Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine



Domestic applications for this course for Semester 1, 2018 have closed. Please revisit this page in August 2018 for 2019 availability.

Available to:
Domestic students only.
Location:
  • Ballarat
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
Duration:

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2017 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Ballarat (73.80)
  • Brisbane (9/83)
  • Canberra (90.00)
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This double degree will allow you to graduate with two qualifications. Not only will you gain the skills and knowledge needed to become a registered nurse but you will also gain the ability to work as a paramedic.

The Bachelor of Nursing is known for producing adaptable, safe and ethical nurses – in fact, more nurses graduate from ACU than anywhere else in Australia. We use learner–centred approaches including case studies and situation–based learning to enhance students’ experiences as well as their readiness for the workplace.

The Bachelor of Paramedicine will teach you how to analyse situations and react appropriately, whether it’s a cardiovascular emergency or dealing with someone in trauma.

As a graduate, you will be qualified to work in a wide range of careers, such as a:

  • aged care nursing
  • community nursing
  • medical dispatcher
  • medical/surgical nursing
  • paramedic

With further study, qualified paramedics can become intensive–care paramedics (ICPs), team leaders or special operations team (SOT) rescue paramedics.

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine students will also gain valuable practical experience in a range of health care environments.

You may also take up the opportunity to engage with communities overseas and gain unique educational and cultural experiences working in care facilities in developing countries.

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability

  • Ballarat (Attendance) - (Application not available)
  • Brisbane (Attendance) - (Application not available)
  • Canberra (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

320

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings
Ballarat
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Canberra
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
  • Average first year fee: $7126 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)
Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

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.

ACT

  • Assumed knowledge: Nil.

Queensland

  • Prerequisites: English (4, SA).

Victoria

  • Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU..

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2017 

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 92.35 98.35
75th percentile ATAR to receive an offer 79.55 84.80
Median ATAR to receive an offer 74.15 79.25
25th percentile ATAR to receive an offer 69.95 75.40
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 60.80 64.30
OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer 1 1
75th percentile OP to receive an offer 8 4
Median OP to receive an offer 10 6
25th percentile OP to receive an offer 11 8
Lowest OP to receive an offer 14 9
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer 99 99
75th percentile Rank to receive an offer 86 94
Median Rank to receive an offer 80 90
25th percentile Rank to receive an offer 78 86
Lowest Rank to receive an offer 70 83
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 97.30 99.95
75th percentile ATAR to receive an offer N/P N/P
Median ATAR to receive an offer N/P N/P
25th percentile ATAR to receive an offer N/P N/P
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 76.35 85.85
  • N/P – indicates figure is not published if less than 25 ATAR based offers made.

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2017
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
36 25.71%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 8 5.71%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 70 50.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 14 10.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
11 7.86%
International students L/N N/P
All students 140 100%
  • L/N – Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.
  • N/P – Not published due to low enrolment numbers.
Applicant background 2017
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
20 11.76%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 34 20.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of OP/Rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 96 56.47%
Recent secondary education admitted where both OP/Rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum OP/Rank) 10 5.88%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/Rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/Rank requirement) L/N N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
6 3.53%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 170 100%
  • L/N – Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.
  • N/P – Not published due to low enrolment numbers.
Applicant background 2017
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
14 21.88%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 7 10.94%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 16 25.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 25 39.06%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
L/N N/P
International students 0 0.00%
All students 64 100%
  • L/N – Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.
  • N/P – Not published due to low enrolment numbers.

Further information



Domestic applications for this course for Semester 1, 2018 have closed. Please revisit this page in August 2018 for 2019 availability.

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units. Note - you may need to complete up to 8 units (equivalent to one year fulltime) and achieve more than a pass grade to gain entry to this course

Graduates can pursue a range of careers in Australia and overseas as, medical dispatcher, medical/surgical nurse, paediatric nurse, paramedic, aged care nurse, community care nurse, clinical supervisor or clinical educator. With further study, qualified paramedics can become intensive-care paramedics (ICPs), team leaders or special operations team (SOT) rescue paramedics.

