Bachelor of Paramedicine

Program code

1533

Available at

Nathan

Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt

Logan

South Bank

Online

Offshore

Other

Duration

2.5 years full-time
3 years full-time from 2020 intake

Credit points

240

Indicative fee

$9,359.00* per year (more)
* 2019 indicative annual CSP fee

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Entry requirements

2

OP 2019

97

Rank 2019 (more)

Offered in

Trimester 1

Prerequisites

  • English (4SA)
  • One of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths B (4SA)

Assumed knowledge

Nil

Why choose this program?

You will be prepared to work as a paramedic in a range of traditional and non-traditional settings. You will gain clinical decision-making, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and will learn about human body systems, paramedic practice, emergency treatment of disease and response to trauma.

You will also develop strong practical skills through clinical simulation delivered through Griffith's extensive range of simulation facilities and will complete a range of clinical placements to enhance your professional practice.

Honours is available through an additional year of study.

Attendance information

The Bachelor of Paramedicine is a three-year degree offered full-time on-campus at the Gold Coast. Intensive teaching periods and online course content will be available.

The Bachelor of Paramedicine will run over three trimesters in Year 1; Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 only in Years 2 and 3; and students will be able to graduate at the end of Year 3.

As a full-time student, you will generally attend 15-20 hours of scheduled classes per week throughout the trimester.

In this program, you will spend time in a variety of clinical situations undertaking unpaid placements at various locations. This will primarily occur in Trimester 3 of Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3.

Compulsory clinical placements begin in Year 1 and are included in all three years of the program. Students will need to be available for these placements as they are part of the program. For the ambulance placements, these will be six weeks full-time and encompassing shift work that could include day, afternoon, night and weekend shifts. Students must complete all of the QAS mandatory requirements for clinical placement, as outlined below, in order to continue in the program. Students who do not fulfil these mandatory requirements will be required to exit the program and/or transfer to an alternative program.

Managing study interruptions

Leave of Absence
A student may notify the University of their intention to discontinue enrolment and may at the same time request leave of absence for a period of up to four trimesters. A managed leave of absence without academic penalty will be afforded to students that find it necessary to take leave during the course of the program. A request for leave of absence will be accepted and noted on the student's academic record except where the period of absence would not allow the student sufficient time to complete the program within the maximum period for obtaining credit.

Readmission
At the end of the period of leave of absence the student is required to re-enrol in the program. If the student fails to enrol by the due date, the student's enrolment in the program will be terminated.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning activities (professional placements) integrate theoretical learning with its application in the workplace. The inclusion of work-integrated learning activities in the degree program demonstrates Griffith's commitment to preparing its graduates for success in their working life.

In this program, you will spend time in a variety of clinical situations undertaking unpaid placements at various locations. This will primarily occur in Trimester 3 of Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3.

Compulsory clinical placements begin in Year 1 and are included in all three years of the program. Students will need to be available for these placements as they are part of the program. For the ambulance placements, these will be six weeks full-time and encompassing shift work that could include day, afternoon, night and weekend shifts. Students must complete all of the QAS mandatory requirements for clinical placement, as outlined below, in order to continue in the program. Students who do not fulfil these mandatory requirements will be required to exit the program and/or transfer to an alternative program.

My career opportunities

Graduates of this degree will be able to apply for employment as a graduate level paramedic within Australia (following registration) and a number of other countries. Other careers areas may also include the military, mining and other commercial paramedic opportunities.

Program accreditation

The Bachelor of Paramedicine program is accredited by the Paramedicine Board of Australia.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Bachelor of Paramedicine program will be eligible to apply for registration as a Paramedic with the Paramedicine Board of Australia via the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) subject to meeting any additional requirements that may be stipulated by the Paramedicine Board of Australia. As these requirements may change from time to time, students should contact AHPRA to confirm registration requirements.

Graduates will also be eligible to become a member of Paramedics Australasia (PA) and/or the Australian and New Zealand College of Paramedicine.

Before I enrol

  • Criminal history check
  • First aid certificate and CPR Certificates
  • Immunisation and Health Record
  • Manual drivers licence (desirable)
  • Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) medical assessment
  • Working with children check (Blue Card)

Professional placements

  • Griffith University Health and Safety Induction
  • Griffith University Student Deed Poll
  • New South Wales Health placement requirements (including mandatory training)
  • Queensland Health placement requirements

There are placements associated with this program. Students should refer to the checklist of pre-placement and placement requirements for their Health discipline on the Fit for Placement website for full details of the requirements regarding clinical placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.

Note: In the event that there is a difference between the contents published on the Fit for Placement website and the program-specific information published on the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses websites, or where information published on the Fit for Placement website is not in accordance with University Policy, the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses website contents and University Policy shall override the information on the Fit for Placement website.

Pathways to further study

You will receive excellent training for entry into the Doctor of Medicine (5099). You will develop knowledge and skills in paramedicine and clinical sciences and understand how they can be applied to medicine, research and healthcare services.

Commonwealth supported students

  • The fee is indicative of an annual full-time load (80 credit points) in a program categorized to one of the Australian Government's three broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students

These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:

  • Full-fee paying domestic students who commenced their program prior to 2009.
  • International students who have been approved to pay domestic tuition fees after obtaining Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency or a permanent humanitarian visa and who have not obtained a Commonwealth supported place.
Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying undergraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Paramedicine (1533)

Year of study Fee category/Band Fee per CP Tuition fee 80cp
2019 Fee Band 32.5 $406.25 $32,500.00
FEE-HELP

Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.

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