Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 3 locations

Study mode
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
VTAC code
83.00 for Ballarat
Fees (first year)*

$5686 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2023
Applications open August 2022
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: to be advised


In this double degree you will gain the skills and knowledge needed to become both a registered nurse and a registered 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 at ACU aims to create professional paramedics who are motivated to improve communities by providing compassionate primary, urgent and emergency health care in dynamic environments. We use case studies and authentic learning experiences to maximise student engagement and prepare them for assisting individuals and the community.

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine students will also gain valuable practical experience in a range of health care environments. You may also have the opportunity to participate in international study experiences to gain unique educational and cultural experiences working in care facilities in developing countries.

Professional experience

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.

Professional recognition

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.

As of 1 December 2018, Paramedicine has become a regulated profession under AHPRA.

ACU graduates of the Bachelor of Paramedicine and the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine are eligible for registration with AHPRA. AHPRA has a list of ACU’s graduates from 2015 onwards. Paramedics who graduated prior to 2015 will need to demonstrate that they are using their paramedic knowledge and skills in their current work. Some aspects of nursing would contribute to this body of evidence.

This dual-degree course is accredited by both the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Graduates will be eligible for registration as practising nurses. Since national registration of Paramedicine in Australia, the Paramedicine Board of Australia extended ACU’s Paramedicine programs accreditation until December 2021. With the revised course seeking accreditation in 2022. Graduates will be eligible for registration as practising paramedics with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)


Graduates can pursue a range of careers including:

  • registered nurse
  • registered paramedic
  • maternal and infant care
  • medical dispatch
  • medical/surgical nursing
  • accident and emergency nursing
  • aged care
  • clinical supervision
  • community care
  • developmental disability care
  • training

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

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine, a student must complete 320 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1

HLSC120 Indigenous Health and Culture

HLSC122 Evidence for 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

NRSG140 Integrating Practice 2

PARA118 Foundations of Paramedicine

Year 2 - Semester 1

NRSG258 Principles of Nursing: Surgical

NRSG263 Principles of Nursing Mental Health

NRSG264 Integrating Practice 3

PARA128 Paramedicine Theory and Practice: Primary

Year 2 - Semester 2

NRSG265 Principles of Nursing: Medical

NRSG266 Principles of Nursing: Contexts of Ageing

NRSG267 Integrating Practice 4

PARA225 Paramedicine Care: Mental Health and Vulnerable Populations

Year 3 - Semester 1

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society


PHCC102 Being Human


PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life

NRSG372 Principles of Nursing: Chronic Illness and Disability data-versionlabel=3 >

PARA216 Paramedicine Theory: Medical 1

PARA217 Paramedicine in Practice: Medical 1

Year 3 - Semester 2

HLSC220 Health Care Ethics

NRSG374 Principles of Nursing: A Palliative Approach

PARA226 Paramedicine Theory: Medical 2

PARA227 Paramedicine in Practice: Medical 2

Year 4 - Semester 1

NRSG378 Principles of Nursing: Extended Clinical Reasoning

NRSG373 Integrating Practice 5

PARA318 Paramedic Theory and Practice: Lifespan Health

PARA325 Paramedicine Care: High Acuity and Major Incidents

Year 4 - Semester 2

NRSG377 Transition to Contemporary Nursing and Clinical Leadership

NRSG371 Building Healthy Communities data-versionlabel=3 >

NRSG376 Integrating Practice 6

PARA328 Paramedicine and Complex Care

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Double Bachelor - Bachelor/Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Entry requirements

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.


Assumed knowledge: Nil.


Prerequisites: English (Units 3 & 4, C).


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

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

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Applicants with recent secondary education

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

If your school result was affected by circumstances outside of your control, such as financial hardship, illness, disability or a challenging home environment, you may qualify for an access scheme. You can apply through your TAC as part of your application process.  

Learn more about access schemes 

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

For current year 12 students  

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above.  

For non-school leavers 

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements. 

ACU has partnerships with ACU College, TAFE, and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study.  

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process. 

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner. 

Learn more about recognition of prior learning 

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

Find your path into study

English language requirements

Demonstrate English language proficiency either by providing a written declaration that English is their primary language or evidence that they have achieved the minimum English language test results as specified in the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) English language skills registration standards.

Applicants for nursing courses should carefully review the details outlined in Schedule 3, Section 3b of the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy to check how they must demonstrate their English Language Proficiency.

** Please note that from 2021 this course requires all applicants to provide evidence of English Language Proficiency which is above the ACU minimum. More detail is available in ACU's Admission to Coursework Programs Policy, Schedule 3, Section 3b . **

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Pathways into course for current or recent Year 12 students

If you can’t meet the ATAR requirement for your choice of course and you’re currently completing Year 12 or finished Year 12 in the two years previously, we have entry programs to get you where you want to be.  

Understand your pathway options 

Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

Are you applying to ACU as a non-school leaver? 

By that we mean, you’re not currently completing Year 12 and haven’t completed it in the two years previously. If the answer is yes and your selection rank isn’t enough to meet the requirements for your desired course you still have a number of options to help you achieve your study goals. 

If you’re over 21, you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) , or you can complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course. 

Explore the pathways to your future 

Further study

An honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.5, 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.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$5686 CSP

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.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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How to apply

Domestic applicants


Apply through VTAC

VTAC code 1200110041


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


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