Practice through placements
'QUT's Bachelor of Paramedic Science offers three six-week placements with the option to travel overseas in your third year. The domestic placements serve as long 'job interviews' and help you to build industry connections while working as part of an ambulance crew to cultivate and consolidate what you've learned in class. I gained experience with pre-hospital births, high-velocity trauma, and multi-system medical cases. In my final year I had the privilege of travelling to Washington USA, for a three-week placement, where I experienced the emergency medical services system across various cities. I did ride-alongs with ambulance services, fire services, and even helicopter and fixed wing flight care services.'
'Living and working in London is awesome, and I love how close Europe is. Being a paramedic is challenging and QUT helped me get here. With real world courses and hands-on training - that made a real difference.'
QUT and Australian Army joint exercise
'What I love about studying this degree is we get lots of hands on experience right from day one. These learning opportunities equip us with the hands-on skills that we need to be job ready.'Abbey
Annual Trauma Week
Every year for over ten years running, QUT paramedic students converge on Whyte Island to work with the Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Fire and Rescue participating in crash rescue simulations. Through this hands-on, collaborative training, students apply the skills they have developed at QUT to scenarios that they are likely to face as paramedics in the real world.
Paramedics work in diverse settings and often have to make quick decisions about patient care. One situation they may face is working with assistance dogs when their owner is injured or in need of emergency help. Assistance dogs are specially trained to help people in their daily lives with a wide range of issues, from visual and hearing impairment to adults and children with autism and those experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, so it is vital that QUT paramedic students build capability in working in situations where assistance dogs are present.