STUDENTS will have even more choices on their doorstep when Charles Sturt University (CSU) doubles its courses next year.
Undergraduate degrees in policing, paramedics, medical imaging and business studies will add to the university's offerings.
The Grant Street campus, which opened early this year, offers pathway programs in accounting, creative industries, health and rehabilitation science and social work in conjunction with North Coast Institute of TAFE.
The head of Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie, Professor Ross Chambers, said school leavers and others could apply for the new courses.
He said the courses, particularly policing, paramedics and medical imaging, were very much part of the university's profile.
"We think they will appeal to students here and obviously contribute to the professional workforce," he said.
The degrees will include courses linked to the ambulance services and NSW Police Force, as well as health services and the business community.
Courses in psychology and oral health are in the planning stages for 2014.
Lyne MP Rob Oakeshott said $35 million in federal government funds to develop three universities and the TAFE campus were now starting to produce dividends.
"Today is a day of celebration," he said at yesterday's announcement.
Mr Oakeshott said CSU's announcement meant the university was here to stay and grow.
CSU aims to have about 5000 students in Port Macquarie in the next 10 to 15 years.