Bachelor of Paramedicine

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

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2019 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Brisbane (11/72)
  • Melbourne (89.55)
  • North Sydney (95.00)

Description

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.

Course duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

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).

Sample Course Map

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, credit points & course units

Deferment

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

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $8455 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.

Essential requirements for admission

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.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Admission criteria

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 2019

OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer 1 1
Median OP to receive an offer 11 9
Lowest OP to receive an offer 16 13
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer 99 99
Median Rank to receive an offer 78 83
Lowest Rank to receive an offer 67 74
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.75 99.90
Median ATAR to receive an offer 90.85 94.30
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 84.95 89.70
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 97.05 99.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 91.05 99.80
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 84.50 95.00

Student Profile

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

Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
51 25.12%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 56 27.59%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
9 4.43%
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) 81 39.90%
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 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) <5 N/P
International students 0 0.00%
All students 203 100%
  • 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 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
104 57.14%
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) 49 26.92%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 17 9.34%
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) 9 4.95%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 182 100%
  • 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 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
17 26.15%
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) 37 56.92%
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) 5 7.69%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 65 100%
  • 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

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

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

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

  • Most applicants to undergraduate courses at ACU are eligible for adjustment factors – which can help improve your selection rank when applying for a degree. Your location, school or personal circumstances may make you eligible too. Learn more about the full list of available adjustments.

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

Career paths

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.

Professional experience

Students will undertake five clinical practice units in acute health care settings, throughout the course.

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.

As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) websiteto view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

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.

Professional recognition

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.

ACU’s Bachelor of Paramedicine and Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine are both accredited by the Council of Ambulance Authorities Inc. The Council of Ambulance Authorities does not consider that the Bachelor of Paramedicine (Professional Entry) requires accreditation.

Pathways to further study

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.

More course information

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

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