Bachelor of Paramedicine (53X)

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

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
Paramedicine Study Period 1
Rozelle - Sydney
Paramedicine Study Period 1

Commonwealth Supported places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the International Online Course Guide (PDF 1.4 MB) for courses that are offered to international students

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
Applications to study in 2022 must be received by 11.59pm on Thursday 30 September, 2021.
Applications for the conversion pathway will remain open beyond 30 September, 2021

Integrity, accountability, respect and teamwork – these qualities embody the practice of Paramedicine.

The care of patients outside of hospitals demands both highly developed clinical skills and the ability to think critically, even in stressful situations. 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 Paramedicine is offered as a two-year, full time (fast-track) program, at two of our campuses, Hobart, Tasmania and 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 in paramedicine.

Through-out the degree, students have the chance to learn skills in small groups, and then apply what has been learnt in clinical simulation and to professional experience placements with ambulance services and other specialist health facilities. Our degree is taught by real-world practitioners, in small class sizes that give you individual attention and support.

Your studies will include clinical placements across both metropolitan and rural settings, with diverse patient groups, in various ambulance stations and other specialist health facilities, such as hospitals.

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

  • Access 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

Within this course you will undertake Professional Experience Placement (PEP) units. These units have a focus on communication, professionalism, safe practice and leadership, and can include aged care placement and interprofessional education opportunities.

Career outcomes

The University of Tasmania Bachelor of Paramedicine unlocks the potential of individuals to work in complex, dynamic and austere environments. Graduates will possess the expertise and values to have a positive impact on the quality of life for their community and will be equipped to work both nationally and internationally.

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

You’ll understand the importance of informed clinical reasoning, in situations often complicated by unpredictable environments.

The healthcare industry in expected to grow by over 15 percent over the next five years.*

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

  • State-based ambulance service around Australia or New Zealand
  • International ambulance services
  • Industry emergency response units
  • Non-emergency transport
  • Australian Defence Forces
  • Community-based emergency health settings

*Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business five year projections from May 2019 to May 2024.

Postgraduate Study Options

Visit the Paramedicine Postgraduate page for postgraduate study options. These postgraduate courses are designed to develop your skills and knowledge in clinical reasoning, decision-making and practice for the management and provision of advanced, effective and comprehensive health care.

Course structure

Bachelor of Paramedicine

If you enter our degree without a background in Paramedicine, you'll study full-time on either our Sydney or Hobart campus. This course offers opportunities to learn in simulated environments and the real world.

Applications close 30 September, 2021.

Bachelor of Paramedicine - Conversion Pathway

Our conversion pathway is designed to help currently practicing paramedics and advanced medics in the Australian Defence Force upgrade their existing qualifications. The conversion Pathway is fully online, flexible and designed to let you study from anywhere while balancing your life and work commitments.


Applications for the conversion study pathway will remain open beyond 30th September 2021.

This unit is designed to introduce students to human cells and tissues and the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, defence, musculoskeletal and neuroendocrine systems in the human body. The unit will include: (a) the basic facts and concepts relating…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
Rozelle - SydneyParamedicine Study Period 1
Rozelle - SydneyParamedicine Study Period 2
HobartParamedicine Study Period 1
HobartSemester 1
HobartParamedicine Study Period 2

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

Become better prepared to deal with the variety of culturally challenging situations you will encounter in whichever part of the world you live and work. Develop an appreciation of the personal and professional benefits which come from being more culturally…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartParamedicine Study Period 1
HobartSemester 2

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

This unit will enable participants to understand the fundamental concepts and methods of research so that they are able to locate and evaluate evidence and interpret its relevance to their practice and profession. Students will develop an understanding of the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartParamedicine Study Period 1

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

This unit serves as the foundation unit to the Bachelor of Paramedicine. In this unit students will be supported to develop an understanding of different social and cultural perspectives of health and wellbeing in relation to individuals and the broader…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Rozelle - SydneyParamedicine Study Period 1
HobartParamedicine Study Period 1

