Paramedics play an integral role in the health system, responding to acute and sub-acute health problems in a range of diverse and uncontrolled settings. Paramedics provide unscheduled care to patients of all ages, dealing with health complaints that span across the spectrum of illness and injury severity and complexity. They are frequently required to interact with primary care or community allied health professionals, contributing to the inter-professional care of patients in the out-of-hospital setting. Western Sydney University's paramedicine program has been developed to provide you with the requisite skills, knowledge, and understanding that will enable you to function effectively as a paramedic in a government ambulance service or in the private paramedicine industry. A strong focus is placed on contemporary and emerging models of paramedicine, expanded scopes of paramedic practice, and clinical decision making. The course uses an evidence-based practice approach, combined with innovative flexible learning and assessment strategies, to prepare you for a diverse and successful career in paramedicine. The Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedicine) is a fully accredited course with the Council of Ambulance Authorities.
In the second and third year, our students undertake a total of three months of supervised clinical practice with an emergency ambulance service in NSW or ACT, in rural or metropolitan locations. These placements occur in three blocks of between 3-5 weeks and involve weekend and shift work. Students are responsible for all travel and accommodation arrangements and costs associated with mandatory placements. Opportunities for international clinical placements exist for eligible students. Additional short-duration placements will be undertaken in the private paramedicine industry, emergency departments, and in community and primary health care.
Career opportunities for Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedicine)
State-based ambulance service paramedic
Paramedics are most commonly employed by state-based government ambulance services. Paramedics play an integral role in health systems, responding to incidents 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 and deal with health complaints that span the spectrum of illness and injury severity and complexity. Graduates employed by state-based ambulance services can undertake further study in specialist paramedic roles including Intensive Care Paramedicine, Extended Care Paramedicine, Community Paramedicine, Special Operations Paramedicine, Paramedic Education, and Research.
Private sector industrial paramedic
Industrial paramedics work in the private paramedicine industry providing medical and primary health care in diverse industries including entertainment and events, mining and construction, sports and recreation, public mass events and gatherings, and remote area
- 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 must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).
- Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International 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 applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney 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.
Special Requirements Prerequisites
In order to enroll in Second Semester First Year units, all students must have:
1. National Criminal Record Check (National Police Certificate),
2. Prohibited Employment Declaration Form prior to 1st June 2010 or a Working with Children Check Student Declaration after 1st June 2010.
3. First Aid Certificate (including cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
Clinical placements are a mandatory component of this course. To be eligible for clinical placements, students must;
1. Comply with NSW Health vaccination requirements and be prepared to submit a completed Adult Immunisation Card to placement institutions. NSW Health can provide details of necessary vaccinations.
2. Receive a clearance from an authorized Western Sydney University-approved provider after successfully completing a health/medical/fitness assessment as prescribed by the University.
3. Students must also comply with the NSW Health Records and Information Privacy Act (2004) and complete a relevant declaration. 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.