UCC Undergraduate courses

BSc Hons Paramedic Studies – Practitioner Entry

About This Course

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  • Title

    BSc Hons Paramedic Studies – Practitioner Entry

  • Code

    BSCPST

  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications

    BSc (Hons)

  • Fees

    A Student Contribution Fee of €3,000 and a Capitation Fee of €165 are payable in full by all students at registration. Where students are unable to pay the full Student Contribution/Capitation fee at registration due to their financial circumstances, they will be permitted to pay in two instalments. Students who meet certain criteria, can avail of a Payment Plan, initial payments of €165.00 (undergraduates) must be made in advance. The Payment Plan will be for the balance. The initial payment for undergraduates paying €3,165.00 is €540.00 (€165.00 + €375.00), with 7 subsequent payments of €375.00. Please see https://www.ucc.ie/en/financeoffice/fees/payment-plans/ See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Registered practitioner, Diploma in Emergency Medical Science (NFQ Level 7) or Emergency Medical Technology (NFQ Level 7) or equivalent, Personal Statement, English Language Requirements. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    NA

  • Closing Date

    1st December 2017 at 5 pm

Course Outline

This programme is aimed at building on the foundations provided by pre-hospital emergency care programmes and professional experience. It is designed to develop skills and knowledge applicable to current practice and specialist areas assisting you in your professional development and life-long learning.

Graduates of this programme will be in a position to compete for more specialised roles in the paramedical field. Competition for these places is high and having an NFQ Level 8 BSc [Hons] qualification will provide you with a strong foundation to compete in this evolving and dynamic field. Graduates of the programme will be eligible for Post Graduate programmes.

This programme considers the challenge of managing a job while studying, by delivering teaching using a blended learning approach of e-learning and participation in workshops. The idea is to support you as you learn in a university with state-of-the-art facilities and experienced staff. This innovative programme aims to widen your academic understanding of clinical care, to engage with and critique the research that drives professional practice.

This programme does not lead to a PHECC (Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council) registrable qualification.

Candidates whose first language is not English must meet the University's English Language requirements.

The BSc programme instils a traditional academic approach to the teaching of paramedic studies. Delivery of the course is underpinned by four themes of enhancing professional knowledge, enhancing the paramedic profession, personal development, and research. Today the role of a paramedic is dynamic and evolving; upon completion of the degree, graduates will be well positioned to compete for more specialised roles within the paramedical field, and advance within their profession.

The programme team has considered the challenges of working whilst studying. Therefore, this programme is designed to make use of e-learning technology affording a time-flexible learning.

The BSc will be delivered by a panel of experts, and will ensure that students are facilitated through all aspects of the programme including ongoing pastoral direction. Teaching will be primarily delivered by e-learning which will be supported by co-ordinators through online contact, and by participation in workshops utilising the world-class clinical resources available to UCC’s College of Medicine and Health.

Year 1 Modules

Part I

Students take modules to the value of 30 credits:

  • MD3010 Academic Writing, Information Technology and Evidence-Based Practice (5 credits);
  • MD3011 Health Protection I (5 credits);
  • MD3012 Principles of Human Structure for Practitioner Paramedics (5 credits);
  • MD3013 Application of Evidence-Based Practice for Paramedics (10 credits);
  • MD3014 Professional Development (5 credits);

PART II

Students take modules to the value of 30 credits:

  • MD3015 Topographic Anatomy for Practitioner Paramedics (5 credits)
  • MD3016 Human Physiology for Practitioner Paramedics (10 credits)
  • MD3017 Personal Development (5 credits)
  • MD3018 Pharmacology for Practitioner Paramedics (5 credits)
  • MD3019 Crime Scene and Forensic Responsibilities (5 credits)

Year 2 Modules

PART III

Students take modules to the value of 60 credits:

  • MD4010 Research in Paramedic Practice I (10 credits)
  • MD4011 Remote Emergency Care for Paramedics (10 credits)
  • MD4012 Understanding Clinical Practice (10 credits)
  • MD4013 Health Protection II (5 credits)
  • MD4014 Research in Paramedic Practice II (25 credits)

You will be required to attend the University for a number of practical workshops and clinical days in order to complete some components in person such as the anatomy FLAME lab, remote care element and clinical placement in an Emergency Department. 

