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Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)

Course structure

Course structure

This course, of 192 points duration, consists of 176 pts x core compulsory subjects, plus 8 points of core alternative subject, plus 8 pts of restricted elective subjects.

Core subjects (176 points)

APS301 Advanced Paramedical Science 1
BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
BMS292 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2
CLS101 Clinical Studies 1
CLS102 Clinical Studies 2
CLS201 Introduction to Internship
CLS202 Clinical Studies 3
CLS203 Internship 1
CLS302 Internship 2
CLS310 Major Incident Management
FPS300 Foundations of Paramedical Science 4 (16)
HLT330 Research Methods in Clinical Sciences
HSM202 Managing Health Services
NRS246 Emergency Care in Mental Health
NRS190 Paramedic Law & Ethics
PHC100 Professional Studies 1
PHC200 Health, Society & Paramedical Practice
PHC303 Evidence Based Practice
PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services

Restricted subject (8 points)

EITHER
CLS300 Clinical Studies 4 (for students taking the standard enrolment patterns)
OR
EMG102 Emergency Management Planning 2 (for students taking the alternative Ambulance NSW enrolment pattern)

Restricted Elective Subject (8 points)

CHOSEN FROM:
PSY216 Psychology of Ageing
IKC100 Indigenous Health
NRS375 Health Optimisation 1: Gerontic Nursing
EMG100 Introduction to Emergency Management
EMG102 Emergency Management Planning 2 (for students in the standard enrolment patterns only)

Associate Degee in Clinical Practice (Paramedic) (exit point only)

This exit point only course, of 128 points duration, consists of 120 pts x core subjects, plus 8 pts x restricted elective

Core subjects (120 points):

BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
BMS292 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2
CLS101 Clinical Studies 1
CLS102 Clinical Studies 2
CLS201 Introduction to Internship
CLS202 Clinical Studies 3
CLS203 Internship 1
HSM202 Managing Health Services
NRS190 Paramedic Law & Ethics
NRS246 Emergency Care in Mental Health
PHC100 Professional Studies 1
PHC200 Health, Society & Paramedical Practice
PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health & Human Services

Restricted Elective Subjects (8 points)

CHOSEN FROM:
PSY216 Psychology of Ageing
IKC100 Indigenous Health
NRS375 Health Optimisation 1: Gerontic Nursing
EMG100 Introduction to Emergency Management
EMG102 Emergency Management Planning 2

Enrolment pattern

Standard enrolment pattern for full-time study

Session 1 (30)

BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
CLS101 Clinical Studies 1
PHC100 Professional Studies 1
PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services

Session 2 (60)

BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
CLS102 Clinical Studies 2
CLS201 Introduction to Internship
NRS190 Paramedic Law & Ethics

Session 3 (30)

BMS291 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1
CLS202 Clinical Studies 3
NRS246 Emergency Care in Mental Health
PHC200 Health, Society & Paramedical Practice

Session 4 (60)

BMS292 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
CLS203 Internship 1
CLS310 Major Incident Management
HSM202 Managing Health Services

Students may opt to exit at this point with the Associate Degree in Clinical Practice (Paramedic) [AssocDegClinicalPrac(Paramedic)] qualification.

Session 5 (30)

CLS300 Clinical Studies 4
FPS300 Foundations of Paramedical Science 4 (16 points)(commence)
PHC303 Evidence-Based Practice
[ ] Restrictive Elective

Session 6 (60)

APS301 Advanced Paramedical Science 1
CLS302 Internship 2
FPS300 Foundations of Paramedical Science 4 (16 points)(complete))
HLT330 Research Methods in Clinical Sciences

Standard enrolment pattern for part-time distance education study

Session 1 (30)

BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
CLS101 Clinical Studies 1
PHC100 Professional Studies 1

Session 2 (60)

BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
CLS201 Introduction to Internship
PSY 111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services

Session 3 (30)

CLS102 Clinical Studies 2
CLS 202 Clinical Studies 3
NRS190 Paramedic Law & Ethics

Session 4 (60)

HSM202 Managing Health Services
NRS246 Emergency Care in Mental Health

Session 5 (30)

BMS291 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1
PHC200 Health, Society & Paramedical Practice

Session 6 (60)

BMS292 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
CLS203 Internship 2
CLS310 Major Incident Management

Students may opt to exit at this point with the Associate Degree in Clinical Practice (Paramedic) [AssocDegClinicalPrac(Paramedic)] qualification.

