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CH87 - Master of Paramedic Science (Paramedic Practitioner)


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

This course provides you with the skills, knowledge, clinical reasoning and leadership strategies to meet the role of a Paramedic Practitioner. The Paramedic Practitioner is an advanced healthcare professional who can provide essential services in the non-emergency, out-of-hospital, low acuity or primary healthcare settings. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to deliver a primary care level of paramedic practice as well as the ability to identify alternative pathways within the healthcare system to effectively and independently manage a broad range of common chronic and low acuity disease states. This care is a patient-centred approach that ensures you are a competent and yet diverse clinical practitioner who can meet low acuity healthcare needs of the community. Additionally, the Paramedic Practitioner is a leadership role within both the paramedic profession and healthcare system that can support a range of activity from education to managerial needs.

Career Information

The Master of Paramedic Science (Paramedic Practitioner) supports graduates to operate in the expanding professional areas of paramedic practice. It provides you with the knowledge and skills to move towards the evolving roles of paramedic practitioner, extended or community care paramedic positions.

Course Details
Duration 1.5 years full-time or 3 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 72
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 postgraduate courses normally consist of 8 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 8, 16, 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 Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) MParamedSc(ParamedPract)
AQF Level Level 9: Masters Degree (Coursework)

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
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 - 2020


Term 1 - 2019


Term 1 - 2018


Term 1 - 2017

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International Availability

Term 1 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2019


Term 1 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2017

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information
Entry Requirements

  • a completed Bachelor of Paramedic Science or equivalent with a minimum of 5 years unsupervised operational clinical experience; or
  • a completed Advanced Diploma or Graduate Diploma or equivalent in an advanced paramedic field such as aeromedical, critical or intensive care plus 2 years unsupervised operational clinical experience at this level
Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

Graduate Diploma of Paramedic Science (Critical Care)

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School Some units in this course will require compulsory attendance at residential schools.
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Practicum/Work Placement

PMSC20015 - Students will undertake placement with a General Practitioner (GP) or similar to gain experience and develop primary healthcare knowledge and skills

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 5
2018 4
Inherent Requirements
There are currently no inherent requirements associated with this course.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply evidence-based knowledge of advanced anatomy, physiology, risk factors and patient presentation to a broad range of common chronic and low acuity disease states
  • 2. Undertake clinical assessment and integrate diagnostic findings with patient presentation, history and assessment to formulate a working diagnosis
  • 3. Employ a broad range of treatment and intervention modalities including pharmacology in primary healthcare
  • 4. Apply clinical judgement, problem-solving skills and ethical decision-making in primary healthcare practice for various age groups and diverse populations
  • 5. Use patient education to assist in the clinical management or referral of primary healthcare patients
  • 6. Analyse, interpret and apply research findings to enhance primary healthcare practice
  • 7. Exhibit interpersonal, leadership, communication and teamwork skills in a multi-disciplinary primary healthcare environment
  • 8. Employ self-reflection and integrate performance feedback to identify and action self-improvement opportunities
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
10 APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice
2. KNOWLEDGE Have an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
4. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
5. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
6. SKILLS Have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
7. SKILLS Have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use high level personal autonomy and accountability
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 8 Total credit points: 72

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PMSC20012 Primary Healthcare 1
MEDS20009 Science and Instrumentation of Ultrasound
MEDS21003 Medical Science Research Project 1
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PMSC20013 Primary Healthcare 2
MEDS21006 Medical Science Research Project 2
Year 1 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MEDS20013 Diagnostic Ultrasound for Point of Care (PoCUS)
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PMSC20014 Primary Healthcare Engagement
PMSC20015 Primary Healthcare Practice
More Details


In the unit PMSC20015 Primary Healthcare Practice, students are expected to undertake 144 hours of Work Integrated Learning (WIL). Where possible, students will be asked to approach suitable providers convenient to their residential location, however, due to competing demands for clinical placement positions, students must be prepared to travel to alternate locations. This may involve distance travel or staying away from home to facilitate the placement, and taking leave from substantive employment and other regular responsibilities to ensure availability. This is due to some service providers' preference for 'block' placements rather than ad-hoc shifts. Students with extenuating circumstances restricting ability to travel and stay away from home are invited to discuss requests for special consideration with the Unit Co-ordinator.

Mandatory requirements for WIL

Students will be provided information on and be required to purchase an approved CQUniversity shirt for wear during WIL. Students will also be required to provide their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as a Work Health and Safety (WHS) requirement when on clinical placement. Non-adherence to uniform and PPE requirements will result in immediate removal from WIL.

Many health service providers 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 will be provided to students in a timely manner prior to WIL to ensure readiness for placement.

Students must submit all mandatory requirements to the Schools Work Integrated Learning Officers by the stated due date to be deemed eligible to attend WIL. All requirements are non-negotiable so it is imperative that students review and begin working to meet these requirements early.

Immunisation and infection control

Full details are provided within the information sheet on the 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. Note that the full age-appropriate vaccination schedule can take 7 months to complete, and that some health service providers do not accept the accelerated version of vaccine.
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Diptheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (Adult)
  • Measles, Mumps Rubella
  • Influenza

The following additional vaccinations are highly recommended, but are not mandatory:

  • Tuberculosis (TB) screening: Mantoux test or QuantiFERON Gold test
  • Meningococcal W & Y Vaccination: students should discuss this with their GP

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.

WHS orientations/inductions

Many workplaces stipulate that students must undertake induction procedures prior to commencing WIL. Students must therefore be prepared to undertake this extra workload to facilitate placement.


Student studying this course will be required to attend compulsory residential schools for some units.