Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleBEmergHealth(Pmed)
CRICOS code075118K
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Peninsula)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice: telephone +61 3 9904 4327; email or visit


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students are required to complete clinical placements in metropolitan and rural areas throughout the course, including a clinical practice unit in the summer semester between second and third year.
  • This course requires students to undertake off-campus clinical placements


This course prepares students for potential employment as paramedics in ambulance and community-based emergency health services (CBEH). Paramedics provide unscheduled health care for individuals experiencing a health emergency in the community, and initiate care and determine appropriate referral of patients to enable continuing care needs. A paramedic is also required to work with other emergency services to respond to mass casualty incidents in a range of situations.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate personal and professional development through the fostering of appropriate ethical and professional behaviours as an emergency health care provider
  • describe population based health issues and illness in society and demonstrate cultural and social awareness related to community based emergency health
  • identify local and global networks that support and enhance community based emergency health practice
  • demonstrate clinical competence in the community based emergency health setting using a patient-centric, systematic clinical approach, that utilises effective communication techniques and clinical problem solving, and
  • identify, describe, design and evaluate enhancements to community based emergency health practice using the best available evidence and appropriate frameworks, and
  • review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise a variety of resources in order to respond to community based emergency health issues based on science, knowledge and evidence

Special requirements

Students must refer to the information available on the special requirements outlined below. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they have the correct documentation.

Police checks

Students must have a current Police check regarding their suitability to undertake placements. Information available at

Working with Children checks

Students must have a current Working with Children check regarding their suitability to undertake placements. Information available at

Medical and fitness assessment

Students must complete a medical and fitness assessment. This is a prerequisite for clinical placements offered by Victorian ambulance services.


Clinical practice units

This course requires students to undertake off-campus rural and metropolitan clinical placements. In the clinical setting students will have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision. Attendance is mandatory for the clinical component of each unit.

Where a student's skill or knowledge is found to be inadequate, access to the clinical component of the unit will be denied. A student may be withdrawn from a clinical practicum if required skills and knowledge are deemed inadequate, or on other grounds deemed appropriate by the head of school.

Clinical expenses

Students are responsible for all travel and accommodation expenses during clinical placement. Uniforms and accessories are required for clinical placements and students will be notified regarding costs and purchase arrangements upon commencement.


This course consists of 24 compulsory units, including one unit taken over the summer semester between second and third year.


First year

First semester

  • BEH1011 Clinical concepts of paramedic practice
  • BEH1041 Human development and health across the lifespan
  • BMA1901 Human structure and function 1
  • IPE1011 Foundations of health in primary clinical care

Second semester

  • BEH1102 Clinical concepts of paramedic practice 2
  • BEH1022 Pharmacotherapy in community-based emergency health
  • BMA1902 Human structure and function 2
  • NUR1202 Legal issues and concepts

Second year

First semester

  • BEH2011 Professionalism and community based emergency health systems
  • BEH2021 Evidence based practice, research and population health within community based emergency health services
  • BEH2121 Paramedic management of maternal and neonatal health
  • BEH2131 Paramedic management of cardiovascular conditions

Second semester

  • BEH2012 Paramedic management of cardiac and respiratory conditions
  • BEH2022 Paramedic management of trauma and environmental conditions
  • BEH2141 The paramedic in the community

Summer semester

  • BEH2032 Paramedic clinical practice 1

Third year

First semester

  • BEH3011 Paramedic management of medical conditions
  • BEH3121 Paramedic management of toxicological and environmental conditions
  • BEH3031 Paramedic clinical practice 2
  • BEH3051 Paramedic management of mental health

Second semester

  • BEH3012 Clinical education, leadership and emergency preparedness
  • BEH3022 Research and contemporary challenges in community based emergency health
  • BEH3032 Paramedic management of critical care specialty situations
  • BEH3042 Advanced paramedic clinical practice 3


Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic)