Bachelor of Paramedic Practice (53A)

Overview  2018

ATAR

ATAR Clearly-In Rank

Clearly-in Rank

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in the first offer round in 2015.

The Clearly-in rank should be used as a guide for entry. Note: entry to some courses requires a combination of criteria (ie. folio, interview, GMAT) not just ATAR alone.

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See entry requirements & prerequisites

Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1
Rozelle - Sydney
Semester 1

  What is an ATAR
  Course rules
  Australian Qualification Framework level: 7

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

Integrity, accountability, respect and teamwork – these qualities embody the practice of Paramedicine.
If you are compassionate, committed and want to make a difference in your community then a career in Paramedicine may be right for you.

The Bachelor of Paramedic Practice degree is offered in Hobart TAS, and in Rozelle NSW. This degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills to assess and manage the broad range of out-of-hospital clinical presentations within a safe, effective and ethical practice framework, preparing you for a role as a paramedic.

The degree will include a number of opportunities to learn in a simulated environment and in the real-world. This includes in one of the University's ambulance simulation vans, and in practice at various ambulance stations and other specialist health facilities, such as hospitals and aged care organisations.

"I like the fact that its outside, its active and it's different every day. It's different every job. You have no idea what's going to happen until that job drops down - it's really exciting."

Tegan Groom
Rozelle Campus - Sydney

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Paramedic Practice, you will have the knowledge and skills to assess and manage the broad range of clinical presentations in an out-of-hospital setting.

You will understand the importance of critical, informed clinical reasoning in the context of the out-of-hospital care of the undifferentiated patient, in situations often complicated by unpredictable and challenging environments.

Students will undertake clinical placements in various ambulance stations and other specialist health facilities, such as hospitals. The student will be responsible for their transport and other associated costs during these clinical placements.

In addition to experience in healthcare settings, you will also have the opportunity to:

  • Access the latest technology and modern simulation equipment in both Hobart and Rozelle
  • Undertake interdisciplinary learning activities with students studying other health courses such as nursing and medicine
  • Participate in community engagement activities such as Open Day

"The opportunity to work alongside Tasmanian paramedics confirmed for me that a career in Paramedicine was something that I would enjoy."

Professional Experience Placement Requirements

Safety in Practice Compliance

All students enrolling in Faculty of Health programs which include a professional experience placement component, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation.

The Faculty, in accordance with Safety in Practice Compliance and Risk Assessment Procedure, assesses student compliance with Safety in Practice Requirements, which include:

  • national criminal history;
  • working with children registration;
  • medical, physical and psychological capacity to safely undertake the Faculty of Health Mandatory Functional Requirementsand
  • infectious disease and immunisation status.

National criminal history and medical, physical and psychological disclosures can inhibit student eligibility to participate in courses. Students must submit the Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation to enable risk assessment to be completed before:

  • semester one census date annually; or
  • in case of late enrolment, prior to beginning study.

The exceptions are the Working with Children Registration and Immunisation Record Card check, which must be completed 4 weeks prior to first PEP.

Career outcomes

You could find work as a paramedic in organisations such as:

  • Your state based emergency service around Australia or New Zealand
  • International ambulance services
  • Industry emergency response units
  • Non-emergency transport
  • Community based emergency health settings

"The Fast-track option persuaded me to study at the University of Tasmania because it means that I can get into the workforce earlier than other options."

Professional Recognition

Graduates will have met the professional requirements for employment as a Graduate Ambulance Paramedic and be eligible for membership of Paramedics Australasia.Graduates will also possess the attributes to be employed in a Paramedic role within other occupations, such as industry emergency response personnel and community-based emergency health settings.

Course structure

This course is offered two years full-time (and may only be studied full-time, on-campus), studying across three semesters per year.

