This course is not available for international students.
- Bachelor of Science (Paramedicine)
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|
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 at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
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:
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- Curtin course code: B-PARAMED
- Last updated on: April 3, 2020