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Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science)

Course code K89

Provides students with the knowledge and skills to deliver evidence-based paramedic care within a range of clinical, policy and organisational contexts.

Students will develop an understanding of professional and ethical practice, communication and safe practice within the public health, social, cultural and clinical paramedical science environments.

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Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

K89

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $10,350

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Location & Timetable

This course requires attendance at more than one campus or location. The course also has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

K89

CRICOS code

077135D

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $34,700

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Location & Timetable

This course requires attendance at more than one campus or location. The course also has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Cert IV;
    • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment; or*
    • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • International students are required to provide an IELTS Academic with an overall minimum score of 7.0 (no individual band less than 7.0).  Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.  Alternative acceptable tests are as follows:

    • IELTS Academic with a minimum overall score of 7.0 and a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking), or
    • Pearson English Test (PTE) Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking), or
    • TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test:
      • 24 for listening
      • 24 for reading,
      • 27 for writing, and
      • 23 for speaking, or

    Note:  English tests must be completed within 2 years of the proposed course commencement date and additional requirements may apply in relation to acceptable number of test sittings and combined scores across test sittings.

    Minimum English standard requirements for this course may also be satisfied with one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree; or
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent).

    Note:  Students seeking registration with the Paramedicine Board of Australia will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency as specified in their English language skills registration standard (https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx).  These requirements are separate to ECU course admission English language requirements.

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PST1107Perspectives in Paramedic Professional Practice15
PSP1108Clinical Skills for Paramedical Practice 115
MHS1101Anatomy and Physiology 115
PSP1236Paramedic Clinical Placements 115
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PST1106Emergency Mental Health Response15
MHS1102Anatomy and Physiology 215
PST1201Lifespan Development for Paramedics15
SCH1101Cultural Studies15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PST2102Trauma Studies for Paramedics15
PSP2338Paramedic Clinical Placements 215
PST2235Medical Studies for Paramedics 115
PSP2103Clinical Skills for Paramedical Practice 215
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PST2210Medical Studies for Paramedics 215
SCH1105Introduction to Pharmacology15
PST2106Pre-hospital Diagnostic Techniques15
HST2122Health Research Methodology15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSP3210Paramedic Clinical Placements 315
SCH2204Prehospital Policy, Ethics and Legal Issues15
PSP3101Advanced Paramedical Practice 115
PST3106Paediatric Studies for Paramedics15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSP3103Advanced Paramedical Practice 215
PST3107Obstetric Studies for Paramedics15
PST3301Leadership and Management for Paramedics15
PST3210Prehospital Perspectives in Emergency Management15

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

  • Eligible students may complete this course in an employment model linked to a specific employer with a mixture of on-campus and off-campus modes of delivery. Students studying in the employment linked model may be required to attend their employer's nominated training facility, or the Joondalup Campus.

  • Students are required to attend skills workshops and clinical practicums outside of the standard timetable. Skills workshops require attendance at the Joondalup Campus, and clinical practicums require attendance at partner healthcare organisations in Western Australia.

  • Students are required to undertake at least 600 hours of clinical practice placements and clinical skills as part of this course with partner healthcare providers in Western Australia. Designated unit: The practicum unit PSP1236 Paramedic Clinical Placements 1 is deemed to be a fundamental course requirement and may only be attempted once unless otherwise determined by Board of Examiners. Failure to pass this unit may result in exclusion from the course.

    Attendance requirements

    Students will be required to attend during the hours established by the host health agency providing the clinical placement, held across a full year. These hours may occur at times outside the identified semester weeks, and clinical practice periods may change with minimal notice to students due to circumstances outside the control of the School. As a 24/7 profession students may be rostered across a 24-hour period including day and night shifts.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    Students must be registered by the University with AHPRA as a paramedic student. Mandatory risk and health requirements must be met as part of this course. A person may not be able to complete the course if they do not meet the health and/or risk management requirements of AHPRA, the University and/or host healthcare agencies. Students are required to complete risk management protocols on commencement of the course and in subsequent semesters, as appropriate. Students are required to submit certain reports to ECU including (but not limited to) a first aid certificate, a National Police Clearance, Working with Children Card, immunisation records and other certifications. The costs of clearances are borne by the student, and fees are set by the relevant agencies. By enrolling in this course and any units with a placement requirement, students authorise ECU to disclose information contained in these reports to potential hosts and regulatory authorities. These records must be satisfactory to the University, relevant host or regulatory authority. The required learning outcomes in some of the compulsory practical units in this course may not be readily achievable or appropriate for persons with certain disabilities or medical conditions. Whilst ECU will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments, all students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the course, which are linked to professional and industry competencies. Students are encouraged to discuss any concerns these matters may create with the course coordinator prior to enrolment.

