programme will be filled. Student Paramedics in the HSE National Ambulance Services undertake training on the Paramedic Training Programme: The Paramedic Training Programme is delivered by the National Ambulance Service College (NASC) in partnership with the College of Medicine & Health, University College Cork. Successful completion of the Paramedic Training Programme will lead to the award of Diploma in Paramedical Science.
For further information on the Course Structure – please visit https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/undergrad/courses/paramedicstudies/
Training places on the Paramedic Training Programme at either of the NASC facilities in either Ballinasloe or Dublin, will be filled from the panel formed through this campaign and will be offered on an order of merit basis.
The course duration is 2 years full time, inclusive of annual leave. The course has both theoretical and practical components and a number of clinical placements. Students may be allocated hospital and operational placements at varying locations throughout the National Ambulance Service Area.
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