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  • Objectives
    The multidisciplinary course is designed to equip students with generic skills necessary for employment in the health industry and prepare them for the increasingly complex context of health care. Learning outcomes It prepares students for a variety of roles, particularly in the areas of advanced life support (paramedic), disability, health administration/management, health education/promotion, the life sciences, nutrition and occupational health and safety.
  • Entry requirements
    Domestic students Prerequisites: None You can qualify for undergraduate courses through: * year 12 qualifications * mature age entry (STAT) * TAFE/VET qualifications * higher education transfers. Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes. Additional requirements: Applicants are required to: * undertake a medical and a physical examination. These same tests are required prior to students participating in compulsory clinical placements. * undergo a police check before their clinical placements. International Students English language requirements In addition: * completion of a recognised Foundation Studies program or * a relevant recognised vocational EMT/Paramedic qualification. Additional requirements: Applicants are required to: * undertake a medical and a physical examination. These same tests are required prior to students participating in compulsory clinical placements * undergo a police check before their clinical placements.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Health Sciences (Paramedic)
  • Course description
    The Bachelor of Health Sciences (Paramedic) is for people seeking a career as a paramedic officer.

    The program contains mainly compulsory core topics and has been developed to ensure the community receives optimum care in health emergencies from paramedics able to manage all situations in a manner consistent with best practice.

    The introduction of a broad-based program at university level is part of a move to ensure that all paramedic officers have the skills, knowledge and attitudes to enable them to provide emergency pre-hospital care of a sophisticated nature and ensure seamless care from site to hospital.

    The 3 year program is open to all applicants, including school leavers. A shorter conversion course is available for those with existing approved paramedic qualifications who wish to upgrade to a university qualification.
    What will I study?

    Refer to the program of study.
    Why undertake Paramedic training at Flinders?

        * Paramedical Science is a rapidly evolving profession which combines aspects of pre-hospital emergency care and primary health care.   Professionals working in the field will be expanding their scope into various extended care practitioner roles, such as paramedic practitioners and the remote area practitioner.

        * As a newly evolving profession, the individuals should also be committed to research, lifelong learning and the implementation of best practices to enable the professiona to be able to respond to the rapid development.

        * We aim to equip students with the skill, knowledge and attitude to enable them to be future leaders in the industry.

    Career opportunities

    What can I do with my Bachelor of Health Sciences (Paramedic) degree?  
    Study a language

    Flinders also offers all students the opportunity to major in a language in conjunction with any undergraduate course. The Diploma in Language is designed to provide students with competence in a chosen language that adds greater portability to their qualifications. You will complete a total of one extra year of study and graduate with both your chosen degree and the Diploma in Language. You can apply for this at time of enrolment.

    The Bachelor of Health Sciences requires three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time). The course is offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences.

    The Bachelor of Health Sciences can also be taken in a combined degrees program with:

        * Bachelor of Nursing (four years full-time or the equivalent)
        * Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) (four years full-time or the equivalent)
        * Bachelor of Education (Middle School) (four years full-time or the equivalent)
        * Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (four years full-time or the equivalent)

    The combined degrees program in Health Sciences and Nursing allows a student to meet the requirements for nursing registration as well as complete a Bachelor of Health Sciences specialty stream in Health Education and Promotion, Health Management, Disability Studies, or Mental Health Nursing with endorsement as a mental health nurse.

    The combined degrees program with Commerce fulfils the requirements of the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) enabling students to complete sufficient core topics to qualify as an accountant. It also allows students to complete the award of the Bachelor of Health Sciences by providing the equivalent of all core topics and a specialty stream in Health Management.

    Students in the Health Management, Life Sciences, Disability and Community Rehabilitation, and Health Education streams may take elective topics from the Globalisation program. This option is not available to students in the combined degrees programs or Paramedic stream.

    An Honours year is also available to students who have completed the Bachelor of Health Science or another qualification which the Faculty Board (upon recommendation of the Honours Committee) agrees is equivalent; and achieved a GPA of at least 5 in the ordinary degree. Honours can be taken in two semesters full-time or in four semesters part-time.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Bachelor of Health Sciences a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, including compulsory core topics and the program for one of the six optional streams as set out below.

    The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.

