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Medical and Paramedical Sciences

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 future job titles.

After you graduate, you could be introducing yourself as a Laboratory Manager, a Biomedical Technician, a Pathology Collector, a Metabolism Consultant, a Sleep Technologist, a Pharmaceutical Representative, a Medical Secretary, or an Ambulance Officer.

And this is just a sample of the roles you could play in an increasingly complex world of healthcare.


Paramedical Science course unique to WA

Our highly popular Paramedical Science course has achieved full accreditation by the Council of Ambulance Authorities and Paramedics Australasia, becoming the only fully-accredited paramedics 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 ambulance services in Australia and New Zealand.

Fertile opportunities for Medical Science students

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.

Ground-breaking research

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.

Centre for Alzheimer's research

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.

The Centre's mission is to lower the burden of Alzheimer's disease on the community and to enhance the quality of life for people affected by the disease.

ECU Melanoma Research Group

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.

Access to scholarships

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.

Why Enrol Mid-Year

Why Enrol Mid-Year?

At ECU, we like to be flexible. It's why we offer different ways for people to enter university.

And it's why we have a mid-year intake for many of our courses.

If you're thinking about university study, but thought it was too late to start, think again.

For most courses our next semester starts on 28th July.

And if you apply now for mid-year entry you can lock in our current fee structure. Timing is everything.

Mid-year entry courses for 2014 More about ECU's tuition fee freeze
Why Study Online

Why Study Online?

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.


Why Postgrad Study

Why Postgrad Study?

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.


Your Degree

Your Degree

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.

Study areas, degrees and majors

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 impressively-titled Master of Disaster and Emergency Response degree by coursework.

A Closer Look

A Closer Look

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.

As a Paramedical Science student, you'll have access to state-of-the-art equipment, including ambulances based on campus.

If you're interested in becoming a paramedic you'll hone your skills in an authentic emergency services training environment.

Our student train in the areas of microbiology, genetics, histology and biochemistry.

Learn in the best labs

Our science laboratories are equipped to train students in the areas of microbiology, genetics, histology and biochemistry.

Here you'll have access to microbiology equipment for the isolation, purification and identification of microbiological organisms, and for the extraction, purification and amplification of DNA.

We also have facilities for electrophoresis, fluorescence microscopy and digital imaging, and a fully-equipped histology laboratory.


Just like the 'real world'

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.

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Happy in the lab: Biomedical Science student, Rebecca Flunder.

The Payoff

The Payoff

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.

There is a high demand for generic skills in the workplace, with employers increasingly recruiting graduates who can demonstrate more than technical skills. This includes the ability to manage your time, being culturally aware, being a team player and being flexible and adaptable in your work.

So when you graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree at ECU, you can expect to be better prepared than most to enter the world of work.

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ECU Paramedical Science student, Lee Waller talks about his experience.


Hear from our students

Moniqu Juhe

"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."

Monique Juhe

ECU Paramedical Science graduate

Denae Sinclair

"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."

Denae Sinclair

ECU Medical Science student


Our student community

We have an active student community at ECU. Most faculties or schools have interest groups or events that relate to your area of study.

You can also make connections and join conversations on our social media pages.

Current Students

www.facebook.com/students.ecu

ECU Student Guild

www.facebook.com/ECUGuild

Before you enrol with us you might want to check out this page too:

Future Students

www.facebook.com/ecujourney

What next?

If Medical and Paramedical sounds like your thing, go to Your Degree to find a course. Otherwise you can do a search on all ECU courses.

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