The Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic) Degree: How well does it align with course objectives?

Virginia Plummer, Jennie Tozer-Jones, Brett Williams

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The Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic) (BN/BEH-P) is a four-year on campus double degree, combining essential units from both the accredited Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Emergency Health courses. Graduates of this course are expected to be well equipped to manage the complexity of emergency care out-of-hospital, in-hospital and at the interface of these settings. The aim of this study was to assess the alignment between student perspectives of course delivery and course objectives, through evaluation data and discussion on lessons learned.
A cross-sectional study was employed with a sample of first, second, third and fourth year undergraduate students of the BN/BEH-P. Students were asked to rate their level of satisfaction with particular units and methods of delivery of course content via online questionnaire, designed by the researchers.
The overall results were promising. Written responses varied considerably making generalisations difficult; however some common themes did emerge. The level of satisfaction with course content and delivery was high. Timetabling problems and the allocation of clinical placements were a source of concern for many students and were found to be common to double degrees in general. There was alignment between student perspectives of course delivery with half of eight course objectives, but not in areas such as ethics, evidence based practice, professional communication and cultural values in practice.
The findings are important for students, universities and health services, informing a pedagogical alignment between student preparation and expectations and those of their intended future employers.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Number of pages7
JournalAustralasian Journal of Paramedicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2017


  • student
  • nurse
  • paramedic
  • emergency care
  • interprofessional
  • degree program

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