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Key details

Duration

3 year/s full-time
6 year/s part-time
3 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2
On campus - Semester 1
Online - No

Locations

Alice Springs campus, Casuarina campus
Casuarina campus

Credit points required

240

Course code

WPAR01
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

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 First Nations Health, mental health and specific care of maternal, neonatal and paediatric patients.

Practical industry experience is important, 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. In completing your degree, you may be required to undertake clinical placements in the Northern Territory.

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).

Compulsory intensives on campus are a requirement of this course.

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 advanced standing

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

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Credit transfer

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

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.

Further information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $30,240.00. This equates to $3,780.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

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Why study a health course at CDU?

As an increasingly in-demand industry, there's never been a better time to find a career in healthcare. Become a qualified health professional with CDU's wide range of courses and gain the skills and knowledge to make an impact on the wellbeing of your community.

  • #4 Australian uni for undergraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2023)
  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous health, tropical medicine and other issues of regional and national importance
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Why study a health course at CDU?

As an increasingly in-demand industry, there's never been a better time to find a career in healthcare. Become a qualified health professional with CDU's wide range of courses and gain the skills and knowledge to make an impact on the wellbeing of your community.

  • #4 Australian university for undergraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2023)
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous and Asia-Pacific health, tropical medicine and other issues of international importance

What will I study?

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.

Course structure

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 .


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

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core Units
(22 units)
240cpCompulsory 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
SBI190 Microbiology and Immunology for Healthcare Professionals (replaces SBI182 / 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 Advanced Resuscitation and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (title change from 2023)
SBI276 Paramedics Clinical Placement 1
PSY248 Research Design and Analysis (replaces PSY247 2022)
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)
 

 240cpTotal 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.

COURSE CHANGES AND TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS - 2022
PSY247 has been replaced by PSY248. Students that have completed PSY247 prior to 2022 should not complete PSY248.
SBI182/SBI173 has been replaced by SBI190. Students that have completed SBI182 or SBI173 should not complete SBI190.
 

Study plan


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.

FULL-TIME Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core Unit
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1COSBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2CO
SBI111 Perspectives in Paramedicine PracticeCOSWK102 Communication SkillsCO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and PoliciesCOSBI190 Microbiology for Healthcare Professionals (replaces SBI182 and SBI173)CO
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous HealthCOSBI270 Clinical skills for ParamedicineCO
Year 2
SBI241 Pathophysiology for HealthcareCOSBI242 Pharmacology for Clinical PracticeCO
SBI150 Cellular BiologyCOSBI273 Trauma studies in ParamedicineCO
PSY248 Research Design and Analysis (replaces PSY247)COSBI274 Cardiopulmonary and Emergency AssessmentCO
SBI276 Paramedics Clinical Placement 1 (WIL)COHSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230)CO
Year 3
SBI300 Obstetrics in ParamedicineCOSBI313 Emergency Mental Health ResponseCO
SBI301 Paediatrics in ParamedicineCOSBI333 Reflective Practice and Leadership in ParamedicineCO
SBI402 Paramedics Clinical Placement 2 (20cp) (WIL)COSBI403 Paramedics Clinical Placement 3 (20cp) (WIL)CO

PART-TIME Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core Unit
Semester 1Semester 2
Calendar Year 1
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1COSBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2CO
SBI111 Perspectives in Paramedicine PracticeCOSWK102 Communication SkillsCO
Calendar Year 2
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and PoliciesCOSBI190 Microbiology for Healthcare Professionals (replaces SBI182 and SBI173)CO
SBI150 Cellular BiologyCOSBI241 Pathophysiology for HealthcareCO
Calendar Year 3
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous HealthCOSBI242 Pharmacology for Clinical PracticeCO
PSY248 Research Design and Analysis (replaces PSY247)COSBI270 Clinical skills for ParamedicineCO
Calendar Year 4
SBI301 Paediatrics in ParamedicineCOSBI273 Trauma studies in ParamedicineCO
SBI276 Paramedics Clinical Placement 1 (WIL)COSBI274 Cardiopulmonary and Emergency AssessmentCO
Calendar Year 5
SBI402 Paramedics Clinical Placement 2 (20cp) (WIL)COSBI313 Emergency Mental Health ResponseCO
  SBI333 Reflective Practice and Leadership in ParamedicineCO
Calendar Year 6
SBI300 Obstetrics in ParamedicineCOSBI403 Paramedics Clinical Placement 3 (20cp) (WIL)CO
HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230)CO  

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 2022 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.

Semester 2 2022(Alice Springs Campus only)

Legend:CO = Core Unit
Semester 1Semester 2
Calendar Year 1
  SBI111 Perspectives in Paramedicine PracticeCO
  SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1CO
  SWK102 Communication SkillsCO
  SBI190 Microbiology for Healthcare Professionals (replaces SBI182 and SBI173)CO
Calendar Year 2
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and PoliciesCOSBI241 Pathophysiology for HealthcareCO
SBI150 Cellular BiologyCOSBI242 Pharmacology for Clinical PracticeCO
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2COSBI274 Cardiopulmonary and Emergency AssessmentCO
SBI270 Clinical skills for ParamedicineCOSBI276 Paramedics Clinical Placement 1 (WIL) CO
Calendar Year 3
SBI273 Trauma studies in Paramedicine (from 2023)COSBI301 Paediatrics in ParamedicineCO
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous HealthCOSBI313 Emergency Mental Health ResponseCO
HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230)COSBI402 Paramedics Clinical Placement 2 (20cp) (WIL)CO
PSY248 Research Design and Analysis (replaces PSY247)CO  
Calendar Year 4
SBI300 Obstetrics in ParamedicineCO  
SBI333 Reflective Practice and Leadership in ParamedicineCO  
SBI403 Paramedics Clinical Placement 3 (20cp) (WIL)CO  

 

 

 

Entry requirements

Quota

The Bachelor of Paramedicine is a highly competitive course which has a quota of approximately 55 places each year (40 in Darwin and 15 in Alice Springs). 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.

For the 40 positions in Darwin there will be a sub-quota of 20 students who are NT residents and 5 First Nations students.

For Alice Springs there will be a sub-quota of 5 for First Nations students

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

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.

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 ModuleA 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 ProficiencyTest not accepted for this course.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA 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.

 

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Course details

Accreditation

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

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.

Australian qualification framework

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

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Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
No
Award
Bachelor of Paramedicine
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health, Allied Health Sciences

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.auPhone:1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

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

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.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Alice Springs campus (CSP)
134251
N/A
Casuarina campus (CSP)
104861
N/A
Casuarina campus (CSP)
104861
N/A
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
104635M

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