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Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedicine)

Approved Abbreviation: BHlthSc(Paramedic)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4669.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 079923D

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.

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 course 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 course will enable you to work effectively as a paramedic in an ambulance service, the private paramedical industry, or the defence forces.

Note: This course involves a mandatory health and medical assessment that must be completed prior to enrolling in 401067 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 course will be required to take a leave of absence pending re-assessment in the following year, or transfer to an alternative health science degree such as 4656 Bachelor of Health Science.

Study Mode
Three years full-time

Course Advice

Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Campbelltown CampusFull TimeInternal See above

The Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedicine) has been granted provisional approval for accreditation from the Council of Ambulance Authorities.

Inherent requirements

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

Inherent requirements


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.

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 Prerequisites
All Students To be eligible to enrol in second semester units and attend a health-related placement in your course, students must meet Western Sydney University requirements and Special Legislative Requirements to be assessed in their first semester of study against the following 1. National Criminal History Check: Students must have a current (expiring 3 years from date of issue) check valid for their entire course Criminal history check must be an Australia wide check, include the student's full name matching their Student ID card and date of birth offences listed. If a student has a criminal history identified on their check, they must provide a Clinical Placement Authority Card (CPAC from the NSW HealthShare Employment Screening and Review Unit International students must additionally have a translated International Police Check or statutory declaration. 2. A NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter issued under the category of volunteer valid for their entire course. 3. A current approved first aid certificate valid for their entire course, approved provider courses can be found at 4. A completed vaccination/immunisation card with all serology results containing expiry dates and currency must be maintained by the compliance for their entire course. 5. NSW Undertaking/Declaration form 6. Completed any additional health forms required (such as NSW Health Code of Conduct, Health Student Undertaking/Declaration and Assessment Tool) 7. Relevant Local Health District specific documentation as requested. Contact your School for further details. Resources are also available on the Placement Hub website: 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.

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 course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

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

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website 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

Course Structure

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

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

401066Introduction to Paramedicine
400868Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
400870Population Health and Society
400871Professional Health Competencies

2H session

401067Paramedic Practice 1

Spring session

400869Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
400863Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice
400732Communication in Health

Year 2

1H session

401068Paramedic Practice 2
401095Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Autumn session

400866Culture, Diversity and Health
401407Pathophysiology 1

Note: Unit 401407 Pathophysiology replaces 400138 Pathophysiology from Autumn 2020.

2H session

401073Paramedic Practice 3
401074Out-of-hospital Medical Care 1

Spring session

400981Clinical Pharmacology
101614Psychology and Health

Year 3

1H session

401072Obstetrics and Paediatrics
401069Paramedic Practice 4

Autumn session

401096Out-of-hospital Medical Care 2
400864Research Methods (Quantitative and Qualitative)

2H session

401097Clinical Leadership and Patient Safety
401071Traumatic and Environmental Emergencies

Spring session

400786Professional Transition Project
401408Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care

Note: Unit 401408 Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare replaces 400249 Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare from Autumn 2020.

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