Course essentials

VU course code:
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.

Duration:
3 years
Intake:
2018: February
CRICOS:
092160M
Fees:
2018: A$13,000 per semester
Additional resources may need to be purchased in order to successfully undertake this course. These include clinical attire (2 polo shirts, 2 pairs pants and closed toe non slip shoes, protective, hard hat, paramedic emergency response uniform) (A$400), a stethoscope (A$70), a sphygmomanometer (A$120), a torchlight (A$10) and medical / police checks (A$220).

Begin a challenging and rewarding career as a paramedic with a Bachelor of Paramedicine from VU.

You will gain the skills, knowledge and techniques to treat patients in out-of-hospital care. You will be able to manage all aspects of the needs of paramedic patients (physical, psychological, social). This course will prepare you to be sensitive to issues in diverse communities and treat patients accordingly.

Our paramedicine degree is held in very high regard in the industry for its hands-on approach. You will learn through practical scenarios and clinical placements, and also gain a solid understanding of theory.

VU graduates are compassionate and highly capable professionals. Studying at VU will prepare you for the real world of emergency health.

Paramedic clinical placement: hands-on learning

A key part of your paramedic course will be spending time in ambulances, observing and assisting as part of your paramedic clinical placements. You will gain direct practical experience as a real paramedic under a clinical supervisor within Ambulance Victoria. These placements will provide you with confidence and a competitive advantage in the workforce.

Some of your 360 hours clinical-placement experience will be completed in a high-fidelity simulation suite.

Specialised paramedicine facilities

In our laboratories, you can practise your new skills in a safe environment. You will learn through simulation scenarios where you will role play, acting out realistic emergency responses. Our strong partnership with Ambulance Victoria keeps our teaching methods up-to-date and relevant.

Our state-of-the-art facilities include:

  • clinical practice rooms
  • self-directed learning laboratories
  • life-like mannequin technology
  • simulation suites.

Ambulance Authorities Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Council of Ambulance AuthoritiesA Bachelor of Paramedicine from an accredited university is the only qualification accepted by Ambulance Victoria.

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Careers

Working as a paramedic is demanding but rewarding. Paramedicine is a competitive sector. VU graduates have the practical skills, knowledge and personal attributes to gain employment in this field.

Potential employers include:

  • ambulance services worldwide
  • rural and remote paramedic practice
  • non-emergency patient transport.

Employment for ambulance officers and paramedics to 2020 is expected to grow strongly (Job Outlook). You’ll also have work opportunities interstate and overseas. Many of our graduates have secured positions in countries such as the United Kingdom.

Example job titles include:

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

Salary for paramedics

A first year paramedic in Victoria can expect a salary of $58,000. A first year advanced life support paramedic in Victoria can expect a salary of $72,000 (State Government statement).

Although it varies by state, the average annual salary of an ambulance officer or paramedic in Australia is $71,708 (JobOutlook).

 

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 attain HBPD Bachelor of Paramedicine students will be required to complete 288 credit points consisting of:

  • 48 credit points of Core College studies;
  • 240 credit points of Core Paramedic studies;

 

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

  • 24 credit points 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.

First Year Core units

Year 2

Semester 1:

Semester 2:

Year 3

Semester 1:

(HFB3134 is a Capstone Unit)

Select either ONE (1) of the following units:

OR:

Semester 2:

(HFB3226 is a Capstone Unit)

Select either ONE (1) of the following units:

OR:

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

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: Completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum of 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma). Inherent requirements must be met.
  • Year 12: 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.
  • International: Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including at least one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics OR Completion of an Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) PLUS IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6 with no band less than 6.0
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course. 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.

English language requirements

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), 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.

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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If you have questions about your application, you can:

Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

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