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Bachelor of Paramedicine

Course not on offer Mid Year

Available to:
Domestic students only.
Campus:
  • Melbourne
Duration:
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.
ATAR/OP (2014):
  • Melbourne (80.35)

Domestic Students An Australian or New Zealand citizen, or Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa holder

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Description

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.

Course Duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus Availability

  • Melbourne

Deferment, Study Mode, Credit Points & Course Units

Deferment Postponing the start date of this course.

Deferment is available for two years. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information

Study Mode On-campus: Offered primarily face-to-face at any one of the six ACU campuses. This includes units offered during any study period, whether in regular or intensive mode and with or without an online component. Up to 20% of the units comprising the course may be offered through online or mixed-mode study. On-site: Offered primarily face-to-face at any location other than one of the six ACU campuses. This can include units offered in regular or intensive mode, units offered at remote locations including overseas locations and units with an online component. Up to 20% of the units comprising the course may be offered through online or mixed-mode study. Distance: Offered principally through the provision of printed material to the student. These units may include an online component as an adjunct to the printed material. Off-shore: All units in a course are offered at a location outside Australia. Online: All units in a course are offered only through online study. Mixed-mode: (Relates to units) Units which are offered through a combination of two or more of online, distance, on-campus and/or on-site modes. They may include a residential component either at one of the six ACU campuses or at an 'on-site' location. Multi-mode: (Relates to a course) The various units in a course may be offered in a variety of the modes described above.

  • On Campus

Credit Points Numerical values attached to each unit (subject) or component of a course. At ACU, one unit is normally 10 credit points.

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start Dates for 2014

Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer

Course Costs

  • Average first year fee: $7328 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.

Eligibility

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.

Victoria
Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English.

Applying for Admission

Melbourne, Victoria
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Career Paths

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.

Professional Experience

Students will undertake eight clinical practice units (790 hours) in a variety of health care settings, throughout the course.

Professional Recognition

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.

Volunteer Experience

A volunteer community engagement unit is undertaken in this course.

Pathways to Further Study

A variety of postgraduate studies in paramedicine will be available to graduates on completion of this undergraduate degree.

More Course Information

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.

Immunisation
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.

Police Check
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.

Uniforms
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.

Contacts for Future Students

Domestic Students An Australian or New Zealand citizen, or Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa holder

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Description

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.

Course Duration

Start Dates and Campus Availability

Deferment, Study Mode, Credit Points & Course Units

Deferment Postponing the start date of this course.

Study Mode

Credit Points

240 cp

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course Costs

Important Note on Fees

Eligibility

How to Apply