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Bachelor of Paramedicine (BPSC) - BParamed

QTAC code (Australian and New Zealand applicants): Ipswich campus: 936152

CRICOS code (International applicants): 089149K

 On-campus#
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Campus:Ipswich 
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:3 years full-time or 6 years part-time 
Footnotes
#All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of clinical practice within this program.

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Professional accreditation

There is no mandatory professional accreditation for awards in the paramedic area.

USQ has been awarded Provisional Accreditation from The Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA). Application for full accreditation will be submitted in 2019 once USQ has a cohort of graduates (as per CAA criteria).

Following graduation, students may apply for membership with Paramedics Australasia.

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Program aims

Bachelor of Paramedicine graduates will be able to function effectively as new graduate level paramedics within local, national and international health care systems. Graduates of this paramedic program will have strong and relevant foundational knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to effectively and safely manage individuals in pre-hospital environments. USQ graduates will be committed to the ethos of pre-hospital care, personal development, professionalism and life-long learning.

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Program objectives

Graduates who successfully complete the Bachelor of Paramedicine will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of biophysical sciences and apply this knowledge in the delivery of safe, quality care in the pre-hospital environment;

  2. Develop knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to identify and manage common and serious illness;

  3. Demonstrate critical thinking, while practising autonomously and collaboratively;

  4. Apply ethical and evidence based knowledge to ensure informed decision making appropriate to the discipline;

  5. Demonstrate effective technical, oral and written communication skills relevant to paramedics;

  6. Apply the highest legal, ethical and professional standards.


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 07. Graduates at this level will have broad and coherent knowledge and skills for professional work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Program Information Set

View USQ’s admission criteria, student profiles and a summary of all offers made under Course Admission Information Set via the QTAC website.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Have achieved a minimum Overall Position (OP) 15, tertiary entrance rank 66 or equivalent qualification.^
  • Subject Pre-requisite: English (4,SA) or equivalent.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.


Applicants are advised to also address the following:

  • Recommended Prior Study: one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.


All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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These are determined by the University for specific programs each Semester. The 2018 OP and tertiary entrance ranks are based on agreed QTAC schedules which assess formal study at Year 12 or equivalent level, tertiary, preparatory, professional or vocational qualifications or work experience, as detailed in the QTAC Assessment of Qualifications Manual and QTAC Assessor Guidelines.

Special admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank. The additional points don't apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information about USQ's Special Admissions carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

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Requirements for professional experience placements

Practical experience is an integral component of the program and each student is required to undertake and satisfactorily complete 676 hours of practical experience.

Progression into practical courses is dependent upon a pass grade in theoretical and other practical courses which have been set as prerequisites.

Applicants must be willing to undertake and submit the requirements of the University of Southern Queensland and Queensland Ambulance Service for practical placement. Please refer to the applicable Professional Practice Experience Handbook for Paramedicine Students.

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The Bachelor of Paramedicine consists of 24 compulsory courses (24 units) studied full-time or part-time. Note that one course, consisting of 4 weeks full-time placement, must be taken in Semester 3 of the first year of study.

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Program completion requirements

To complete the program, a student must receive passing grades in all 24 compulsory courses (24 units) in accordance with the course list.

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Required time limits

The standard duration for completion of this program is three years full-time, six years part-time. Students have a maximum of seven years to complete this program.

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IT requirements

Students should refer to the USQ minimum computing standards to check that their computers are capable of running the appropriate software and versions of Internet web browsers and to check the minimum and recommended standards for software.

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Other program requirements

A student must, throughout the program, hold:

  • an Apply First Aid (formerly Senior First Aid) certificate that includes a CPR component, issued by the St John Ambulance Association or a comparable body approved by the Program Coordinator; and

  • a current Blue Card, issued by the Queensland Government Public Safety Business Agency, or have an employment exemption from holding a card.


Immunisation Schedule

Before commencing a course in which, in the opinion of the University, the student may be at risk of contracting or transmitting a blood-borne virus or other disease, the student must complete a schedule of immunisations approved by the University.

This requirement may be waived only if:

  • the student provides evidence of his or her status with respect to immunity against blood-borne viruses or other diseases prescribed in the schedule; or

  • approved by the Discipline Leader (or nominee).


