ECU's School of Medical Sciences is home to top quality teaching and research in medical, biomedical and paramedical science.
If you have a passion for enhancing the quality of people's lives – including fighting diseases or saving lives – this is a study area that offers you a variety of exciting employment opportunities.
In the future, you could be introducing yourself as a Laboratory Manager, a Biomedical Technician, an Embryologist, a Sleep Technologist, a Pharmaceutical Representative or a Paramedic.
With further study you could be a researcher who makes a difference to the world, a science teacher, a medical journalist, critical care or community paramedic, or even a medical doctor.
Our highly popular Paramedical Science course has achieved full accreditation by the Paramedic Education Program Accreditation Scheme, becoming the only fully-accredited paramedic course in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Accreditation ensures our students are receiving high quality training and education, meeting the requirements of best practice pre-hospital services in Australia and New Zealand.
Our program has a unique partnership with Falck, the largest ambulance service provider in the world, and with St John Ambulance Northern Territory.
Students do their clinical placements in diverse environments in pre-hospital emergency, hospital and community settings, preparing them for the developing role of paramedics in emergency, industrial and community related healthcare.
At ECU, we engage with commercial and research interests in the fertility industry.
Both Concept Fertility Centre and Fertility North provide Medical Sciences students with educational opportunities, including the chance to participate in research projects, receive lectures from scientific directors and undertake workplace internships as part of their three-year course.
The School of Medical and Paramedical Science has a strong research program that includes the neurosciences, in particular Alzheimer's and Huntington's diseases, genetics and cancer, with a focus on melanoma.
The Centre of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease Research and Care is a unique collaborative research group that brings together leading researchers in different disciplines – from prominent clinical researchers to leading exercise physiologists and brain imaging experts.
Worldwide, the incidence of melanoma is growing faster than that of any other cancer. The ECU Melanoma Research Group's primary focus is to develop a simple blood test to detect circulating metastatic melanoma cells.
Other active research areas in the School include health effects of environmental exposure, evolutionary medicine and healthcare.
With the support of an ECU scholarship, we can help you realise your ambitions by improving your financial situation and enabling you to successfully complete your course.
At ECU we understand that everyone is different.
Different work arrangements, different family responsibilities, different locations or different learning styles.
That's why we offer the flexibility of studying many of our courses online.
Now you can study where you want, when you want.
Balance your study with family and work commitments. Or advance your career without leaving the workplace.
And just because you're not on campus doesn't mean we'll forget you. Online students get our full support too.
Are you passionate about a particular area or field of work?
Have you just completed a degree and think you’d like to go onto postgraduate study?
Maybe you've been working as a professional and you’d like to gain a competitive advantage or change career direction?
Whatever your reason or background, we offer a wide range of postgraduate courses at ECU.
And because we understand that your life is already busy, we offer the flexibility and convenience of part-time and online study options too.
ECU's School of Medical Sciences offers a range of courses, including Biomedical Science, Medical Science and Paramedical Science.
Our courses lay the groundwork for future careers in health and medicine, medical science, human biology, laboratory-based research, education, and emergency medical services.
Degree courses also provide a basis for honours and postgraduate studies in a diverse range of research areas, including Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, melanoma, environmental health, evolutionary medicine and healthcare, reproductive biology and assisted reproductive technologies.
To help you choose a career direction, we've grouped similar fields of work into 12 study areas across ECU – Medical and Paramedical Sciences is one of those study areas.
Within each study area you can choose a degree, for example a Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) or a Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science).
Postgraduate degrees are also available through coursework or research. For example, you can study our Master of Paramedical Science by Research degree, or complete the Master of Disaster and Emergency Response degree by coursework.
The School of Medical Sciences, in conjunction with the ECU Health Simulation Centre, has developed simulation-based resources to enhance clinical learning practices for undergraduate Paramedical students.
Our Paramedical course has been designed by paramedics who understand the clinical setting you’ll face when you graduate, and our teachers are paramedics with significant clinical experience across Australia and the world.
As a Paramedical Science student, you’ll hone your skills in an authentic emergency services training environment with access to state-of-the-art equipment, including ambulances based on campus.
You’ll also have the opportunity to go on placements in a range of healthcare settings, including interstate placements, and to participate in international study tours.
Our science laboratories are equipped to train Biomedical and Medical Science students in many areas, including anatomy, microbiology, genetics, histology, physiology and biochemistry.
Here you'll have access to microbiology equipment for the isolation and identification of microbiological organisms, and for the extraction, purification and amplification of DNA.
We also have facilities for fluorescence microscopy and digital imaging, as well as a fully-equipped histology laboratory.
Biomedical Science student, Rebecca Flunder talks about the best things she has experienced studying at ECU, including the practical, industry-relevant approach taken by her lecturers and the great teacher support she has received along the way.
Happy in the lab: Biomedical Science student, Rebecca Flunder.
In the latest Good Universities Guide, our graduates gave ECU a 5-star rating for their overall satisfaction, the quality of our teaching and for the generic skills they developed during their studies.
And we've achieved these ratings for six years in a row – from 2009 to 2014.
So when you graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree at ECU, you can expect to be better prepared than most to enter the workforce.
ECU Paramedical Science student, Lee Waller talks about his experience.
"I can't think of a better job than saving someone's life."
"I chose ECU's reputable Paramedical Science course because I couldn't think of a job that offered more satisfaction than saving someone's life. My lecturers were approachable and supportive, and the facilities and multicultural nature of the campus are very inviting. What's more, through my course I had the chance to interact with other health students, and learn how to work in a multidisciplinary team."
ECU Paramedical Science graduate
"Every aspect of studying at ECU has been enjoyable."
"I had previously completed a BA/BSc at another uni, and was looking for more lab-orientated study. I had heard ECU's course provided a unique hands-on experience and they had more variety in terms of course availability, so enrolling at ECU was an easy decision to make.
The facilities at ECU are unparalleled. The abundance of comfortable, private study spaces in the library and around campus is amazing, and my lecturers are easy to understand and very approachable. I can definitely say that so far, every aspect of studying at ECU has been enjoyable."
ECU Medical Science student
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