Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedicine)

Approved Abbreviation: BHlthSc(Paramedic)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4669.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 079923D

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

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

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).

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

Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

Students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.

Western Course Requirements

Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your course

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 course, 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 course.
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire course - approved course providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • Other non-health related requirements

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page

Special Requirements Prerequisites
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
401396Professional Competencies in Health

Note: Unit 401396 Professional Competencies in Health replaces 400871 Professional Health Competencies from Autumn 2021

2H session

401067Paramedic Practice 1

Spring session

400869Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
400732Communication in Health
401383Evidence in Health

Note: Unit 401383 Evidence in Health replaces 400863 Foundations of Research and Evidence-based Practice from Autumn 2021

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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