Clinical experience forms an integral part of the course. Students will undertake six units of nursing practice and three units of Paramedicine practice in a variety of health care environments.

Eligible graduates can apply for registration as a nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Please refer to the Registration Standards for Nursing and Midwifery on the AHPRA website.

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.

Academic IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in all tests)

An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.75, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) or Bachelor of Paramedicine (Honours).

The Faculty of Health Sciences offers a suite of postgraduate coursework degrees in nursing and paramedicine. Nursing specialties include mental health nursing, clinical nursing, clinical education and health administration.

Before you can begin placements for this course, you must meet mandatory State or Territory legal and industry policy requirements. Comprehensive information about these requirements and the submission process of relevant documentation can be found here www.wil.acu.edu.au

Uniforms

Students representing ACU on any clinical placement outside of the University must wear an approved uniform. Details regarding uniform purchase is available via ACU's Work Integrated Learning site www.wil.acu.edu.au.

Nursing uniform

Students are required to purchase and wear an ACU student nurse uniform during clinical components of the course.

Paramedic uniform

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 required. Students are also required to wear a wrist watch with a second hand whilst on clinical placement.

Details regarding uniform purchase is available via ACU's Work Integrated Learning site www.wil.acu.edu.au.

Domestic Students

This double degree will allow you to graduate with two qualifications. Not only will you gain the skills and knowledge needed to become a registered nurse but you will also gain the ability to work as a paramedic.

The Bachelor of Nursing is known for producing adaptable, safe and ethical nurses – in fact, more nurses graduate from ACU than anywhere else in Australia. We use learner–centred approaches including case studies and situation–based learning to enhance students’ experiences as well as their readiness for the workplace.

The Bachelor of Paramedicine will teach you how to analyse situations and react appropriately, whether it’s a cardiovascular emergency or dealing with someone in trauma.

As a graduate, you will be qualified to work in a wide range of careers, such as a:

  • aged care nursing
  • community nursing
  • medical dispatcher
  • medical/surgical nursing
  • paramedic

With further study, qualified paramedics can become intensive–care paramedics (ICPs), team leaders or special operations team (SOT) rescue paramedics.

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine students will also gain valuable practical experience in a range of health care environments.

You may also take up the opportunity to engage with communities overseas and gain unique educational and cultural experiences working in care facilities in developing countries.

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Important Note on Fees

Graduates can pursue a range of careers in Australia and overseas as, medical dispatcher, medical/surgical nurse, paediatric nurse, paramedic, aged care nurse, community care nurse, clinical supervisor or clinical educator. With further study, qualified paramedics can become intensive-care paramedics (ICPs), team leaders or special operations team (SOT) rescue paramedics.

Clinical experience forms an integral part of the course. Students will undertake six units of nursing practice and three units of Paramedicine practice in a variety of health care environments.

Eligible graduates can apply for registration as a nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Please refer to the Registration Standards for Nursing and Midwifery on the AHPRA website.

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.

Academic IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in all tests)

An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.75, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) or Bachelor of Paramedicine (Honours).

The Faculty of Health Sciences offers a suite of postgraduate coursework degrees in nursing and paramedicine. Nursing specialties include mental health nursing, clinical nursing, clinical education and health administration.

Before you can begin placements for this course, you must meet mandatory State or Territory legal and industry policy requirements. Comprehensive information about these requirements and the submission process of relevant documentation can be found here www.wil.acu.edu.au

Uniforms

Students representing ACU on any clinical placement outside of the University must wear an approved uniform. Details regarding uniform purchase is available via ACU's Work Integrated Learning site www.wil.acu.edu.au.

Nursing uniform

Students are required to purchase and wear an ACU student nurse uniform during clinical components of the course.

Paramedic uniform

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 required. Students are also required to wear a wrist watch with a second hand whilst on clinical placement.

Details regarding uniform purchase is available via ACU's Work Integrated Learning site www.wil.acu.edu.au.