CM40 - Bachelor of Paramedic Science/Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management

Overview

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

The Bachelor of Paramedic Science/Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management recognises the rapidly changing nature of paramedicine. It is critical that paramedicine expand its scope and role nationally and internationally. As a student in this course, you will draw upon the interdisciplinary nature of paramedicine and emergency and disaster management to explore current and emerging trends and national and international approaches, as well as the key concepts and perspectives that underpin contemporary practice in these fields. You will study with other students from a broad range of disciplines, expand your knowledge and skills and learn to apply this to the various phases of managing prehospital patients and expand your role to encompass emergency and disaster management.

This course is targeted at people wanting to work in emergency service agencies; professionals working in private, government, non-government and community-based organisations who will play a role in emergency and disaster management; and those with a personal and/or professional interest in these fields. 

Career Information

Graduates of the Bachelor of Paramedic Science/Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management course from CQUniversity have developed the expertise and skills to work as health professionals in emergency medicine, prehospital retrieval and emergency and disaster management sectors. Work-integrated clinical units are included in the 2nd and 3rd years of the course to facilitate the work readiness of graduates. Graduates of this course may specialise in intensive care paramedic practice, aviation and retrieval medicine, occupational health and safety, tactical medicine, special operations, clinical education, public health, business management, hospital health services and roles encompassing emergency and disaster management. Employment options after the course include government ambulance services, hospitals, private, government, non-government and community organisations supporting mines, local and regional councils.

Course Details
Duration 3.5 years full-time or 7 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 168
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 and GradCertEDM
AQF Level Level 8: Graduate Certificate
Course Fees
Indicative Year - 2022
  • Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee - $9,164

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
International Students
CRICOS Codes
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 - 2023

Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 1 - 2022

Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
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International Availability

Term 1 - 2023

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2022

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement


The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a WIL placement for this course. Students will be required to provide evidence of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination schedule by the closing date prior to a WIL placement. The vaccine received must be a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia.

Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information.
Entry Requirements

English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or the 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 and 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 the 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:

An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 7.0 with a minimum 7.0 in each subset; 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 the final examination date and the date of commencement of the study and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

Students will be required to procure and maintain a valid Working with Children Check (Blue Card) prior to undertaking Work-integrated Learning units.

Health Requirements

Students will be required to undergo a mandatory Health Screening assessment and provide evidence of current mandatory vaccinations prior to undertaking Work-integrated Learning units.

Assumed Knowledge

English (4, SA), Maths B (4, SA), Chemistry, Biology, Science.

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards CG95 - Bachelor of Paramedic Science
Exit Awards CL13 - Diploma of Health Science CG95 - Bachelor of Paramedic Science
Professional Accreditation

This course will seek accreditation from the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Agency through the Paramedicine Board of Australia.

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School All students will be required to attend compulsory residential schools for several units. Residential schools may be held in Cairns, Townsville or Rockhampton. Information relating to residential school locations will be available to the students via the handbook and associated Moodle pages.
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Practicum/Work Placement

PMSC13004 - Throughout the course, students are required to undertake compulsory work-integrated-learning placements with an approved placement provider. Clinical placements will provide students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and professional attributes required to safely and competently practice as a paramedic.
PMSC13002 - Throughout the course, students are required to undertake compulsory work-integrated-learning placements with an approved placement provider. Clinical placements will provide students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and professional attributes required to safely and competently practice as a paramedic.
PMSC12002 - Throughout the course, students are required to undertake compulsory work-integrated-learning placements with an approved placement provider. Clinical placements will provide students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and professional attributes required to safely and competently practice as a paramedic.

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2022 52
Inherent Requirements
There are currently no inherent requirements associated with this course.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Demonstrate clinical reasoning, judgment and problem solving skills to make informed decisions for appropriate action
  • 2. Conduct appropriate diagnostic and monitoring procedures to formulate safe and timely patient care and actions
  • 3. Formulate specific and appropriate patient care and treatment actions, and monitor the patient's capacity to receive care
  • 4. Critically appraise and appreciate the underpinning bodies of knowledge specifically relevant to paramedic practice
  • 5. Monitor and review your practice, actively participate in reflection and audit processes to modify and improve professional practice
  • 6. Employ dynamic risk assessments while working effectively and ethically to provide a safe operational environment for yourself, your patient and others
  • 7. Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with patients and others, while providing an appropriate level of dignity and care in all circumstances to support your patient's rights and needs
  • 8. Practice ethically, professionally and collaboratively, consistent with relevant legislation, regulatory bodies and accredited government or private service providers
  • 9. Assume responsibility and accept accountability for professional decisions and reflect on performance
  • 10. Provide accurate, comprehensive and professional patient information and records to other health professionals and agencies, via authorised information management systems, in accordance with relevant privacy and confidentiality policy and legislation
  • 11. Identify ongoing personal professional development and learning opportunities, and actively share knowledge and experience with others
  • 12. Demonstrate the requisite skills and knowledge to safely respond to a mass casualty or major incident situation
  • 13. Analyse complex technical and theoretical emergency and disaster management concepts
  • 14. Critically appraise the current and emerging national and international emergency and disaster management approaches
  • 15. Identify appropriate strategies to develop and maintain partnerships in emergency and disaster management
  • 16. Communicate high-level actions and solutions to emergency and disaster management issues that are ground in research/evidence.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
1. KNOWLEDGE Have specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review,analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts
6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters
10. FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE sufficient to undertake qualifications
11. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of knowledge in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units
12. FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS sufficient to undertake qualifications
13. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of skills in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units
14. Course content drawn from higher education units
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 28 Total credit points: 168

Students will be required to follow an approved course structure and have completed all pre-requisite units before undertaking Work-Integrated-Learning units.

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
CHEM11042 Fundamentals of Chemistry
BMSC11010 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
PMSC11002 Foundations of Paramedic Clinical Practice
ALLH11009 Research Methods for Health Professionals
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BMSC11011 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
NURS11171 Health, History and Culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
PMSC11004 Paramedic Medical Emergencies 1
PMSC12001 Procedures and Skills in Paramedic Care
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HLTH11027 Foundations of Health
PMSC12005 Paramedic Medical Emergencies 2
BMSC11005 Foundations of Biochemistry
PMSC12004 Advanced Electrophysiology and Coronary Care
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BMSC12014 Pharmacology for Health Professionals
MPAT12001 Medical Pathophysiology
PMSC12002 Clinical Paramedic Practice 1
PMSC12003 Special Populations in Paramedic Practice
Year 2 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
DSMG28001 Foundations of Emergency and Disaster Management
DSMG20003 Research for Emergency and Disaster Management
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PMSC13002 Clinical Paramedic Practice 2
PMSC13001 Mental Health for Paramedics
PMSC13012 Paramedic Medical Emergencies 3
ALLH12006 Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PMSC13004 Clinical Paramedic Practice 3
PMSC13010 Consolidated Paramedic Practice
PMSC13014 Paramedic Trauma and Emergency Management
PMSC13013 Transition to Paramedic Practice and Professionalism
Year 3 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
COMM20110 Crisis Communication
DSMG29001 Disaster Risk Reduction
More Details
There is no additional information for this course.