Bachelor of Paramedicine

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

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2018 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Brisbane (10/79)
  • Melbourne (85.25)
  • North Sydney (99.95)
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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 extensive 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)
  • 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).

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 HLSC110
Beginning professional practice
BIOL121
Human biological science 1
HLSC122
Evidence for practice
PARA104
Foundations of paramedic practice
Year 1 - Semester 2 UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
BIOL122
Human biological science 2
(Pre: BIOL121 
PARA107
Paramedic theory: trauma emergencies
(Pre: PARA104, BIOL121)
PARA108
Paramedic practice: trauma emergencies
(Pre: PARA104, BIOL121)
Year 2 - Semester 1 HLSC120
Indigenous health and culture
PARA207
Mental health for paramedics
(Pre: PARA104)
PARA201
Paramedic theory: medical 1
(Pre: PARA107)
PARA202
Paramedic practice: medical 1
(Pre: PARA108)
Year 2 - Semester 2 HLSC220
Health care ethics
PARA212
Contemporary challenges in paramedicine
(Pre: HLSC122)
PARA210
Paramedic theory: medical 2
(Pre: PARA201)
PARA211
Paramedic practice: medical 2
(Pre: PARA202)
Year 3 - Semester 1 UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
PARA306
Paramedic practitioner health
(Pre: PARA104)
PARA301
Paramedic theory: population variances
(Pre: PARA210)
PARA302
Paramedic practice: population variances
(Pre: PARA211)
Year 3 - Semester 2 PARA321
Community engagement and paramedic practice innovations
(Pre: PARA212)
 PARA305
Pre-Hospital major incident management
(Pre: PARA210, PARA211)
PARA300
Consolidated and extended paramedic practice
(Pre: PARA210, PARA211)

'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

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings
Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
  • Average first year fee: $8305 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.

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 (EAL) or 25 in any other English.

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

OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer 2 1
Median OP to receive an offer 11 8
Lowest OP to receive an offer 14 12
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer 98 99
Median Rank to receive an offer 77 85
Lowest Rank to receive an offer 70 75
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 98.05 99.25
Median ATAR to receive an offer 86.80 89.65
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 79.20 85.25
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 97.70 99.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 91.90 99.95
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 84.75 92.75

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)
34 25.00%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 34 25.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
8 5.88%
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) 54 39.71%
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) 5 3.68%
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 136 100%
  • 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)
93 54.71%
Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
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) 48 28.24%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 20 11.76%
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 170 100%
  • 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)
11 23.40%
Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
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) 21 44.68%
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) 11 23.40%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 47 100%
  • 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

Brisbane, Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (North Sydney), NSW
Apply through UAC

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

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

  • 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 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 in acute health care settings, throughout the course.

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 6.5 (with minimum scores of 6.0 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 Paramedicine (Honours).

Graduates may be eligible to progress to a postgraduate coursework degree in paramedicine, 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, such as the Master of Leadership and Management in Health Care.

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.

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

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 extensive clinical practice throughout the course within an emergency or simulated emergency environment.

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 HLSC110
Beginning professional practice
BIOL121
Human biological science 1
HLSC122
Evidence for practice
PARA104
Foundations of paramedic practice
Year 1 - Semester 2 UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
BIOL122
Human biological science 2
(Pre: BIOL121 
PARA107
Paramedic theory: trauma emergencies
(Pre: PARA104, BIOL121)
PARA108
Paramedic practice: trauma emergencies
(Pre: PARA104, BIOL121)
Year 2 - Semester 1 HLSC120
Indigenous health and culture
PARA207
Mental health for paramedics
(Pre: PARA104)
PARA201
Paramedic theory: medical 1
(Pre: PARA107)
PARA202
Paramedic practice: medical 1
(Pre: PARA108)
Year 2 - Semester 2 HLSC220
Health care ethics
PARA212
Contemporary challenges in paramedicine
(Pre: HLSC122)
PARA210
Paramedic theory: medical 2
(Pre: PARA201)
PARA211
Paramedic practice: medical 2
(Pre: PARA202)
Year 3 - Semester 1 UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
PARA306
Paramedic practitioner health
(Pre: PARA104)
PARA301
Paramedic theory: population variances
(Pre: PARA210)
PARA302
Paramedic practice: population variances
(Pre: PARA211)
Year 3 - Semester 2 PARA321
Community engagement and paramedic practice innovations
(Pre: PARA212)
 PARA305
Pre-Hospital major incident management
(Pre: PARA210, PARA211)
PARA300
Consolidated and extended paramedic practice
(Pre: PARA210, PARA211)

'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 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 in acute health care settings, throughout the course.

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 6.5 (with minimum scores of 6.0 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 Paramedicine (Honours).

Graduates may be eligible to progress to a postgraduate coursework degree in paramedicine, 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, such as the Master of Leadership and Management in Health Care.

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.

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