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Bachelor of Paramedicine
Type: Bachelor Degree
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Attendance: On Campus Learning
CRICOS: 036176A
Duration: 3 Years Full-time
Fees: AUD 30,400/Annually
Course Intakes: JUL- JUN- MAR- OCT

Bachelor of Paramedicine

Are you passionate about helping people in their time of need? Do you thrive under pressure? If so, the Bachelor of Paramedicine from Charles Sturt University could be for you. As a first-line responder in the most critical of circumstances, you'll experience a dynamic and highly rewarding career that makes a profound difference to people's lives.

  • Course Overview
  • Course Details
  • Admission Requirements
  • English Requirements

Our Bachelor of Paramedicine prepares you to work in emergency ambulance and out-of-hospital healthcare environments in regional, remote and urban settings.

  • A rich history, and industry alliancesCharles Sturt University was Australia's first provider of a paramedicine degree and has a proud history of producing high-quality paramedicine graduates with excellent employment outcomes. You'll learn from academics who are international leaders, bringing diverse overseas experiences to the curriculum, while also maintaining close ties with the largest ambulance service in Australia, NSW Ambulance.
  • Outstanding facilitiesNot only will you benefit from learning in our simulation facilities and equipment on campus at Bathurst or Port Macquarie; you'll also undertake supported work placements, enabling you to learn directly from practising paramedics in real-life emergency care settings. International study opportunities also provide unique insights, skills and experiences that will ultimately enhance your competitiveness in the workforce.
  • Develop the skills you needThis course focuses on delivering community-based paramedicine, including integration with health providers in urban, rural and remote communities. Become a qualified paramedic who can care for critically ill patients and engage and care for obstetric, geriatric, paediatric and special needs patients. Your skill set will encompass advanced trauma and cardiac life support, stroke management and airway management including endotracheal intubation, laryngeal mask airways and cricothyroidotomy.
  • Online study options for eligible studentsAlready employed as a paramedic or medic in the Army, Navy or Air Force? Our credit arrangements allow you to study online and complete your degree sooner.
  • HonoursIf you receive a credit average in the first and second years, you may be eligible to study the Bachelor of Paramedicine (Honours). The Honours program trains you in a range of research techniques and lets you pursue an in-depth project in an area of interest under the guidance of an experienced supervisor.

The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

The course consists of a common 23 core subjects and an additional 5 compulsory subjects for the honours course.


Pass and Honours

APS301 Pharmacology for Paramedics
BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology
BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
BMS317 Integrating Paramedic Medical Science
BMS327 Integrating Paramedic Trauma Science
CLS103 Non-Emergency Clinical Placement
CLS105 Foundations of Clinical Practice
CLS106 Foundations of Trauma Practice
CLS201 Introduction to Medical Emergencies
CLS202 Life Span Health Issues and Paramedic Care
CLS205 Clinical Simulations
CLS206 Clinical Placement and Authentic Learning 1
CLS300 Advanced Cardiology and Paramedic Practice
CLS307 Transition to Paramedic Practice
CLS311 Clinical Placement and Authentic Learning 2
HSM202 The Dynamics of Health Care Practice
IKC100 Indigenous Health
NRS247 Mental Health for Paramedicine
PHC101 Paramedic Professionalism and Communication
PHC190 Paramedic Law and Ethics
PHC200 Health, Society & Paramedic Practice


HRS410 Honours Research Methods (8)
HRS411 Science Honours Research Foundations (8)
HRS421 Science Honours Research Commencement (16)
HRS431 Science Honours research completion (16)
HRS441 Science Honours Dissertation (16)

Key subjects

CLS201 Introduction to Medical Emergencies
PHC190 Paramedic Law and Ethics
CLS300 Advanced Cardiology and Paramedic Practice


Important information on Workplace Learning Requirements

Work-integrated learning (WIL) is an umbrella term for a range of approaches and strategies that integrate academic learning (theory) with its application to practice within a purposefully designed curriculum.  TEQSA’s Guidance note: Work Integrated Learning states: in the context of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015 (HES Framework), note work-integrated learning (WIL) encompasses any arrangement where students undertake learning in a workplace outside of their higher education provider (or one operated jointly with an external partner) as a part of their course of study. Such arrangements may include:

  • clinical or other professional placements
  • online projects
  • internships, or
  • workplace projects.

The Accreditation Committee recognises that education providers design and carry out work-integrated learning in a variety of ways. The Accreditation Committee expects the education provider to present documentary and experiential evidence that shows how their arrangements meet the accreditation standard. Furthermore, the Accreditation Committee would expect students to engage in workplace learning experiences in a range of settings to ensure adequate exposure to the diversity of paramedicine practice.

Charles Sturt students must expect to undertake a range of WIL activities through the course including ambulance block placement, simulations, placements in pharmacies, nursing homes, public events, GP clinics, hospital, medical centres or overseas experiences offered through Charles Sturt Global. Overall, the entirety of the placements are captured in the subjects listed above. The timing of the ambulance placement blocks allocated to Charles Sturt and the location of the ambulance stations hosting students are set by the ambulance service providers and are non-negotiable.

Charles Sturt cannot guarantee that students with family, work or carer's responsibilities will be placed in an ambulance station close to home or at a suitable time of the year. Students living outside NSW will be required to undertake at least one block of 4 weeks in NSW. Furthermore, Charles Sturt cannot guarantee that students living outside NSW will be able to be placed in their state at all.

Residential School Exemption for Licensed or Registered Advanced Care Paramedics (ACP) in Canada

Licensed or Registered Advanced Care Paramedics (ACP) in Canada with a minimum of 12 months experience currently practicing or eligible to practice in Canada are exempted from all residential schools.

International students must meet minimum academic and English language requirements to be eligible to study with us.

Minimum academic requirements

Entry requirements for Charles Sturt University courses vary from country to country.

Basic entry requirement information is listed below as a guide only. Some courses have specific academic requirements for international students.

All applications are assessed on a case by case basis.

Exam Type Overall Score (min) Speaking(min) Reading(min) Writing(min) Listening(min)
IELTS 6 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5

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