In the Bachelor of Paramedic Science you will learn to apply knowledge of emergency medicine to clinical practice as a health professional . You will develop a high level of evaluative and diagnostic skills so you can rapidly assess patients and implement best practice emergency care in a safe and effective manner.
You will also develop high level communication skills so you can interact positively with patients and other health professionals in the clinical work environment. Clinical decision making and problem solving ability will be developed through the use of scenario based learning techniques and exposure to ‘real world' conditions while on placement with Ambulance Services.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Paramedic Science course from CQUniversity have developed the expertise and skills to work as health professionals in emergency medicine and retrieval. Work integrated clinical units are included in the 2nd and 3rd years of the course to facilitate work readiness of graduates. Graduates may go on to specialise in intensive care paramedic practice, aviation and retrieval medicine, occupational health and safety, special operations or clinical education with further study. Employment options at the completion of the course include government ambulance services as well as in the numerous private paramedic services supporting mines, industry and the resource sector.
|Duration||3 years full-time or 6 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||144|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Undergraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||BParamedSc|
|AQF Level||Level 7: Bachelor Degree|
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.
Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years of:
Completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below.
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.
Each student will be assessed individually.
Students are required to obtain a valid
first-aid certificate with a current CPR certification prior to enrolment in
English (4, SA), Maths B (4, SA), Chemistry, Biology, Science.
Students who have not studied chemistry are advised to enrol in an introductory chemistry unit at CQUniversity. The recommended unit of study is CHEM40079.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||CL13 - Diploma of Health Science|
This course is fully accredited by the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA).
|Compulsory Residential School||All students will be required to attend compulsory residential schools for some units. At times there may be a requirement to complete residential school in Cairns, Townsville or Rockhampton. See "More Details" for further information.|
|Click here to view all Residential Schools|
|PMSC12002 - Students are required to undertake a minimum of 15 weeks (600 hours) of compulsory off-campus clinical placements through the course plus an orientation program by the Queensland Ambulance Service. Refer to More Details for further information. This unit requires the student to complete 5 weeks of clinical placement|
|PMSC13002 - Students are required to undertake a minimum of 15 weeks (600 hours) of compulsory off-campus clinical placements through the course plus an orientation program by the Queensland Ambulance Service. Refer to More Details for further information. This unit requires the student to complete 4 weeks of clinical placement|
|PMSC13004 - Students are required to undertake a minimum of 15 weeks (600 hours) of compulsory off-campus clinical placements through the course plus an orientation program by the Queensland Ambulance Service. Refer to More Details for further information. This unit requires the student to complete 4 weeks of clinical placement|
|Year||Number of Students|
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas|
|4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence|
|5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas|
|6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters|
|Number of units: 23||Total credit points: 144|
This detailed study plan is designed for full-time students who usually enrol in 4 units 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 units per term (12 units of credit).
Please refer to More Details for important details in relation to unit availability.
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|CHEM11042||Fundamentals of Chemistry|
|BMSC11001||Human Body Systems 1|
|ESSC11004||Study and Research Skills for Health Science|
|PMSC11001||Foundations of Paramedic Science|
|BMSC11005||Foundations of Biochemistry|
|PMSC11002||Foundations of Paramedic Clinical Practice|
|BMSC11002||Human Body Systems 2|
|PMSC11003||Principles of Paramedic Practice|
|BMSC12007||Neurological Physiology & Measurement|
|MBIO12013||Microbiology for Health Care|
|PMSC12001||Procedures and Skills in Paramedic Care|
|PMSC12004||Advanced Electrophysiology and Coronary Care|
|PMSC12002||Clinical Paramedic Practice 1|
|PMSC12003||Special Populations in Paramedic Practice|
|PMSC13001||Mental health for Paramedics and Other Health Professionals|
|PMSC13002||Clinical Paramedic Practice 2|
|PMSC13003||Pharmacology in Paramedic Practice|
|PMSC13004||Clinical Paramedic Practice 3|
|PMSC13010||Consolidated Paramedic Practice|
|PMSC13011||Paramedic Trauma & Environmental Emergency|
Ambulance Service Employment Conditions
Students should be aware before entering the course that Ambulance services in Australia have inherent requirements for employment that preclude people with certain health conditions. Please see specific statutory Ambulance Service websites for further information; details for the Queensland Ambulance Service can be found at the following link:
Students without Senior English, Senior Science (in particular Chemistry) and Senior Mathematics are strongly urged to undertake the Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS course).
Credit for Prior Learning:
Practising paramedics who currently hold a Diploma of Paramedic Science delivered by a State or Territory Ambulance Service or equivalent will be given advanced standing and may be granted credit for up to 13 specified units.
The amount of credit awarded will be based on the level of evidence working in an operational ambulance environment for minimum 6 months and students must also prove competence with assessment prior to credit.
Some courses or units have specific timeframes regarding the completion of prior study or may be deemed unsuitable for granting credit if granting credit will conflict with the relevant professional accrediting body, statutory authority or industry requirements. Credit is normally granted only for units satisfactorily completed in the last 2 years for clinical units and in the last 5 years for theoretical units at a recognised educational institution.
The credit calculator may assist by providing an estimate of credit you may be eligible to receive towards your CQUniversity course.
For further information regarding credit and how to apply please visit Credit Transfers and RPL
Students are required to complete three Clinical Paramedic Practice units during the degree, which amount to a minimum of 15 weeks (600 hours) of full-time work placement. Clinical placements are invaluable in developing professional and clinical skills and workplace literacy within the authentic clinical environment, and ensure high standards of graduate work readiness and employability.