    Professional practice rules

    From the first year of study, students will be expected to initiate and develop a professional portfolio that maps their progression towards professional practice and the national paramedic capabilities, as articulated by the professional accrediting body.

  • Students can apply for membership with Australasian College of Paramedicine. Students are eligible for student membership of the Australasian College of Paramedicine.

  • Students will need to graduate to be eligible to register with the Australasian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Registration with the Australasian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is required to practice in the profession.

    The Paramedicine Board requires completion of the Degree for Paramedic Registration.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply in depth knowledge of paramedicine principles, concepts and procedures, in accordance with legal, ethical and professional regulations.
  2. Communicate with diverse professional practitioners, patients and observers using appropriate literacies, language and interpersonal skills.
  3. Demonstrate autonomy and accountability for ongoing learning, professional practice and development of self and others.
  4. Demonstrate respect for cultural diversity, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and provide patient care with dignity and sensitivity.
  5. Think critically to analyse, interpret and synthesise complex information from multiple sources to provide patients with safe clinical care.
  6. Use clinical reasoning, judgement and problem-solving skills to formulate appropriate paramedic responses to patient problems in the emergency care environment.
  7. Use digital technologies and multiple literacies to access, evaluate and share the key concepts of paramedic practice from globally diverse sources.
  8. Work collaboratively with health practitioners, maintaining and enhancing the safety and health of self, patients and others in diverse work environments.

Professional Recognition

Approved by: Paramedicine Board of Australia

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $10,350 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $34,700 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

This course prepares graduates to practice high quality evidence-based paramedicine in a wide spectrum of health and cultural settings, and to lead Australian and international paramedicine development.

Possible future job titles

Paramedic, Critical Care Paramedic, Community Paramedic, Industrial Paramedic, Ambulance Officer, Intensive Care Paramedic, Retrieval Paramedic

Courses you can consider if you are interested in progressing further in this area.

Become World Ready

World Ready facilities

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Paramedical Science Lab

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Paramedic internships in London

ECU Paramedical Science students have the opportunity to gain international experience through partner internships during their studies.

In 2018, our students received hands-on experience through London Ambulance, and South Central Ambulance Service.

Some students who graduated in 2017 were offered jobs at St John Ambulance WA, as well as ambulance services across Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

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Lecturers with practical experience

Student stories

  • Meghann Laverty

    Paramedical Science student

    "I wanted the opportunity to work anywhere in Australia as well as overseas"

    When I applied for Paramedical Science at ECU, it was the only university in WA offering the nationally-accredited course and I've stayed because of the industry partnerships with St John Ambulance Northern Territory and Falck.

    I really enjoy working with the lecturers; they all have practical experience out on road and within the industry so they can continually educate us, while providing a lot of guidance and support.

  • Gemma Wright

    Gemma Wright

    ECU Paramedical Science student

    "I chose ECU because the course came highly recommended, and was recognised across Australia"

    The Paramedical Science course at ECU has fantastic lecturers who are very active in the Paramedicine community. They're approachable, knowledgeable and passionate.Within the course we are exposed to really diverse learning environments, including an ambulance, a simulation centre which mimics hospitals, as well as a number of practical-learning scenarios across the campus, and at the Police Academy next door.The course isn't all theory-based, which is fantastic. I've found that the course structure consolidates theory with practical units and work experience.

    I've had the opportunity to work at events giving first aid to the community, as well as complete placements with GPs and in aged care. I was also attracted to the prospects of travelling with my degree and knew ECU has affiliations with the UK and Northern Territory.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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