Bachelor of Paramedicine - Professional Entry

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

The Bachelor of Para-medicine (Professional Entry) provides an opportunity for paramedics with a non-degree qualification to obtain a Bachelor of Para-medicine. This degree aims to build upon skills and knowledge acquired in Diploma courses. Providing a platform for broadening career options and entry into postgraduate studies, it will develop a proactive and adaptable graduate who will be a competent, ethical clinician. Students will graduate with the disciplinary foundations necessary to contribute to a healthier Australian society. Graduates will have a deeper understanding of the challenges and complexities of what makes populations healthy and what makes them sick.Students will have the opportunity to further their studies in leadership, communication and clinical education. Ultimately graduates will be expected to be capable in leadership, with developing research skills and wider knowledge to bring to their profession. Specifically, the course aims to prepare graduates to apply best evidence, sound judgement and strategy to pre-hospital health problems; develop skills in communication, personal leadership and performance accountability necessary to be effective leaders in pre-hospital care; foster in students the importance of professional excellence and accountability; provide graduates with the competencies for entry into a wide range of roles in the field of pre-hospital care; foster a commitment to lifelong learning; provide a deeper awareness of evidence based solutions for disadvantaged communities and individuals.

Entry Requirements:

An applicant must have completed a non-degree professional qualification in para-medicine and be employed as a paramedic with an Australian State or Territory emergency ambulance service.


80 credit points consisting of: 70 cp from Core units and 10 cp from Elective units.

Subjects you can Study:


Study Pathways:

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 Para-medicine (Honours). Graduates may be eligible to progress to a postgraduate coursework degree in para-medicine, including the Graduate Certificate in Para-medicine, the Graduate Diploma in Para-medicine and the Master of Para-medicine. Graduates may also progress to other postgraduate coursework degrees within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Further information:

Graduates may be eligible to work in the following areas: Clinical education and supervision; Administration.


Graduates are eligible for membership of Paramedics Australasia.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Anaesthetic Technician, Paramedic,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Online 2 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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