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Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

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.

Career Information

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.

Course Details
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

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
International Students
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 1 - 2021


Term 1 - 2020


Term 1 - 2019


Term 1 - 2018


Term 1 - 2017


Term 1 - 2016


Term 2 - 2015

Sorry, no domestic availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2015


Term 1 - 2014

Students undertaking the Bachelor of Paramedic Science full program should commence the program in T1 (distance, Rockhampton) Students undertaking the EMS Occupational Health and Safety program may commence the program in Term 1 (distance) Students undertaking the Clinical program may commence the program in Term 1 (distance)
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International Availability

Term 1 - 2021

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2018


Term 1 - 2017


Term 1 - 2016


Term 2 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2015


Term 1 - 2014

Students undertaking the Bachelor of Paramedic Science full program should commence the program in T1 (distance, Rockhampton) Students undertaking the EMS Occupational Health and Safety program may commence the program in Term 1 (distance) Students undertaking the Clinical program may commence the program in Term 1 (distance)
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Entry Scores
Rank Threshold SR 75 | ATAR 74.2
Rank Cut-Off OP 12 | SR 75 | ATAR 74.2
Entry Requirements

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:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 or 12, or equivalent), or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

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. 

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 7.0 overall with a minimum 7.0 for Reading and Writing and 7.0 for Speaking and Listening; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 600 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 5.0 (Paper Based Test), or 100 or better overall and a score of 25 or better in the Writing section (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 64 with no communication score less than 64; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

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.

NOTE:  Students are required to obtain a valid first-aid certificate with a current CPR certification prior to enrolment in unit PMSC11002.

Security Requirements
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Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

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.

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CL13 - Diploma of Health Science
Professional Accreditation

This course is fully accredited by the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA).

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

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.
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Practicum/Work Placement

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

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2020 622
2019 589
2018 583
2017 578
2016 583
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Treating personal information obtained in classroom and clinical settings as private and confidential.
  • Respecting an individual's/group's diversity by demonstrating sensitivity to religious cultural and individual differences.
  • Demonstrating an ability to reflect on ethical dilemmas and issues and taking responsibility for ensuring awareness of ethical behaviour.
Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Interacting positively and effectively with other students while attending activities related to the course.
  • Being receptive and responding appropriately to different viewpoints, to constructive feedback and to direction from academics and clinical staff.
  • Coping effectively with your own emotions, responses and behaviour when dealing with challenging situations in the clinical setting and in particular during emergencies.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Complying with relevant child protection and safety legislation including mandatory reporting requirements by presenting a National Police Check (not older than 3 years).
  • Obtaining a Working With Children Check before attending clinical placements.
  • Understanding and adhering to professional policy around the use of social media.
  • Knowing, understanding and complying with legislative and regulatory requirements which are necessary pre-requisites to clinical placements in order to reduce the risk of harm, to self and others.
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in discussion activities related to the course.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual or group.
  • Verbally communicating your knowledge and skills with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness.
  • Providing the health care team with verbal handover reports related to patient care.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of peers, patients and others, and responding appropriately during placement.
  • Using appropriate facial expressions, eye contact and a range of body movements and gestures while being mindful of interpersonal space.
  • Constructing your assessment work to academic standards with attention to correct grammar and punctuation.
  • Constructing fluent summarised written text from complex and detailed information.
  • Constructing legible reports in a timely manner to meet professional standards and clearly communicating the intended message.
  • Accurately documenting patients' charts and records, meeting legal and professional requirements.
  • Having access to a computer for your studies.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Analysing, manipulating and displaying scientific information.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Applying knowledge of policy and procedures in clinical settings.
  • Performing clinical skills within set time-frames.
  • Applying theoretical knowledge to understand a patient's history when undertaking patient assessment during emergency situations.
  • Paraphrasing, summarising and referencing in accordance with appropriate academic conventions.
  • Actively listening to information within a variety of academic and clinical and emergency situations.
  • Reading and accurately interpreting information related to patients.
  • Completing documentation that is accurate, clear and concise.
  • Accurately reading and interpreting various measurements as well as calculating drug dosages in a timely manner during emergency and routine situations.
  • Demonstrating accurate recording on a fluid balance chart.
  • Recognising when a calculator may have given an incorrect answer.
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)

Examples are:

