Health Sciences

Master of Paramedicine

master of paramedicine

Postgraduate courses in Paramedicine

ACU’s suite of postgraduate Paramedicine programs is aimed at paramedics that are entering the workforce, or who are already in the workforce, who do not hold formal postgraduate qualifications and who wish to refresh their skills and knowledge, and to achieve an extended level of knowledge within a flexible program.

The programs are delivered online and are available full-time and part-time with a coursework or dissertation stream.

Graduates of these programs will gain advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in the areas of Paramedic care, community health, leadership, health administration, evolution of paramedic practice and clinical education.  Graduates of the Graduate Diploma will also gain advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in the areas of ethics and research methods, whilst graduates of the Master in Paramedicine will gain advanced and extended theoretical and technical knowledge in the areas of applied research, evolution of paramedic practice and clinical education, and will plan and execute a substantial research based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.

The structure of the Masters program provides students with the ability to tailor the degree to their specific interests and career needs by allowing them to choose from a range of elective interdisciplinary units to compliment the core selection of paramedicine units. For those students interested in higher degree research, there is also flexibility to elect additional units in research training in order to augment research skills.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Paramedicine, an applicant must:

a)   have completed a Bachelor degree in Paramedicine (or equivalent)
b)   Applicants must provide evidence of engagement with an Ambulance Service, in a paid or voluntary capacity, either currently or within the last 5 years.

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Paramedicine, an applicant must:

a)   have completed a Bachelor degree in Paramedicine (or equivalent)
OR
b)   have completed a Graduate Certificate in Paramedicine.
c)   Applicants must provide evidence of engagement with an Ambulance Service, in a paid or voluntary capacity, either currently or within the last 5 years.

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Paramedicine, an applicant must:

a)    have completed a Bachelor degree in Paramedicine (or equivalent)
OR
b)    have completed a Graduate Certificate in Paramedicine
OR
c)    have completed a Graduate Diploma in Paramedicine
d)    Applicants must provide evidence of engagement with an Ambulance Service, in a paid or voluntary capacity, either currently or within the last 5 years.

Course Structure

Course

Graduate   Certificate
1 Year (Part-time)

Graduate Diploma
2 years (part-time)

Master
3 years (part-time)

Core/ Elective Units

40cp Paramedicine units

50cp Paramedicine units
30cp Interdisciplinary units (including 10cp Elective units)

50cp Paramedicine units
30cp Interdisciplinary units (including 10cp Elective units)
40cp in research dissertation; project; or coursework units

Credit points

40cp

80cp

120cp

Focus

Clinical practice specialisations
Leadership
Education
Modelling change
Disaster health
Chronicity

As for graduate certificate, plus
Basic research strategies
Leadership

As for graduate diploma, plus:
Translating evidence to practice
Discipline specific advanced clinical knowledge Completion of the planned research activity


Paramedicine Units

PARA601    10cp    Advanced Pharmacology
PARA602    10cp    Advanced, Intensive and Extended Care
PARA603    10cp    Extended Clinical Care – specialisations
PARA604    10cp    Disaster Health
PARA605    10cp    Chronic Illness: Epidemiology and Clinical Interventions

Interdisciplinary Core Units
HLSC605     10cp    Leadership in Health Care
HLSC640     10cp    Interpreting Health Research

Coursework Stream Units
HLSC616     10cp    Independent Project 1 (Pre: HLSC640
HLSC617     20cp     Independent Project 2 (Pre: HLSC640
HLSC627    40cp    Health Inquiry Project (Pre: HLSC640)

Research Stream Units
HLSC646     10cp    Qualitative Research Methods (Pre: HLSC640)
or
HLSC647     10cp    Quantitative Research Methods (Pre: HLSC640)
HLSC620     40cp    Research Dissertation (Pre: HLSC640 and either HLSC646 or HLSC647)

*Electives to be selected in consultation with the Course Coordinator.

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