Bachelor of Paramedic Science
CQUniversity - Cairns

Course outline

Fully accredited by the Council of Ambulance Authorities, the Bachelor of Paramedic Science qualifies students as a paramedic. Students learn from experienced lecturers and build their capability in emergency treatment and paramedic care through exceptional learning experiences. These experiences include practical laboratory exercises, high-fidelity simulations, case-based learning, and enhanced work-integrated learning opportunities. Students complete three clinical placements, totalling a minimum of 600 hours of clinical experience. Students develop foundation knowledge in sciences, human body systems, study and research skills and paramedic practice. Study focuses on disease processes and emergency treatment, and includes practical placements in paramedic care, enabling students to graduate work ready and highly sought after by employers. For more course information, visit Bachelor of Paramedic Science.


Some units throughout this course may be delivered by a combination of on-campus study, workshops, residential schools and online study.

Other requirements

Throughout this course, students are required to undertake a minimum of 15 weeks (600 hours) of compulsory off-campus clinical placements with a state or territory ambulance service. Students will be required to meet security and health requirements prior to undertaking clinical placements.
The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a work-integrated-learning placement for this course.  For full course requirements, visit courses at CQUniversity.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for CQUniversity and for this course, refer to CQUniversity’s website.


English, Literature, English and Literature Extension or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 and 4, C); Completion of Year 12 or attained age 17 years

Fixed closing date

Please refer to the fixed closing dates webpage Fixed Closing Dates

Recommended study
Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); Biology or Chemistry (Units 3 & 4, C).
Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

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Highest Rank to receive an offer

Median Rank to receive an offer

Lowest Rank to receive an offer

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ATAR/Selection Rank including adjustment factors




Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

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Higher education study

Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

Work and life experience

Recent secondary education

Recent secondary education admitted solely on the basis of ATAR/Rank

Admitted where both ATAR/Rank and additional criteria were considered

Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR/Rank was not a factor

International students

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue a role as a health professional in emergency medicine and retrieval. They may also find employment opportunities in private paramedic services supporting mines, industry and the resource sector.

Course Code
Start Date
Offer rounds
CSP/$8016 (1st year contribution)
Level of Qualification
Bachelor degree
Study Area
Health and Recreation
Study Mode
Full time, Part time
Course Duration

3 years Full time or 6 years Part time

Cairns & Far North Queensland