Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedicine)

  • Effective from: 2022
  • Approved Abbreviation: BHlthSc(Paramedic)
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 4669
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 079923D

This program applies to students who commenced in 2022 or later

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced. 

Commencement Year 2014 to 2021 - 4669.1 Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedicine)

Paramedics play an integral role in the health system, responding to emergencies involving patients with acute and sub-acute health problems in a range of diverse and uncontrolled settings. Paramedics provide unscheduled, out-of-hospital care to patients of all ages, dealing with health complaints that span the spectrum of illness and injury severity and complexity. This contemporary program has a strong evidence-based focus and uses innovative blended learning and assessment strategies, together with diverse clinical placements, to develop high level practical and clinical decision making skills. Completion of the program will enable you to work effectively as a paramedic in an ambulance service, the private paramedical industry, or the defence forces.

Note: This program involves a mandatory health and medical assessment that must be completed prior to enrolling in HLTH 1009 Paramedic Practice 1 offered in Spring Year 1, and undertaking the associated ambulance service clinical placement. Students who are unable to pass the assessment by the end of Autumn session in the first year of the program will be required to take a leave of absence pending re-assessment in the following year, or transfer to an alternative health science program such as 4656 Bachelor of Health Science.

Study Mode

Three years full-time

Program Advice

HealthSciences@westernsydney.edu.au

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Campbelltown Campus Full Time Internal Course Advice

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedicine) has been granted the status of an ‘approved course’ by the Paramedicine Board of Australia.

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Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this program that you must meet in order to complete your program and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this program online.

Inherent requirements

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the link below for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Admission

  • Assumed knowledge: any 2 units of English; Mathematics
  • Recommended studies: Biology; PDHPE

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International students currently completing an Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia, an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 must apply via UAC International.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements - NSW Health Legislative Pre-requisites

Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

To enrol in this program, students must meet Western Sydney University program requirements. To attend a health-related placement in this program, Special Legislative Requirements will be assessed from the first year of study.

Western Program Requirements

Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your program.

Special Requirements

Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements

To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your program, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

Please ensure that you

  1.  Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one
  2.  Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history
  3.  Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements
  4.  Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.

International students have additional requirements: the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
  • If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire program.
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire program - approved program providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • http://training.gov.au
  • Other non-health related requirements

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page (NSW students only)

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/learning_futures/home/placements_hub/placements_hub/student_compliance

 Special Requirements 

In clinical placement units, students must wear the Western Sydney University paramedicine uniform, which complies with NSW uniform requirements. This uniform will be purchased at the student’s expense.

Recommended Sequence

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
HLTH 1003 Introduction to Paramedicine 10
NATS 1009 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 10
PUBH 1006 Population Health and Society 10
HLTH 1010 Professional Health Competencies 10
 Credit Points40
2H session
HLTH 1009 Paramedic Practice 1 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
NATS 1010 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 10
COMM 1007 Communication in Health 10
HLTH 1012 Evidence in Health 10
 Credit Points30
Year 2
1H session
HLTH 2017 Paramedic Practice 2 10
HLTH 2009 Mental Health and Substance Abuse 10
 Credit Points20
Autumn session
PUBH 2005 Culture, Diversity and Health 10
NATS 2038 Pathophysiology 1 10
 Credit Points20
2H session
HLTH 2018 Paramedic Practice 3 10
HLTH 2015 Out-of-hospital Medical Care 1 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
NATS 2008 Clinical Pharmacology 10
BEHV 1014 Psychology and Health 10
 Credit Points20
Year 3
1H session
HLTH 3011 Obstetrics and Paediatrics 10
HLTH 3014 Paramedic Practice 4 10
 Credit Points20
Autumn session
HLTH 3012 Out-of-hospital Medical Care 2 10
HLTH 2024 Research Methods in Health 10
 Credit Points20
2H session
HLTH 3003 Clinical Leadership and Patient Safety 10
HLTH 3017 Traumatic and Environmental Emergencies 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
PUBH 3018 Professional Transition Project 10
HLTH 3018 Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care 10
 Credit Points20
 Total Credit Points240

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2021 or earlier.  

HLTH 1010 Professional Health Competencies
HLTH 1001 Foundations of Research and Evidence-based Practice
BIOS 2029 Pathophysiology 1
JUST 3005 Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care