    Except with the permission of the Course Committee, a student may not proceed to higher year core topics unless they have satisfactorily completed the previous year's core topics.

    All students undertake a set of core topics plus the program for one of six streams:

        * Disability and Community Rehabilitation
        * Health Education/Promotion
        * Health Management
        * Life Sciences
        * Nutrition
        * Paramedic

    CORE TOPICS

    First Year


    HLTH1003
        

    Legal/Ethical Aspects and Health Care #
        

    4.5

    HLTH1004
        

    Human Bioscience *
        

    4.5

    HLTH1302
        

    Introduction to Health Professions
        

    4.5

    HLTH1303
        

    Reforming Health Care: Policy, Politics and the Professions
        

    4.5

    HLTH1304
        

    Communication for Health Practitioners
        

    4.5

    # Students undertaking the Paramedic stream undertake HLTH3207 Emergency Law and Ethics (6 units) in their Third Year of study.

    * Students undertaking the Life Sciences or Nutrition streams are not required to take this topic.

    Second Year

    HLTH2002
        

    Health: A Psychological Perspective
        

    6

    HLTH2003
        

    Society and Health: Sociology and Epidemiology
        

    6

    Third Year

    HLTH3001
        

    Health Research
        

    6



         
    Undergraduate: Course rule and topic information
    Bachelor of Health Sciences
    Optional Streams

    To be read in conjunction with the Program of Study [November, 2008] requirements for the Bachelor of Health Sciences.

    Students select one of the following:

    DISABILITY AND COMMUNITY REHABILITATION

    First Year


    DSRS1201
        

    Perspectives of Disability
        

    4.5
    DSRS1209     

    Human Diversity
        

    4.5
        

    and either
        

    DSRS1206     

    Health Issues and Disability, OR
        

    4.5
    DSRS1210     

    Interpersonal and Group Skills
        

    4.5

    Second Year

    DSRS2214
        

    Practicum A - Disability and Community Rehabilitation
        

    6
        

    and either
        

    DSRS1202
        

    Lifespan Development, OR
        

    4.5
    DSRS1211     

    Introduction to Neurological Rehabilitation
        

    4.5

    And one option selected from the following:

    DSRS2212
        

    Principles of Learning and Instruction 1
        

    6

    DSRS3212
        

    Communication and Language
        

    6

    DSRS2213
        

    Family Professional Partnership
        

    6

    DSRS2215
        

    Practicum B - Disability and Community Rehabilitation
        

    6

    DSRS2216
        

    Principles of Learning and Instruction 2
        

    6

        

    Electives
        

    7.5

    Third Year

    One topic selected from:

    DSRS3106
        

    Employment and Disability
        

    6

    DSRS2217
        

    Ethical and Legal Issues
        

    6

    DSRS3208
        

    Principles of Learning and Instruction 3
        

    6

    DSRS3209
        

    Counselling
        

    6

    DSRS3210
        

    Case Management
        

    6

        

    Electives
        

    24

    HEALTH EDUCATION/HEALTH PROMOTION
        

    First Year

    HLPE1504
        

    Health Promotion
        

    4.5

    MMED1200
        

    Our Environment, Our Health
        

    4.5
        

    Electives
        

    4.5
        

    Second Year

    HLPE2514
        

    Drugs, Politics and Public Health
        

    6

    HLPE2515
        

    Health Education: Theory, Planning and Practice
        

    6

    HLTH2006
        

    Project Management for Health Promotion
        

    6

    NURS2108
        

    Mental Illness and Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
        

    6
        

    Third Year

    HLTH3003
        

    Health Work Internship
        

    6

    PHCA3917
        

    Evaluation in Primary Health Care
        

    6

    HLTH3009
        

    Managing Chronic Conditions
        

    6
        

    Electives #
        

    12

    # The Third Year elective HLTH3008 Remote and Indigenous Health (6 units) is offered online with a week's placement in Alice Springs. Interested students should contact claire.drummond@flinders.edu.au OR tanya.tamm@flinders.edu.au

