Bachelor of Health Science – Paramedicine

Bachelor of Health Science – Paramedicine

Bachelor of Health Science – PaParamedicine is New Zealand’s most trusted profession, helping the community in times of need. Study the Paramedicine major in the Bachelor of Health Science degree to prepare for this rewarding career.

Paramedics are the backbone of emergency ambulance services run by St John and Wellington Free Ambulance, as well as helicopter rescue services. Paramedics often work independently in remote or difficult environments and have to make critical, often complex decisions. The Paramedicine major prepares you for these challenges. ramedicine


Year 1

Semester 1 courses
You develop an in-depth understanding of general healthcare, learning alongside other health science students.

  • HEAL504 Lifespan Development and Communication (15 points)
  • HEAL505 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (15 points)
  • HEAL506 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication (15 points)
  • HEAL507 Health and Environment (15 points) OR MAOH501 Maori Health, Development and Environment (15 points)

Semester 2 courses

  • HEAL609 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (15 points)
  • PARA601 Pathology and Pathophysiology (15 points)
  • PARA609 Introduction to Paramedic Practice (15 points)
  • PARA610 Introduction to Paramedic Theory (15 points)

Year 2

You develop further theory and skills related to paramedicine practice. There’s an emphasis on cardiology and managing patients with altered haemodynamics (resuscitation, defibrillation, 12 Lead ECG, intravenous access and drug therapy).

You also become familiar with pharmacology and research methods for paramedics and complete large amounts of clinical practice. Ambulance operations are also covered.
Courses you study

  • HEAL610 Methods of Research and Enquiry (15 points)
  • PARA603 Clinical Assessment and Diagnostics (15 points)
  • PARA604 Clinical Practice I (15 points)
  • PARA605 Clinical Practice II (15 points)
  • PHMY701 Pharmacology for Professional Practice (15 points)
  • PARA702 Ambulance Operations (15 points)
  • PARA706 Cardiology (15 points)
  • PARA606 Haemodynamics in the Acute Patient (15 points)

Year 3

You apply your skills from the previous years to develop a safe, integrated clinical paramedicine practice. This includes resuscitation, mental health, primary care and health law. This year focuses on preparing you for employment as a practising paramedic. It also includes a clinical reasoning component.
Courses you study

  • HLAW701 Health Law and Policy (15 points)
  • PARA707 Intermediate Life Support (15 points)
  • PARA705 Paramedic Primary Health Care (15 points)
  • PARA708 Paramedic Theory and Management (15 points)
  • PARA704 Clinical Risk Management (15 points)
  • PARA701 Applied Mental Health And Well-being (15 points)
  • PARA709 Clinical Reasoning (15 points)
  • PARA703 Integrated Clinical Practice (15 points}

Workplace experience
Throughout your degree you complete approximately 1,000 hours of clinical placement in ambulance services, hospitals, mental health institutions and community or primary health centres. These placements require you to be mobile and work shifts.

Career Outcomes

  • Paramedic
  • International relief work
  • Safety services and emergency management roles
  • Medic on super-yachts and cruise liners
  • Working in an environment where out-of-hospital emergency care may be required, including frontline ambulances, oil rigs, industrial sites, ski fields, emergency manager in the corporate sector, and repatriation services

What will I learn?

You learn from staff who are intensive care paramedics, emergency nurses, defence force medics, midwives, medical specialists and emergency management specialists. There’s a focus on practical experience with clinical placements in ambulance services, hospitals, mental health institutions, ski fields, and community or primary health centres.

Key features:

  • The only New Zealand university degree in para medicine
  • Includes 1,000 hours of clinical placement
  • Meets the requirements to apply for the role of paramedic across Australasian, Canadian and UK ambulance services
  • Offered at the South Campus


<p>Apply if you:</p>
<li>Are under the age of 20 years; and</li>
<li>Are a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand or Australia; and</li>
<li>Don’t meet the University Entrance standard; and</li>
<li>Have received secondary schooling to at least New Zealand Year 12 level (or its equivalent overseas) and completed NCEA Level 2 endorsed with Merit or better. This should include at least 14 credits in each of 4 NCEA Level 2 subjects, at least 3 of which must be on the approved subject list; and</li>
<li>Meet the UE literacy and numeracy standards, or their equivalents; and</li>
<li>Have not completed Year 13 at a New Zealand secondary school; or</li><br>
<p>If you are applying for the Paramedicine major you must also:</p><br>
<li>Be capable of meeting Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) requirements and Children's Act 2014 including police clearance.</li>
<li>Hold a valid driver’s licence.</li>
<li>Applicants with English as a second or other language who have not completed at least three years of secondary schooling in NZ will be required to meet IELTS requirements.</li>

<li>Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must also be selected into the programme for which they have applied.</li><br>

<p>*waived for Year 13 students at a New Zealand secondary school in 2020, due to the impact of COVID-19.</p><br>
<p>Cost of applying for Discretionary Entrance There is a non-refundable assessment fee of $50.00.</p>
<p>Students with qualifications from outside of New Zealand Applying on the basis of a qualification from another country? Use your official results for one of the following tests or qualifications to meet the English language requirements. Results can be up to two years old.</p>
<b>IELTS Academic</b>
<li>6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher</li>
<p>Other recognized English language requirements</p>
<p>Use the following table to see what you need to meet the English language requirements through the Language Cert International ESOL, Trinity ISE, Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS), New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL), GIE, TOEFL iBT®, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or the Pearson Test of English.</p><br>
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<ul><li>12 Jul 2021</li>
<li>28 Feb 2022</li>
<li>18 Jul 2022</li>
<p>Apply well before the semester starts</p>
<p>Applications will be processed up to the start of the semester depending on programme availability. We recommend applying as soon as possible to have the best chance of securing a place in your preferred programme.</p>
<b>Late applications –</b>
<p>if your application arrives after the dates above Your application will be processed if places are available in the programme.</p><br>
<p>If there are no available places, your application will automatically be processed for the following intake, and you will be advised accordingly.</p><br>
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<li>Able to work well under pressure</li>
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