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

This unit is designed to introduce you to the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and digestive systems of the human body. The regulation of body temperature will also be studied in the unit. The unit will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2
Rozelle - SydneyParamedicine Study Period 2
HobartSemester 2
HobartParamedicine Study Period 2

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

This unit introduces the student to introductory level theory which underpins the practice of paramedicine, with afocus on the initial assessment and management of the emergent patient presentation. Students will be introduced toentry level concepts of paramedicine that include situation…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartParamedicine Study Period 2

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

This unit will introduce students to foundational clinical paramedicine including information gathering, clinical assessment, diagnostic evaluations, and the management of simple medical and trauma cases. In this unit students learn about ethical health care, professional communication, safe practice and the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Rozelle - SydneyParamedicine Study Period 2
HobartParamedicine Study Period 2

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

This unit builds on content learnt in CAA100 Foundations of Paramedicine, with a focus on mental health care in paramedicine, enabling the student to identify, assess and manage individuals with mental illness. The importance of, and barriers to, clear and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Rozelle - SydneyParamedicine Study Period 2
HobartParamedicine Study Period 2

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

Pharmacology is the study of drugs, including their actions and effects on the human body. This unit introduces you to the discipline of pharmacology by examining key areas of health and disease, the mechanisms whereby drugs elicit responses in cells,…

Credit Points: 12.5

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

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

This is the first paramedicine in clinical context unit which will allow the student an opportunity to observe and integrate into the ambulance team culture and environment. This unit focuses on consolidation of the knowledge and skills the student has…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Rozelle - SydneyParamedicine Study Period 3
HobartParamedicine Study Period 3

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

This unit explores how legal and ethical principles inform the practice of healthcare professionals, particularly registered paramedics, in Australia. You will gain knowledge of the fundamental legal and ethical principles governing practice and reflect on how to apply these in…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartParamedicine Study Period 3

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

Pathophysiology in Paramedicine 1 builds on your knowledge of anatomy and physiology to develop an understanding of the principles of pathophysiology and alterations in the health of the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems. It will explore current evidence-informed approaches…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Rozelle - SydneyParamedicine Study Period 3

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

This unit builds upon the material learned in CAA110 and will advance the development of knowledge of the theory underpinning the practice of paramedicine, enabling you to identify, assess and manage medical and trauma conditions encountered in the out of…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit will build on the clinical skills learnt in CAA111 Clinical Paramedicine 1, delving deeper and more broadly into the topic of clinical paramedicine including information gathering, clinical assessment, diagnostic evaluations, and the management of medical and trauma cases.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

In this unit the student will affirm the importance of employing a systems-based approach to healthcare in the management of major incidents and multi-casualty situations. The student will further develop a systematic approach to trauma assessment and care of emergent…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Pathophysiology in Paramedicine 2 builds on your knowledge of anatomy and physiology to develop an understanding of the principles of pathophysiology and alterations in the health of the endocrine, digestive, renal, sexual and reproductive, and immune systems, as well as…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This second paramedicine in clinical context unit focuses on consolidation of the knowledge and skills the student has acquired prior to this unit. The student will continue their clinical practice development in diverse settings, consolidating skills within their scope of…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit explores care of the older adult in paramedicine. In this unit the student will develop the ability to critically assess the older adult within the context of their social and cultural identity, attitudes to healthy ageing and living…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit builds on paramedic clinical practice to develop students’ knowledge in the areas of electrocardiology, pharmacology, and the management of a range of acute and chronic conditions; for both adult and paediatric patients. Scope of paramedic practice and clinical…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit will further develop the students' knowledge and skills in the evidence-based assessment and management of obstetric and paediatric patients in the out-of-hospital setting. These patient groups have unique variances which require special attention in addition to the unique…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit aims to broaden students understanding of the Australia Health Care System and its operation. It provides the opportunity for students to critically analyse and review the current and emerging challenges in health care delivery. Weekly topics will explore…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

