Bachelor of Paramedicine

Australian Catholic University

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

It is an exciting time for paramedicine. As one of the fastest evolving health professions, ACU aims to be at the forefront of change and creating paramedics for the future. By developing professional paramedics who are emotionally intelligent and motivated to improve communities we provide the foundations for you to deliver compassionate primary, urgent and or emergency health care in challenging and dynamic environments. Through authentic learning and diverse clinical experiences, you will develop key attributes for paramedicine, including:Effective personal and interpersonal skills;Robust health care assessment and analysis techniques;Quick and deliberate critical thinking skills;Ethically and culturally informed decision making, and;The ability to apply health care in dynamic environments.Graduates will be eligible to become a registered paramedic under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and with further study and experience, they can progress towards being a:qualified ambulance paramedic;community care paramedic;special event paramedic;rural and remote specialist;intensive care paramedic;digital health care worker;team leader;health care manager;clinical educator;humanitarian aid worker;flight paramedic;or rescue paramedic.The knowledge and skills developed are applicable for the national and international workforce. For those meeting a high-standard within the Bachelor of Paramedicine, you will be eligible to apply for Honours program upon completion.

Structure

240 credit points. Students will undertake five clinical practice units in acute health care settings, throughout the course.Medical and Physical Capacity TestStudents 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.UniformsStudents 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.

Subjects

  • 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.New South Wales Assumed knowledge: Nil at year 12 level 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 25 in any other English.*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Recognition

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.

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 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.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Melbourne (St Patrick's)
No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo)
No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years
North Sydney (MacKillop)
No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

Further information

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.

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