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Paramedicine student loading St John Ambulance


Bachelor Degree


Bachelor of Science (Paramedicine)
3 years full-time
Curtin Perth


Work on the front line of medical care, responding to emergency calls from the public and providing pre-hospital care.

Work experience

Study alongside employment with St John Ambulance.

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Paramedics are emergency care specialists whose job requires them to perform under pressure.

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 Western Australia while continuing your studies at Curtin. Clinical laboratories are conducted at St John Western Australia’s premises while 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 Western Australia 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 Western Australia before you can apply. You must remain employed with St John Western Australia as a student ambulance officer or ambulance officer to remain in the Curtin course. For further information, please refer to the St John Western Australia website.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • This course offers a collaborative clinical engagement with St John 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 accredited by the Paramedicine Board of Australia.

Career information


  • Ambulance officer
  • Paramedic.


  • Clinical support
  • Critical care
  • Emergency services
  • Search and rescue services
  • Station management
  • Training.

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, professional capabilities for registered paramedics and professional codes of conduct.

Entry requirements

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)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

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

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:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

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Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.


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  • Curtin course code: B-PARAMED
  • Last updated on: October 26, 2020