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CSU's Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) provides a pathway to working in emergency care and paramedic areas as a qualified ambulance officer.

The course offers you a rewarding, fast-paced career that makes a difference to people's lives. You will acquire the knowledge and skills to work as a qualified paramedic in emergency care settings in any state of Australia and overseas.

The course is also available by distance education to students already employed as qualified paramedics or medics in the Army, Navy or Air Force.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) prepares you to pursue a fast-paced and rewarding career in emergency health care. You will learn practical skills using state-of-the-art equipment and simulation facilities on campus.

    What will I learn?

    Students develop skills in clinical procedures such as advanced cardiac life support, ECG analysis and management, airway management including endotracheal intubation, laryngeal mask airways, cricothyrotomy, and percutaneous transtracheal ventilation. Advanced life support for paediatric patients is also covered. Students learn the principles and techniques of major incident prevention, preparedness, response and recovery and gain experience in major incident medical response principles through participation in a field exercise.

    Professional recognition

    The Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) course has received accreditation by the Council of Ambulance Authorities.

    Graduates from this course are eligible for membership with Paramedics Australasia and the Australasian Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (AREMT).

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates work professionally in paramedic occupations such as:

    • ambulance officers
    • paramedics
    • emergency response personnel
    • defence forces medics. 

    There are also opportunities to work with overseas paramedic organisations.

    The course is recognised by industry and most ambulance authorities now offer graduate programs and specifically target CSU students.

    The Ambulance Service NSW

     The Ambulance Service of NSW (ASNSW) is a diverse organisation, employing over 3,500 people in a range of areas including front line positions such as paramedics, operations centre staff, flight nurses and patient transport officers and behind the scenes roles in communications, IT, payroll, workforce, public affairs and other corporate and administrative roles.

    A career with ASNSW offers a range of employment opportunities for advancement and ongoing development. The ASNSW is unique in that it offers front line staff the opportunity to specialise into diverse areas such as Rescue, Special Casualty Access Team (SCAT), Aeromedical services, Snow operations, Rapid Response, Counter Disaster and Patient Transport Service.

    Employment requirements

    In order to be considered for employment with ASNSW, all applicants must demonstrate that they meet the following selection criteria:

    • A high standard of medical fitness, physical fitness and strength appropriate to perform the requirements and duties of the position.
    • Holding as a minimum, prior to commencing employment, an Unrestricted Australian Light Rigid Driver's Licence.
    • A good driving history with a loss of no more than 6 demerit points lost in the past 3 years and no licence cancellation in the previous 2 years. Ambulance will consider all convictions, particularly those relating to driving whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, reckless driving, dangerous driving or those leading to loss of licence regardless of when it occurred.
    • A good academic record, demonstrating successful completion of all subjects necessary to completing the degree.
    • Immunisation status compliant with paramedic requirements against the following infectious diseases: Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
    Ambulance services in other states

    Graduates of this course are also eligible to seek employment in other Australian states or territories. For more information, visit:

  • Workplace learning

    Clinical placements in appropriate healthcare settings are undertaken as part of this course. Internal students are placed with an ambulance service or other appropriate site for a total of 400 hours during the course. Distance education students are not required to complete workplace learning as they will be employed as paramedics or Australian Defence Force medics for the duration of the course.

    Hands on skills

    Full-time students spend up to four hours each week practising their clinical skills in a simulated paramedic environment. To make sure you are experienced in using the equipment and techniques found in the workplace, our facilities include practice teaching laboratories containing the latest equipment needed for treating patients in the pre-hospital care environment.

    Clinical internship

    On campus students undertake placement activities in each year of the course. In first year each student completes a community placement of approximately 50 hours where they study the broader role of paramedics in the health of a community. In second and third year students undertake block clinical placements of 160 hours with an ambulance service.

    Immunisation

    NSW Health is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all clients in health care settings and providing a safe and healthy working  environment for all staff and other clinical personnel, including students  undertaking workplace learning. This commitment includes adopting an assessment, screening and vaccination policy Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specific Infectious Diseases (PD2011_005) that minimises the risk of acquiring infectious diseases. Compliance with this  policy is mandatory for all health facility staff, including students on clinical placement.

    Students must comply with NSW Health immunisation and vaccination requirements and be verified prior to being allocated to a workplace learning facility. This applies to all students regardless of state or territory. All students must undergo vaccination against infectious diseases prior to being allocated to a facility within NSW or other states. Results of these vaccinations are kept on a  personal record card (available from the School through which the student is  studying). This card must be presented, upon request, by NSW Health, or other health facility staff, whilst the student is attending workplace learning.

    The Policy requires that you consult your local doctor to  obtain written proof of protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis,  measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis B.

    NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the requirements of this policy have been met, and failure to comply with the requirements may jeopardise completion of your studies.

    As a full course of vaccinations may take several months to complete, you are advised to consult your local medical practitioner well in  advance of the commencement of your studies.

    PLEASE NOTE that, as many courses involve workplace learning in the first year of study, the hepatitis B immunisation should be commenced early to meet NSW Health requirements.

