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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Paramedicine

Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
104861
N/A
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
104635M
Course duration
Full-time
3 year/s
Part-time
6 year/s
Course duration
Full-time
3 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
International on campus
Semester 1
International online
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

WPAR01

Award
Bachelor of Paramedicine
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health
Allied Health Sciences

The Bachelor of Paramedicine qualifies you to work as a paramedic in Australia. Delivered in partnership with St John Ambulance Australia (NT) Inc., the course offers guaranteed clinical student placements in the Northern Territory and hands-on learning from paramedic experts.

You'll graduate ready to work in emergency ambulance and pre-hospital environments in regional, remote and urban settings.

During the three-year paramedicine degree you'll gain vital clinical decision-making, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. You'll learn about anatomy and physiology, human development and Australia's health-care systems and policies. You will develop knowledge in clinical science areas including trauma and emergency-based response.

This course also has a strong focus on Indigenous Health perspectives, mental health and specific care of maternal, neonatal and paediatric patients.

Practical industry experience matters, which is why the Bachelor of Paramedicine includes three units of placements with the St John Ambulance Australia (NT) Inc., the Northern Territory's exclusive paramedic service provider, or other services across Australia.

This program is designed to transition university graduates into becoming qualified ambulance paramedics. Graduates can then work as Intern Paramedics for 18 months during such time they are required to be credentialed to obtain an Authority to Practice.

This course is undergoing accreditation by the Paramedicine Board of Australia (under Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency).

Course transfer into the Bachelor of Paramedicine is not permitted. Students who wish to transfer into this course must follow the application process.

Professional recognition

This program is designed to transition university graduates into becoming qualified ambulance paramedics. Graduates can then work as Intern Paramedics for 18 months during such time they are required to be credentialed to obtain an Authority to Practice.

This course will undergo accreditation in 2022 by the Paramedicine Accreditation Committee.

Credit transfers and pathways

Pathways for VET to Higher Education

Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC or UAC.

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students that commenced this course and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2021.

Applicant background (Semester one intake 2021) No. of Students % of all Students
A. Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
24 56.0
B. Vocational education and training (VET) study 8 19.0
C. Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
6 14.0
D. Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

5 12.0
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

<5 N/P
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor

(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

<5 N/P
International students <5 N/P
All students 43 101.0

Notes
"<5" - the number of students is less than 5
N/A - Students not accepted in this category
N/P - Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Additional information

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

The Bachelor of Paramedicine is a highly competitive course which has a quota of approximately 50 places each year. This means that although you may meet the minimum entry requirements for the course, you may not be ranked high enough to receive an offer. Quota courses are included in the main December offer round.

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 70*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 147.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses or a recognised tertiary preparation course of at least 12 months duration.

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 7.0 with no score below a 6.5 in reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) Test not accepted for this course.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency Test not accepted for this course.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 65 with no score less than 58 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 94 with no score less than 22 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

If you are undertaking a course with clinical or fieldwork placements you must demonstrate compliance with the following checks and requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that the correct documentation is obtained prior to commencing clinical/fieldwork placements. A national and/or international police check and a current Working with Children check is required regarding suitability to undertake clinical/fieldwork placements.

ATAR profile

The following table represents the ATAR and selection rank profile for applicants offered a place on the basis of their ATAR in semester 1, 2021

ATAR based offers only ATAR
(excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest rank to receive an offer 56.50 66.35
Median rank to receive an offer 76.70 79.65
Highest rank to receive an offer 98.70 99.95

Notes
"<5" indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.

Course structure

The three-year degree is made up of 22 core units. The first year comprises studies from the Health Science degree, including anatomy and physiology, human development and Australia's health-care systems and policies.

You will develop knowledge in clinical science special areas including trauma and emergency-based response. You will also learn about Indigenous Health perspectives, geriatric and specific care of maternal, neonatal and paediatric patients .


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Core Units
(22 units)
240cp Compulsory Core units totalling 240 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:

HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies
SBI111 Perspectives in Paramedicine Practice
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173)
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (new title from 2021)
SWK102 Communication Skills
HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230)
SBI150 Cellular Biology
SBI241 Pathophysiology for Healthcare
SBI242 Pharmacology for Clinical Practice
SBI270 Clinical skills for Paramedicine
SBI273 Trauma Studies in Paramedicine
SBI274 Cardiopulmonary and Emergency Assessment
SBI276 Paramedics Clinical Placement 1
PSY247 Research Design and Analysis
SBI300 Obstetrics in Paramedicine
SBI301 Paediatrics in Paramedicine
SBI313 Emergency Mental Health Response
SBI333 Reflective Practice and Leadership in Paramedicine
SBI402 Paramedics Clinical Placement 2 (20cp)
SBI403 Paramedics Clinical Placement 3 (20cp)
 

  240cp Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.

Of the total 240 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* not more than 120 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 80 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above

Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

 

Study plan


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full-time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200 ie SBI270.
Legend: CO = Core Unit
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
SBI111 Perspectives in Paramedicine Practice CO SWK102 Communication Skills CO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies CO SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173) CO
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health CO SBI270 Clinical skills for Paramedicine CO
Year 2
SBI241 Pathophysiology for Healthcare CO SBI242 Pharmacology for Clinical Practice CO
SBI150 Cellular Biology CO SBI273 Trauma studies in Paramedicine CO
PSY247 Research Design and Analysis CO SBI274 Cardiopulmonary and Emergency Assessment  
SBI276 Paramedics Clinical Placement 1 (WIL) CO HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230)  
Year 3
SBI300 Obstetrics in Paramedicine CO SBI313 Emergency Mental Health Response CO
SBI301 Paediatrics in Paramedicine CO SBI333 Reflective Practice and Leadership in Paramedicine CO
SBI402 Paramedics Clinical Placement 2 (20cp) (WIL) CO SBI403 Paramedics Clinical Placement 3 (20cp) (WIL) CO

 

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2022: Fees and charges for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

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SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC, NSW or TAS

 

 

 

 

SATAC

International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

You will need a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner to help you apply

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

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