Bachelor of Paramedic Science - CG95

Study the Bachelor of Paramedic Science and equip yourself with health skills to enhance your employability within the growing and in-demand industry of paramedic services.


On Campus, Online


SR:75 ATAR:75




3 years full-time, 6 years part-time


Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville, Online


English (Units 3 and 4, C)


Senior English, Mathematical Methods, Biology, Chemistry, Science

The Bachelor of Paramedic Science at CQUniversity is designed to equip you with the skills to become a Paramedic. If you are already a practising paramedic and would like to gain a formal qualification this program may also be for you.

You will develop foundation knowledge in sciences, human body systems, study and research skills and paramedic practice.

In addition, your training will focus on disease processes and emergency treatment, and include practical placements in paramedic care, enabling you to graduate work-ready and highly sought after by employers.

Work placement within the industry allows you to put your learning into practice and work closely with paramedics to respond to real-life emergency situations.

The practice of paramedic services is increasing in specific business areas and the Bachelor of Paramedic Science meets the current demands of the industry, ensuring you become a skilled professional.

Core Units 23 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

Throughout your Bachelor of Paramedic Science, you will build your capabilities with a range of hands-on learning experiences. At the start of your studies, you will engage in a range of simulations and practical experiences in our paramedic simulation lab allowing you to learn in a safe environment and gain skills and knowledge that you will later apply to your clinical placements. You will complete three clinical placements, totalling a minimum of 600 hours of clinical experience, generally with the Queensland Ambulance Service. These allow you to train with real patients in authentic scenarios. This exposure to real patients and scenarios allows you to apply your discipline knowledge and gain experience so that you graduate work-ready.

Your placements commence towards the end of your second year with a five-week block placement. You will then complete two placements in your third year. The first is a four-week placement – two weeks in an urban setting and two weeks in a rural setting, and the second is a six-week placement. While we aim to keep you close to home, your placements may require you to travel and any travel is at your own cost. Your placements will be organised for you by CQUniversity and are generally unpaid.

You will be exposed to high-fidelity simulation exercises that will equip you with the critical skills needed to respond to emergencies and care for patients.

The simulations you participate in involve case-based learning that develops your critical thinking and clinical judgement skills. Simulations may take place in our paramedic simulation laboratory, while other simulations allow you to work and learn alongside practising paramedics and other emergency responders such as the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Queensland Police to respond to authentic scenarios such as a mass-casualty emergency.

The skills, knowledge and experience you gain through your clinical placements, scenario-based learning and high-fidelity simulations develop your clinical decision making and problem-solving ability ensuring that you graduate work-ready and well prepared for your career as a paramedic.

As a paramedic student at CQUniversity, your experience can be global, by choosing to participate in an international activity that will allow you to travel overseas and use your skills and knowledge to help those in need. The global experiences available to our paramedic students do change based on the needs of the different communities that we work with.

Experiences our students have recently participated in are:
• The Wild Medic Project, an initiative that connects local communities and humanitarian medical teams in places such as Nepal (2020) and Vanuatu (2018).
Challenges Abroad Thailand Paramedic Challenge, an initiative that allows you to work alongside first responders in Thailand (2019).
• Collaborating with the Fire Department of New York to gain insights into one of the busiest emergency medical services in the world (2018).

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2021Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville
Term 1 - 2022Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2021Available Online
Term 1 - 2022Available Online

Courses at Cairns and Townsville are delivered by a combination of on-campus study, workshops, residential schools and online study.

You are required to complete 23 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.


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

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

Unit NameCodeDescription
Clinical Paramedic Practice 1PMSC12002Throughout the CG95 course, students are required to undertake a minimum of 15 weeks (600 hours) of compulsory off-campus clinical placements with a state or territory ambulance service. This unit requires the student to complete five weeks of clinical placement with Queensland Ambulance Service.
Clinical Paramedic Practice 2PMSC13002Throughout the CG95 course, students are required to undertake a minimum of 15 weeks (600 hours) of compulsory off-campus clinical placements with a state or territory ambulance service. This unit requires the student to complete four weeks of clinical placement with Queensland Ambulance Service.
Clinical Paramedic Practice 3PMSC13004Throughout the CG95 course, students are required to undertake a minimum of 15 weeks (600 hours) of compulsory off-campus clinical placements with a state or territory ambulance service. This unit requires the student to complete six weeks of clinical placement with Queensland Ambulance Service.
All students will be required to attend compulsory residential schools for some 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.