    Further information is available from NSW Health.

    Working with Children Check

    Students must have a Working with Children Check. To apply for this Working with Children Check, fill in an online application form. Once the form has been submitted, follow the instructions for collection.

    First Aid Certificate

    All students are required to have a current First Aid Certificate, obtained at their own cost, from an accredited body (Workcover  approved) before undertaking any workplace learning. The Senior First Aid Certificate must be current for the duration of the course.

    If you are an Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse or Paramedic you may instead provide documentation from a current employer which indicates evidence of competency based CPR accreditation.

    NOTE: As many courses include workplace learning in the first session, students are advised to complete their First Aid Certificate prior to commencement of their first year of study.

     

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    CLS203 Internship 2
    CLS302 Internship 3
    CLS103 Paramedic Community Internship

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course comprises the following subjects:

    APS301 Pharmacology for Paramedics
    BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
    BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
    BMS317 Integrating Paramedic Medical Science
    BMS327 Integrating Paramedic Trauma Science
    CLS103 Paramedic Community Internship
    CLS104 Foundations of Clinical Practice (16)
    CLS201 Introduction to Medical Emergencies
    CLS202 Life Span Health Issues and Paramedic Care
    CLS203 Internship 1
    CLS300 Advanced Cardiology and Paramedic Practice
    CLS302 Internship 2
    CLS307 Transition to Paramedic Practice
    HLT330 Research Methods in Clinical Sciences
    HSM202 The Dynamics of Health Care Practice
    NRS246 Emergency Care in Mental Health
    PHC100 Professional Communications
    PHC180 Introduction to Paramedic Practice
    PHC190 Paramedic Law and Ethics
    PHC200 Health, Society & Paramedic Practice
    PHC303 Evidence Based Practice
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services

    Key subjects in this course are:
    CLS104 Foundations of Clinical Practice (16)
    CLS201 Introduction to Medical Emergencies
    PHC190 Paramedic Law and Ethics
    CLS300 Advanced Cardiology and Paramedic Practice

    Enrolment pattern

    Standard enrolment pattern for full-time, on-campus study

    Year 1 Session 1
    BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
    CLS103 Paramedic Community Internship
    PHC180 Introduction to Paramedic Practice
    PHC100 Professional Communications

    Year 1 Session 2
    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
    CLS104 Foundations of Clinical Practice (16)
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services

    Year 2 Session 1
    BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
    CLS201 Introduction to Medical Emergencies
    CLS202 Life Span Health Issues and Paramedic Care
    NRS246 Emergency Care in Mental Health

    Year 2 Session 2
    BMS317 Integrating Paramedic Medical Science
    APS301 Pharmacology for Paramedics
    PHC190 Paramedic Law and Ethics
    CLS203 Internship 1

    Year 3 Session 1
    BMS327 Integrating Paramedic Trauma Science
    CLS300 Advanced Cardiology and Paramedic Practice
    HLT330 Research Methods in Clinical Sciences
    PHC200 Health, Society & Paramedic Practice

    Year 3 Session 2
    CLS302 Internship 2
    CLS307 Transition to Paramedic Practice
    PHC303 Evidence Based Practice
    HSM202 The Dynamics of Health Care Practice

    Distance enrolment
    Session 1 commencement
    Year 1, session 1

    CLS202 Life Span Health Issues and Paramedic Care
    NRS246 Emergency Care in Mental Health

    Year 1, session 2
    PHC190 Paramedic Law and Ethics
    BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1

    Year 2, session 1
    BMS327 Integrating Paramedic Trauma Science
    HLT330 Research Methods in Clinical Sciences

    Year 2, session 2
    BMS317 Integrating Paramedic Medical Science
    APS301 Pharmacology for Paramedics

    Year 3, session 1
    CLS300 Advanced Cardiology and Paramedic Practice
    PHC200 Health, Society & Practice

    Year 3, session 2
    CLS307 Transition to Paramedic Practice
    PHC303 Evidence Based Practice
    HSM202 The Dynamics of Health Care Practice

    Session 2 commencement
    Year 1, session 2

    PHC190 Paramedic Law and Ethics
    BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1

    Year 2, session 1
    CLS202 Life Span Health Issues and Paramedic Care
    NRS246 Emergency Care in Mental Health

    Year 2, session 2
    BMS327 Integrating Paramedic Trauma Science
    APS301 Pharmacology for Paramedics

    Year 3, session 1
    BMS317 Integrating Paramedic Medical Science
    HLT330 Research Methods in Clinical Sciences

    Year 3, session 2
    HSM202 The Dynamics of Health Care Practice
    PHC303 Evidence Based Practice

    Year 4, session 1
    PHC200 Health, Society & Practice
    CLS300 Advanced Cardiology and Paramedic Practice

    Year 4, session 2
    CLS307 Transition to Paramedic Practice

    Distance students will be required to attend a residential school for CLS307 Transition to Paramedic Practice

  • Studying by distance education
    Study by distance education restrictions

    Entry to the distance offering of this course is restricted to applicants who are:

    • qualified paramedics employed full-time with an ambulance service and who have completed a minimum of two years service; OR
    • full-time medics with the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) who have completed the Basic Medical Assistance course and have two years post-qualification experience

    Students entering the distance offering of the course will be granted credit for 9 subjects (80 points) relating to foundation paramedic clinical skills and to two of the three placement subjects. Once students have completed at least four years of employment with an ambulance service or four years post-completion of the Basic Medical Assistance course credit will be granted for the remaining placement subject (8 points). Total minimum credit is 88 points towards the 192 required to graduate.

