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- Bachelor of Science (Paramedicine)
- Admission criteria
- Minimum ATAR 70
Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.
- 3 years full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
- Curtin Perth
Work on the front line of medical care, responding to emergency calls from the public and providing pre-hospital care.
Study alongside employment with St John Ambulance.
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Paramedics are emergency care specialists whose job requires them to perform under pressure working in the pre- hospital setting.
While working towards your degree you will become a student ambulance officer and then an ambulance officer.
Your first year includes subjects from the interprofessional program, which you will take with other health sciences students, as well as specific paramedicine subjects.
In your second year you will become a student ambulance officer with St John Ambulance WA while continuing your studies at Curtin. Clinical laboratories are conducted at St John Ambulance Australia’s premises and opportunities for inter-professional learning take place across the course.
To complete the three-year program, you will need an unrestricted driving licence, must meet all academic and on-road practical requirements and maintain employment with St John Ambulance (WA) as an ambulance officer. You will graduate as a degree-qualified paramedic.
To study this course you must have a provisional letter of pre-employment from St John Ambulance WA (SJA-WA) before you can apply. You must remain employed with SJA-WA as a student ambulance officer or ambulance officer to remain in the Curtin course. For further information, please refer to SJA- WA website.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
- This course offers a collaborative clinical engagement with St John Ambulance Western Australia to help you become career-ready.
- Paramedicine is a growing field of healthcare that focuses on the pre-hospital sector of healthcare delivery.
View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
- Ambulance officer
- Clinical support
- Critical care
- Emergency services
- Search and rescue services
- Station management
What you'll learn
- demonstrate accountable, safe, effective and innovative paramedic practice incorporating research evidence and related professional competences.
- use reflective, evidence based and problem solving approaches to the provision of paramedicine practice.
- access, critically evaluate and utilise health care information in the assessment and management of prehospital patients and groups.
- communicate effectively with clients, families, communities and other health professionals in the pre-hospital and primary health contexts.
- use technologies that assist the paramedic to provide quality patient care within a changing health care environment.
- be an independent, self-directed learner who constructively reflects upon the health, social and educational experiences gained through experience and further education and research.
- incorporate regional, national, and global trends and innovations in health care into paramedic practice.
- incorporate social, economic and cultural differences in the provision of culturally appropriate and sensitive care to clients in a pre-hospital or primary health setting.
- demonstrate ethical practice in accordance with legislation, paramedic practice standards and professional codes of conduct.
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||7.0|
I recently attended high school
Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.
This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.
Other admission options
Recipients of the John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarship will receive an early offer to study this course.
If you’re an indigenous applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.
Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
View the lowest ATAR (excluding adjustments) of an applicant who was offered a place in this course in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available.
Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)
Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.
ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period
View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.
I have work and life experience
Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.
I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship
Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.
I’ve gone to university before
Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.
Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.
Curtin course switcher criteria
To switch into this course, you need to have:
- been accepted into the St John Student Ambulance Officer program; and
- met the admission criteria for minimum entry.
Higher education course switcher criteria
This course has a semester one intake only. Please refer to the TISC website for more information.
Prior to enrolling in this major at Curtin University you will need to be successful in gaining a place as a St John Ambulance Pre-employment Student Ambulance Officer.
To be successful in the St John Ambulance Recruitment process you will need to meet academic, personal and physical requirements and have a full unrestricted driving licence. More information can be found at stjohnchangelives.com.au
No prior study in a particular subject is required. Applicants must meet the University’s standard entry requirements, which include English competency. A letter outlining your pre-selection into the Student Ambulance Officer program from St John Ambulance (WA) will need to be provided.
Other requirements and notes for this course
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)
Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
Tel: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020
Fee year: 2020
What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?
A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the “student contribution amount”). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.
All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.
Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website.
Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.
*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.
This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website
If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.
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- Curtin course code: B-PARAMED
- Last updated on: January 19, 2020