During first year you will:

  • Learn the theoretical and practical sides of foundational health care
  • Undertake specialist paramedic units to develop an overview of health care and bioscience

In the second year you will:

  • Continue to further develop and build on your knowledge and skills in the critical care environment
  • Incorporate your understanding of out-of-hospital health care and its critical place in the field of emergency patient care

You will be taught within a safe, effective and ethical practice framework. The course content and patient management approaches are based upon current best evidence, nationally and internationally, combined with considerations of patient values, and local health resource considerations.

Year 1

Semester 1

This unit introduces students to the various understandings of health and models of healthcare in contemporary Australia. Factors that determine and influence health and illness are explored. The experience of health and illness is considered in the context of individuals,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Rozelle - SydneySemester 1
Darlinghurst - SydneySemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces the role of the paramedic and their function within the primary health care setting. The unit prepares students forout-of-hospital clinical practice with the introduction of ambulance equipment and primary clinical skills. This is one in a pair…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
Rozelle - SydneySemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Delivery of health services requires the application of proven interventions. Practitioners in health service areas must be able to evaluate information they receive to make evidence based decisions in order to justify the care that they provide to patients. This…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit focuses on developing the students' knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of patients presenting with acute mental health problems in the out of hospital setting. The historical and epidemiological aspects of mental health care both nationally…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
Rozelle - SydneySemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Semester 2

This unit continues to develop students' understanding of Paramedic Practice and their development in the competent use of ambulance equipment and its application in routine clinical presentations. Further development of core paramedic skills will ensure that the student is able…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
Rozelle - SydneySemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit aims to support your ability to appraise critically attitudes to ageing and aged care in Australia, and to engage in independent inquiry and reflection in the online environment with inter-professional peers and teachers. You will gain an understanding…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Fundamentals of Bioscience is based on the structural organisation of the human body and the general functions of the body systems, emphasising the relationship between structure and function. Major concepts of human biology are introduced in the initial weeks and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
Rozelle - SydneySemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores how historical, cultural and social elements and policy frameworks have shaped the health and wellbeing of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today. Cultural safety, self-determination and collaboration are central concepts within this unit. You will…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Rozelle - SydneySemester 2
Darlinghurst - SydneySemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Health service providers in Australia need to respond effectively to diverse populations. This unit will introduce to you the diversity of races, ethnicities, religions, sexualities, genders and abilities in Australia. You will examine how belonging to a diverse group can…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Rozelle - SydneySemester 2
Darlinghurst - SydneySemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Spring School (extended)

This unit explores how legal and ethical principles inform the practice of healthcare professionals in Australia. Students will gain knowledge of the fundamental legal and ethical principles governing practice and reflect on how to apply these in everyday situations. Through…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is the first emergency ambulance clinical placement which will provide the student with the opportunity to observe and integrate into the ambulance team culture and environment. The student will be a third team member of an emergency ambulance crew…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (extended)
Rozelle - SydneySpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

CAA205 is the first of two medical emergency units.This unit provides the knowledge and skills to identify, assess and manage common medical emergencies encountered in the out-of-hospital setting.The epidemiological and pathophysiological aspects as well as contemporary management issues of the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (extended)
Rozelle - SydneySpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Student choice elective

Year2

Semester 1

This unit builds on the basic knowledge from CXA107 Fundamentals of Bioscience to develop an understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, immune and endocrine systems.Basic principles of pharmacology are introduced and, throughout the semester,…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
Rozelle - SydneySemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Paramedics require a detailed understanding of the pharmacological properties of the medicines that are used daily in the treatment of patients under their care. This unit introduces you to the discipline of pharmacology by examining the interaction of drugs with…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
Rozelle - SydneySemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is the second in a series of two clinical management units which cover the most common medical emergencies managed in the out-of-hospital environment. Out-of-hospital medical emergencies involving the cardiovascular and respiratory systems will be covered. Students will gain…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
Rozelle - SydneySemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Semester 2

