Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Paramedicine

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

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 Para-medicine 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 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 Para-medicine 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.

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; ACT prerequisites: Nil; QLD prerequisites: English (4, SA); VIC prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English. Students also must have: valid Medical and Physical Capacity test; proof of immunisation; valid CPR Certificate; Police Check; and meet state requirements for working with children or young people e.g. blue card in QLD and Working with Children Check in VIC

Structure:

320 credit points consisting of: 220 cp from Schedule of Unit Offerings for the Bachelor of Nursing; 90 cp from Paramedicine units; and 10 cp from University Core Curriculum units.

Subjects you can Study:

Nursing; Paramedicine

Study Pathways:

Graduates may be eligible for entry to the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) or progress to postgraduate coursework degrees within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Further information:

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. Students 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.

Recognition:

Eligible graduates can apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). 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. Graduates are eligible for membership of Paramedics Australasia.

Accepts International Students:

Yes

Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Nurse - Registered, Paramedic,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Ballarat (Aquinas) 72.25 No Full time 4 years
Ballarat (Aquinas) 72.25 No Part time 8 years
Canberra (Signadou) 85.85 No Full time 4 years
Canberra (Signadou) 85.85 No Part time 8 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Full time 4 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Part time 8 years

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.


*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.


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