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Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Paramedic Studies

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Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Paramedic Studies

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CSU's Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Paramedic Studies equips graduates with the knowledge, skills and clinical judgement to successfully enter the role of an intensive care paramedic.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Paramedic Studies was developed in consultation with ambulance industry representatives from NSW and other states and territories to meet Australia's growing need for paramedics with formal postgraduate qualifications in intensive care.

    This course has been structured to provide opportunities for ambulance officers and paramedics working in Australian ambulance services to undertake the education and training required to successfully practice as intensive care paramedics.

    The course aims to:

    • enable paramedics to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and values relevant to the provision of intensive care
    • provide opportunities for the personal and professional development of paramedics working in the pre-hospital environment
    • provide students with the professional foundation to appreciate the linkages between the emergency medical system and the delivery of pre-hospital care
    • develop critical thinking necessary to provide evidence-based judgement in the field of pre-hospital emergency medical care.

    Upon completion of the course, graduates will be able to:

    • deliver the specific skills and competencies necessary in intensive care paramedic practice
    • provide clinical leadership and practice
    • expand the capacity for professional reflective practice in the field.

    If you do not have recent study experience, it is strongly recommended that only a single subject is taken in the first session of enrolment and that a number of STUDY LINK (non award) subjects be utilised to develop the important academic skills for success. Please consult the Course Coordinator in the first instance if you have any concerns about your enrolment pattern. For more information phone info.csu on 1800 334 733 or make an online enquiry.

    Articulation agreements

    The course will facilitate articulation with other postgraduate programs, such as the Master of Health Services Management.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    This Graduate Certificate is a 32-point course comprising:

    Core subjects

    24 points of core subjects, as follows:

    PHC401 Paediatrics for Pre-Hospital Care
    PHC402 Pre-Hospital Advanced trauma and Cardiac Care (16 points)

    Restricted electives

    plus 8 points of restricted elective subjects chosen from the following:

    HLT511 Clinical Judgement and Decision Making
    HSM409 Epidemiology and Public Health
    NRS523 Rural Health Practice
    PHC410 Paramedicine as a Discipline

    Enrolment pattern

    Part-time Distance Education study

    Session 1 (S1)

    PHC402 Pre-hospital Advanced Trauma and Cardiac Care (16)

    Session 2 (S2)

    PHC401 Paediatrics for Pre-hospital Care
    [ ] Elective

  • Admission information

    Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic), an equivalent qualification with the potential to practice in an ambulance service or in the event of lacking a degree-level qualification have considerable approved industry experience and be sponsored by an ambulance service. Non-degree level entrants may be counselled to undertake foundation studies drawn from the existing Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) program.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPPGYYNOSPS
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPOSYYNJSCB

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 32 points (three subjects).

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

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    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School

    The School of Biomedical Sciences

    The School of Biomedical Sciences provides students with an opportunity to engage in high quality learning experiences in the areas of clinical practice (paramedic), clinical science, health science and medical science. School staff are well known for both quality teaching and research, a combination that ensures students receive not only a quality education, but a connection to job opportunities in industry and commerce, the professions, and the public sector. Research programs are diverse, providing an exciting environment for graduate studies – where students are exposed to cutting-edge research in a range of disciplines. The School delivers courses across five CSU campuses at Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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