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Bachelor of Paramedicine

Bachelor of Paramedicine (BPSC)
CRICOS: 089149K

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
Campus
  • Ipswich
Duration
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start
  • Feb
 

Bachelor of Paramedicine overview

  • Gain the specific skills that are unique to being a paramedic, and be trained in the areas of assessment, analysis, decision making, and working in challenging and diverse situations with UniSQ’s Bachelor of Paramedicine.
  • From first year and throughout your degree, you will complete 18 weeks of clinical placements with Queensland Ambulance Service and in other healthcare settings.
  • Challenge yourself to develop knowledge and attributes which can improve career readiness and make a difference in people's lives. Become confident in clinical decision-making, situational awareness, conflict resolution, communication, and leadership in dynamic contexts.
  • Advance your practical skills in the paramedic simulation house and ambulance, and emergency training labs available at our close-knit Ipswich campus.
  • This degree is designed by leading medical and paramedic staff who understand the real-world of pre-hospital emergency care.

Professional accreditation

UniSQ's Bachelor of Paramedicine is accredited by the Paramedicine Board of Australia (PBA) and listed as an approved degree with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

To gain registration as a paramedic, graduates have to satisfy specific registration criteria as well as meet qualification and suitability standards of the PBA.

Career outcomes

  • A paramedicine degree enables graduates to be employed in multiple areas, such as with the ambulance, intensive care paramedic, emergency and disaster management, flight rescue services or community education.
  • Graduates of the Bachelor of Paramedicine will be able to apply for entry-level Ambulance Paramedic positions with Australasian ambulance services. 

Entry requirements

Pre-requisites

To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English (Units 3 & 4, C) 

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at high school level (typically studied in Year 12). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

  • It is also recommended that you have studied one of either Biology (Units 3 & 4, C), Chemistry (Units 3 & 4, C), or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent.
  • There are inherent requirements that must be met in order to successfully complete this degree. Inherent requirements are fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the degree, while maintaining the academic integrity of the degree. Please read and understand the inherent requirements specific to the Bachelor of Paramedicine before applying.

    If you think you may experience any problems meeting inherent requirements, you can talk to a Student Equity Officer about reasonable adjustments that may be put in place to assist you. Any reasonable adjustments made must not fundamentally change the nature of the inherent requirement.

Please note: Meeting entry requirements does not guarantee admission. Places within the Bachelor of Paramedicine are limited by quota. Quota size is determined by the availability of placements. Where the quota is filled, no further places will be offered.

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this degree. If your country is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility. 

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Additional requirements for placements

As a student of the Bachelor of Paramedicine, the following mandatory documents are required to commence any clinical placements in the degree:

  • Medical Assessment
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (CPR)
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Blue Card or Working with Children Check
  • UniSQ Student Declaration
  • QAS Checklist
  • COVID-19 Placement Declaration – must be completed and uploaded to InPlace once you are enrolled in each course prior to placement.

All students must also provide the following immunisation evidence prior to commencing clinical placements:

  • Hepatitis B seroconversion
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella immunisation evidence
  • Varicella immunisation evidence
  • Adult Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis immunisation evidence
  • Influenza immunisation evidence
  • Tuberculosis Skin Test
  • COVID-19 Vaccination

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don’t meet the entry requirements, don’t worry, there are pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 24 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses  24
incl. clinical placement courses 
 
Total 24

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Clinical experience

In addition to the theoretical courses , you will also need to complete clinical experience, where interactive hands-on activities, such as experiments and use of specialist equipment, are undertaken. You'll complete extensive clinical placements with the Queensland Ambulance Service and in other health care settings.

All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of clinical/professional practice within this degree. The University of Southern Queensland is obliged to report to Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) when there is a ‘reasonable belief’ that a student has an impairment that, when undertaking clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm. Further details on mandatory reporting are available at the AHPRA website.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost
On-campus

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 32000

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2022. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Professional experience costs

This degree includes a professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Scholarships

At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to UniSQ.

CRICOS: 089149K

  • Note: Applications are now closed for the February intake (Semester 1) 2022 due to quotas being filled. No further places in the Bachelor of Paramedicine will be offered in 2022.

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