Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Paramedicine

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This double degree will allow you to graduate with two qualifications. Not only will you gain the skills and knowledge needed to become a registered nurse but you will also gain the ability to work as a paramedic. The Bachelor of Nursing is known for producing adaptable, safe and ethical nurses - in fact, more nurses graduate from ACU than anywhere else in Australia. We use learner-centred approaches including case studies and situation-based learning to enhance students' experiences as well as their readiness for the workplace. The Bachelor of Paramedicine will teach you how to analyse situations and react appropriately, whether it's a cardiovascular emergency or dealing with someone in trauma. As a graduate, you will be qualified to work in a wide range of careers, such as a: aged care nursing; community nursing; medical dispatcher; medical/surgical nursing; paramedic. With further study, qualified paramedics can become intensive-care paramedics (ICPs), team leaders or special operations team (SOT) rescue paramedics. Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine students will also gain valuable practical experience in a range of health care environments. You may also take up the opportunity to engage with communities overseas and gain unique educational and cultural experiences working in care facilities in developing countries.

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent. ACT Assumed knowledge: Nil; QLD Prerequisites: English (4, SA); VIC Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.


320 credit points. Clinical experience forms an integral part of the course. Students will undertake six units of nursing practice and three units of Paramedicine practice in a variety of health care environments.

Subjects you can Study:

Nursing; Paramedicine

Study Pathways:

An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.75, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) or Bachelor of Paramedicine (Honours). The Faculty of Health Sciences offers a suite of postgraduate coursework degrees in nursing and paramedicine. Nursing specialties include mental health nursing, clinical nursing, clinical education, health administration as well as leadership and management in health care.

Further information:

Graduates can pursue a range of careers in Australia and overseas as, medical dispatcher, medical/surgical nurse, paediatric nurse, paramedic, aged care nurse, community care nurse, clinical supervisor or clinical educator. With further study, qualified paramedics can become intensive-care paramedics (ICPs), team leaders or special operations team (SOT) rescue paramedics.


Eligible graduates can apply for registration as a nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Please refer to the Registration Standards for Nursing and Midwifery on the AHPRA website. From late 2018, paramedics must be registered with the Paramedicine Board of Australia and meet the Board's registration standards in order to practice in Australia. Please refer to the registration information on the AHPRA website. Paramedicine programs at ACU are accredited nationally.

Related Careers:

Nurse - Registered, Paramedic,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Ballarat (Aquinas) 65.75 No Full time 4 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) 65.75 No Part time 8 years
Ballarat (Aquinas) 65.75 No Part time 8 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) 65.75 No Full time 4 years
Canberra (Signadou) 65.75 No Part time 8 years
Canberra (Signadou) 65.75 No Full time 4 years
Australian Catholic University (ACU) commenced operation on 1 January 1991. The University has seven campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney (2 campuses) and teaches courses throughout Australia and overseas. The University was formed by the amalgamation of four Catholic institutions of higher education in eastern Australia, and is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (Australian Catholic University Ltd).

ACU is a public university open to all, a Table A listed higher education provider under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the International Federation of Catholic Universities. The University is a member of Universities Australia (formerly the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee).

The three foundation Faculties are Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health Sciences. The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy commenced operation on 1 January 2009 and the Faculty of Business commenced operation on 1 January 2010.

ACU graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia. ACU students undertake work experience throughout their studies, with many students finding jobs using their professional skills even before they have graduated.

ACU's small friendly campuses, small class sizes (student to teacher ratio of 18.5:1), easy access to teaching staff and outstanding student support services allows students to achieve their full potential.

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