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Summary
Bachelor of Paramedicine (BPSC)

Study Mode
  • On-campus

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)

Number of Units
  • 24 units

Duration
  • 3 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Ipswich

View USQ Handbook

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USQ’s Bachelor of Paramedicine will provide you with specific skills that are unique to being a paramedic, and you will 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 clinical placements with Queensland Ambulance Service and in other healthcare settings - to gain ‘hands-on experience’.

As a paramedic student you will have the chance to improve your skills in our simulated ambulance and emergency training labs.

Our Bachelor of Paramedicine has been designed by the leading medical and paramedic staff who understand the real-world of pre-hospital emergency care.

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.

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.

Note: The Bachelor of Paramedicine consists of 24 compulsory courses (24 units) studied over three years. Students are required to complete a total of 676 hours of practical placements that consists of four practical placements that must be satisfactorily completed.

In addition to the courses listed below, 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 program.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses (incl. 676 hours of practical placements)  24
Total 24
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

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

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 9048
Domestic full fee paying AUD 19740

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.

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

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

15/66
OP/Rank
This is the 2017 OP / Rank for this program.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent
  • Recommended study: one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics or equivalent.

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.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program 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.

Alternate pathways

A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.


How to apply

Apply with QTAC
If you're new to USQ
OR
Apply with USQ
If you're a current or previous USQ student (Not Head Start students)

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
Ipswich 936152

Closing dates

  • Applications for Semester 1, 2017 will close on Monday 13 February, 2017.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit 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.

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