    Additional credit may be granted for students who have training in excess of that listed above. Students are expected to remain employed in a paramedic or ADF medic role for the duration of the course.

    For their application to be assessed, distance education applicants must provide:

    • copies of transcripts and awards
    • a confirmation of employment letter relating to the length of time, the hours of work and the duties performed in their current position. The letter must be signed and on official letterhead.
  • Residential schools

    Distance education students may be required to attend residential school sessions on campus. The sessions provide intensive teaching on the practical aspects of the course. Generally, the sessions are of three to five days' duration per subject.

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
    CLS307 Transition to Paramedic Practice

  • Admission information
    Assumed knowledge

    Assumed knowledge for the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) includes any two units of English, mathematics and biology.

    Mandatory competencies

    This course has mandatory competencies that must be passed to ensure satisfactory course completion. Applicants with health, medical or other conditions may be unable to complete these mandatory competencies and hence be ineligible to graduate from the course.

    Special admission

    Special admission to the full-time course is available for mature aged students, educationally disadvantaged and others who are ineligible for ordinary admission as school leavers.

    The following indicators may be used to demonstrate potential:

    • relevant work experience or community service, health care or first aid activities
    • in the case of school leavers, a report on academic performance from the school principal
    • performance in tests and examinations conducted by professionally recognised bodies
    • participation in continuing education programs and/or staff development programs conducted by adult education agencies, consultancies, professional bodies or employers
    • completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
    • other activities which provide evidence of motivation to succeed in the course and an awareness of the demands of university study.

    International applicants are required to complete the International Language Testing System (IELTS) achieving an overall score of 7.0 to be eligible for admission.

    On campus, full-time:

    Standard CSU and UAC admission criteria apply. Assumed knowledge for the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) includes any two units of English, mathematics and biology.

    Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) will be required to obtain a National Police Certificate, have appropriate immunisation status and hold a Senior First-Aid Certificate prior to enrolment in their first placement subject.

    This course has mandatory competencies that must be passed to ensure satisfactory course completion. Applicants with health, medical or other conditions may be unable to complete these mandatory competencies and hence be ineligible to graduate from the course.

    Distance education, part-time:

    Entry to the distance offering of this course is restricted to applicants who are:

    • Qualified paramedics employed full-time with an ambulance service and who have completed a minimum of 2 years service; OR
    • Full-time medics with the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) who have completed the Basic Medical Assistance course and have 2 years post-qualification experience

    Students entering the distance offering of the course will be granted credit for 9 subjects (80 points) relating to foundation paramedic clinical skills and to two of the three placement subjects. Once students have completed at least 4 years of employment with an ambulance service or 4 years post-completion of the Basic Medical Assistance course credit will be granted for the remaining placement subject (8 points). Total minimum credit is 88 points towards the 192 required to graduate.

    Additional credit may be granted for students who have training in excess of that listed above. Students are expected to remain employed in a paramedic or ADF medic role for the duration of the course.

    International entrants must have Academic IELTS with a minimum overall score of 7 and with no score below 6.5 in each of the individual skill areas.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    8564*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    *Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details

    The course is available by distance education to students already employed as qualified paramedics or medics in the Army, Navy or Air Force.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstCGSYYNESHP
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPOSYYNJSPB
    UACOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYNN214200
    UACOn CampusBathurstCGSYNN214207
    DirectOn CampusBathurstFPOSYNNISPC
    DirectOn CampusBathurstCGSYNNKSPC
    DirectOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYNNKSPT

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily attain the required 192 points and complete the designated subjects.

  • How to apply
    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    CRICOS Code(s)

    036176A (Bathurst)

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    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    The School of Biomedical Sciences

    The School of Biomedical Sciences provides students with an opportunity to engage in high quality learning experiences in the areas of clinical practice (paramedic), clinical science, health science and medical science. School staff are well known for both quality teaching and research, a combination that ensures students receive not only a quality education, but a connection to job opportunities in industry and commerce, the professions, and the public sector. Research programs are diverse, providing an exciting environment for graduate studies – where students are exposed to cutting-edge research in a range of disciplines. The School delivers courses across five CSU campuses at Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS008 - Mathematics for the Sciences
    • SSS014 - Stepping into Statistics
    • SSS025 - Introduction to Bioscience

    Any of the following subjects are recommended for students who wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 - Writing at University
    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (F2F Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure

    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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