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Bachelor of Paramedicine

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Course essentials

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    HBPD
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    CLINICAL PLACEMENTS
    Clinical placements operate on a year-round basis. Paramedic Science students will be required to attend clinical placements on a rotation basis, including outside of semester hours, to maintain a public service and provide continuity of clinical care.

  • Delivery mode:
    Blended
    Face to Face
    Workplace
  • Duration:
    3 years full time or longer for part time

The Bachelor of Paramedicine is a pre-service training degree that prepares you for competent, efficient and compassionate clinical care at a basic entry level in the paramedic profession.

By the time you graduate from this course you will have learnt to:

  • analyse, evaluate and manage the physical, psychological and social needs of patients and members of the community undergoing paramedic assessment
  • treat and transport, and apply problem solving skills when planning and implementing out-of-hospital care
  • perform effective evidence based paramedic skills and techniques within paramedic protocols
  • apply paramedic knowledge necessary for safe, efficient and effective practice within paramedic environments
  • apply an integrated holistic approach of evidence based paramedic practice
  • be sensitive to contemporary issues within socially and culturally diverse communities and respond effectively to such issues during paramedic practice
  • critically review current research and evidence based developments in paramedic practice and evaluate their implications in the paramedic profession.
  • Our state-of-the-art facilities include clinical practice rooms, self-directed learning laboratories and life-like mannequin technology.

Paramedic clinical placement

Paramedic clinical placement is an important part of paramedic training. You are progressively introduced to the responsibilities and experiences of the ambulance paramedic.  

Our state-of-the-art facilities include clinical practice rooms, self-directed learning laboratories and life-like mannequin technology.

Careers

VU’s Bachelor of Paramedicine is held in extremely high regard in the industry for its hands-on approach to learning. Scenario-based assessments and clinical placements, combined with a solid theoretical foundation are just some of the ways we prepare you for the real world.

Graduates should have obtained the necessary clinical practice skills, knowledge and personal attributes necessary for employment as emergency paramedics.

The skills, knowledge and attributes should provide you with a competitive advantage for selection and promotion in the emergency paramedicine career pathways. Graduates are eligible to apply for membership of Paramedics Australia.

Job titles

  • paramedic
  • air ambulance paramedic
  • ambulance community officer
  • clinical instructor
  • MICA paramedic.

Organisations employing paramedic graduates

Ambulance officers and paramedics are employed across several industries including health care and social assistance, public administration and safety, education and training, and manufacturing. Examples include: Ambulance Victoria, Paramedic Services Group, Royal Flying Doctor Service and education institutions.

Salaries

76 per cent of our paramedic graduates were earning more than A$60,000 four months after graduation (VU Australian Graduate Survey).

Employment rates

Employment for Ambulance Officers and Paramedics to 2019 is expected to remain steady (Job Outlook).

Placements

Paramedic clinical placements are an important part of paramedic training. Students are supervised by a clinical instructor in various settings which include the non-emergency patient transport sector and Ambulance Victoria.

There are six (6) Paramedic Clinical Practice units that are delivered throughout the entirety of the course that prepare you for the pre-hospital health care environment. Within these units are simulated placements and placements that are undertaken external to the University in the non-emergency, emergency pre-hospital and other relevant clinical, health and social sectors.

Dynamic Learning

Study paramedics at VU and you will get hands-on experience while you learn through scenario-based assessments. Our state-of-the-art facilities include hospital prac rooms and lifelike mannequin technology.

Study pathways

If you have completed any of the following course(s) at VU, you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

HLT51015 - Diploma of Paramedical Science

You will be credited for 4 units (half a year) of study.

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degree and in some cases receive credit for your study:

Bachelor of Nursing

You will be credited for 9 units of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse, evaluate and manage the physical, psychological and social needs of patients and members of the community undergoing paramedic assessment, treatment and transport, and apply problem solving skills when planning and implementing out-of-hospital care;  
  2. Perform effective evidence based paramedic skills and techniques within paramedic protocols and apply paramedic knowledge necessary for safe, efficient and effective practice within paramedic environments;  
  3. Interpret the paramedic needs of patients and members of the community within a holistic framework and apply an integrated holistic approach of evidence based paramedic practice;  
  4. Perform effectively and safely as an independent person and as a member of a health care team in paramedic environments;  
  5. Be sensitive to contemporary issues within socially and culturally diverse communities and predict and respond effectively to such issues when providing paramedic practice;  
  6. Critically review current research and evidence based developments in paramedic practice and evaluate their implications for paramedics and the profession.  

Course structure

To successfully attain HBPD Bachelor of Paramedicine students will be required to complete 288 credit points (equivalent to 12 units) consisting of:

  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) of Core College studies;
  • 240 credit points (equivalent to 20 Units) of Core Paramedic studies;

Students will have the opportunity to complete two (2) specialist units in third year, as follows:

  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of Specialist Paramedic studies.

In the final third year, Students will have the option of completing HIP3001 Interprofessional Practice in either Semester 1 or 2, or alternatively, HFB3200 Pinnacle Venture in Semester 2.

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(HFB3134 is a Capstone Unit)

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Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) such as HLT51015 Diploma of Paramedic Sciences, or its equivalent, may apply for Advanced Standing and will be considered for entry into HBPD Bachelor of Paramedicine. Inherent requirements must be met.
  • Year 12: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in any other English.
  • Mature: Non year 12 applicants may make a direct application to the University. Applicants should provide an overview and verifiable documentation of their entire educational history. Applicants must complete and submit a Personal Statement. Applicants must include details of their interest in the course and any relevant work experience. Applicants should demonstrate an understanding of the pre-hospital profession and the role of the paramedic in their Personal Statement and their application. Inherent requirements must be met.
  • Other: All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Paramedicine degree will be required to undergo an annual National Police Check, a Working with Children Check (valid for 5 years), a medical check and a physical capacity test. Additionally, they must have vaccination documentation and a serology report that satisfies industry requirements before commencing placements in the clinical practice units of study. Annual police checks via Fit2Work and Working with children checks need to be completed prior to census date of Semester 1 of each year throughout the program. Prospective and continuing students should be aware that not passing relevant police checks and a Working with Children check may restrict access to placements necessary for graduation. inherent requirements must also be met.

    Applicants who do not meet the normal admission requirements in categories described above (i.e. Senior Secondary, International, TAFE/VET or Mature Age) but who possess appropriate educational qualifications, work or life experiences which would enable them to successfully undertake the course, will be considered for admission.

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