This course will give students the skills and qualifications to become a paramedic. The Bachelor of Paramedicine will teach students how to: analyse situations using appropriate assessment techniques; examine patients and consider their particular needs; cope in a high-pressure environment. As a graduate, students 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, students 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.

Entry Requirements:

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


240 credit points consisting of: 60 cp from Interdisciplinary Units; 20 cp from University Core Curriculum Units and 160 cp from Paramedicine Units. For Bachelor of Paramedicine (Honours) 80 credit points consisting of: 30 cp from Coursework Units and 50 cp Thesis Units.

Subjects you can Study:


Study Pathways:

A variety of postgraduate studies in paramedicine will be available to graduates on completion of this undergraduate degree. Graduates may also progress to postgraduate coursework degrees within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Further information:

The police check must be presented to the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine by week 3, semester 1 in the commencing year of the course. Students who have not presented the Police check by this time will be unable to participate in practical units.


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:


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Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 85.85 No Full time 3 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 85.85 No Part time 6 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) 95 No Full time 3 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) 95 No Part time 6 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Full time 3 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Part time 6 years

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


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