All clinical placements are undertaken primarily with the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS). Due to state-wide demand for placement positions, students must be prepared to travel to any location within Queensland for clinical placements as home placement is very unlikely. This commonly involves staying away from home for the duration of the placement, and taking leave from substantive employment and other regular responsibilities to ensure availability for full-time 24/7 rostered work. Students with extenuating circumstances restricting ability to travel and stay away from home are invited to submit requests for special consideration, but should understand that these may not be fulfilled if there are simply no available placement allocations within their home town.
Students seeking clinical placement outside of the Queensland Ambulance Service must understand that interstate placements are not readily available, and that certain statutory Services only accept interstate placement requests from students with pre-existing volunteer or employment relationships with those Services. For further information please contact the Unit Coordinator for clinical placements.
The three clinical placement units involve the following on-road blocks. All placements must be completed as contiguous blocks during the time period allocated to that placement unit.
PMSC12002 – Clinical Paramedic Practice 1 (2nd year, Term Two) 5 weeks
PMSC13002 – Clinical Paramedic Practice 2 (3rd year, Term One) 2 weeks Rural and 2 weeks Urban
PMSC130004 – Clinical Paramedic Practice 3 (3rd year, Term Two) 6 weeks
There is no capacity for students to request split blocks, custom dates, or to work only on their days off. Calendar dates for these blocks may change from year to year depending upon state-wide allocation availability, and are determined at the end of Term Two for the following year. The dates are announced to all students at that time in an information sheet, and can thereafter be found on the Sonia Home Page (clinical placement management software) and the CG95 Portal (on Moodle).
Mandatory requirements for clinical placement
Students will be required to purchase the approved Paramedic Clinical Placement uniform for wear during lab sessions, residential schools, and clinical placement. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will also need to be purchased from the CQUniversity Bookshop as a Workplace Health and Safety requirement by Ambulance Services when on clinical placement. Non-adherence to uniform and PPE requirements will result in immediate removal from clinical placement.
All statutory Ambulance Services mandate that students meet certain vaccination and health standards prior to attendance, whilst the University also has certain requirements to ensure student safety and readiness for practice. Information on all of these requirements and associated due dates is updated yearly and shared on the Sonia Home Page and the CG95 Portal; please also see the link below for QAS Clinical Placements website.
Students must submit all QAS Mandatories and CQU requirements to the Schools Work Integrated Learning Officers by the stated due date for that year to be deemed eligible to attend clinical placement. All requirements are non-negotiable so it is imperative that students review and begin working to meet these requirements early.
1. Immunisation and infection control: Full details are provided within the information sheet on Sonia Home Page. Take these requirements to your GP and ask for your immunisation record for all vaccines if available.
Hepatitis B: It is strongly advised that students have a blood test to check their immunity upon enrolment, so that if found not immune, they can commence their Hepatitis B vaccination schedule immediately during 1st Year. Note that the full age-appropriate vaccination schedule can take 7 months to complete, and that the QAS and other Services do not accept the accelerated version of vaccine.
Measles, Mumps Rubella.
The following additional vaccinations are highly recommended by QAS, but are not mandatory:
Tuberculosis (TB) screening: Mantoux test or QuantiFERON Gold test
Meningococcal W & Y Vaccination: 15-19 year olds may access the free Meningoccoccal ACWY Vaccination program; other students should discuss this with their GP. https://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0022/640147/faq-meningococcal-acwy-program.pdf
2. QAS Medical Assessment: This medical requires students to have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 33 or less (36 or less for Indigenous applicants) to be pronounced ‘Fit for Duty’. If you do not meet this criteria, your placement for that year will be cancelled and you have to re-do the unit and the medical again the next year.
3. Blue Card: Students are required to have a valid Blue Card linked to CQUniversity for the duration of their placement with the Queensland Ambulance Service. Students approved for interstate placement must acquire the analogous screening for that State. http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/applications/need-to-apply-for-card.html
4. QAS Annual Clinical Placement Orientation Checklist: The QAS require this checklist to be completed prior to each and every clinical placement unit.
5. Current approved First Aid Certificate and CPR certification: CQUniversity requires Paramedic Students to attain a first-aid certificate from a registered training provider within the first term in the first year of enrolment, and to maintain certification validity at the first day of placement for PMSC12002 in 2nd year. Note that first aid certificates expire every three years, whilst CPR certifications require annual renewal.
Residential School Requirements
Students studying the CG95 Course will be required to attend compulsory residential schools for some units.
Click here to view Residential Schools for all units.
Year Two & Three - Combined Residential Schools
Please note: It is highly recommended that students enrol concurrently in PMSC13010 and PMSC13011 in year three as residential schools for these units run consecutively.
It is also a requirement that students in their second year study both PMS12001 and PMSC12004 consecutively.
St John's Ambulance Membership
It is highly recommended that all students enrolling in CG95 become members of St John's ambulance as this will complement your studies in the first 18 months of the course and give you exposure to the ambulance world prior to clinical placement.
As a student you are eligible for membership with Student Paramedics Australasia (SPA), Australian & New Zealand College of Paramedicine. Links to memberships can be found here.
It is a requirement of enrolment in this course that students have access to the CQUniversity website. Students may be required to undertake various components of study in the course using email and the Internet.
It is strongly recommended that students have access to a broadband connection or higher to access online student resources that include but are not limited to, email, Internet, video streaming and electronic assessment submission.
Students will be required to have computer access whilst on clinical placement; students are unable to access QAS computers therefore to complete other unit requirements and assessment pieces for clinical placement a laptop computer is highly recommended. Students unable to have access to a laptop are to contact the unit coordinator prior to clinical placement.