Session 7 (30)

FPS 300 Foundations of Paramedical Science 4 (16)(commence)
[ ] Restrictive Elective

Session 8 (60)

FPS 300 Foundations of Paramedical Science 4 (16)(complete)
HLT330 Research Methods in Clinical Sciences

Session 9 (30)

CLS 300 Clinical Studies 4
PHC303 Evidence-Based Practice

Session 10 (60)

APS 301 Advanced Paramedical Science 1
CLS 302 Internship 2

Alternative enrolment pattern for NSW Ambulance entrants - combination of full-time and part-time study

Session 1 (30)

BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
CLS101 Clinical Studies 1
PHC100 Professional Studies 1
PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services

Session 2 (60)

BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
CLS102 Clinical Studies 2
CLS201 Introduction to Internship
NRS190 Paramedic Law & Ethics

Session 3 (90)

PHC200 Health, Society & Paramedical Practice
[ ] Restrictive Elective

Session 4 (30)

BMS291 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1
CLS202 Clinical Studies 3
FPS300 Foundations of Paramedical Science 4 (16 points)(commence)
NRS246 Emergency Care in Mental Health

Session 5 (60)

APS301 Advanced Paramedical Science 1
BMS292 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
CLS203 Internship 1
FPS300 Foundations of Paramedical Science 4 (16 points)(complete)

Session 6 (90)

EMG102 Emergency Management Planning 2
HLT330 Research Methods in Clinical Sciences

Session 7 (30)

CLS310 Major Incident Management
HSM202 Managing Health Services
PHC303 Evidence-Based Practice

Session 8 (60)

CLS302 Internship 2

Articulation

The Associate Degree in Clinical Practice (Paramedic) exit point only course fully articulates within the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic).

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) course has recently received preliminary accreditation by the Council of Ambulance Authorities effective from August 2007.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Become an Ambulance Officer

CSU's Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) provides a pathway to working in emergency care and paramedic areas as a qualified ambulance officer.

CSU's Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) offers you a rewarding, fast-paced career that makes a difference to people's lives. You will acquire the knowledge and skills to work as a qualified paramedic in emergency care settings in any state of Australia and overseas.
Students may elect to exit the course following successful completion of the first two years of full-time study or three years of distance education study with the award Associate Degree in Clinical Practice (Paramedic).

Full-time students may be eligible for employment with an ambulance service after two years' full-time study and may then continue to study externally to receive their Bachelor degree. The course is also available by distance education to students already employed as qualified paramedics or medics in the Army, Navy or Air Force.

More about Career opportunities

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

Graduates work professionally in paramedic occupations such as:

  • ambulance officers
  • paramedics
  • emergency response personnel
  • defence forces medics. 

There are also opportunities to work with overseas paramedical organisations.

The course is recognised by industry and most ambulance authorities now offer graduate programs and specifically target CSU students.

The Ambulance Service NSW

CSU The Ambulance Service of NSW (ASNSW) is a diverse organisation, employing over 3,500 people in a range of areas including front line positions such as paramedics, operations centre staff, flight nurses and patient transport officers and behind the scenes roles in communications, IT, payroll, workforce, public affairs and other corporate and administrative roles.

A career with ASNSW offers a range of employment opportunities for advancement and ongoing development. The ASNSW is unique in that it offers front line staff the opportunity to specialise into diverse areas such as Rescue, Special Casualty Access Team (SCAT), Aeromedical services, Snow operations, Rapid Response, Counter Disaster and Patient Transport Service.

Employment requirements

In order to be considered for employment with ASNSW, all applicants must demonstrate that they meet the following selection criteria:

  • A high standard of medical fitness, physical fitness and strength appropriate to perform the requirements and duties of the position.
  • Holding as a minimum, prior to commencing employment, an Unrestricted Australian Light Rigid Driver's Licence.
  • A good driving history with a loss of no more than 6 demerit points lost in the past 3 years and no licence cancellation in the previous 2 years. Ambulance will consider all convictions, particularly those relating to driving whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, reckless driving, dangerous driving or those leading to loss of licence regardless of when it occurred.
  • A good academic record, demonstrating successful completion of all subjects necessary to completing the degree.
  • Immunisation status compliant with paramedic requirements against the following infectious diseases: Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella.

Ambulance services in other states

Graduates of this course are also eligible to seek employment in other Australian states or territories. For more information, visit:

  • ACT Ambulance Service
  • Ambulance Tasmania
  • Ambulance Victoria
  • SA Ambulance
  • St John Ambulance Northern Territory
  • St John Ambulance Western Australia
  • Queensland Ambulance Service

At a glance

Study Mode

On campus; Distance education

Where

Bathurst

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

3 years full-time on campus, 4.5 years distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

ATAR + criteria

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