As a paramedic, nothing is more important than staying calm and focused in a chaotic situation. We prepare you for life on the job by teaching in a variety of settings including on-campus ambulances and simulated emergency situations, and placements in real ambulance services and hospital settings.
Your time with us is about more than finding a career. It’s also about discovering new places and experiences. As a student, you can complete part of your degree overseas, and you’ll also get access to a range of international community engagement projects, like assisting an ambulance service in East Timor.
As a graduate you’ll be eligible to work as a paramedic with an emergency ambulance service in Australia, as well as some international ambulance and health organisations. And with further study, you can go on to become an intensive-care paramedic, clinical instructor, ambulance service manager, flight paramedic, special operations team rescue paramedic, and more.
Explore the range of courses that we offer at acu.edu.au/courses. If you don’t meet the state-based requirements for entry into your degree, don’t panic. There are various ways to get into ACU. Explore our pathways to get started.
Dr Paul Fulbrook is Professor of Nursing at ACU. He also holds a joint appointment as Nursing Director, Research and Practice Development at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane where he leads the Nursing Research and Practice Development Centre.
Within the critical care context he has widely published, spoken at many international and national conferences, and is currently involved with several research projects in intensive care and emergency care.
“There’s a lot of practical work at ACU, which I really enjoy. Our placements are out on the road with ambulances. There’s definitely that adrenalin rush when you go to something you’ve never seen before.
But the way in which these situations can be calmed down appeals to me. The calmer it is, the better the outcome. I like the problem-solving part of paramedicine and the ability to have an immediate impact. Treatment isn’t always about giving drugs or stopping the bleeding. Being supportive is treatment in itself.”
Books, fees, living expenses — costs can be a factor when considering study. But it shouldn’t stop you from pursuing your goals.
Luckily, we offer a range of scholarships to commencing and continuing students recognising everything from rewarding academic achievement to supporting equality. And with nearly 400 scholarships on offer, and the opportunity to apply for as many as you like, it pays to check your eligibility.
If you regularly volunteer in your community — through your school, workplace, community organisation, or cultural or religious group — you could be eligible for our Early Achievers’ Program. If successful, you’ll receive an offer as early as August, and benefit from opportunities to enhance your leadership and volunteering skills while studying with us.