Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine

Australian Catholic University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

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. As a graduate, you will be qualified to work in a wide range of careers and areas, such as a: aged care; community care; primary care; digital health care; medical/surgical nursing; emergency care paramedicine. With further study and experience, a registered paramedic can become qualified ambulance paramedic, community care paramedic, special event paramedic, rural and remote specialist, intensive care paramedic, team leaders, clinical instructors, health care managers, clinical educators, humanitarian aid worker, flight paramedics or rescue paramedics. 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.

Structure

320 credit points. 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.UniformsStudents representing ACU on any clinical placement outside of the University must wear an approved uniform. Details regarding uniform purchase is available via ACU's Work Integrated Learning site www.wil.acu.edu.au.Nursing uniformStudents are required to purchase and wear an ACU student nurse uniform during clinical components of the course.Paramedic uniformStudents 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 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.

Subjects

  • Nursing
  • Nursing / paramedicine
  • Paramedicine

Standard entry requirements

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent.ACT Assumed knowledge: Nil.Queensland Prerequisites: English (Units 3 and 4, C).Victoria 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 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

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. From late 2018, paramedics must be registered with the Paramedicine Board of Australia and meet the Board's registration standards in order to practice in Australia. Please refer to the registration information on the AHPRA website. Paramedicine programs at ACU are accredited nationally.

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 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.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Ballarat (Aquinas)
  • ATAR: 85
No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo)
  • ATAR: 88
No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years
Canberra (Signadou)
  • ATAR: 93
No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years

Further information

Graduates can pursue a range of careers in Australia and overseas as, medical dispatcher, medical/surgical nurse, paediatric nurse, paramedic, aged care nurse, community care nurse, clinical supervisor or clinical educator. With further study, qualified paramedics can become intensive-care paramedics (ICPs), team leaders or special operations team (SOT) rescue paramedics.

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