Bachelor of Paramedic Science/Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management

Rank thresholdATAR: 75 SR: 75
Duration3.5 years full-time, 7 years part-time
Online and
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOn Campus, Online
Course codeCM40
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If you have an interest in anatomy and seek a fast-paced career, devoted to helping those in need and where no two days are the same, this is an ideal course for you. Our Bachelor of Paramedic Science/Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management is a versatile dual degree that will future-proof your career, qualifying you as a registered paramedic with a highly relevant postgraduate qualification in emergency and disaster management. 

Prepare for the evolving field of paramedic science, which now encompasses various multidisciplinary settings such as emergency service agencies, public safety, industrial environments, and humanitarian aid organizations. Your comprehensive skillset will enable you to add value in any setting, particularly those that are remote, challenging, or under-resourced.

Additionally, your training will focus on disease processes and emergency treatment, including practical placements in paramedic care, ensuring you graduate with practical experience and high employability.

The undergraduate units will establish a strong foundation in sciences, human body systems, study and research skills, and paramedic practice.

In this double degree, you'll also gain postgraduate-level expertise in emergency and disaster management, equipping you to excel in dynamic emergency and high-threat environments.

Industry work placements will allow you to apply your learning in real-life emergency situations, working closely with experienced paramedics.

If you choose to study full-time, you will study four postgraduate units to satisfy the Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management. Your first two units cover foundations of emergency and disaster management and current and contemporary research in the field. You will study these units over Term 3 in your second year. You will go on to complete the final two units in Term 3 in your third year which will develop your knowledge of crisis communication and disaster risk reduction.  

This course adopts key concepts of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) and the approach of the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery (PRRR) model. Knowledge of these principles are becoming increasingly important for paramedics across Australia and globally as regions experience natural disasters such as floods, cyclones, fires, and the current pandemic and are being required to offer more than standard paramedic roles. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Paramedic Science/Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management course from CQUniversity have developed the expertise and skills to work as health professionals in emergency medicine, prehospital retrieval and emergency and disaster management sectors. Work-integrated clinical units are included in the 2nd and 3rd years of the course to facilitate the work readiness of graduates. Graduates of this course may specialise in intensive care paramedic practice, aviation and retrieval medicine, occupational health and safety, tactical medicine, special operations, clinical education, public health, business management, hospital health services and roles encompassing emergency and disaster management. Employment options after the course include government ambulance services, hospitals, private, government, non-government and community organisations supporting mines, local and regional councils.

Structure & Availability

Course structure

Students are required to complete a total of 28 core units. If you have not studied Chemistry you are advised to enrol in an introductory Chemistry unit at CQUniversity. The recommended course of study is CHEM40079.

Unit information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1, 2024Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville
Term 2, 2024Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville

Online Availability

Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 2, 2024Available Online

Courses at Cairns and Townsville are delivered through on-campus study, workshops, residential schools and online study.

Application Closing Dates for Term 1, 2024

If you are applying for Term 1, 2024, this course has early closing dates as follows:

  • Direct applications (STEPS) close Friday, 8 December 2023
  • Applications via QTAC close Friday, 8 December 2023.

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.

All students will be required to attend compulsory residential schools for several units. Residential schools may be held in Cairns, Townsville or Rockhampton. Information relating to residential school locations will be available to the students via the handbook and associated Moodle pages.
Clinical Paramedic Practice 3 - PMSC13004

Throughout the course, students are required to undertake compulsory work-integrated-learning placements with an approved placement provider. Clinical placements will provide students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and professional attributes required to safely and competently practice as a paramedic.

Clinical Paramedic Practice 2 - PMSC13002

Throughout the course, students are required to undertake compulsory work-integrated-learning placements with an approved placement provider. Clinical placements will provide students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and professional attributes required to safely and competently practice as a paramedic.

Clinical Paramedic Practice 1 - PMSC12002

Throughout the course, students are required to undertake compulsory work-integrated-learning placements with an approved placement provider. Clinical placements will provide students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and professional attributes required to safely and competently practice as a paramedic.


Rank Threshold

A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course. The rank threshold for this course is: SR 75 | ATAR 75.0

Lowest Ranks

The lowest selection rank refers to the lowest rank to which an offer was made for an intake or term and includes adjustment factors applied to an applicant's ATAR such as the Regional Adjustment Scheme and Educational Access Scheme. An ATAR with adjustment factors applied is referred to as a selection rank.

The lowest selection ranks (includes adjustment factors) for Term 1, 2023 for the following locations are as follows:

Online: 77.4

Rockhampton: 68.9

Please note entry to courses is competitive and the lowest score (ATAR or selection rank) will vary from year to year and campus to campus and is provided as a historical guide of past performance.

Student profile

If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2023.

Institute profile

To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2023 view our Institute Profile.

Recommended study

Senior English, Mathematical Methods, Biology, Chemistry, Science


English (Units 3 & 4, C)

English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or the United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years of:

A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or

Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or the United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 7.0 with a minimum 7.0 in each subset; or

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 600 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 5.0 (Paper Based Test), or 100 or better overall and a score of 25 or better in the Writing section (Internet Based Test); or

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 64 with no communication score less than 64; or

An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between the final examination date and the date of commencement of the study and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a WIL placement for this course. Students will be required to provide evidence of having an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination status by the closing date prior to a WIL placement. The vaccine received must be a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia.

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) placements apply to this course and as such are subject to compulsory pre-placement conditions referred to as mandatory checks and are outlined in the health, security and other compulsory requirements sections. Mandatory checks are determined by industry, organisations, legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures. To be eligible for a WIL placement, students must first achieve compliance with mandatory checks by each closing date prior to a WIL placement and maintain current evidence for the duration of the course.

Mandatory health requirements include a medical assessment process, immunisation and vaccination evidence (and serology where required) to the following diseases: COVID-19 (up-to-date status), Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella, Varicella, Pertussis, Influenza, and Tuberculosis screening. Respirator mask fit testing is also an annual requirement for this course.

Mandatory security requirements include an Australian Federal Police clearance and working with children check.

Other mandatory requirements include a First Aid and CPR certificate, student agreement to privacy and confidentiality, adherence to Ahpra policies for a registered student professional, fitness to participate in WIL student declaration, jurisdictional and site-specific compulsory requirements, and other training modules.

You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2023 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$8,650

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth support and government assistance loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. Learn more about paying for university.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

How to apply

StateAdmission Code
QueenslandCairns: 821720; Townsville: 801720; Rockhampton: 851720; Online: 851725

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?
  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you have studied our Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS) program or Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP). 

To apply for this course you will need to submit your application for this course via the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Apply via QTAC

Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via QTAC.

You may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity provided you meet one of the following criteria:
  • You have successfully completed or are completing CQUniversity's Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS) program.
  • You have successfully completed CQUniversity's Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP).