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Bachelor of Paramedic Science - CG95

Are you interested in anatomy and seeking a fast-paced career, devoted to helping those in need and where no two days are the same? Our Bachelor of Paramedic Science is the perfect course for you.

Fully accredited by the Council of Ambulance Authorities, you will learn from experienced lecturers and build your capability in emergency treatment and paramedic care through extensive practical learning experiences. You will benefit from high-fidelity simulations, practical laboratory exercises, and enhanced work-integrated learning opportunities to prepare you for a successful and rewarding paramedic career.

Applications for this course for Term 1, 2023, are closed. Register your interest to stay up-to-date about future intakes.


DOMESTIC
STUDY MODES

On Campus, Online

RANK THRESHOLD

SR:75 ATAR:75

UNITS/CREDITS

24/144

DURATION

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville, Online

PREREQUISITES

English (Units 3 and 4, C)

RECOMMENDED STUDY

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 course 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 Bachelor of Paramedic Science meets the current demands of the industry, ensuring you become a skilled professional. 

You may also be interested in our versatile dual degree that will qualify you as a paramedic with a highly relevant postgraduate qualification in emergency and disaster management. The Bachelor of Paramedic Science/Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management (CM40) will diversify your career options and prepare you to work in dynamic emergency and high threat environments in emergency and disaster management roles. 

Core Units 24 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

Course structure

You are required to complete 24 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.

Real-world opportunities

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.

Industry relevant

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.

Your course options

Benefit from the choice to study the Bachelor of Paramedic Science which will qualify you as a paramedic, or our versatile Bachelor of Paramedic Science/Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management dual degree which combines a paramedic qualification with postgraduate credentials in emergency and disaster management.

The Bachelor of Paramedic Science/Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management (CM40) has been designed to help you future-proof your career and graduate as a registered paramedic with highly sought-after skills to work in dynamic and high threat environments.  

Find out more about the Bachelor of Paramedic Science/Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management (CM40). 

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2023Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville
Term 1 - 2024Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2023Available Online
Term 1 - 2024Available Online

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

Term 1 2023, Application Timelines

Applications for Term 1, 2023, have now closed.

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Unit NameCodeDescription
Clinical Paramedic Practice 1PMSC12002Throughout the CG95 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 3PMSC13004Throughout the CG95 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 2PMSC13002Throughout the CG95 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.
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.

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 Education Access Scheme. An ATAR with adjustment factors applied is referred to as a selection rank (SR).

The lowest ranks (including adjustment factors) for this course for Term 1, 2022 are as follows:
Rockhampton: SR 75.15
Townsville: SR 80.2
Cairns: SR 81.7
Online: SR 75.05


Student profile

If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2022.

Institute profile

View our Institute Profile to learn about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2022.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

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 completed a COVID-19 vaccination schedule 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.

Entry Requirements

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 http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.


Security Requirements

Students will be required to provide a National Police Certificate, and obtain and hold a valid Working with Children Check (Blue Card), at their own expense, prior to undertaking Work-Integrated Learning units.

Students will be required to immediately notify the Head of Course Paramedic Science if they are under investigation, have been charged with, or found guilty of a criminal offence (other than a minor traffic offence) whether in Australia or outside Australia.


Health Requirements

Students will be required to undergo and pass a mandatory Health Screening assessment, at their own expense, and provide evidence of current mandatory vaccinations, prior to undertaking Work-Integrated Learning units.

Students will be required to immediately notify the Head of Course Paramedic Science if any significant medical condition, impairment, injury or illness will affect their ability to undertake Work-Integrated Learning units or fully participate in practical components of the Bachelor of Paramedic Science course.


Assumed Knowledge

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

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.

Approved by the Paramedicine Board of Australia as a qualification that leads to general registration as a paramedic.

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Your actual 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. The Australian Government loan scheme HECS-HELP assists you in paying your student contributions. You can choose 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. 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. 

QueenslandCNS: 821719; TVL: 801719; ROK: 851711; ONL: 851715

If you apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) listed under 'How to Apply', please use the relevant TAC code listed above to complete your application.

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). 

OPTION 1: IN MOST SITUATIONS, YOU WILL NEED TO APPLY VIA THE QUEENSLAND TERTIARY ADMISSION CENTRE
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.


OPTION 2: ARE YOU A CQUNI STEPS OR TEP GRADUATE? APPLY DIRECTLY TO CQUNIVERSITY
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).
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STUDY PARAMEDIC SCIENCE AT CQUNI

Transcript

The best thing so far from my paramedic degree has really been the teaching staff just because they provide so much care and you can just really tell that they want us to do the best so that we become great paramedics.

Katie Magill

STEPS & Bachelor of Paramedic Science