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


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 - 2023
  • Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee - $8,650
Indicative Year - 2022
  • Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee - $9,164

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 2 - 2024


Term 1 - 2024


Term 1 - 2023


Term 1 - 2022

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International Availability

Term 2 - 2024

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2024

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2023

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2022

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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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
Rank Threshold SR 75.00 | ATAR 75.00
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.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Assumed Knowledge

English (Units 3 & 4, C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C), 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
  • : Core

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

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 54
Inherent Requirements
There are currently no inherent requirements associated with this course.
Compulsory Requirements
Health Requirements

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) placements apply to this course and as such are subject to compulsory pre-placement conditions referred to as mandatory checks and are outlined in the health, security and other compulsory requirements sections. Mandatory checks are determined by industry, organisations, legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures. To be eligible for a WIL placement, students must first achieve compliance with mandatory checks by each closing date prior to a WIL placement and maintain current evidence for the duration of the course.

Mandatory health requirements include a medical assessment process, immunisation and vaccination evidence (and serology where required) to the following diseases: COVID-19 (up-to-date status), Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella, Varicella, Pertussis, Influenza, and Tuberculosis screening. Respirator mask fit testing is also an annual requirement for this course.

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 an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination status 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.

Security Requirements

Mandatory security requirements include an Australian Federal Police clearance and working with children check.

Other Compulsory Requirements

Other mandatory requirements include a First Aid and CPR certificate, student agreement to privacy and confidentiality, adherence to Ahpra policies for a registered student professional, fitness to participate in WIL student declaration, jurisdictional and site-specific compulsory requirements, and other training modules.

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.

Available units
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
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
HLTH11027 Foundations of Health
PMSC12005 Paramedic Medical Emergencies 2
BMSC11005 Foundations of Biochemistry
PMSC12004 Advanced Electrophysiology and Coronary Care
BMSC12014 Pharmacology for Health Professionals
PMSC12002 Clinical Paramedic Practice 1
PMSC12003 Special Populations in Paramedic Practice
MPAT12001 Medical Pathophysiology
DSMG28001 Foundations of Emergency and Disaster Management
DSMG20003 Research for Emergency and Disaster Management
PMSC13002 Clinical Paramedic Practice 2
PMSC13001 Mental Health for Paramedics
PMSC13012 Paramedic Medical Emergencies 3
ALLH12006 Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals
PMSC13004 Clinical Paramedic Practice 3
PMSC13010 Consolidated Paramedic Practice
PMSC13014 Paramedic Trauma and Emergency Management
PMSC13013 Transition to Paramedic Practice and Professionalism
COMM20110 Crisis Communication
DSMG29001 Disaster Risk Reduction
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Clinical placement

Students are required to complete three Clinical Paramedic Practice units during the course, 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 a placement experience near your residence is highly 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.

The QAS has identified over 120 stations from 15 operational districts where students can undertake a clinical placement. 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 at

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) 5 weeks; and

        PMSC130004 – Clinical Paramedic Practice 3 (3rd year, Term Two) 5 weeks

There is no capacity for students to request split blocks, custom dates, or to attend placement on specific days. 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).

The structure of all placement experiences is that you average 40 hours per week of placement and you are placed at a 24-hour station where you will be supervised to participate in clinical activity up to the level of training which the academic unit aligns with.

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 as well as CQUni also identifying 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 Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team by the due dates stipulated through Sonia and thw WIL team. 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.

    a)            Hepatitis B: The full age-appropriate vaccination schedule takes 7 months to complete (as a minimum), and that the QAS and other Services do not accept the accelerated version of vaccine.

    b)            Varicella (chickenpox)

    c)             Diptheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (Adult)

    d)            Measles, Mumps Rubella

    e)            Influenza (annual commercially available dose)

    f)             Covid-19 vaccination (minimum 3 doses)

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

    g)            Tuberculosis (TB) screening: Mantoux test or QuantiFERON Gold test

2. QAS Medical Assessment: This assessment must be undertaken by KINNECT who are the contracted assessors for all medical assessments for the QAS. Students are assessed against the same medical standards as graduates to ensure that you meet the inherent requirements for employment

3. Queensland Government issued Working With Children Check (Blue Card): Students are required to have a valid Blue Card linked to CQUniversity for the entirety their placements with the QAS . Students approved for interstate placement must acquire the analogous screening for that State.

4. National Criminal History Check (NCHC). Any student with a disclosable outcome on their NCHC must discuss the matter with the Course Coordinator at upon course enrolment or upon conviction being recorded (whichever is earlier)

5. QAS Annual Clinical Placement Orientation Checklist: The QAS require this checklist to be completed prior to each and every clinical placement unit.

6. Annual Quantitative mask fit testing

7. 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.