Advanced Care Paramedics

Are you a Canadian Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) interested in bridging your diploma to a degree?

We award ACPs full recognition for prior learning and clinical experience. You’ll only study 8 subjects to complete your paramedicine degree.

You can study online, in your own time, with one of the world’s top online universities. We recognise your experience - there’s no need to travel to residential schools or undertake clinical placements.

Complete your degree in one year full-time or two years part-time, with support from our paramedic team based in Canada.

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  • About the degree

    Charles Sturt University's Bachelor of Paramedicine has a duration of 3 years full-time study and equates to a 3 year Bachelor of Science in Canada. This is something to keep in mind if you are considering continuing on with a master’s and/or doctoral studies.

    Graduates of Charles Sturt University can enrol directly into a number of our postgraduate degrees including the Master of Paramedicine and Master of Health Service Management.  Those who meet specified requirements can apply to the Bachelor of Science (Honours) as a fourth year of study.

  • Credit package

    The bridging degree is aimed at Advanced Care Paramedics (ACPs) who are licensed or registered and have 1-2 years ACP experience. This ensures that prospective students have both:

    • attended an accredited institution for their ACP diploma
    • a minimum amount of on road clinical experience.

    This experience is imperative as Canadian students will receive credit towards the practical aspects of the course, removing the requirement to travel to Australia to attend residential schools.

    Newly graduated ACPs who do not yet have clinical experience at the ACP level can enrol in the Bachelor of Paramedicine with the provision that they gain on road experience while studying and submit evidence of this after 1 year of full time employment.

    All ACPs who meet the criteria above will receive a standard credit package for the following subjects:

    BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology
    BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
    BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
    CLS103 Paramedic Community Internship
    CLS105 Foundations of Clinical Practice
    CLS106 Foundations of Trauma Practice
    CLS201 Introduction to Medical Emergencies
    CLS202 Life Span Health Issues and Paramedic Care
    CLS204 Clinical Placement and Authentic Learning 1
    CLS307 Transition to Paramedic Practice
    CLS311 Clinical Placement and Authentic Learning 2
    IKC100 Indigenous Health
    PHC101 Paramedic Professionalism and Communication

    In order to receive the credit package, you will need to submit the following evidence:

    1. Advanced Care Diploma and transcript
    2. Current registration or licence to practice
    3. Evidence of 1-2 years ACP experience (record of employment)

    It is not possible to award any other credit as this is the maximum allowable.

  • Subjects

    Advanced Care Paramedics who receive the credit package need to take the following 8 subjects to complete the degree:

    APS301 Pharmacology for Paramedics
    BMS317 Integrating Paramedic Medical Science
    BMS327 Integrating Paramedic Trauma Science
    CLS300 Advanced Cardiology and Paramedic Practice
    HSM202 The Dynamics of Health Care Practice
    NRS246 Emergency Care in Mental Health
    PHC190 Paramedic Law and Ethics
    PHC200 Health, Society & Paramedic Practice

    On successsfully completing these 8 subjects, students will be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Paramedicine.

  • Enrolment pattern

    The bridging degree pathway for Advanced Care Paramedics officially commences in Session 1 2020 (March).

    A typical enrolment pattern is for students to take 1 to 2 subjects per session. One option is presented below:

    Early entry – Single Subject Study:

    Year 1, Term 2 (202015) January –March

    NRS246 Emergency Care in Mental Health

    Standard Enrolment:

    Year 1, Session 1 (202030) March - June

    NRS246 Emergency Care in Mental Health
    BMS317 Integrating Paramedic Medical Science

    Year 1, Session 2 (202060) July - October

    BMS327 Integrating Paramedic Trauma Science

    Year 1, Session 3 (202090) November – February

    CLS300 Advanced Cardiology and Paramedic Practice

    Year 2, Session 1 (202130) March – June

    PHC200 Health, Society & Paramedic
    HSM202 The Dynamics of Health Care Practice

    Year 2, Session 2 (202160) July – October

    APS301 Pharmacology for Paramedics
    PHC190 Paramedic Law and Ethics

    Most Charles Sturt University online students are enrolled part-time, completing 2 subjects per session. ACP students commencing their degree in Session 1 (March) 2020 can therefore generally expect to complete their degree by November 2021.

  • Fees

    Canadian students are eligible for a reduce international fee and will pay $2175 AUD per subject. This rate applies to students who are accepted into the Bachelor of Paramedicine for Session 1, 2020. It also applies to single subjects studied from January 2020.

    Charles Sturt University reviews its fees annually.

  • Applying

    Commence in Session 1, 2020 (March)

    If you wish to start in March 2020, you need to submit an Undergraduate degree application using our online application portal.

    You will need to submit the following evidence:

    1. Advanced Care Diploma and transcript
    2. Current registration or licence to practice
    3. Evidence of 1-2 years ACP experience (record of employment)
  • Critical Care Paramedics

    If you are a Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) with education that extends beyond ACP, you may want to consider applying to postgraduate study rather than directly to the degree.

    Charles Sturt University can take into consideration the extent of an individual's clinical education to determine if they are eligible for a Graduate Certificate or Diploma pathway to our Master of Paramedicine degree.

    Canadian students are eligible for a reduce international fee and will pay $2175 AUD per subject.

    For more information please email our team.

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