  • Focussing on and recognising objects that are either near or far.
  • Observing non-verbal behaviour and other situations in a variety of professional settings.
  • Accurately drawing up and administering medication.
  • Observing and detecting subtle changes in a patient's response to emergency procedures in a timely manner.
  • Sufficiently hearing verbal communication from other students and lecturers during activities related to the course.
  • Having sufficient auditory ability to consistently and accurately monitor, assess and manage a patient's needs.
  • Accurately interpreting the verbal communication and direction of clinical staff during emergency situations.
  • Accurately detecting heart and breath sounds by auscultation.
  • Accurately undertaking a blood pressure measurement by auscultation.
  • Using touch in an appropriate manner when conveying positive messages for emotional support during difficult circumstances.
  • Detecting any changes in circulation observations e.g. temperature and pulse palpation.
  • Conducting physical assessments and detecting any anatomical abnormalities.
Reflective Skills

Examples are:

  • Reflecting critically on topics taught during the course of study, including on situations that may be difficult or sensitive, yet still require reflective processing, judgement or action.
  • Identifying when a clinical practice issue is outside one's scope or expertise, and be able to reflect and learn from this experience.
  • Identifying when one's practice may be negatively affected by personal experience and/or reactions, and be able to reflect and learn from this experience.
  • Identifying, reflecting and learning from successful situations as well as opportunities for improvement.
Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in activities related to the course with adequate, sustained levels of physical energy and concentration. This may involve standing for extended periods of time.
  • Participating in learning clinical skills and engaging in simulation activities during on-campus learning situations.
  • Performing consistent care during critical emergency situations with sustained concentration and physical energy for an 8 to 12 hour period of time including night shifts.
Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)

Examples are:

  • Incorporating a range of gross motor skills while participating effectively in activities related to the course.
  • Maintaining balance while safely mobilising and transferring individuals or resources.
  • Moving with ease around patients and equipment items while performing delivery of care activities and responding to emergency situations.
  • Safely retrieving and utilising stock and equipment.
  • Inserting medical devices and performing invasive procedures.
  • Manipulating intricate surgical instruments and equipment while dressing a wound.
  • Manipulating syringes and needles during preparation and administration of medications addressing safety to self and others.
  • Priming, accurately inserting and setting prescribed rates on an infusion device.
Interpersonal Engagement

Examples are:

  • Collaborating with other students and peers, modifying and reflecting on work or practice in response to supervisor feedback.
  • Building rapport with other students, peers and stakeholders in order to engage them in effective clinical practice, for example, during scenarios, difficult situations and critical events.
  • Reflecting critically on successful situations as well as opportunities for improvement.
  • Interacting and engaging with individuals and groups in a respectful and culturally appropriate manner in a wide variety of clinical practice contexts.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities

Examples are:

  • Competently using a computer desktop operating system such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X.
  • Accessing a computer and having sufficient computer skills to engage in online learning, reading and responding as required to emails, and completing relevant activities and assessments for
  • the course.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with other students, peers and lecturers.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Perform the tasks of a paramedic within an accredited government or private ambulance service across Australia or internationally
  • 2. Demonstrate advanced clinical competencies in pre-hospital care, emergency mental health assessment with a secure medical science base
  • 3. Perform advanced clinical and mental health assessment procedures and incorporate this into an advanced clinical health care plan
  • 4. Follow specific operating protocols for an agency such as an accredited government or private ambulance service in Australia or internationally
  • 5. Demonstrate broad competency in pre-hospital care suitable for a career anywhere in Australia, as well as specifically in the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS)
  • 6. Assess risks in the out-of-hospital environment
  • 7. Develop, recommend, implement, test and report on efforts to mitigate risks among ambulance service personnel
  • 8. Apply appropriate professional and personal skills, such as critical thinking and lifelong learning, to practice within the paramedic science discipline in accordance with accreditation competencies
  • 9. Apply relevant and current policies and procedures within regulatory bodies such as the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA) Australia and accredited government or private ambulance services
  • 10. Work effectively, ethically, professionally and safely in an individual or team context
  • 11. Reflect on performance and take responsibility for further learning and professional development
  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
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
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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:

 Entry Requirements:

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:

Diploma of Paramedical Science Pathways:


Pathway 1

HLT51015 Diploma of Paramedical Science

Credit may be awarded for up to 4 units for students with a current HLT51015 Diploma of Paramedical Science completed externally to CQUniversity.


Pathway 2

HLT51015 Diploma of Paramedical Science CQUniversity

Some courses 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 unit satisfactorily completed in the last 2 years for clinical units and in the las 5 years for theoretical units at a recognised educational institution. 

Credit may be awarded for up to 5 units for students with a current CQUniversity HLT51015 Diploma of Paramedical Science.


The credit calculator may assist by providing an estimate of the 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.

Clinical placement

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.

Varicella (chickenpox).

Diptheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (Adult).

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.     

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.

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.

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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.

Professional Accreditation

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.


Computing Requirements

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.