Rank Threshold
SR 75 | ATAR 75.0

A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course.

Rank Cut-Off - unadjusted
OP 16 | SR 72 | ATAR 70.0

Rank Cut-Off - adjusted
OP 12 | SR 76 | ATAR 75.00

The rank cut-off score is the competitive entry score that was needed to gain entry to this course in Term 1 2020. There is an unadjusted score before any adjustment schemes or factors are applied and an adjusted score if these were applied. Entry to courses is competitive and the cut-off score will vary from year to year and is provided as a historical guide of past performance.

Student Profile
If you would like to know more about entry scores and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2020.

Institute Profile
To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2020 view our Institute Profile.

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.

Security Requirements

Students will be required to procure and maintain a valid Working with Children Check (Blue Card) prior to undertaking Work-integrated Learning units.

Health Requirements

Students will be required to undergo a mandatory Health Screening assessment and provide evidence of current mandatory vaccinations prior to undertaking Work-integrated Learning units.

Assumed Knowledge

English (4, SA), Maths B (4, SA), Chemistry, Biology, Science.

Students who have not studied chemistry are advised to enrol in an introductory chemistry unit at CQUniversity. The recommended unit of study is CHEM40079.

The Bachelor of Paramedic Science is your gateway to a role as a health professional in emergency medicine and retrieval. You may also find employment opportunities in private paramedic services supporting mines, industry and the resource sector.

This course is the ideal pathway if you choose to complete further study and specialise in areas such as:

  • intensive care paramedic practice
  • aviation and retrieval medicine
  • occupational health and safety
  • special operations
  • clinical education.
This course is fully accredited by the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA).
Fee Category Commonwealth Supported Place
What is a Commonwealth Supported Place? A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.
Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place? You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:
  • an Australian citizen who will undertake in Australia at least one unit of study that contributes to the requirements of your course; or
  • a New Zealand citizen who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study; or
  • the holder of a permanent visa, including a permanent humanitarian visa, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study.
If you are not eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place you will be required to pay tuition fees. Find out more about tuition fees or fees for international students.
Fee Type Student Contribution
What is a Student contribution? As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.
What is my Student Contribution? Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees.
The majority of units within this course fall within Band 2. Some units may fall within Band 1 and/or 3.
Student Contribution amounts for each band provide an estimate of the cost of your course. Your course may consist of units from more than one band so your fees could vary from the indicated amount as units are spread across a number of bands.
You can view fees specific to the course, and units, you are interested in studying by using our Cost Per Unit table.
HECS-HELP and payment options HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan. Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.
If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.
Other Fees You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Other study costs You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying. Incidental fees are applicable for clinical placement forfeiture and clinical placement supplementation if this occurs.

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships and awards programs.
Our scholarships could help you pay for some or all of your course fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.

QueenslandROK: 851711; TVL: 801719; CNS: 821719; ONL: 851715
South AustraliaONL: 5C4047

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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 for returning CQUni students or if you are changing your CQUni course.

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

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If you are a South Australian resident and would like to study this course online, you can also apply via the South Australian Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC).

Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a Tertiary Admission Centre.

You may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity provided you meet one of the following criteria:
  • have completed or are completing a prescribed* CQUniversity course. (*A prescribed course includes our Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS) program, Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), Start Uni Now (SUN) initiative, or a CQUniversity certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree.)
  • are applying for a change of course or readmission.

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Each day is different. You have the opportunity to make a difference in somebody’s life. It’s not about the salary. It’s not about having the title. It’s about doing a job that I’m passionate about.

Gillian Howard

Bachelor of Paramedic Science