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

This capstone knowledge unit focuses on consolidation of knowledge and clinical paramedicine in preparation for paramedic practice. The unit is modularised in three parts. The first focusses on professional development as a graduate paramedic, encapsulating behaviours and attitudes associated with…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This capstone clinical unit focuses on consolidation of the knowledge and skills the student has acquired during the Bachelor of Paramedicine. The student will work in diverse settings, integrating knowledge, clinical reasoning and reflective practice to provide patient-centred and evidence…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit is intended to integrate the paramedic student’s knowledge and practice, preparing them to work as a beginning out-of-hospital practitioner. This unit will develop the research, ethical practice and professional development skills required of a health care professional, focusing…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

* Diploma Conversion Pathway students study in first year: (CZZ103 (we strongly recommend this be the first unit studied), CZZ104), (CAA214, CAA246), (CAA215, CSA236, CXA290)  
* Diploma Conversion Pathway students study in second year: (CAA222, CXA291), (CAA313, CAA322), (CAA314, CXA309)

Need help choosing your first year units? Try the Unit Selection Guide.

Entry requirements

ELIGIBILITY – STANDARD ENTRY

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, the admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Enquire online for advice on the application process and the available pathways to study.

Domestic applicants who recently completed secondary education (completed in the past two years)

Applicants are ranked by ATAR and offers made based on the number of places available. This is a new course for 2021. We anticipate that the lowest ATAR that will receive an offer for this course in 2021 will be 75.00.

Applicants who have recently completed senior secondary studies but have not received an ATAR may still be eligible for admission. We will consider your study plan and subject results on a case-by-case basis when we assess your application.

Domestic applicants with higher education study

To be eligible for an offer, you must have:

  • Completed a course at university Diploma level or higher at any Australian higher education provider (or an equivalent overseas qualification); or
  • Completed at least four units of study (equivalent to 50 UTAS credit points) of a course at university diploma level (or an equivalent overseas qualification). If you have failed any units your application may be subject to further review before an offer is made
Domestic Applicants Domestic applicants with VET / TAFE study

To be eligible for an offer, you must have completed a Diploma of Nursing (the approved program of study for enrolled nurses) or Diploma of Paramedical Science.

ELIGIBILITY - CONVERSION PATHWAY

This conversion pathway is only available to practicing paramedics and Australian Defence Force Medics. All other applicants are encouraged to consider applying via the Bachelor of Paramedicine standard entry, which is open to applicants from all educational backgrounds.

To be eligible for an offer in the Bachelor of Paramedicine (Conversion Pathway) you must:
  • Have completed a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Paramedical Science, or an equivalent qualification; and
  • Provide a statement from your employer confirming your current employment as a paramedic or Australian Defence Force Medic (ADFMC) or Ambulance Community Officer with Ambulance Victoria.; and
  • Have current AHPRA registration in paramedicine without conditions or notations. Note, Australian Defence Force applicants and applicants employed as Ambulance Community Officers with Ambulance Victoria are exempt from this requirement.
International qualifications

If you have an international qualification this will need to be assessed by an Australian Registered Training Organisation to determine, through a recognition of prior learning assessment, whether or not your qualification is equivalent to an AQF Diploma or Advanced Diploma. Further information about the recognition of prior learning process and a list of Registered Training Organisations who may be able to undertake the assessment are available from the myskills website.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATION

If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors for special consideration, including economic hardship, a serious medical condition or disability.

We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

SAFETY IN PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS

Standard entry into this course includes compulsory work placements. All students must meet the course’s Safety in Practice Requirements before their first placement. The safety in practice requirements are completed separately to the course admission application.

This course is not available to international students. Please see our international page for courses that are offered to international students.

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

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

Scholarships

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

How can we help?

Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

Domestic
1300 363 864
International
+61 3 6226 6200
Email
Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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