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.
Melissa Mairs always wanted a career where she could help people. Now she's found a way to do just that while receiving real life hands-on experience in her first year.
Meet Melissa Mairs, Medical Science student
In the latest Good Universities Guide, our graduates gave ECU a 5-star rating for the quality of our teaching and for the starting salaries they've secured since graduating.
We've now achieved 5-star ratings for teaching quality for the past seven years, while consistently rating highly on overall graduate satisfaction and generic skills development during that time.
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 - and you may be rewarded with a better salary too!
Paramedical Science student, Meghann Laverty discusses her experience studying with ECU.
"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."
Paramedical Science student
"I’ve always wanted to pursue a career in medical research."
"I heard ECU’s Biomedical Science course covered many different aspects of medical research, including genetics and human biology, so I saw this as a prime opportunity to further my education in this field. I’ve been able to gain practical experience in a laboratory outside of university and found this has increased the value of my CV immensely. My greatest achievement would have to be the International Science Project unit where we visited Tianjin Medical University in Tianjin, China. The trip and experiences have been invaluable! Another great achievement for me is receiving the Fertility North Prize in Reproductive Biology. This award has opened the door for possible postgraduate studies in an established laboratory."
Biomedical Science student
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.