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CG95 - Bachelor of Paramedic Science

About Paramedic Science

Do you want to work in a unique and unpredictable environment where as a paramedic you perform emergency medical and trauma assessment, diagnosis of conditions and provide effective patient care management.

The Bachelor of Paramedic Science opens up opportunities for you to have an exciting and rewarding career in emergency care as an essential member of interdisciplinary health care.  Paramedics assess patient condition, decide on and deliver appropriate emergency treatment designed to stabilise the patient and then assign patient care to other members of the health team.  They provide a vital role in assisting their local community during unscheduled, out of hospital care.

The first year of the program provides foundation knowledge in sciences, human body systems, study and research skills and paramedic practice.  The later years focus on disease processes and their emergency treatment with practical placements in paramedic care where students will work closely with paramedics and respond to ‘real-life' emergency situations.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Paramedic Science program from CQUniversity have developed the expertise and skills to work as health professionals in emergency medicine and retrieval.  Work integrated clinical courses are included in the 2nd and 3rd years of the program to facilitate work readiness of graduates.  Graduates may choose to specialise in intensive care paramedic practice, aviation and retrieval medicine, special operations or clinical education with further study.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - ROK; External
International - ROK
Courses/Units of Credit 24 courses/144 units of credit
Faculty Sciences, Engineering & Health
How to Apply

Domestic students - QTAC

QTAC codes: 851711 Rockhampton; 851715 External

International students direct to the University - ONLINE

Entry Requirements

Prerequisites: OP>14 or equivalent expected.

Recommended study - English (4, SA), Maths B (4, SA), Chemistry, Biology, Science

Professional Accreditation

The program has received preliminary approval with the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA)

Professional Body Membership - as a student you are eligible for membership with Student Paramedics Australasia (SPA) with membership with Paramedics Australasia (previously ACAP) upon employment with an ambulance service.

Residential School

There are several compulsory residential schools/workshops attached to the following program when taken in the EXTERNAL mode. See More Details for more information.

Practicum/Work placement

Students will be required to undertake a minimum of 14 weeks (560 hours) of compulsory off-campus clinical placements during the three years of the program. Students will be provided with over 1000 hours of simulation training focussing on real world patient conditions.

Exit Awards not applicable
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal BParamedSc  
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes 072522M - QLD

Program Aims

The Bachelor of Paramedic Science aims to develop graduates who are able to apply knowledge of emergency medicine to clinical practice to their health professional role.  To enable this ability in graduates, the program is designed to build a high level of evaluative skill so graduates can rapidly assess patients and implement best practice emergency care in a safe and effective manner.

The program also aims to develop high level communication skills so that graduates can interact positively with patients and other health professionals and are ready for the clinical work environment.  Clinical decision making and problem solving ability will be promoted in graduates through use of scenario based learning techniques and exposure to ‘real world' conditions while on clinical practice opportunities with the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS).

Program Structure

Students must complete 24 courses (144 units of credit). (See Courses for detailed study plan).

Courses Offered

Program Structure

The detailed study plan is designed for full-time students who usually enrol in 4 courses per term (24 units of credit). Part-time students should therefore modify this schedule to suit their own needs. The normal study load for part-time students is 2 courses per term (12 units of credit).

Please see More Details for important details in relation to Course Availability.

Year 1
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1
CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences
ESSC11004 Study and Research Skills for Health Science
OCHS11025 Introductory Health and Safety Risk Management
Term 2
BMED19010 Macromolecules and Cell Function
BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2
MEDI11004 Professional Practice
PMSC11001 Foundations of Paramedic Science *
*PMSC11001 will be offered in term 3 for those students who have failed this course in term 2, and for the distance education students doing part time enrolment to expedite their program length. This will be dependent on enrolment numbers for term3 with a quota required.
Year 2
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
BMSC12006 Cardiorespiratory Physiology & Measurement
BMSC12007 Neurological Physiology & Measurement
MBIO12013 Microbiology for Health Care
PMSC12001 Procedures and Skills in Paramedic Care
Term 2
BIOH12008 Human Pathophysiology
BMED19003 Clinical Biochemistry
PMSC12002 Clinical Paramedic Practice 1 *
PMSC12003 Special Populations in Paramedic Practice
*PMSC12002 Clinical paramedic practice 1 is also offered term 3 to assist in expediting the program length for distance education students and for those students who are unable to complete this course in term 2. This will be dependent on QAS approval.
Year 3
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
OCHS12001 Introductory Occupational Health and Safety
PHRM19001 Pharmacology and Toxicology
PMSC13001 Paramedic Care of the Mental Health Patient
PMSC13002 Clinical Paramedic Practice 2
Term 2
PMSC13003 Pharmacology in Paramedic Practice
PMSC13004 Clinical Paramedic Practice 3 *
PMSC13005 Trauma Care in Paramedic Practice
PMSC13006 Environmental Emergencies in Paramedic Practice
*PMSC13004 Clinical paramedic practice 3 is also offered term 3 to assist in expediting the program length for distance education students and for those students who are unable to complete this course in term 2. This will be dependent on QAS approval.

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