Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine

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

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2018 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)
  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Canberra (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).

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 HLSC122
Evidence for practice
HLSC110
Beginning Professional Practice
BIOL121
Human Biological Science 1
NRSG139
Integrating Practice 1: Assessment in Health
Year 1 - Semester 2 HLSC111
The Person, health and wellbeing
BIOL122
Human biological science 2
(Pre: BIOL121)
PARA104
Foundations of paramedic practice
NRSG140
Integrating practice 2
(Pre: NRSG139)
Year 2 - Semester 1 HLSC120
Indigenous health and culture
NRSG263
Principles of Nursing: Mental Health
PARA107
Paramedic Theory: Trauma Emergencies
(Pre: PARA104, BIOL121)
PARA108
Paramedic practice: trauma emergencies
(Pre: PARA104, BIOL121)
Year 2 - Semester 2 NRSG265
Principles Of nursing: medical
NRSG266
Principles of nursing: contexts of ageing
PARA201
Paramedic theory: medical 1
(Pre: PARA104)
PARA202
Paramedic practice: medical 1
(Pre: PARA104)
Year 3 - Semester 1 UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
NRSG258
Principles of nursing: surgical
NRSG264
Integrating practice 3
(Pre: NRSG140)
PARA213
Paramedic theory and practice: medical 2
(Pre: PARA202)
Year 3 - Semester 2 HLSC220
Health care ethics
NRSG374
Principles of nursing: A palliative approach
(Pre: Completion of a minimum of 140 credit points)
NRSG267
Integrating practice 4
(Pre: NRSG140)
PARA320
Paramedic theory and practice: population variances
(Pre: PARA201, PARA202)
Year 4 - Semester 1 NRSG371
Building healthy communities
(Pre: Completion of a minimum of 140 credit points)
NRSG372
Principles of nursing: chronic illness and disability
(Pre: Completion of a minimum of 140 credit points)
NRSG373
Integrating practice 5
(Pre: NRSG264, NRSG267)
PARA300
Consolidated and extended paramedic practice
(Pre: PARA213)
Year 4 - Semester 2 NRSG375
Clinical leadership
(Pre: Completion of a minimum of 240 credit points)
NRSG367
Transition to professional nursing
(Pre: Completion of a minimum of 240 credit points)
NRSG376
Integrating practice 6
(Pre: NRSG373)
PARA305
Pre-hospital major incident management
(Pre: PARA213)

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

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 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Canberra
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
  • Average first year fee: $7607 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 2018

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 94.60 96.75
Median ATAR to receive an offer 77.50 80.78
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 65.75 73.75
OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer 5 1
Median OP to receive an offer 9 6
Lowest OP to receive an offer 13 10
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer 92 99
Median Rank to receive an offer 83 90
Lowest Rank to receive an offer 72 80
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 98.75 99.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 84.65 93.43
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 77.25 84.55

Student Profile

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

Applicant background 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
39 26.71%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 17 11.64%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
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 47.95%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 15 10.27%
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) <5 N/P
International students 0 0.00%
All students 146 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
21 14.29%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 31 21.09%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
7 4.76%
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) 78 53.06%
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) 8 5.44%
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) <5 N/P
International students 0 0.00%
All students 147 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
28 25.93%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 8 7.41%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
11 10.19%
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) 28 25.93%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) <5 N/P
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) 31 28.70%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 108 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

Ballarat, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Brisbane, Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Canberra, ACT
Apply through UAC

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.

From late 2018, paramedics must be registered with the Paramedicine Board of Australia and meet the Board’s registration standards in order to practice in Australia. Please refer to the registration information on the AHPRA website.

Paramedicine programs at ACU are accredited nationally.

Academic IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 (with minimum scores of 6.5 in all tests).

See English language proficiency (Schedule 2) for details.

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, health administration as well as leadership and management in health care.

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.

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 HLSC122
Evidence for practice
HLSC110
Beginning Professional Practice
BIOL121
Human Biological Science 1
NRSG139
Integrating Practice 1: Assessment in Health
Year 1 - Semester 2 HLSC111
The Person, health and wellbeing
BIOL122
Human biological science 2
(Pre: BIOL121)
PARA104
Foundations of paramedic practice
NRSG140
Integrating practice 2
(Pre: NRSG139)
Year 2 - Semester 1 HLSC120
Indigenous health and culture
NRSG263
Principles of Nursing: Mental Health
PARA107
Paramedic Theory: Trauma Emergencies
(Pre: PARA104, BIOL121)
PARA108
Paramedic practice: trauma emergencies
(Pre: PARA104, BIOL121)
Year 2 - Semester 2 NRSG265
Principles Of nursing: medical
NRSG266
Principles of nursing: contexts of ageing
PARA201
Paramedic theory: medical 1
(Pre: PARA104)
PARA202
Paramedic practice: medical 1
(Pre: PARA104)
Year 3 - Semester 1 UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
NRSG258
Principles of nursing: surgical
NRSG264
Integrating practice 3
(Pre: NRSG140)
PARA213
Paramedic theory and practice: medical 2
(Pre: PARA202)
Year 3 - Semester 2 HLSC220
Health care ethics
NRSG374
Principles of nursing: A palliative approach
(Pre: Completion of a minimum of 140 credit points)
NRSG267
Integrating practice 4
(Pre: NRSG140)
PARA320
Paramedic theory and practice: population variances
(Pre: PARA201, PARA202)
Year 4 - Semester 1 NRSG371
Building healthy communities
(Pre: Completion of a minimum of 140 credit points)
NRSG372
Principles of nursing: chronic illness and disability
(Pre: Completion of a minimum of 140 credit points)
NRSG373
Integrating practice 5
(Pre: NRSG264, NRSG267)
PARA300
Consolidated and extended paramedic practice
(Pre: PARA213)
Year 4 - Semester 2 NRSG375
Clinical leadership
(Pre: Completion of a minimum of 240 credit points)
NRSG367
Transition to professional nursing
(Pre: Completion of a minimum of 240 credit points)
NRSG376
Integrating practice 6
(Pre: NRSG373)
PARA305
Pre-hospital major incident management
(Pre: PARA213)

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

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.

From late 2018, paramedics must be registered with the Paramedicine Board of Australia and meet the Board’s registration standards in order to practice in Australia. Please refer to the registration information on the AHPRA website.

Paramedicine programs at ACU are accredited nationally.

Academic IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 (with minimum scores of 6.5 in all tests).

See English language proficiency (Schedule 2) for details.

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, health administration as well as leadership and management in health care.

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.