Bachelor of Paramedicine

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

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2017 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Brisbane (11/76)
  • Melbourne (85.85)
  • North Sydney (95.00)
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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)
  • 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).

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.

Each course has a different ATAR/OP cut off and these vary each year. The table below shows the range of scores achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. Please note some of these scores may have been adjusted by various entry schemes. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2017

OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer 2 1
75th percentile OP to receive an offer 10 7
Median OP to receive an offer 11 8
25th percentile OP to receive an offer 13 10
Lowest OP to receive an offer 15 11
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer 98 99
75th percentile Rank to receive an offer 80 88
Median Rank to receive an offer 78 86
25th percentile Rank to receive an offer 73 80
Lowest Rank to receive an offer 68 78
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 98.10 99.95
75th percentile ATAR to receive an offer 88.75 94.58
Median ATAR to receive an offer 85.40 91.90
25th percentile ATAR to receive an offer 82.83 89.40
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 77.15 86.55
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 94.90 99.95
75th percentile ATAR to receive an offer 91.25 99.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 88.25 97.35
25th percentile ATAR to receive an offer 84.35 94.80
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 78.15 91.25

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)
33 26.61%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 31 25.00%
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) 41 33.06%
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) L/N N/P
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
15 12.10%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 124 100%
  • 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)
77 51.33%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 11 7.33%
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) 42 28.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 11 7.33%
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) 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
8 5.33%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 150 100%
  • 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)
26 38.81%
Vocational education and training (VET) study L/N 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) 37 55.22%
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) 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
L/N N/P
International students 0 0.00%
All students 67 100%
  • L/N – Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.
  • N/P – Not published due to low enrolment numbers.

Further information

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

Alternative/Special Entry

Adjustment Factors which may improve your entry rank

If you have an entry rank but it’s not enough for this course

  • Complete an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required entry rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new entry score 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 (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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.