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Credit

Exemptions/credit will be assessed based on the USQ Credit and Exemption Procedure.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Full-time

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Residential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1 / Semester 1

BIO1203 Human Anatomy and Physiology 11111,3HR
PMC1101 Public Health11
PMC1104 Paramedic Skills11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BPSC
PMC1105 Fundamentals of Paramedicine11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BPSC

Year 1 / Semester 2

BIO1206 Human Anatomy and Physiology 21212HRPre-requisite: BIO1203
PMC1000 Applied Pathology12
PMC1202 Paramedic Skills 212Pre-requisite: PMC1104

Year 1 / Semester 3

PMC1303 Paramedic Placement 1#1 2,3Pre-requisite: PMC1202

Year 2 / Semester 1

PMC2000 Pharmacology for Paramedics21Pre-requisite: BIO1203 and BIO1206
PMC2102 Paramedic Skills 321Pre-requisite: PMC1202
PMC2101 Behavioural Conditions and Emergencies21
PMC2110 Paramedicine Principles 121

Year 2 / Semester 2

PMC2202 Paramedic Skills 422Pre-requisite: PMC2102 Co-requisite: PMC2203
PMC2201 Multi Trauma22
PMC2210 Paramedicine Principles 222
PMC2203 Paramedic Placement 2#22,3Pre-requisite: PMC1303 and PMC2102 Co-requisite: PMC2202

Year 3 / Semester 1

PMC3000 Ethics, Law and Culture for Healthcare Professionals31
PMC3101 Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals3131
PMC3110 Paramedicine Principles 331Pre-requisite: PMC2110
PMC3103 Paramedicine Placement 3^31,2,3Pre-requisite: PMC2203

Year 3 / Semester 2

PMC3220 Applied Paramedicine 132
PMC3230 Applied Paramedicine 232Pre-requisite: PMC3110 Pre or Co-requisite: PMC3220
PMC3201 Practice and Leadership for Health Professionals32
PMC3203 Paramedic Placement 4^3 1,2,3Pre-requisite: PMC3103

Footnotes
Course lectures will be held at Ipswich with course laboratories at Springfield
#Four weeks full-time placement
^Five weeks full-time placement

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Part-time

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Residential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1/ Semester 1

BIO1203 Human Anatomy and Physiology 11111,3HR
PMC1101 Public Health11

Year 1/ Semester 2

BIO1206 Human Anatomy and Physiology 21212HRPre-requisite: BIO1203
PMC1000 Applied Pathology12

Year 2/ Semester 1

PMC1104 Paramedic Skills21Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BPSC
PMC1105 Fundamentals of Paramedicine21Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BPSC

Year 2/ Semester 2

PMC1202 Paramedic Skills 222Pre-requisite: PMC1104

Year 2/ Semester 3

PMC1303 Paramedic Placement 122,3Pre-requisite: PMC1202

Year 3/ Semester 1

PMC2000 Pharmacology for Paramedics31Pre-requisite: BIO1203 and BIO1206
PMC2110 Paramedicine Principles 131

Year 3/ Semester 2

PMC2201 Multi Trauma32
PMC2210 Paramedicine Principles 232

Year 4/ Semester 1

PMC2101 Behavioural Conditions and Emergencies41
PMC2102 Paramedic Skills 341Pre-requisite: PMC1202

Year 4/ Semester 2

PMC2202 Paramedic Skills 442Pre-requisite: PMC2102 Co-requisite: PMC2203
PMC2203 Paramedic Placement 2#42,3Pre-requisite: PMC1303 and PMC2102 Co-requisite: PMC2202

Year 5/ Semester 1

PMC3000 Ethics, Law and Culture for Healthcare Professionals51
PMC3110 Paramedicine Principles 351Pre-requisite: PMC2110

Year 5/ Semester 2

PMC3220 Applied Paramedicine 152
PMC3201 Practice and Leadership for Health Professionals52

Year 6/ Semester 1

PMC3101 Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals61
PMC3103 Paramedicine Placement 3^61,2,3Pre-requisite: PMC2203

Year 6/ Semester 2

PMC3203 Paramedic Placement 4^6 1,2,3Pre-requisite: PMC3103
PMC3230 Applied Paramedicine 262Pre-requisite: PMC3110 Pre or Co-requisite: PMC3220

Footnotes
Course lectures will be held at Ipswich with course laboratories at Springfield
#Four weeks full-time placement
^Five weeks full-time placement