In this unit, we continue the study of the body systems from CXA204 Bioscience 1, initially focussing on the musculoskeletal, digestive and reproductive systems. Relevant physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and microbiology are introduced and contextualised using pathophysiology scenarios and case studies.We…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
Rozelle - SydneySemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is the second clinical placement unit which focuses on interprofessional and rural paramedic practice. Students will be exposed to the clinical environment in association with other professions, working as a Paramedic in the rural health care team will be…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
Rozelle - SydneySemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Traumatic injury is caused by road traffic incidents, sporting accidents, accidents in private and commercial environments, and interpersonal violence. Relevant clinical skills will be developed with the prime aim of managing traumatic emergencies, incorporating clinical reasoning, trauma systems and initial…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
Rozelle - SydneySemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit aims to broaden students understanding of the Australian Health Care system and its operation. It provides the opportunity for students to critically examine and review the current and emerging trends in health care delivery and includes topics such…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Spring School (extended)

This unit takes the student into the unpredictable out-of-hospital locations where patients suffer emergency conditions caused by environmental factors, such as: altitude, temperature extremes, environmental exposure, toxicology, envenomation, near drowning, hazardous materials, allergy and anaphylaxis. The student will develop clinical…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (extended)
Rozelle - SydneySpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will build upon previous paramedic studies to develop the students' knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of obstetric and paediatric patients in relation to both normal presentations and out-of-hospital emergencies. These patient groups have unique anatomical…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (extended)
Rozelle - SydneySpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is one of two final units which complete the students preparation to work as a beginning practitioner Graduate Paramedic. This unit will develop the skills required to perform as a health care professional including those required for continuing professional…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (extended)
Rozelle - SydneySpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is the final unit which completes the students' preparation to work as a beginning practitioner Graduate Paramedic. This capstone unit is the third clinical placement which focuses on consolidation all the knowledge and skills the student has acquired during…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (extended)
Rozelle - SydneySpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Optional Additional Unit

Foundations of Human Bioscience is a support unit that will reinforce the content of CXA107 whilst developing the thinking and study skills essential to the study of bioscience at a university level.There will be particular focus on developing a sound…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Entry requirements

If you're interested in studying the Bachelor of Paramedic Practice, you will need to meet the following requirements:

If you've just finished school

An ATAR score of 75 or higher.

While there are no pre-requisite subjects you must study for entry into the course, we recommend you have foundation knowledge in:

  • English studies
  • Health studies
  • Biology
If you're a mature age student

Every mature age application is assessed individually. We'll consider your work and life experiences, along with any study you've done that would make you a good fit for the course.

When applying you will need to:

Safety in Practice Compliance

In order to commence workplace integrated learning outside of the University of Tasmania (including clinical placements and visits) students are required to demonstrate compliance with the Faculty of Health and the School of Medicine policies relevant to workplace based learning which are contained in the Faculty 'Safety in Practice Kit'. These include a National Police Check, Infectious Disease Policy, Code of Conduct and Student Placement Agreement. Students who do not comply with these policies will not be placed or will be removed from placements and therefore will not be able to complete this course. Students who have not complied or are unsure of the policies should seek guidance from the School.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Fees for Domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA fee for 2018 is $298 AUD.

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

The following fee information is accurate at the time of publication for students commencing study in 2017.

Domestic students

If you are a domestic student enrolling in the Bachelor of Paramedic Practice, you may be eligible to receive a Commonwealth supported place at university. To find out what to pay and whether you are eligible you can read the information and guidelines at http://www.utas.edu.au/fees/fees-and-charges/what-to-pay/domestic

As a domestic student, the cost of your course will depend on the band classification and the individual units that you study. The Bachelor of Paramedic Practice is in Band 2, with an indicative annual cost of $9,050. For more information on the fees of each unit, please refer to the fees section of each unit description.

In addition to course costs, students may be subject to other costs related to study at university including:

International students

The Bachelor of Paramedic Practice is not currently available to international students.

Visit the international future students website to find out what courses are available to study.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

How can we help?

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International
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