This course will give you the skills and qualifications to become a paramedic.
The Bachelor of Paramedicine will teach you how to:
- analyse situations using appropriate assessment techniques
- examine patients and consider their particular needs
- cope in a high-pressure environment.
As a graduate, you will be qualified to work as a paramedic with an ambulance service in Australia and in some international ambulance or health organisations. With further study, you can go on to become an:
- intensive-care paramedic (ICP)
- team leader
- clinical instructor
- ambulance service manager
- specialist educator
- flight paramedic
- special operations team (SOT) rescue paramedic.
Bachelor of Paramedicine students will do 790 hours of clinical practice throughout the course within an emergency or simulated emergency environment.
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.
- Melbourne (Attendance)
- North Sydney (Attendance)
Study mode definitions
Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.
Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).
Online: Fully online (including assessments).
Deferment is available for two years. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information
Course Units (Subjects)
Schedule of Unit Offerings
- Average first year fee:
$7787 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only)
Important Note on Fees
All costs are based on current rates. A student's annual fee may vary in accordance with their choice of major and electives. The University reviews fees annually.
An applicant must also comply with the Admission Rules.
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent.
Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English.
Graduates will be eligible for employment as a paramedic with an emergency ambulance service in Australia and in some international ambulance or health organisations. With further study qualified paramedics can go on to become intensive-care paramedics (ICPs), team leaders, clinical instructors, ambulance service managers, specialist educators, flight paramedics or special operations team (SOT) rescue paramedics.
Students will undertake eight clinical practice units (790 hours) in a variety of health care settings, throughout the course.
Paramedicine programs are accredited by the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA). Programs accredited as such are given preference by state ambulance authorities when selecting applicants. Graduates are eligible for membership of Paramedics Australasia.
A volunteer community engagement unit is undertaken in this course.
A variety of postgraduate studies in paramedicine will be available to graduates on completion of this undergraduate degree.
Medical and Physical Capacity Test
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Paramedicine will be required to undertake a medical and physical capacity test prior to commencing clinical placement with an Australian Ambulance Service. This is an ambulance service mandatory requirement.
Students are required to provide evidence of immunisation prior to attending clinical placements at hospitals and other health agencies. Please refer to the Faculty of Health Sciences Recommended Health Procedures for further information.
Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate
Students must have a current CPR Certificate from an accredited source prior to undertaking clinical practice. A valid CPR certificate must be presented to the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine annually.
It is the responsibility of the student to pay for and obtain a police check upon acceptance into the course. The police check must be presented to the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine by week 3, semester 1 in the commencing year of the course. Students who have not presented the Police check by this time will be unable to participate in practical units.
Working with Children Check
All students who work with children and young people as part of their studies are required to apply for a Working with Children check. As children/young people may be cared for in all clinical settings, students are required to complete the requirements of the Working with Children check prior to their clinical experience. Further information can be obtained from http://www.justice.vic.gov.au/workingwithchildren.
Students are required to purchase the Ambulance Victoria approved overalls, a hard hat, personal protective equipment, black boots, wet weather jacket, fleece jacket and other equipment as required. Students are also required to wear a wrist watch with a second hand whilst on clinical placement.
Details regarding uniform purchase will be made available from the clinical office of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine after enrolment.