Paramedic sciences

Paramedics are registered health professionals who provide emergency and non-emergency care for sick and injured people in highly varied out-of-hospital environments. They work for state-based ambulance services and private companies (e.g. mines/industry, event medical services and clinics), and enjoy careers in health service management, public health, or emergency and disaster management.

Being a paramedic involves interacting with people at some of the most vulnerable times in their life. They engage with a diverse range of people in the community across their lifespan (babies, children, adolescents, adults and the elderly). Paramedics need to be great communicators, think on their feet to solve complex clinical problems, be culturally safe, compassionate, professional and caring. They need to have a good understanding of how the body works (anatomy and physiology) as well as injury and disease processes (pathophysiology) and be up to date with current research to appropriately manage cases.

Our Bachelor of Paramedic Science and Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedic Science courses will provide you with the evidence-based knowledge, clinical skills and capabilities to enter the Paramedicine profession both in Australia and overseas. You will learn from highly experienced, registered paramedics and health professionals who have real world experience with state-based and overseas ambulance services, and the Australian Defence Force. Your studies include contributions from experienced on-road paramedics who assist with teaching the knowledge, skills and procedures essential for good paramedic management.

QUT has the longest running paramedic degree program in Queensland.

Key learning assets

The QUT paramedic sciences program has designated simulation and skills facilities, including:

  • High fidelity manikins
  • Contemporary paramedic equipment similar to that used by ambulance services
  • Mock ambulance pods
  • Confined space simulations involving injuries caused by compressive forces (crush injuries) and elderly people who have fallen in the bathroom
  • Medical Engineering Research Facility (MERF) for anatomical skills training

Students may also pursue road crash rescue simulation training with Queensland Ambulance and Queensland Fire and Rescue, and can volunteer to take part in pre-deployment and health related simulated activities with the Australian Defence Force.

Paramedic clinical placements

Our Bachelor of Paramedic Science course includes three clinical placements with the Queensland Ambulance Service where students undertake shift work as part of an operational paramedic crew in metropolitan or rural sites. Placements are each six weeks in length and include both day and night shifts.

Students also have access to other domestic and international placements and study tours. These highly competitive activities have included past placements in:

  • Indigenous communities, such as Murgon and Cherbourg
  • Mt Buller and New Zealand ski resort injury clinic operated by Medical Rescue
  • Canada, the USA, Vanuatu and the UK

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