Charles Sturt University – A tradition of excellence

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Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia’s largest regional university and has had significant success over many years in establishing new and growing campuses across rural and regional Australia. The new campus in Port Macquarie serving the Mid North Coast region continues this tradition of excellence.


Our vision is to grow our presence in Port Macquarie to around 5,000 students by 2030 and offer a diverse range of programs,” said Professor Ross Chambers, Head of Campus in Port Macquarie.

“Expanding educational opportunities for students in regional areas is critical if we are to ensure a growing supply of skilled professionals to meet the needs of regional employers and industry. This is now possible with the support of a Commonwealth Structural Adjustment Fund (SAF) grant.”

CSU is working to deliver hands-on courses responding to the need for increased access and participation in higher education for students of the region and has strong partnerships with industry, the NSW Police Force, the Ambulance Service of NSW, local businesses and the wider community. The course offerings at Port Macquarie have been designed to enable graduates to gain the qualifications and skills to provide vital services and pursue employment opportunities on the Mid North Coast.

In 2013, CSU will double its course offering at Port Macquarie Campus, bringing its highly regarded courses in business studies, justice studies, medical imaging and paramedics to the region. If you are interested in pursuing a career in one of these fields, you can now gain practical experience and the qualifications you need, without having to move away from home.

The Lowdown:

Business Studies

The Bachelor of Business Studies at CSU provides a general degree enabling students to choose from a wide range of subjects in varied business disciplines. The course provides a strong foundation in business that can enhance your skills and employability in almost any field you want to pursue. You could study subjects in a variety of disciplines to discover something you’re passionate about, or select subjects in similar fields to develop your knowledge in a specific area. Subject choices provide the opportunity to develop soft skills for communication and working with people, as well as hard skills in areas like, accounting, finance, law, management, marketing or project management. Workplace learning subjects are also available to apply the knowledge taught in class to a practical setting.

Clinical Practice (Paramedic)

CSU’s Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) is recognised by the Ambulance Service of NSW as a leader in providing paramedic education. Students develop practical skills in a range of clinical procedures, and learn about major incident prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. Students also complete a workplace learning experience with an approved ambulance service as part of the course, providing a real insight into working in the paramedic field.

The degree has been offered at CSU’s Bathurst Campus for a number of years, and is highly regarded in the ambulance industry.

“It is important that paramedics are well equipped and educated to provide high quality patient care to the community,” Alan Morrison, Education Manager for the Ambulance Service of NSW said. “Completing the CSU Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) provides an excellent foundation for meeting the challenges of being a paramedic, and we are keen to see graduates from the course join us.”

Justice Studies (Policing)

If you’re ready to make a real difference to the world, CSU’s Bachelor of Justice Studies (Policing) provides a pathway to a rewarding career. Bachelor of Justice Studies (Policing) students study in diverse areas such as criminal investigations, juvenile justice, legal studies, and criminology, before those successful in attaining entry to the NSW Police Force go on to complete their degree while training at the NSW Police Academy. The Bachelor of Justice Studies (Policing) has been developed in consultation with Police, the justice community and academics, to ensure it deals with the latest issues, and students complete placements in community service and policing practice.

Medical Imaging

CSU’s Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging) allows students to pursue an interesting career in this important area of the health field. Radiographers are responsible for creating high quality medical images using specialist equipment, to help in the diagnosis of disease or injury. Throughout the course, students will learn how to use a range of state-of-the-art equipment and will participate in 64 weeks of workplace learning, ensuring they are ready for the workforce when they graduate. The clinical experience built into the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging) means students do not have to complete the traditional professional development year after completing the course.

Pathway programs with North Coast TAFE

In addition to offering full degrees in 2013, CSU’s Port Macquarie campus will also continue to offer its range of pathway programs in collaboration with North Coast TAFE. These pathway programs, which include Accounting, Creative Industries, Social Work, and Health and Rehabilitation Science, provide alternate pathways for students to obtain a degree in Port Macquarie. Students study at both campuses, and upon completion of study, graduate with both a degree from CSU and a Diploma or Advanced Diploma from North Coast TAFE.


CSU’s Accounting pathway programs provide an excellent platform from which graduates can launch their accounting and management career. It offers both an integrated and articulated study pattern and combines the TAFE Advanced Diploma of Accounting with CSU’s Bachelor of Accounting. Accounting is a dynamic and in demand profession servicing all sectors of the economy, from not-for-profit and public sector to global enterprises.

Creative Industries

The Creative Industries pathway program provides graduates with the necessary skills to enter careers in a range of media, communication and creative areas of practice. The program is offered as an articulated pathway that requires students to enrol in and complete a TAFE Diploma at North Coast TAFE before enrolling in the Bachelor of Creative Industries through CSU. Eligible Diplomas include Applied Fashion Design and Technology, Graphic Design and Communication, Interactive Digital Media, Screen and Media, and Sound Production.

Health and Rehabilitation Science

Graduates of the Health and Rehabilitation Science pathway programs, which combine the TAFE Diploma of Remedial Massage with CSU’s Bachelor of Health and Rehabilitation Science, will develop a holistic approach to health and rehabilitation, including physiological, anatomical, psychological and socio-cultural factors. Graduates become skilled, flexible and accountable healthcare workers capable of meeting the challenges and future needs of the Australian healthcare system.

Social Work

The Social Work pathway programs offer both an integrated and articulated study pattern, and combine the TAFE Diploma of Community Services Work with CSU’s Bachelor of Social Work. These pathway programs provide graduates with the skills to work in a wide range of social welfare and social work agencies in areas such as case management, individual family work, group and community work, child protection, aged care, disability and rehabilitation services, health, community and corrections services.

This story was published in issue 82 Port Macquarie

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