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marty nichols

20 years logoMarty Nichols
CSU graduate

“At school I knew I wanted to do something in the medical field. That led me to start at CSU (Bathurst) in 1999 studying a Bachelor of Health Science (Pre-Hospital Care).

“I chose CSU because in 1999 CSU was the only university in NSW that offered a Bachelor degree in paramedicine. I chose to stay with CSU for my four subsequent degrees (Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education, Master of Health Science and Master of Business Administration (Public Sector Management)) due to CSU’s expertise in distance education.

“Like most people I never started with the goal of completing five degrees with CSU. However, after completing each degree I realised there was something else I wanted to learn or study. Often times this study involved a single subject per semester by distance. Without flexible distance and part-time delivery options I would have never completed any more than one degree.

"In my profession it is important to have a good combination of knowledge, skills and attitude. You need a solid knowledge base and the ability to remain calm under pressure. Communication skills are essential. There is a variety of sub-specialty roles that paramedics can perform. During my career as a paramedic, I have also been a manager, educator, intensive care paramedic, flight paramedic and rescue / special operations paramedic."

Marty Nichols is a full-time helicopter paramedic with NSW Ambulance based in Orange. He also works casually as an emergency department Registered Nurse, is a National Director for the Australian and New Zealand College of Paramedicine and also finds time to work as an adjunct lecturer for CSU's School of Biomedical Science.