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K89 Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science)

The Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science) prepares students for a dynamic healthcare environment. Inclusive of the public health, social, cultural and clinical aspects of paramedical science, this course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to deliver care within a range of clinical, policy and/or organisational contexts. This comprehensive course aims to prepare graduates to practice high quality paramedicine in a wide spectrum of healthcare and cultural settings and to lead Australian and international trends in healthcare provision.


Standard University admission requirements apply.



This course is available on Joondalup Campus.

The home campus for this course is Joondalup. However, those students studying in the employment linked model will be required to attend the nominated training facility. The units PST1101, PSP1106, PSP2102 and PSP3102 can be completed off campus, however if a suitable supervisor and or facility is not available attendance at Joondalup campus will be required.
This course is available by Full-time, or Part-time mode.
This course is available in the following modes of delivery - On-campus, Online, and Mixed.

Online with an on-campus attendance requirement.

The course can be studied entirely off campus when suitable agreements have been established to provide supervision of the practical components of the course. However if suitable supervisors and/or facilities are not available attendance at Joondalup campus will be required. In the absence of clinical placement settings, on campus intensive workshops will be provided to meet the learning outcomes of individual units.

This course requires 360 credit points (24 units) to complete. Students may complete this course in an employment model linked to a specific employer or through a standard degree model with a mixture of on and off campus modes of delivery.


Students studying external to Joondalup campus should be aware that some units may require on campus attendance at an intensive workshop or placement in or outside the normal semester periods if equivalent practicum is not available locally. The program relies on the goodwill of health agencies for the provision of clinical experience. Students will be required to attend during the hours established by the clinical agency and these may occur at times outside the identified semester weeks and clinical practice periods may change with minimal notice to students due to circumstances outside the control of the School.
Should paramedicine become a registered profession to meet the requirements of the universities reporting obligation to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), or any state registering body, names of students undertaking this course will be provided to AHPRA, for the purposes of student registration. For further information please see the AHPRA web site
To be able to undertake clinical practice and fulfil their duty of care, students are required to complete risk management protocols on commencement of the course and carry out amendments in subsequent semesters as appropriate. Risk management protocols include, but are not restricted to:

  • Certificate of National Police Clearance;
  • Current Manual Handling Certification - initial certification required plus annual renewal of certification - courses available via ECU provider;
  • Evidence of immunisation status as per the Department of Health schedule
  • MRSA clearance if worked in, or been admitted to, a health facility outside of Western Australia in the 12 months prior to enrolment;
  • Working with Children Check

Students will also be expected from their first year of study to initiate and develop a professional portfolio that maps their progression towards professional practice and the national paramedic competencies as articulated by the accrediting body. These can be found at


The required learning outcomes in some of the compulsory practical/applied practice units in this course may not be readily achievable or appropriate for persons with certain disabilities or medical conditions. Whilst the university will attempt to make such adjustments as is reasonably practical, all students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the course which as described above are linked to professional and industry competencies. You are strongly encouraged to discuss the requirements of the course with the course coordinator before you seek enrolment.

Semester 1
HST1124 Health Communication 15
SCH1101 Cultural Studies 15
SCH1134 Human Structure and Function 15
NST2106 Mental Health Problems and Disorders 15
Semester 2
PSP1106 Clinical Skills for Paramedical Practice 15
SCH1143 Systems Physiology 15
SCH1105 Introduction to Pharmacology 15
SCH3236 Pharmacology 15
PST1101 Introduction to Paramedical Practice 15
Summer School
PST1105 Disease States in Emergency Care 15
Semester 1
PST1102 Foundations of Paramedical Practice 15
PST2101 Foundations of Paramedical Practice 2 15
PSP2102 Paramedic Practicum 1 15
Semester 2
SCH2204 Pre Hospital Policy, Ethics and Legal Issues 15
PST2106 Pre-hospital Diagnostic Techniques 15
Summer Semester
PST3103 Trauma Studies for Paramedics 15
PSP3102 Hospital Practicum for Paramedics 15
Students in the Work Integrated Learning program for the Northern Territory must substitute NST3204 for PSP3102.
Semester 1
PST3106 Paediatric Studies for Paramedics 15
PSP3105 Clinical Practicum 3 15
PSP3101 Advanced Paramedical Practice 1 15
Semester 2
PST3210 Pre Hospital Perspectives in Emergency Management 15
HST2122 Health Research Methodology 15
PST3107 Obstetric Studies for Paramedics 15
Summer Semester
PSP3103 Advanced Paramedical Practice 2 15
PST3104 Medical Studies for Paramedics 15
Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes, Graduate Attributes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website:

Last Updated - Higher Education: 15/03/2013 VET: 20/05/2013