    HEALTH MANAGEMENT
        

    First Year


    BUSN1005
        

    Introduction to Management
        

    4.5
        

    Electives
        

    9
        

    Second Year

    BUSN1001
        

    Accounting for Managers
        

    4.5

    BUSN2015
        

    Marketing Management
        

    6

    COMP1101
        

    Information and Communications Technology 1A
        

    4.5
        

    Electives
        

    9
        

    Third Year

    BUSN2009
        

    Human Resource Management
        

    6

    HLTH3003
        

    Health Work Internship
        

    6

    HLTH3004
        

    Contemporary Issues in Health Service Management
        

    6
        

    Electives
        

    12

    LIFE SCIENCES
        

    First Year


    BIOL1101
        

    Evolution of Biological Diversity
        

    4.5

    BIOL1102
        

    Molecular Basis of Life
        

    4.5
        

    and

    CHEM1101
        

    Chemistry 1A, or
        

    4.5

    CHEM1201
        

    Introduction to Chemistry A
        

    4.5
        

    and

    CHEM1102
        

    Chemistry 1B, or
        

    4.5

    CHEM1202
        

    Introduction to Chemistry B
        

    4.5

    Following First Year, students are able to choose a sequence of stream topics to construct a major which may be, but is not limited to, one of the following areas: neuroscience, biochemistry, pharmacology, physiology or genetics.

    Students must select their stream topics in consultation with the stream coordinator.
        

    Second Year

        

    Stream Topics (Second Year level)
        

    12
        

    Electives
        

    12
        

    Third Year

    HLTH3003
        

    Health Work Placement
        

    6
        

    Other Stream Topics (Third Year level)
        

    12
        

    Electives
        

    12

    NUTRITION

    First Year


    BIOL1102
        

    Molecular Basis of Life
        

    4.5

    NUTD1000
        

    Fundamentals of Nutrition
        

    4.5

        

    and either:
        

    CHEM1101
        

    Chemistry 1A
        

    4.5

    CHEM1102
        

    Chemistry 1B
        

    4.5

        

    or
        

    CHEM1201
        

    Introduction to Chemistry A
        

    4.5

    CHEM1202
        

    Introduction to Chemistry B
        

    4.5

    Second Year

    BIOL2141
        

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
        

    6

    MMED2927
        

    Human Physiology 2A
        

    3

    MMED2928
        

    Human Physiology 2B
        

    3

    MMED3912
        

    Biochemistry of Human Disease
        

    3

    NUTD2001
        

    Food, Nutrition and Health
        

    3

    NUTD3201
        

    Ecological Issues in Food and Health
        

    3

        

    Elective
        

    3

    Third Year

    NUTD3202
        

    Population Nutrition and Health
        

    6

    NUTD3012
        

    Public Health and Community Nutrition
        

    6

    NUTD3014
        

    Nutrients' Role and Function
        

    6

    HLTH2006
        

    Project Management
        

    6

        

    Electives
        

    12

    PARAMEDIC*

    First Year


    HLTH1201
        

    Paramedic Practice 1
        

    4.5

    HLTH1202
        

    Paramedic Practice 2
        

    4.5

    HLTH1203
        

    Paramedic Practice 3
        

    4.5

    HLTH1204
        

    Contemporary Lifestyle Management for Health Care Professionals
        

    4.5

    Second Year

    HLTH2201
        

    Pathophysiology of Nervous System
        

    6

    HLTH2202
        

    Pathophysiology of Cardiovascular System
        

    6

    HLTH2203
        

    Pathophysiology of Respiratory System
        

    6

    NURS2108
        

    Mental Illness and Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
        

    6

    Third Year

    HLTH3201
        

    Paramedic: Professional Issues
        

    6

    HLTH3202
        

    Pathophysiology of Body Systems
        

    6

    HLTH3204
        

    Applied Pharmacology
        

    6

    HLTH3206
        

    Applied Paramedic Practice
        

    6

    HLTH3207
        

    Emergency Law and Ethics
        

    6

    Students undertaking the conversion course must consult with the Stream Coordinator, Bachelor of Health Sciences (Paramedic) regarding their prescribed program of study.

    Except with the permission of the Faculty Board, a student in the paramedic studies stream may not proceed to higher year topics of the paramedic major unless they have satisfactorily completed the previous year's paramedic major topics.

    * Only students who have gained admission to the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Paramedic) [SATAC Code 21491] may choose this stream.

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