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Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)

Clinical Practice (Paramedicine)

Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)

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Are you passionate about helping people in their time of need? Do you thrive under pressure? 

If so, a career as a paramedic could be for you.

As a first-line responder in the most critical of circumstances, you will work in a dynamic and highly rewarding career that makes a profound difference to people’s lives.

As the only dedicated paramedicine degree in New South Wales carrying full accreditation with the Council of Ambulance Authorities, CSU’s Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) will equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to work in emergency care settings across the globe, from outback Australia to the heart of London.

Delivered by nationally and internationally renowned leaders in paramedic education, CSU’s course also features international study opportunities where you can gain unique insights, skills and experiences that will ultimately enhance your competitiveness in the workforce.

Study on campus at Bathurst or Port Macquarie and benefit from CSU’s state-of-the-art simulation facilities and comprehensive program of work placements. Or, if you’re already employed as a paramedic or medic in the Army, Navy or Air Force, you can conveniently study online. 


  • Why study this course?

    Reasons to study paramedicine with CSU:

    Australia's first paramedicine degree

    • Reputation for excellence – CSU was Australia’s first provider of a paramedicine degree and has a proud history of producing high-quality paramedicine graduates with excellent employment outcomes
    • Exceptional educators with alliances across the globe – CSU academics are international leaders in the field, bringing diverse overseas experiences to the curriculum, while also maintaining close ties with the largest ambulance service in Australia, NSW Ambulance 
    • Outstanding facilities on and off campus – Not only will you benefit from CSU’s state-of-the-art simulation facilities and equipment on campus at Bathurst or Port Macquarie; you’ll also undertake supported work placements, enabling you to learn directly from practising paramedics in real-life emergency care settings
    • Quality learning support – Benefit from smaller class sizes and personalised support, including continual contact with university educators throughout work placements
    • Graduate employment outcomes—CSU graduates are highly sought after in ambulance services and most are working in their chosen field within a year of graduation.

    What will I learn?

    CSU prepares you to work effectively in emergency ambulance and out-of-hospital healthcare environments in regional, remote and urban settings. 

    You will develop skills in clinical procedures such as advanced trauma and cardiac life support, stroke management and airway management including endotracheal intubation, laryngeal mask airways and cricothyroidotomy.

    Throughout the course, you will learn to care for critically ill patients, as well as learning to effectively engage and care for obstetric, geriatric, paediatric and special needs patients. The course provides a strong focus on delivering community-based paramedicine, which includes integration with health providers in urban, rural and remote communities.  

    Advanced life support for paediatric patients is also an important component of this course.

    You will learn both the principles and techniques of major incident and mass casualty response. In addition, you will gain experience in major incident response principles through participation in simulated exercises.

    Beyond the clinical skills of being a paramedic, CSU’s course also helps you develop strategies for personal resilience to maintain your longevity in the industry. 

    Recognising that learning does not finish at graduation, CSU also ensures students are equipped to educate themselves into the future – both to assess and embed new trends and technologies as they arise, and to step forward and lead the evolution of the industry into the future.

     

    Australia's first paramedicine degree source: Lord, Bill, THE DEVELOPMENT OF A DEGREE QUALIFICATION FOR PARAMEDICS AT CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY, Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care (JEPHC), Vol.1, Issue 1-2, 2003


  • Career opportunities

    On graduation, you will be prepared to work as a paramedic in emergency, ambulance and out-of-hospital healthcare environments in Australia and overseas. As paramedicine is a growing global career, employment opportunities occur in both advanced and developing countries. 

    Employers include:

    • state and territory ambulance services
    • private and event paramedic services
    • mining and natural resources sector emergency services
    • defence forces
    • international paramedic and emergency response services.

    You may also progress to management or education roles in the field of paramedicine, working as a manager in a paramedic setting or providing training to other staff.

    NSW Ambulance 

    New South Wales Ambulance (NSWA) is a diverse organisation, employing over 4,000 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 administration.

    A career with NSWA offers a range of employment opportunities for advancement and ongoing development. NSWA is unique in that it offers front-line staff the opportunity to specialise into diverse areas, such as Special Operations, Aeromedical Services, Snow Operations, Rapid Response, and Counter Disaster.

    Other Ambulance services

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

  • Professional recognition
    The Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) course is accredited with the Council of Ambulance Authorities. CSU graduates are eligible for membership with Paramedics Australasia and the Australian and New Zealand College of Paramedicine.
  • 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
    Indicative ATAR

    7000

    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 - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

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

     

  • 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.

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

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

    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, Port Macquarie)

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  • 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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