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COURSE

Bachelor of Science (Paramedicine)

B-PARAMED

TAUGHT BY: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

3years

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

600

About offering

Do you want to be on the front line of pre-hospital care? Paramedics are emergency care specialists whose job requires them to perform under pressure working in the pre-hospital setting.

Whilst working towards your degree you will become a student ambulance officer with St John Ambulance (WA) during your second year, and then an ambulance officer. This course addresses the changing healthcare environment with an interprofessional health focus and specialised fieldwork experience. Your first year is taken with other health sciences students.

Clinical laboratories are conducted at St John’s 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.

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.

Why study Bachelor of Science (Paramedicine)

  • 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.

Student profile

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.

Professional recognition

This program is provisionally accredited by the Council of Ambulance Authorities.

Career information

  • Paramedic
  • Paramedic (Aus)

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

What kind of applicant are you?

Applicants with recent secondary education
(within the past two years)

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Applicants with higher education study

Undertaken higher education study before? Find out how you can apply for a Curtin course and what credit you may be eligible for.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Have you studied a VET course? Find out how you can get into Curtin using these qualifications.

Applicants with work and life experience

Spent time in the workforce, completed a pathway program or finished secondary education more than two years ago? See how you can apply to study at Curtin

Applicants with recent secondary education
(within the past two years)

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.

  • Minimum ATAR: 70

    This figure is the rank needed to be considered for entry to a course. Obtaining this rank is not a guarantee of admission.
  • STAT entry: Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

    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

Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

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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.

Applicants with higher education study

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.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

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.

Applicants with 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.

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.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. Further information can be found athttp://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au/non-school-leavers/rpl.cfm

Fees and charges

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  • Curtin course code: B-PARAMED
  • This offering was last updated on: November 17, 2018