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Master of Paramedic Practitioner

Course code J78

Designed to provide the paramedic with the necessary knowledge and skills for a career as a team leader or sole responder in Extended Care Paramedicine.

The course focuses on the clinical issues directly related to practice and develops a greater depth of understanding to enhance clinical decision making and critical thinking. Students will learn advanced-level clinical reasoning, assessment and knowledge to apply to their daily paramedical practice, while at the same time learning advanced skills in evidence-based practice and research. The combination of advanced clinical knowledge and applied research skills provides students with the ability to continuously improve their own clinical practice, as well as positively impact the organisation they are employed by, the broader Paramedicine community and healthcare system.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

J78

Fees

Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $21,250

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

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

Timetable

This course has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

J78

CRICOS code

096066K

Fees

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

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

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

Timetable

This course has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Course Entry

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

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to have a Bachelors degree in Paramedicine, or a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Extended Care Paramedicine, with equivalents considered. Alternatively applicants can apply with equivalent prior learning including at least five years appropriate professional experience.

    Academic admission requirements (Band 8) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline; or
    • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience.
  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Bachelor degree from a country specified on the English Proficiency Bands page;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at postgraduate level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience; or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

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 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time Online

Course Structure

Students will complete 8 core units and select 1 core option unit from the list.

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PST5200Extended Care Paramedicine 120
PST5214Extended Care Paramedicine 220
PST6206Extended Care Paramedicine 320
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PST6113Paediatrics for Critical Care Paramedics20
PSP6305Extended Care Paramedicine Practicum20
PST5107Advanced Obstetrics for Paramedics20
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MMP6101Research Proposal Preparation and Research Methods20
MMP6102Medical Science Masters Project20
Students are to select one of the following units
MMP6100 ^Evidence-Based Practice20
HST6333 ^Diversity, Culture and Health20
HST6337 ^Communicable Disease20
HST6341 ^Maternal, Child and Youth Health20
HST6350 ^Drug Use and Addictive Behaviours20
HST6355 ^Ageing, Health and Wellbeing20
DER6104 ^Disaster Health Practice & Humanitarian Relief20
OHS6138 ^Occupational Health Management20
OHS6134 ^Principles of Environmental Health20

Students who commence the course in Semester 2 or those studying part-time will follow a slightly different sequencing of units. Core option units may not be available every semester, please check timetable for offerings of units.

Students who cannot complete the Masters degree may be able to exit with a Graduate Certificate or a Graduate Diploma of Extended Care Paramedicine with Course Coordinator approval.

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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

  • This course can be studied entirely online when suitable agreements have been established to provide supervision of the practical components of the course. However, if suitable supervisors and/or facilities are not available at the time, attendance at the Joondalup Campus will be required. In the absence of clinical placement settings, on-campus intensive workshops will be provided to meet the learning outcomes of individual units.

  • Students will be required to complete a minimum of 80 hours professional placement in a clinical setting when completing PSP6305. However, if suitable supervisors and/or facilities are not available at the time, attendance at the Joondalup Campus will be required. In the absence of clinical placement settings, on-campus intensive workshops will be provided to meet the learning outcomes of individual units.

    Attendance requirements

    Students will be required to attend the practicum during the hours established by the clinical placement agency. These may occur at times outside the identified semester weeks or normal business hours. Clinical practice periods may change with minimal notice to students due to circumstances outside the control of the School.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    To be eligible to undertake clinical practice and fulfil their duty of care, students are required to complete risk management protocols on enrolment and carry out amendments in subsequent semesters, as appropriate. Risk management protocols include, but are not restricted to: Certificate of National Police Clearance Evidence of immunisation status as per the Department of Health schedule, more information at www.health.wa.gov.au/circularsnew/circular.cfm?Circ_ID=12275 MRSA clearance if worked in, or been admitted to, a health facility outside of Western Australia in the 12 months prior to enrolment Working with Children Check, more information at www.checkwwc.wa.gov.au

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, evaluate and synthesise complex ideas, concepts and theories in authentic Paramedic Practitioner contexts.
  2. Apply communication, collaboration and clinical reasoning skills in professional paramedic practice contexts.
  3. Reflect critically on a complex body of medical and paramedical knowledge, research principles and methods to demonstrate mastery as a Paramedic Practitioner.
  4. Use high level self-management skills to initiate, appraise and operate in complex and dynamic paramedic practitioner professional environments.

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $21,250 *

* Domestic fee paying - 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

Possible future job titles

Paramedic Practitioner, Extended Care Paramedic, Specialist Paramedic, Advanced Paramedic, Advanced Care Paramedic, Community Paramedic, Paramedic, Site Paramedic.

Similar courses to consider

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

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated)
    Students interested in completing a PhD in Paramedicine in the Extended Care Paramedicine or Paramedic Practitioner should consider the Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated).

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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.

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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