You will be informed by your co-ordinator of the dates after you have been awarded a place on the course. 

See College Calendar for additional information on the programme and the Book of Modules for further information on the modules.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

This programme will be taught over 24 months (Jan 2018 to Dec 2019).

Blended Learning.

Course Practicalities

Orientation and Registration Day will be held on Wednesday 10th January 2018.

The BSc (Hons) Paramedic Studies is a blended learning programme with scheduled laboratory, placement and outdoor sessions. All on site components have been designed to give the students experiences they could not receive via an online method. Students' on campus hours [circa, 68 hours] will be scheduled after registration to the programme. Each 5 credit module requires 100 hours of student effort and 10 credits requires 200 hours up to the main research module which is 25 credits which requires 500 hours of student effort.

This programme will be delivered predominantly online. As such there are specific technical requirements that you need to meet.

You will need access to a laptop or desktop (either Mac OS or Windows) running a relatively recent operating system (Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 or Mac OSX 10.8, 10.9, 10.10). Tablets and smartphones are not officially supported by UCC.

You will need access to a reliable broadband connection with at least 2MB download speeds. You can test your broadband or 4G speeds by visiting http://www.speedtest.net  

You must have a modern web browser installed. The most reliable options for use with UCC online learning are Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Download and installation instructions will be provided. Safari is not suitable.

You must have Java and Flash Runtimes installed. Download and installation instructions will be provided.

You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office 2003 or later or equivalent) and a PDF reader (preferably Adobe Acrobat Reader XI or later). Please note that registered UCC students have access to discounted software from Microsoft and Adobe.

Assessment

The programme is based wholly on continuous assessment allowing the student to progress and succeed within an online learning environment.

Who teaches this course

Staff in the School of Medicine and School of Nursing and Midwifery

Why Choose This Course

UCC's BSc Hons Paramedic Studies - Practitioner Entry is a level 8 programme open to practising Paramedics who wish to advance their careers. This programme is due to commence in January 2018.

This two-year programme is aimed at building on the foundations provided by pre-registration programmes and professional experience. It is designed to develop skills and knowledge applicable to current practice in general and specialist areas.

Graduates of this programme will be in a position to compete for more specialised roles in the paramedical field. Competition for these places is high and having a level 8 BSc qualification will provide you with a strong foundation to compete and give you options to specialise further in the future.

The programme is due to commence in January 2018.

Requirements

Applicants must be a registered practitioner for the duration of the programme.

Applicants must hold a Diploma in Emergency Medical Science (NFQ Level 7) or Emergency Medical Technology (NFQ Level 7) or equivalent.

Applicants will be required to submit a personal statement indicating on their application form their reasons for wishing to enter this programme.

Candidates whose first language is not English must meet the University's English language requirements.

On completion of this programme, it is expected that the graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of paramedical science from a multidisciplinary perspective including, epidemiology, psychology, public health.
  • Perform paramedic skills and techniques in a safe, efficient and effective way
  • Apply a holistic and integrated approach to paramedic practice
  • Be sensitive to contemporary issues within socially and culturally diverse communities and prepare to respond effectively to such issues during paramedic practice
  • Examine current research and developments in paramedicine and evaluate their implications in the paramedic profession.
  • Carry out a focused piece of scholarly research in the area of paramedical science

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

In 2018/2019 the EU Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

Application to the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Studies programme is made directly to the Admissions office in UCC by application. The application process is now open for 2018.

Please see the following Application Form which must be completed and returned to the Admissions Office before the deadline of 1st December 2017 at 5 pm: 

Bsc. (Hons) in Paramedic Studies Application Form

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

 

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

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