Charles Darwin University

Bachelor of Paramedicine

Charles Darwin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00300K

The Bachelor of Paramedicine prepares you for a rewarding career as a Paramedic. You will become an emergency care specialist - enabling you to work in emergency ambulance and pre-hospital environments in regional, remote and urban settings.During the three-year degree you'll gain vital clinical decision-making, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. You'll learn about anatomy and physiology, human development and Australia's health-care systems and policies. You will develop knowledge in clinical science areas including trauma and emergency-based response. This course also has a strong focus on Indigenous Health perspectives, mental health and specific care of maternal, neonatal and paediatric patients.This course is focussed on providing relevant industry experience. CDU and the Northern Territory's exclusive paramedic service provider, St John Ambulance Australia (NT) Inc., have partnered to offer this specialised course. You will gain hands-on experience completing three units of placements with the St John Ambulance Australia (NT) or other services across Australia.Course transfer into the Bachelor of Paramedicine is not permitted. Students who wish to transfer into this course must follow the application process.


The three-year degree is made up of 22 core units. The first year comprises studies from the Health Science degree, including anatomy and physiology, human development and Australia's health-care systems and policies. You will develop knowledge in clinical science special areas including trauma and emergency-based response. You will also learn about Indigenous Health perspectives, geriatric and specific care of maternal, neonatal and paediatric patients .A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirementsCore Units(22 units)240cpCompulsory Core units totalling 240 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and PoliciesSBI111 Perspectives in Paramedicine PracticeSBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173)HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (new title from 2021)SWK102 Communication SkillsHSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230)SBI150 Cellular BiologySBI241 Pathophysiology for HealthcareSBI242 Pharmacology for Clinical PracticeSBI270 Clinical skills for ParamedicineSBI273 Trauma Studies in ParamedicineSBI274 Cardiopulmonary and Emergency AssessmentSBI276 Paramedics Clinical Placement 1PSY247 Research Design and AnalysisSBI300 Obstetrics in ParamedicineSBI301 Paediatrics in ParamedicineSBI313 Emergency Mental Health ResponseSBI333 Reflective Practice and Leadership in ParamedicineSBI402 Paramedics Clinical Placement 2 (20cp)SBI403 Paramedics Clinical Placement 3 (20cp)  240cpTotal Credit PointsStudents who commenced in or after 2013No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.Of the total 240 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)* not more than 120 credit points may be taken from 100 level units* a minimum of 80 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or aboveStudents should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information. 


  • Health and Medicine

Standard entry requirements

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 70*.Successful completion of a national qualification at Diploma level or higher.Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 162 (or a score of 168 if prior to May 2010).Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program or the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses or a recognised enabling course of at least twelve months duration.* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Casuarina International: $30,240 No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

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