Are you passionate about helping people in their time of need? Do you thrive under pressure? If so, a career as a paramedic could be for you. As a first-line responder in the most critical of circumstances, you will work in a dynamic and highly rewarding career that makes a profound difference in people’s lives. As the only dedicated paramedicine degree in New South Wales carrying full accreditation with the Council of Ambulance Authorities, CSU’s Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to work in emergency care settings across the globe, from outback Australia to the heart of London. Delivered by nationally and internationally renowned leaders in paramedic education, CSU’s course also features international study opportunities where you can gain unique insights, skills, and experiences that will ultimately enhance your competitiveness in the workforce. Study on campus at Bathurst or Port Macquarie and benefit from CSU’s state-of-the-art simulation facilities and comprehensive program of work placements. Or, if you’re already employed as a paramedic or medic in the Army, Navy or Air Force, you can conveniently study online.
Why study this course?
Reasons to study paramedicine with CSU: Australia's first paramedicine degree
- Reputation for excellence – CSU was Australia’s first provider of a paramedicine degree and has a proud history of producing high-quality paramedicine graduates with excellent employment outcomes
- Exceptional educators with alliances across the globe – CSU academics are international leaders in the field, bringing diverse overseas experiences to the curriculum, while also maintaining close ties with the largest ambulance service in Australia, NSW Ambulance
- Outstanding facilities on and off campus – Not only will you benefit from CSU’s state-of-the-art simulation facilities and equipment on campus at Bathurst or Port Macquarie; you’ll also undertake supported work placements, enabling you to learn directly from practicing paramedics in real-life emergency care settings
- Quality learning support – Benefit from smaller class sizes and personalized support, including continual contact with university educators throughout work placements
- Graduate employment outcomes—CSU graduates are highly sought after in ambulance services and most are working in their chosen field within a year of graduation.
What will I learn?
CSU prepares you to work effectively in an emergency ambulance and out-of-hospital healthcare environments in regional, remote and urban settings. You will develop skills in clinical procedures such as advanced trauma and cardiac life support, stroke management and airway management including endotracheal intubation, laryngeal mask airways, and cricothyroidotomy. Throughout the course, you will learn to care for critically ill patients, as well as learning to effectively engage and care for obstetric, geriatric, pediatric and special needs patients. The course provides a strong focus on delivering community-based paramedicine, which includes integration with health providers in urban, rural and remote communities. Advanced life support for pediatric patients is also an important component of this course. You will learn both the principles and techniques of a major incident and mass casualty response. In addition, you will gain experience in major incident response principles through participation in simulated exercises. Beyond the clinical skills of being a paramedic, CSU’s course also helps you develop strategies for personal resilience to maintain your longevity in the industry. Recognising that learning does not finish at graduation, CSU also ensures students are equipped to educate themselves into the future – both to assess and embed new trends and technologies as they arise and to step forward and lead the evolution of the industry into the future. Australia's first paramedicine degree source: Lord, Bill, THE DEVELOPMENT OF A DEGREE QUALIFICATION FOR PARAMEDICS AT CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY, Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care (JEPHC), Vol.1, Issue 1-2, 2003
Upon graduation, you will be prepared to work as a paramedic in an emergency, ambulance and out-of-hospital healthcare environments in Australia and overseas. As paramedicine is a growing global career, employment opportunities occur in both advanced and developing countries. Employers include:
- state and territory ambulance services
- private and event paramedic services
- mining and natural resources sector emergency services
- defence forces
- international paramedic and emergency response services.
You may also progress to management or education roles in the field of paramedicine, working as a manager in a paramedic setting or providing training to other staff.
New South Wales Ambulance (NSWA) is a diverse organization, employing over 4,000 people in a range of areas, including front-line positions such as paramedics, operations center staff, flight nurses and patient transport officers and behind-the-scenes roles in communications, IT, payroll, workforce, public affairs and administration. A career with NSWA offers a range of employment opportunities for advancement and ongoing development. NSWA is unique in that it offers front-line staff the opportunity to specialize in diverse areas, such as Special Operations, Aeromedical Services, Snow Operations, Rapid Response, and Counter Disaster.
Other Ambulance services
Graduates of this course may also be eligible to seek employment in other Australian states and territories or overseas. For more information, visit:
- Ambulance Tasmania
- Ambulance Victoria
- SA Ambulance
- St John Ambulance Northern Territory
- St John Ambulance Western Australia
- Queensland Ambulance Service
- London Ambulance Service
- South East Coast Ambulance Service
- Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
The Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) course is accredited by the Council of Ambulance Authorities. CSU graduates are eligible for membership with Paramedics Australasia and the Australian and New Zealand College of Paramedicine.
Indicative ATAR 70.00
Assumed knowledge Assumed knowledge for the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) includes any two units of English, mathematics, and biology.
Mandatory competencies This course has mandatory competencies that must be passed to ensure satisfactory course completion. Applicants with health, medical or other conditions may be unable to complete these mandatory competencies and hence be ineligible to graduate from the course.
Special admission Special admission to the full-time course is available for mature aged students, educationally disadvantaged and others who are ineligible for ordinary admission as school leavers. The following indicators may be used to demonstrate potential:
- relevant work experience or community service, health care or first aid activities
- in the case of school leavers, a report on academic performance from the school principal
- performance in tests and examinations conducted by professionally recognized bodies
- participation in continuing education programs and/or staff development programs conducted by adult education agencies, consultancies, professional bodies or employers
- completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
- other activities which provide evidence of motivation to succeed in the course and an awareness of the demands of university study.
International applicants are required to complete the International Language Testing System (IELTS) achieving an overall score of 7.0 to be eligible for admission.
On campus, full-time: Standard CSU and UAC admission criteria apply. Assumed knowledge for the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) includes any two units of English, mathematics, and biology. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) will be required to obtain a National Police Certificate, have appropriate immunization status and hold a Senior First-Aid Certificate prior to enrolment in their first placement subject. This course has mandatory competencies that must be passed to ensure satisfactory course completion. Applicants with health, medical or other conditions may be unable to complete these mandatory competencies and hence be ineligible to graduate from the course.
Distance education, part-time: Entry to the distance offering of this course is restricted to applicants who are:
- Qualified paramedics employed full-time with an ambulance service and who have completed a minimum of 2 years service; OR
- Full-time medics with the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) who have completed the Basic Medical Assistance course and have 2 years post-qualification experience
Students entering the distance offering of the course will be granted credit for 9 subjects (80 points) relating to foundation paramedic clinical skills and to two of the three placement subjects. Once students have completed at least 4 years of employment with an ambulance service or 4 years post-completion of the Basic Medical Assistance course credit will be granted for the remaining placement subject (8 points). Total minimum credit is 88 points towards the 192 required to graduate. Additional credit may be granted for students who have training in excess of that listed above. Students are expected to remain employed in a paramedic or ADF medic role for the duration of the course. International entrants must have Academic IELTS with a minimum overall score of 7 and with no score below 6.5 in each of the individual skill areas.