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Bachelor of Paramedicine

Bachelor of Paramedicine (BPSC)

Entry requirements
  • OP: 15
  • Selection Rank: 68
Study mode
  • On-campus
Campus
  • Ipswich
Duration
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February

Overview

  • Gain specific skills that are unique to being a paramedic, and be trained in the areas of assessment, analysis, decision making and working in difficult situations.
  • From first year and throughout your degree, you will complete 18 weeks of clinical placements with Queensland Ambulance Service and in other healthcare settings.
  • Improve your skills in our simulated ambulance and emergency training labs.
  • This degree is designed by leading medical and paramedic staff who understand the real-world of pre-hospital emergency care.

Professional accreditation

USQ's Bachelor of Paramedicine is accredited by the Paramedicine Board of Australia and listed as an approved degree with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Career outcomes

  • A paramedicine degree enables graduates to be employed in multiple areas, such as with the ambulance, intensive care paramedic, emergency and disaster management, flight rescue services or community education.
  • Graduates of the Bachelor of Paramedicine will be able to apply for entry-level Ambulance Paramedic positions with Australasian ambulance services. 

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

Recent secondary education

Including adjustments Entry score including adjustment factors (additional points given in certain circumstances). Excluding adjustments Entry score not including adjustment factors.
Lowest OP/selection rank to receive an offer The minimum entry score for this degree based on USQ offers.
OP
15
Rank
68
OP
18
Rank
61

Starting uni in 2021?

If you want to start your studies in 2021, the format of subject pre-requisites will change slightly from previous years. ATAR will also replace OP for Queensland students who graduate from high school from 2020. Find out more about these changes to ensure you are prepared to apply.

Pre-requisites

To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

It is also recommended that you have studied one of either Biology (4, SA), Chemistry (4, SA), or Physics (4, SA) or equivalent.

Further admission information

Adjustments are additional points given in certain circumstances that may increase your Rank. Find out if you qualify for any adjustment factor pathways such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed.

USQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average OP/Ranks for this degree's student cohort for Semester 1, 2019.

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet USQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet USQ's entry requirements.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Additional requirements for placements

All students will be required to purchase a uniform, have a current valid Blue Card, current senior first aid certificate and provide evidence of immunity to Hepatitis B. 

Clinical placements are mandatory within the Bachelor of Paramedicine and for placements with the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) will be required to:

  • QAS medical Assessment (Fit Slip)
  • Hepatitis B immunisation
  • Criminal History Clearance Report
  • University Student Clinical Placement Induction.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP).

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 24 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses  24
incl. clinical placement courses 
 
Total 24

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Clinical experience

In addition to the courses to be studied, you will also need to complete clinical experience, where interactive hands-on activities, such as experiments and use of specialist equipment, are undertaken.

All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of clinical/professional practice within this degree.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 9527
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 22000

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Professional experience costs

This degree includes a professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP. 

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:

  • have never studied with USQ before, or
  • are a Year 12 student, or
  • want to transfer to USQ from another university.
Mode QTAC Codes
Ipswich 936152

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

If you are applying via QTAC, please check the QTAC closing dates.

Got questions?

 

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