This course is only available to Australian citizens or permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens


Guide to entry thresholds

OP 7

Rank 86

Course information set

  • Gain extensive experience with Queensland Ambulance Service – first placement begins in first year.
  • Study anatomy and physiology of the human body, pathology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and clinical practice.
  • Participate in scenario-based training alongside other emergency service providers.
  • For health graduates: consider the Bachelor of Paramedic Science – Graduate Entry.
QTAC course code425592
QUT course code CS43
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2019 February

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Faculty of Health
Course contact
  • Paramedic

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Paramedics provide rapid, emergency medical response and specialised transportation to the community. The role of a paramedic is varied, and each day a paramedic may respond to a number of call outs. Not all of these will be emergencies, as a paramedic’s work also consists of non-life threatening cases, transporting elderly patients and patients who have scheduled hospital treatments.

Why choose this course?

This course was Queensland’s first degree in paramedic science and our established partnerships ensure you will complete extensive placements with the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS). Your first placement begins at the end of your first year of study. We offer placements in metropolitan and regional centres throughout Queensland, as well as opportunities to travel overseas and work on shift with paramedics in other ambulance services. In recent years our students have travelled to China, the United Kingdom, and Vanuatu.

QUT students develop leadership skills and learn how to manage critical situations under pressure with scenario-based training alongside other emergency service providers, including the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service and the Australian Army.

On campus, you will learn in facilities that feature life-sized ambulance simulators, human patient simulators, and multi-casualty sites that imitate a building collapse, car accident or explosion. You will develop an appreciation of anatomical variability, pathology and effective medical communication with the opportunity to work with cadaveric material.

Career outcomes

Graduates may be employed as an ambulance paramedic with the QAS, and national and international agencies. They may complete further study for a career as a critical care paramedic or for careers in health service management, public health, or emergency and disaster management.

Double degrees

Expand your career opportunities even further by pairing this degree with one in nursing.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Council of Ambulance Authorities and graduates are eligible for membership with Paramedics Australasia and the Australian and New Zealand College of Paramedicine.

Course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them. Some of these requirements have associated costs.

Blue card: You must undergo a criminal history check for working with children and be issued with a suitability card (blue card) before commencing clinical placement/practicum in an organisation where they may work with children or young people.

The processing of your application may take several months so you must submit your blue card application to HiQ as early as possible to ensure you have your card before you begin any unit that requires contact with children. There is no charge for student blue cards. Students who already have a blue card must register it with QUT.

Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

International student entry

This course is not available for entry to international students.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 7

Rank 86

Course information set

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.


2019: CSP $9,100 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

View all undergraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Paramedic Science

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (425592) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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After you've submitted your application to QTAC

If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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