Bachelor of Paramedicine

Available to:
Domestic students only.
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
Duration:

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

ATAR/OP (2016):
  • Brisbane (11/76)
  • Melbourne (79.35)
  • North Sydney (92.40)
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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:

  • ambulance service manager
  • clinical instructor
  • flight paramedic
  • intensive-care paramedic (ICP)
  • special operations team (SOT) rescue paramedic
  • specialist educator
  • team leader

Bachelor of Paramedicine students will undertake a minimum of 360 hours of clinical practice throughout the course within an emergency or simulated emergency environment.

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Melbourne (Attendance) - (Application not available)
  • North Sydney (Attendance) - (Application not available)

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

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings
Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - August
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
  • Average first year fee: $7916 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, specialisation and electives, where applicable. The University reviews fees annually.

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent.

New South Wales

  • Assumed knowledge: Nil at year 12 level

Queensland

  • Prerequisites: English (4, SA)

Victoria

  • 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 five clinical practice units (360 hours minimum) in acute 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 variety of postgraduate studies in paramedicine will be available to graduates on completion of this undergraduate degree, including the Graduate Certificate in Paramedicine, the Graduate Diploma in Paramedicine and the Master of Paramedicine.

Graduates may also progress to other postgraduate coursework degrees within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

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.

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 (Vic only)

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.

Uniforms

Students are required to purchase the required paramedicine uniform including shirt and trousers, epaulettes, hard hat, baseball cap, belt (optional), black boots, wet weather jacket, fleece jacket and other personal protective 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 School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine after enrolment.

Domestic Students

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:

  • ambulance service manager
  • clinical instructor
  • flight paramedic
  • intensive-care paramedic (ICP)
  • special operations team (SOT) rescue paramedic
  • specialist educator
  • team leader

Bachelor of Paramedicine students will undertake a minimum of 360 hours of clinical practice throughout the course within an emergency or simulated emergency environment.

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Important Note on Fees

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 five clinical practice units (360 hours minimum) in acute 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 variety of postgraduate studies in paramedicine will be available to graduates on completion of this undergraduate degree, including the Graduate Certificate in Paramedicine, the Graduate Diploma in Paramedicine and the Master of Paramedicine.

Graduates may also progress to other postgraduate coursework degrees within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

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.

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 (Vic only)

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.

Uniforms

Students are required to purchase the required paramedicine uniform including shirt and trousers, epaulettes, hard hat, baseball cap, belt (optional), black boots, wet weather jacket, fleece jacket and other personal protective 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 School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine after enrolment.